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Moving to Seville

Lying in the south of Spain on the Iberian Peninsula, Seville is the capital of the region of Andalusia. Moving to this quintessential Spanish city comes with the promise of year-round warm weather, where expats can indulge in all things stereotypical of the country, from appetising tapas and vibrant festivals to folkloric flamenco music and dancing.

Whether relocating to work, study or retire, expats living in Seville will no doubt encounter a city bursting with culture and history, while offering a cosmopolitan feel. The centre is packed with medieval monuments and churches blessed with Moorish and Gothic influence. What’s more, an abundance of tapas bars, lively clubs and plenty of flamenco tablaos give foreigners a real chance to experience authentic Spanish life.

Seville is a prominent Spanish city and the locals remain proud of their traditional ways. The mid-afternoon siestas and the quiet Sundays may be a culture shock for some new arrivals. But expats will soon come to understand and embrace this lifestyle during summer when residents want nothing more than to escape the heat, which hovers around 40°C (100°F).

Expats considering making the move to work in Seville may need to accept that the salaries are generally less lucrative than in the Spanish capital, although the cost of living is also much lower. Young working professionals and students on a budget can find a range of affordable apartments around the city's neighbourhoods, while luxury, modern accommodation is also on offer.

Striving for innovation and avant-garde designs, Seville is an economic hub and there are job opportunities for architects and entrepreneurs. Many expats work as researchers or educators, teaching English as a foreign language. Given the noteworthy education sector, expat families can rest assured they will find a suitable Sevillian school for their children.

Despite being one of Spain’s largest cities, Seville maintains a university town feel where it's easy to make friends and meet people. While there are both pros and cons to moving here, this picturesque city, thanks to its friendly population, will soon have expats calling it home.

Pros and Cons of Moving to Seville

Seville has a vibrant culture and colourful history and, though it is a major city and the capital of Andalusia, it retains its small-town charms and offers expats a slower pace. Nevertheless, as with every city, along with these positives, there are a few negatives to life in Seville. 

Below are some of the pros and cons of moving to and living in Seville. 


Lifestyle and culture in Seville

+ PRO: Vibrant culture with many options for entertainment

Life in Seville is everything an outsider may think when imagining Spain: a place where the tapas culture is part of the everyday routine, where the flamenco compás (rhythm) echoes through alleyways at night and where matadors are carried out of the ring like heroes. Many argue that it's Spain's most romantic and quintessential city, and they may be right. Seville’s charm, beauty and rich lifestyle have convinced many an expat to remain far longer than they intended. 

+ PRO: Small but welcoming expat enclave

While Seville is much smaller than the likes of Madrid or Barcelona, it’s still a cosmopolitan city with all the trappings one would expect of a major metro. It’s often best for a new arrival to join a group or club in order to meet people and make friends. Expats can choose from a variety of running- or book clubs, language exchanges, flamenco and cooking courses, and art groups all over the city. In a place as friendly as Spain, it's easy to make connections. 

- CON: Closed-off culture

As the old saying goes: ‘Sevillanos are the first to invite you to their home, but never tell you where they live’. Social circles in Seville are often entrenched and extend back to schooldays, so breaking into these cliques can be difficult. However, learning Spanish will go a long way to being accepted. 

+ PRO: Relaxing pace of life

One of Seville's most attractive qualities is the relaxed pace of life. People from all over the world come to Seville seeking out this slower pace of life in one of Europe's most temperate cities. Lunches are long and leisurely, and the concept of time is hazy at best.  

- CON: The pace of life can sometimes be too slow

On the flip side, Seville's 'mañana, mañana' ('tomorrow, tomorrow') attitude can mean bureaucratic quagmires, missed appointments, long lines and plenty of frustration. Additionally, as the capital of the autonomous community of Andalusia, the city employs many civil servants who have a reputation of doing as little work as possible. 


Accommodation in Seville

+ PRO: Relatively affordable living

Because Seville is small, expats can choose a neighbourhood of their liking and won’t have to worry too much about long commutes. The closer to the city centre, the steeper the rent. Still, renting a room or apartment is considerably cheaper than in bigger Spanish cities, particularly Madrid. 

