“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” - Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Quite a lot of people are interested in visiting Seville. The Andalusian capital is full of things to see and do so it’s hardly surprising. A lot of it comes at a cost, too.
The average British family spends £227 per person per week on their holidays, which can add up for larger families.
But how much does it cost for a trip to Seville?
It really depends...
A budget for a trip to Seville is similar to that for Madrid or Barcelona, which means it’s much cheaper than cities like London and Paris. Of course, the cost of accommodation, activities, eating, and drinking can all add up quite quickly so you’ll want to keep an eye on them.
Don’t worry, though! We’re here to give you a better idea of exactly how much it’ll cost.
The Cost of Getting to Seville
The first thing you’ll need to pay for is the transport to get you to Seville. The easiest way to get to Seville by plane. Fortunately, a large number of airlines fly to Andalusia from the UK.
In addition to traditional airlines, there are also a large number of low-cost airlines offering flights. Depending on the season, you can get return flights for as little as £50! That said, not everyone can go when flights are this cheap.
There’s still more to do once you reach Seville airport. You’ll have to get from the airport to your accommodation. Depending on where you’re staying, there are a few more costs to consider.
The airport is 10km to the northeast of the city. You can rent a car and drive directly to your accommodation or take public transport:
The EA (Especial Aeropuerto) bus runs every 25-30 minutes from 5:20 till 1:15 (to the city) and from 4:30 to 00:30 (to the airport) with the journey lasting around half an hour. It costs €4, which you can pay when you board the bus.
Taxis will cost you between €22 and €25 to get to or from the airport.
Once you’ve got to your accommodation, you can start thinking about what you’re going to do in the city. The Andalusian capital is ready to welcome you with open arms.
The Cost of Accommodation in Seville
“The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” - Marcel Proust
It’s just as easy to find accommodation in Seville as in any other major European city and there’s a range of accommodation for every budget., From youth hostels to luxury hotels, there’s something for everyone.
Generally, a double room in a Bnb will cost around €70 a night. Of course, this is just the average and you can easily find cheaper alternatives if you’re on a tight budget or want to save more money for the attractions.
To find the best accommodation, we recommend looking at travel blogs, websites, and YouTubers.
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The Cost of Eating in Seville
Seville is one of those cities where you can eat well for very little. However, you should bear in mind that there are places for all budgets and you can still end up spending a lot on food.
Similarly, you can end up paying for bread in a restaurant. Fortunately, there are also plenty of places that do a menú del día, which is essentially the dish of the day or a special meal that’s cheaper.
In Seville, tapas are an institution and, if you’re not careful, ordering quite a few can increase the cost of your bill. Generally, a meal in a typical restaurant (not a tourist trap) can cost as little as a tenner per person.
Similarly, you can get a coffee for €1.50 or half a pint of beer for €2.50. You won’t be leaving hungry, that’s for sure!
Of course, when it comes to tapas, you should be aware that there are restaurants that know just how famous the food is and some overcharge tourists for lower quality food. It's a good idea to listen out for which tapas bars are being frequented by the locals as they certainly won't overpay for their favourite Spanish dishes.
The Cost of Public Transport in Seville
In Seville, why not take the bus?
There are around 50 different lines and tourists and locals alike use them to get around town. They’re useful for longer journeys across the city.
You can get a bus ticket for €1.40, but there are top-up bus cards that work out cheaper per journey. There are also tarjetas turisticas available for €5 a day or €35.30 a month. This will allow you to get to every monument quite easily.
There’s also the tram and metro in the city centre, but the latter only has one line. A ticket will cost you €1.35 a trip or €4.50 for the day so work out which one will work best with your itinerary.
Like a lot of other European cities, Seville also has its bike-sharing scheme known as SEVIci. With a refundable €150 and a weekly subscription costing €13.30, you’re ready to go. From there, the first 30 minutes are free, the next hour costs €1.03, and subsequent hours are charged at €2.04.
It’s a pretty handy way to get around the city and see a lot of the major sites. It’s also better than renting a car if you’re staying around the centre. You can also enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn carriage for €40 for 30 minutes.
If you want to visit other cities in Andalusia or even do a tour of the region, you can get buses from the Plaza de Armas bus station or trains from the Santa Justa station to places like Granada and Cordoba. If you plan to stay in Seville for more than a few days, we'd also recommend visiting these places.
The Cost of Activities in Seville
Most of the shops in Seville close during the afternoon and reopen around 17:00. During this time, there are quite a few other things for you to do in the city.
Here are a few suggestions and how much they cost:
The Fine Arts Museum
If you enjoy art, you can visit Seville's fine arts museum for just €1.50.
This is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Spain and the world and any trip to Seville wouldn't be complete without visiting it. You can get a ticket to the Cathedral for €9 and this is probably one of the attractions that everyone should put on their itinerary.
The Alcazar of Seville is a royal palace that's located right by the cathedral. This is another of Seville's most popular attractions and one that you should probably take the time to visit. It was built on the former site of a Moorish fort. You can visit the Alcazar for €11.50.
The Torre del Oro
The Torre del Oro is a watchtower that overlooks Seville's Guadalquivir river. It was built in the early 13th century and was used as a prison during the Middle Ages. It's called the Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold) due to the golden reflection it casts onto the river.
You can visit the tower for €3.
The Archaeology Museum
The Archaeology Museum: €1.50 or free.
The Bullring (Plaza de Toros)
The Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla is the city's bullring and one of the most popular attractions in the city, especially during the annual fair that takes place in April.
You can visit the bullring for €8
The Triana Ceramics Centre
If you visit anywhere in Spain, especially Seville, you'll quickly notice just how popular and beautiful ceramic tiles are. In the Triana area of the city, you can visit the former site of the Santa Ana ceramics factory, which is now the Ceramics Centre (Centro Cerámica Triana).
A trip to the centre will cost you just €2.10.
Palacio de Las Dueñas
This is a palace that was built in the late 15th century and a beautiful example of Renaissance, Gothic, and Moorish architectural styles. It's one of Seville's most popular attractions with both tourists and royalty regularly visiting.
You can visit the Palacio de Las Dueñas, though not at the same time as the royals, for €10.
Casa de Murillo
The Casa de Murillo is a historical house in the Andalusian city of Seville that was built in the 17th century. Since the late 20th century, the public has been able to access and visit the house.
You can visit the Casa de Murillo for €18.
As you can see, Seville has more than a few things to keep you busy and while not every attraction is free, most of them are very affordable. A lot of the city’s best buildings can be “seen” for free, without having to go inside.
There are plenty of places to visit like the Plaza de España, the María Luisa Park, or the cathedral which can be seen from the outside for free. Seville is a beautiful city with a lot to see and do and a lot going on.
It’ll take your breath away any day of the year, but there are also the annual festival (feria) and Holy Week.
No matter when you go, it’ll be worth every penny. If you make the right choices, you can go on a very affordable budget.
A romantic weekend away can easily be done for around £250 per person. Remember, the cost of living in Seville is pretty similar to that of the rest of Spain, which means it’s generally cheaper than in the UK.