Madrid to Seville
Travel from Madrid to Seville in Andalucia is easy by train from Madrid Atocha Station. The train station boasts excellent high-speed AVE train links that connect Madrid to Seville Santa Justa Station in Seville. Indeed, it’s one of the most important high-speed routes in Spain with around 20 direct trains daily. And the journey takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. This is impressive given it’s covering a distance of over 500kms! The trains also stop at Cordoba on the way. Seville Santa Justa Station is located in the city centre.
For more information on taking the high-speed AVE service from Madrid, see our guide to departing on the AVE from Madrid Atocha Station. But if you’d rather drive from Madrid to Seville with the convenience of your own car, see our Madrid Atocha car rental guides. Many car hire suppliers also offer one-way rentals within Spain. Although there is usually a surcharge, it’s worth considering if you’d rather start and finish your trip in a different location.
Best in Seville Travel
Seville is the stunning capital of Andalucia in southern Spain. It’s also one of the best places to enjoy Andalucian traditions such as tapas and flamenco. Indeed, you’ll be spoilt for choice on both counts! There are thousands of tapas bars in the city and Sevillanos proudly declare their city the home of tapas. For flamenco, there are lots of shows catered specifically for tourists. But if you’re looking for a more authentic experience, head to the historic Triana neighbourhood on the west side of the river.
The city also boasts some spectacular sights. The top must-see sights are the Giralda, Gothic cathedral, Alcazar and Plaza de España. Another highlight is the Metropol Parasol, a contemporary and modern monument that has quickly become an icon of Seville. It’s a raised walkway whose honeycomb-like structure offers shade for those below as well as remarkable views of the city to those above. You’ll find more great views of the city on top of the Giralda’s bell tower.
The best time to visit Seville is in the Spring. The weather’s sunny and warm but not yet very hot like they are in the summer. It’s also when the city holds its biggest festival: the ‘Feria de Abril’ (Spring Fair). At this time, you’ll find Seville celebrating all that is Andalucian. It’s a week-long celebration full of parades dancing, eating and drinking with many Sevillanos dressed in traditional clothing.
Best beyond Seville
Seville lies about 100kms from the coast and Spain’s Costa de la Luz. On this stretch of coast, you’ll find lovely beaches around Rota, Cadiz and Mazagon. For wildlife and a labyrinth of lakes, marshes and pine forests, head to the Doñana National Park. It’s 90kms southwest of Seville with access via El Acebuche or Matalascañas. The park stretches to the coast where you’ll find long stretches of beach and sand dunes. Andalucia’s ‘Sherry Triangle’ is another highlight that’s easy to do from Seville. The ‘Sherry Triangle is an area famous for sherry production. At the triangle’s points are Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlucar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa Maria.
Seville Airport is the nearest airport. If you have collected a car hire to explore more of the region and ending your trip here, you could return it to the airport or Seville Santa Justa Station.