- CON: Outdated housing infrastructure

Many homes in Seville have been passed on through generations, resulting in old houses needing extensive repairs. Additionally, houses in the city often do not have dryers, ovens, air conditioning or central heating. 


Safety in Seville

+ PRO: Relatively low crime rate

Spain's crime rate is extremely low compared to other European countries, and Seville is no exception. New arrivals can rest assured that life in Seville is generally safe. 

- CON: Petty crime is an issue

Despite the low crime rate, petty theft is rampant. Expats should always keep a close eye on their belongings. If something has been stolen, it should be reported to the national police, particularly if it's been taken by force. 


Getting around in Seville

+ PRO: Seville is walkable

Seville is flat with just one hill in the entire city. This makes walking the preferred mode of transport, especially in the pedestrian-friendly city centre. The metro and light rail can be used to access areas and neighbourhoods a bit further out. 


Healthcare in Seville

+ PRO: Affordable with basic coverage

Healthcare is available to anyone legally residing in Spain through the government's social security system, and insurance is almost always paid by employers. Many expats often opt for affordable private insurance, which allows for less wait time and greater access to specialists. 

- CON: Long lines and waiting times

The public healthcare system, though an invaluable resource in Spain, is not perfect. Expect queues in urgent care clinics and long waiting times for specialists. 


Education and schools in Seville

+ PRO: Public and concertado schools are government funded

Spanish education comes in three forms: government funded; concertado (funded in part by the Spanish government and the Catholic Church); and private schools. The government absorbs the greatest part of the cost, so families in Seville only pay the fees for school supplies, bus routes, after school activities and specialised courses. 

- CON: Bigger classes and fewer materials in public schools

Although public schools are inexpensive, classrooms can be cramped and teachers overworked. So expat parents are advised to ask about teacher-student ratios and the facilities available. 

+ PRO: University education is affordable

Studying at a public university in Andalusia is far cheaper than in most European countries. This is a major pull factor for expat students looking for a semester abroad in an exchange programme or those who wish to study full time in Seville. 


Working in Seville

+ PRO: Many working holidays and a full month of paid vacation

Full-time employees enjoy many local holidays, a full two weeks of paid leave during the Christmas period, and days off during Easter and the local fair. What's more, a full month's summer holiday, which is often taken in August, is the norm for employees. 

- CON: Hard to secure an expat job

While the unemployment rate has been decreasing nationally in recent years, Spain's job market hasn’t escaped the recent economic turbulence around the world. Finding a job in Seville as a foreigner could prove difficult and salaries may not be so lucrative. The hiring process is complicated: a company must demonstrate that no other European Union citizen is more qualified, and visas for non-Europeans are costly, time consuming and not always granted. The most common profession for young expats is teaching English. 


Travel and tourism in and out of Seville

+ PRO: Well-connected train travel

Spain's public rail company is regarded as one of the best in the world, connecting even the far-flung corners of the country. Getting around by train in Seville is easy thanks to Renfe, or Renfe Operadora, which is known for their punctual service.

+ PRO: Top-class hotels and tourist attractions

Tourism is one of Spain's greatest and most lucrative industries, and there are several major multinational brands providing excellent hospitality in Seville. Additionally, Seville is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and wonderful cuisine, making it a favoured European destination. 

- CON: Heavy tourist movement during holidays and summer

Because of the well-established tourism industry, visitors flock to Spain, particularly in the summer and to the coastal regions, like the Costa del Sol and Costa Dorada. For this reason, hotels and restaurants sometimes charge peak rates during heavy tourist seasons and local holidays. Travelling off-peak can be more enjoyable and affordable. 

Working in Seville

As the capital of the autonomous region of Andalusia in southern Spain, Seville is an economic hub that attracts professionals from all over the world looking to take advantage of the city’s fine weather, stunning beaches and gentle cost of living.  

The city contributes a significant proportion to the region’s GDP and has several strong industries with plenty of opportunities for skilled expats. 

While the Spanish economy holds no major culture shock, particularly for European expats, the language barrier is something to take into consideration, as most Seville companies will require their employees to speak Spanish. 


