If you are travelling to Sevilla by train from the Granada direction, do not go all the way to the Santa Justa station at the end of the line. It's a 30 minute walk or a nine Euro taxi to the city centre. Instead get off at the station before Santa Justa, San Bernardo, and it's just a ten-minute walk to all the sights of the city.
The bus goes to the edge of the old city for just over two euros. The taxi system has a fixed price (only for the airport, mind!) that will see no change from a twenty euro note, regardless of distance travelled. Outrageous!
Seville. Airport. Stop immediately outside departures hall.
Take it - it's €2.40 direct to the centre of the city. Ask for Santa Justa station. Buses run half-hourly, and hourly at less busy times.
The service is run by Amarillo Tours, tel: 34 902 21 03 17;
Check timetable info at www.linc.tv/seville-connections.php
It may be cheesy, but I can thoroughly recommend the hop-on hop-off open-top bus tour because it gives you a great feel for the city and provides priceless orientation in little over an hour. From there we quickly decided which cultural sites we wanted to take a closer look at, and we also spotted (and visited) a very traditional, very un-touristy tapas bar near the river where local workers were taking their lunch. It was also a great way to see all the Expo buildings (both Expos) and get some background on why they were (and weren't) successful.
Operated by Sevirama (tel 954 560 693). Buses leave half-hourly from the riverside Torre del Oro (any hotel can give precise directions there). Hop on and off as you wish. One ticket lasts 24 hours.
I hired a car from this English company. The car for a week during Easter 2006 cost £69 for two drivers, no excesses and service at Seville Airport with Crown Car Hire, the local agent, could not have been bettered. You could return the car full or empty but the rate they charged for a full tank was so reasonable that there was no point in trying to find a garage near the airport.
I have to use a wheelchair for any distance, so we took it on the bus into Seville (from campsite at Dos Hermanos, nearby). I managed the few steps on but my husband had to jam the wheelchair at the top of the rear exit. At a stop it fell out causing consternation to the driver/passengers and embarrassed giggles from us! But on the way back, we inadvertently got on the wrong bus, it stopped at a campsite - but one in the countryside outside Seville, everyone gesticulated at us to get off, we tried to explain it was not our 'camping' and several passengers conferred, then explained that we were miles from where we ought to have been. They told us to get off at the last stop and that the driver would show us a phone to get a taxi. But to our surprise and gratitude the driver just left his route and drove us all the way to our campsite. What a great guy!
Dos Hermanos Camping, south of Seville, bus stop across road, shops etc nearby.
Avoid the main agents – Hertz, Avis etc – instead try Bravocarhire.com. It seems to be a British-based site which puts you in touch with local car hire companies. We were quoted €54 for two days' hire with Spanish firm Niza Cars, a free additional driver and only €4 more to have insurance excess at zero. The international companies were more than €110.
One thing to watch. They give you the car full and you have to bring it back empty. So you pay for the fuel up front.
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