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Best ways of getting from Madrid to Seville

How to Get From Madrid to Seville

Due to is many connections by plane, rail or motorway, Madrid is the best place in Spain from which to tour the country. Its located in the middle and It’s extremely well connected to the rest of the peninsula. Besides this Madrid has an almost endless list of things to do, sites to visits, and great places to eat. In this article, we are going to go over the best ways to get from Madrid to Seville, the capital of Andalucía, and one of Spain’s main attractions. 

The quick answer is that you can get to Seville from Madrid in every possible way, except by boat!. There are buses, trains, planes and car services that will get you there or you could always rent a car. But the clear winner is the high-speed AVE train. Renfe is Spain´s rail provider but their website is a bit poor. Because of the importance of the two cities, the AVE directly between the two hubs. You can check other AVE connections in this map with Spain rail network

Before we get into each different way of getting to Seville from Madrid here is our ranking:

  1.      High-speed train (AVE)
  2.      Car
  3.      Bus
  4.      Plane
  5.      Private transfer

Seville is always a great option for a short getaway if you are planning to travel to Madrid. The city is full of culture, excellent food, flamenco, and a myriad of historical monuments that will leave you in awe.

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1 – Madrid to Seville with AVE train

AVE is our preferred way to get from Madrid to Seville. You will get you to Seville in under 3 hours (2 and a half to be exact). It's fast, easy and comfortable, to the point that if you wanted to go and come back the same day, you could probably pull it off, though we would recommend staying overnight

The AVE to Seville departs from Atocha station in the center of Madrid. Atocha is very well connected and easily accessible and trains leave the station almost every hour headed to Seville Santa Justa.

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Tickets for the AVE are very reasonably priced as well (prices range from around 50€ to about 80€ per person depending on the departure time), but admittedly it is considerably more expensive than taking the bus.

From the airport, you can take a yellow bus known as the Express Line Atocha Renfe-Aeropuerto shuttle to Atocha railway station in Madrid, where trains will depart almost every hour of the day for Seville Santa Justa station. Once you arrive in Seville, the train station's central location makes it relatively easy to get around to most tourist attractions in the city. Another thing to keep in mind is that this is the most popular way of getting back and forth between the two cities, trains can fill up rather quickly, so you might want to book your tickets in advance just to make sure.

Santa Justa train station, like Atocha, is in the center of the city, so you will have no trouble getting where you need to go.

As a side note, there are other slower trains (ALVIA) that go from Madrid to Seville that are slightly less expensive but there are a lot fewer departure times available, and being slower trains, it will take you a bit more to get there. 

2 – Getting from Madrid to Seville by Car

There is over 500 km (341 miles) between the two cities and it takes almost 6 hours to make the drive. However, if you are interested in getting to see a bit more of Spain and maybe even make a detour or 2 on your way don’t sleep on this option.

Car rentals in Spain can be tricky in Spain, especially in high season when prices can go up considerably, but if you find the right time and option for your budget, you can plan a really spectacular road trip that will make it worth your while.

Depending on the route you choose to take you can easily stop in Toledo, Aranjuez, Jaén or Córdoba or in Mérida  or Caceres if you decide to drive west (AP5) instead of southern Spain with AP4. Each of these cities is well worth your while to visit and will give you an even better picture of what Spain is all about. The best thing if you decide to drive is that you will be able to stop on the way and enjoy a few days of a high quality road trip in Spain

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The Mezquita of Córdoba 

3 – Bus to Seville from Madrid

Buses leave from the Méndez Álvaro bus station (also in the center of town and with underground sstation) regularly and its easily the cheapest option (more or less 30€ per person). It not the fastest or most luxurious way of getting there but you will be able to see a good chunk of the Spanish countryside on your way there and you will save a pretty penny while doing so. Motorways used are very safe. 

4- Plane from Madrid to Seville

There are three flights a day leaving Adolfo Suarez airport to Seville and tickets can be cheap if you book them with enough time in advance, and this might seem like one of the better options, but the devil is in the details. If you book your ticket on short notice process can skyrocket to over 100€ per person, you have to factor in check-in times, waiting for your luggage, then the San Pablo airport in Seville is outside of the city and you will need to take take a bus or a taxi in. So, all in all, it ends up being more of a hassle than a time saver.

5- Group tours from Madrid to Seville

These tours can be a good option in case you are looking for a hassle-free experience (no need to book car, or hotels, etc)

6 – Private tours

 

7- Private transfers

Not much to explain here: it's one of the slower options and the most expensive one. It makes sense if you are planning the most luxurious of trips.

 

BONUS TIP

If you are planning to travel to Spain and explore the country and not just stay in one place, a great option is to book guided tours, especially if it's your first time visiting Spain. It will be slightly more expensive than if you planned the trip your self but it will save you all the time and guesswork and it’s the best way to make sure your experience in Spain is amazing.

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Having a guide kills two birds with one stone: safe and comfortable transportation and local insider info and tips so you don’t miss out on anything during your travels.

At wine tourism Spain we have a couple of multi-day tours of southern Spain that include 
Seville in the itinerary. You can check them out here 

3 Day tour 

9 Day tour

 

7- Private transfers

Not much to explain here: it's one of the slower options and the most expensive one. It makes sense if you are planning the most luxurious of trips.

 

We hope this article was useful and you were able to find the best way of getting from Madrid to Seville that fits your travel needs.

 

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