Job market in Seville

Seville offers a wide range of job opportunities. Thanks to the presence of multiple tertiary education institutions, academia and research and development are major sectors in which expats can find work. This industry strives for technological innovation in several fields, including biotechnology, telecommunications, eco-friendly renewable energy and the aviation industry. 

A large number of expats work as educators in Seville, teaching English as a foreign language. Private language academies are generally preferred to the public school system because wages are higher and the workload is more reasonable. Though not essential, teachers with a TESOL or TEFL qualification may have a better chance at working for a decent organisation that provides training and support.  

Expats can also find work in engineering, manufacturing, sales and marketing, while there are frequent job openings in IT, especially for software developers. There are opportunities in architecture too; Seville lures architects from all over, as the city’s iconic historical Moorish buildings and Gothic cathedrals make it a paradise for artists and architects.  

Indeed, it is thanks to the city's wonderful architecture combined with its rich cultural heritage and great weather that makes Seville’s tourism a booming sector. Expats are therefore often able to find work in the city’s hospitality and tourism industries. 


Finding a job in Seville

Job hunters should start their search online by looking for work in Seville on platforms such as Glassdoor and LinkedIn. A working knowledge of Spanish is an advantage when applying for work in Seville. Milanuncios.com is also a great resource as it includes classified adverts and job listings, and expats can also search for accommodation using this website. 

Some expats may move to Seville with a job in hand, while others only start their search after arriving. Networking and making local connections are valuable avenues, and it can also help entrepreneurs when starting a business. 

When looking for employment expats should note that wages are lower in Seville than in Madrid and Barcelona, but Seville residents benefit from a lower cost of living. Nevertheless, expats should research the salaries and working conditions in their sector to make sure they don’t get taken advantage of with low pay and awkward working hours. 

The infamous Spanish bureaucracy can make life difficult for job seekers. Additionally, a fairly unstable inflation-hit economy makes securing a job even more difficult, especially for non-EU expats who must apply for the appropriate work visa


Work culture in Seville

Working hours vary according to the job, although they could extend from 8am or 9am until 2pm, and then from 4.30pm to 8pm or 9pm. Sevillanos often work these long days, taking a decent lunch hour or siesta, though not all companies operate like this. Expat teachers working in private organisations may teach from mid-afternoon till evening.  

Consequently, the long working day in Seville can take its toll. Fortunately, the work environment is normally quite relaxed. 

Accommodation in Seville

Finding accommodation in Seville is fairly straightforward. Most expats rent rather than buy, at least initially, and we recommend that expats rent temporary central accommodation upon arrival while they familiarise themselves with the city’s various neighbourhoods and search for a long-term address. 

As in most cities, the closer to the centre or the larger the property, the steeper the rent. The benefit of Seville is that its central area is relatively small, making it easy to get from one end to the other on foot, bike or scooter, or via the city’s efficient public transport


Types of accommodation in Seville

Apartments

Most housing in Seville is in the form of apartments. These range from small studio apartments to large four-bedroom flats.  

Expats on a budget, particularly international students moving to Seville, can benefit from flatshares. This is essentially renting a room in an apartment and sharing communal spaces with other flatmates, and splitting the living expenses. 

Serviced apartments

As one of the most quintessential Spanish cities, Seville sees plenty of tourists and short-term expats. As such, serviced apartments and aparthotels are available and are ideal for expats on short assignments.  

Fully furnished with cleaning services and access to various amenities, serviced apartments are usually preferred as corporate accommodation. They offer all essential hotel facilities and also allow for self-catering. Costs may be lower than a hotel suite, although luxury serviced apartments do come with a heavy price tag. 

Houses

Houses with gardens are available on the outskirts of the city as well as in Seville’s surrounding towns. Though living in the surrounding suburbs usually requires commuting into the city, these areas are often considered by expat families who want to live close to schools and prefer the peace and quiet. 

Furnished vs unfurnished

Both furnished and unfurnished apartments can be found in Seville, although free-standing houses and villas are often unfurnished. Tenants in unfurnished apartments will have no problem finding furniture, regardless of their preferred décor style, as Seville is dotted with a myriad of furniture stores, including IKEA. 


Finding accommodation in Seville

Thanks to a wide variety of property portals, the easiest way to find a property in Seville is by searching online. Both international platforms, such as HousingAnywhere and Nestpick, as well as Spanish-based websites, including idealista, yaencontre and pisos.com, are a good start. House hunters can refine their searches based on the types of accommodation, budget and move-in dates. It is also important to consider rules on smoking, pets and playing musical instruments.  

Posting a comment or a question on social media and expat forums can also help a new arrival secure accommodation. Adventurous expats travelling on a shoestring budget can find temporary accommodation in a homestay environment and can connect with hosts through platforms such as Couchsurfing. 

When looking for accommodation in Seville, enlisting the services of a real-estate agent or relocation company can take the weight off a new arrival's shoulders. Real-estate professionals usually have access to housing that is not yet on the market and are able to navigate any language barriers between property owners and prospective tenants. 

The best time to find accommodation in Seville is early September before the academic year starts. Finding accommodation in August can be hard – landlords are normally enjoying their summer holiday. 


Renting accommodation in Seville

Leases

Most expats rent flats on a 10-month to annual basis. When making an application, prospective tenants may need to provide proof of finances, agree to a credit check and secure a guarantor to sign the contract on their behalf. 

Deposits

Expect to pay a one or two-month rental deposit. 

Utilities

We recommend tenants confirm with the landlord, in writing, who will be responsible for paying the utilities, including water, electricity, gas and internet. Usually, in serviced apartments and holiday lets, utility costs are fully or partially included in the rent, while rental agreements in other property types and for longer-term stays may require the tenant to cover all the utility bills. 

Areas and suburbs in Seville

The best places to live in Seville 

Seville is one of Spain’s smaller cities and offers a gentler cost of living but packs a surprisingly cosmopolitan punch which, combined, serve to attract expat families and young people alike. Architecture buffs, in particular, will be in their element as the city’s historic church buildings, flamenco art and Moorish architecture are a veritable feast for the eyes.  

The city offers a variety of unique neighbourhoods and every expat is sure to find an area that suits their lifestyle, budget and taste. Rent in Seville is much more affordable than in Spain’s larger metros, but prices do vary according to proximity to the city centre.   

Students and professionals looking to be closer to their places of study or work as well as Seville’s bustling nightlife often opt for inner-city neighbourhoods, while expat families tend to settle in quieter areas on the outskirts where green spaces and schools are more common.  

Seville is one of the most walkable cities in the world with just one hill across the entire city, making attractions, restaurants and workplaces easily accessible by foot. For those less keen on walking, the Andalusian capital also boasts an extensive public transport network across all districts.


Central areas of Seville

Central Seville

The charming centuries-old city centre features everything young professional expats would relish, from the well-located Alameda de Hercules Plaza, where locals often gather at its trendy cafes and playgrounds, to the eclectic bars and vigorous nightlife.   

While this is an exciting area to live in, it comes at a price and accommodation is more expensive than in the outer areas of the city. Those fun-loving expats on a budget might consider the equally trendy areas within walking distance of the city centre such as Santa Cruz, Los Remedios and Triana.

Santa Cruz   

The tourist hub, Santa Cruz, is located near the city centre and is home to some of Seville’s most prominent sights, including the Alcazar Palace. The most common accommodation available around Santa Cruz are apartments ranging from studio to large four-bedroom flats.   

The narrow cobbled streets of Santa Cruz boast a bevy of popular restaurants and bars, while the unassuming Plaza de Cabildo hosts a collectors’ market on Sundays. It is important to note that, as a popular tourist destination, Santa Cruz’s rent is generally higher.

Triana  

The colourful and soulful neighbourhood of Triana is one of the oldest in Seville and is accessible by the bridge Puente de Isabel II. The former gypsy neighbourhood is popular among Seville’s artist community and has produced some of Spain’s most famous bullfighters and flamenco dancers. This working-class commercial district is an excellent choice for expats looking to integrate with its bohemian locals, but the buildings do tend to be a little rundown and apartments may need some remodelling.

Alameda  

The trendy neighbourhood of Alameda is a mere 10-minute walk from the city centre and offers bustling nightlife and a vibrant LGBTQIA+ community. While this may be one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in Seville thanks to the exciting nightlife, the proximity to the city centre means a lot of noise and litter.


Family-friendly areas of Seville  

Family-friendly SevilleNervion  

A quiet residential area with new apartment buildings, Nervion serves Seville’s business district. The area boasts plenty of shops and a park and is also home to Seville’s main railway station. Older expats and families looking for a slower pace of life would enjoy calling this gorgeous neighbourhood home.  

El Arenal   

Located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, this neighbourhood is traditionally a family area with many picturesque chapels and a bullring. The apartments and houses in the area are pricey and narrow, making it suitable for smaller families who enjoy a lively community and value proximity to the city centre.   

Los Remedios 

Seville’s only purpose-built district, Los Remedios, is perfect for expat families looking for a modern residential area with plenty of outdoor spaces and sports venues. The area is in stark contrast to the rest of Seville as it features wide avenues, modern amenities and luxury apartment buildings. This part of the city also gives way to international influences with American-style diners and a variety of boutique clothing stores. 

Lifestyle in Seville

Spain's most romantic city has something for everyone, from historical landmarks and quaint neighbourhoods to vibrant nightlife and up-and-coming gastrobars. 

Living in Seville means having access to many of the amenities of a more cosmopolitan city like Madrid or Barcelona, but with a small-town feel. The central neighbourhoods are compact and retain an old-world charm, despite the inception of a Soho-like trend and modern dining options.  

The famous flamenco, bullfighting and tapas are hallmarks of Seville, while affordable rent, fantastic weather and oodles of cultural offerings make it a place that many expats come to call  'dulce hogar dulce' – home sweet home. 


Shopping in Seville

Seville is a fashionista's paradise. The main shopping streets, Sierpes and Tetuán, are pedestrian friendly and feature international brands such as H&M and Camper cheek by jowl with Spanish fashion houses like Mango, Desigual and Adolfo Dominguez. 

Seville is also a special place to buy gifts. Known in the Spanish fashion market for trajes de gitana, the colourful, ruffled flamenco dresses, Seville is home to top Moda Flamenca designers who roll out their designs for the dozens of local fairs during the spring and summer months. Francos and Puente y Pellón are the most popular streets to pick up dresses, hand-embroidered shawls, accessories and shoes. 

Other popular gifts include ceramics from the Triana neighbourhood, hand-painted fans, hand-sewn shawls and veils, olive oil and old-world bullfighting posters. 

What's more, food markets and artisan fairs in Seville are wonderful ways to glimpse how Sevillanos socialise and do their shopping. The Mercado de Triana stands out, with food vendors selling everything from fresh produce and saffron packets to pig heads. 


Eating out in Seville

Seville is the home of tapas. Indeed, these tiny dishes are the city's culinary hallmark and a part of its dining culture that should not be missed.  Another interesting feature is the daily Menú del Día. For a reasonable fixed price, diners can have a starter, main course, dessert, bread and a drink. 

For traditional dishes, expats should venture a little further from the city's main attractions. Buried deep in the heart of the more traditional barrios are loads of food gems. Bares de tapas are traditional tapas bars, restaurantes and mesones are sit-down restaurants where one can order full or half-ration dishes, and pastelerías are pastry shops. 

Gastrobars, which offer a spin on traditional dishes, have become increasingly popular in Seville. Look for them in Triana, near the Cathedral and in the Macarena neighbourhood. 

International food is less popular in the Hispalense capital, though there are a few good Italian and Moroccan restaurants. American eateries are becoming popular dining options, too. 

VAT is included in all restaurants in Seville, and leaving a tip, called a propina, is not necessary. In most cases, patrons round off the bill. 


Nightlife in Seville

Seville consistently appears on lists of top places to party in Spain. Drinks are relatively cheap and patrons can find a little bit of everything within walking distance of the city's attractions. 

Flamenco has been a staple of Sevillano culture for decades. While the flamenco in Seville tends to be geared towards tourists, some of the smaller peñas (clubs) that welcome student flamenco performers are often more authentic. 

Seville boasts everything from pubs to clubs and outdoor music terraces. For the best nightlife spots, we recommend checking out the Alameda and the riverfront for summertime terrace bars. El Arenal is well known for fancy cocktail bars that attract relaxed and dressed-down crowds, while Calle Betis caters for Seville’s student population. 

Rooftop bars are also becoming quite popular in Seville to better enjoy the famously good weather and the breathtaking views of the city, particularly at night.  


Sports and outdoor activities in Seville

Seville is home to many parks and botanical gardens where nature lovers can easily take a break from the bustle of city life. There are plenty of green spaces to choose from in Seville, but our favourites are Parque de María Luisa and Alamillo Park.  

Thanks to the presence of the Guadalquivir River, boat rides, rowing and kayaking adventures are also on offer in Seville. And, while golf, basketball and horse riding are popular sporting activities in the city, there’s no avoiding the football hype. Whether expats play football themselves or prefer to watch matches on TV at a local bar or live at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, Seville is a football fan’s dream. 


See and do in Seville

There's a multitude of things for expats to see and do in Seville. Below is a list of our favourites. 

Alcázar of Seville

Originally this royal palace was a Moorish fort, but visitors can now marvel at the mosaic walls, wander around the well-kept gardens, and even play hide and seek in a bush maze. There’s free entry to the Royal Alcázar for Sevillianos.

Alfalfa, Alameda, and Triana barrios

These barrios (neighbourhoods) are the most popular with Sevillianos and expats for tapas and beers in the evenings. There are plenty of places to eat, dance, and practise Spanish.

Barrio Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is a barrio in the heart of the city. Also known as the Jewish quarter, it is one of the most romantic spots in Seville. Expats can wine and dine in traditional bars, wander through the quaint plazas and cobbled streets, or have churros, a fried doughy mixture, for breakfast.

Catedral de Santa María de la Sede (Seville Cathedral)

Completed in the 16th century, this Gothic cathedral is the central point of Seville. Expats can see the whole city from the Giralda tower, pose for photos on the orange patio, and explore the nooks and crannies of this astonishing building. The tomb of the famous explorer, Christopher Columbus, is also here.

Flamenco shows

Expats can feel the duende – the magic of flamenco – in various tablaos, or places where flamenco is performed. One of the many popular venues with expats, mainly because of the show’s authenticity, is La Carboneria.

Guadalquivir River

Stroll along Seville’s river, the Guadalquivir, stopping for tapas or a drink, visiting the Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold), or catching a ferry or pedalo. On the far side of the river along the Canal de Alfonso XIII, is Calle Betis, a great spot for evening drinks.

Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bella Artes)

Apart from the lovely square in front of this wonderful building where you can watch tango performances on some evenings, the museum stages regular exhibitions. The museum is one of the most important in Andalusia and has exhibits from the medieval period to the 20th century.

Plaza de España

Plaza de España is one of the top landmarks in the country and one of the most picturesque public places to hang out in Seville. Each region in Spain is represented by a tiled plaque, and this spot offers views over the adjoining María Luisa Park.

Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium

Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium is the home stadium of the city's football club, Sevilla FC. It's perhaps not quite up there with the spectacular stadiums of Real Madrid or Barcelona, but expats can still watch an exciting game of football here.


What's on in Seville

Seville’s annual event calendar is jam-packed with festivals, fiestas and celebrations to enthrall expats from all walks. Below are some of our favourite events in the Andalusian capital.

The Andalusia Day/Dia De La Andalucia (February) 

An annual event since the 1980 referendum that led to Andalusia becoming an autonomous community from Spain, Andalusia Day festivities include enjoying a traditional breakfast of orange juice and olive oil toast, a variety of cultural competitions throughout the day, and live music at bars.

Seville April Fair (April) 

The spring fair usually takes place during the first week of April, following Semana Santa. This festival involves copious amounts of eating, drinking, socialising and dancing from the early afternoon into the small hours. The fair is opened in true Spanish style with a parade around the fairground on horseback or in carriages. 

Corpus Christi (June) 

As a largely Catholic community, Seville hosts many religious parades, including the annual Corpus Christi procession in June. The festivities carry on for almost a week and conclude with a religious procession from Catedral de Sevilla featuring aromatic herbs and multiple floats along the parade route.

La Bienal de Flamenco (September/October)

Perhaps the most exciting event on the city’s calendar, this biannual celebration of flamenco music, poetry and dance brightens the streets of Seville for over three weeks. Since 1980, the festival has celebrated all modalities of flamenco, which is said to have originated in southern Spain. 

La fiesta de la virgen de la inmaculada (December) 

Translating to ‘The Immaculate Conception of The Virgin Mary’, this feast marks the beginning of Seville’s Christmas celebrations. The festivities include the Seises dance, choir performances at Plaza de Triumfo and additional religious services at the cathedral.

Getting around in Seville

While the historic Andalusian capital may be old – Seville’s public transport system is anything but outdated. The city’s various modes of travel are modern and efficient, and Seville is easy to navigate. 

For residents living in Seville's city centre, a car is unnecessary. Driving through the winding one-way streets can be complicated and stressful, so the historic centre is best tackled on foot, by bicycle, bus, tram, metro, train or taxi.  


Public transport in Seville

Seville has a variety of public transport options to fit the needs of all its residents and visitors. 

Buses

TUSSAM, Seville’s city bus system, is one of the most popular and efficient means of public transit available. Residents can purchase a reloadable multi-trip bus card at any kiosk. When waiting for the bus, people are expected to queue in an orderly manner. 

The only downside to the bus system in Seville is its schedule. Day buses usually stop running at 11.30pm (right after Spanish dinner time), and night buses run only until around 2am (a time when the night may still be young for many). 

Many bus services also connect Seville with other cities and towns. 

Metro

Seville's metro services link several areas and neighbourhoods, and stations are easily found through apps such as Google Maps. Not all areas can be reached by the metro alone and, depending on where an expat needs to go, they may also need to catch a bus to complete their trip. 

Trams

The tram, called MetroCentro, is a good alternative to the bus or metro for getting around the city centre, although many prefer walking the short distances covered by the tram. The tram routes also connect with the San Bernardo and Santa Justa train stations. 

As the tram is run by TUSSAM, passengers can use their bus card to pay for their trips. 

Trains

Seville’s train stations connect the city with the rest of Spain. Santa Justa is the main station and is also a regional hub. In addition to the standard trains, the renowned high-speed AVE train runs to major cities like Madrid and Barcelona. Ticket prices depend on the destination and the train speed. 


Taxis in Seville

Taxis make getting around Seville convenient. Fares depend on the distance and time of day. Drivers are strict about only transporting four people per taxi, and may charge extra for luggage. It's a good idea to ask for a rate estimation before taking a taxi in Seville. Passengers aren’t expected to leave a tip. 

E-hailing apps such as Uber are also available in Seville and are often preferred by expats because they eliminate the language barrier. 


Motorcycles and driving in Seville

Owning a vehicle in Seville is not necessary thanks to the various modes of transport available. That said, for expats who frequently travel outside of the city, or expat families with children, having a car is convenient. Expect to rent a garage space, as street parking in the city is limited. Another option is buying or renting a scooter or motorbike, which eliminates parking and traffic issues. As always, safety is encouraged and helmet laws are enforced. 


Cycling and e-scooters in Seville

Seville offers bicycle lanes and a public bicycle-rental system. Both expats and tourists benefit tremendously from Sevici, Seville’s public bicycle-sharing programme. The city’s roads have two-way bike lanes and there are bicycle rental stations throughout the city. 

Users can sign a short-term bike lease but year-long memberships are also available. This is an excellent and inexpensive way to get around Seville.

Similar to the bike-rental system, e-scooters can also be leased in Seville and this is linked to a phone application. E-scooters are a fun way to explore the city, but riders should be sure to park them in designated areas. 


Walking in Seville

Getting around Seville is simple, primarily because the city centre is relatively compact. There are also plenty of landmarks that can double as great meeting spots or reference points for new arrivals. Seville's tourism office provides walking maps that highlight all of the centre’s famous monuments for new arrivals acquainting themselves with the layout.  

Expats should take care to keep to the sidewalks as far as possible, as they could be competing with cars, bicycles and motorbikes to cross some narrow one-way streets. Only cross the street at official crosswalks as jaywalking is dangerous and discouraged.