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In 1914, the first flight between Morocco and the Iberian peninsula landed on the grounds where Seville International Airport now stands. This airport may not be Andalucia's largest, but it is nonetheless popular for its impressive roster of low-budget Vueling and Ryanair flights. Fixed fare taxis, Especial Aeropuerto buses and car rental in Seville International Airport are the main means of transportation between the airport, Spain's fourth-largest city and the rest of Andalucia.
Who to Book With
The main Seville International Airport terminal ground floor is the location of the airport's five car rental desks, where a Spanish company called AurigaCrown stands alongside the international chains of National Atesa, Hertz, Europcar and Avis.
Need to Know Essentials
These documents must be shown when collecting rental vehicles:
- A valid driver’s licence
- An International Driving Permit for motorists from outside the EU
- A passport or other means of confirming identity
- Confirmation of booking
Driving on the outskirts of Seville is far easier than navigating the centre of Spain's fourth-biggest city, especially during the prime rush hours between 07:00 to 09:30, as well as from 16:30 to 19:30. Seville's streets are loaded with blind curves, narrow one-way streets and lanes reserved strictly for taxis and buses. Like in most other sizeable Spanish cities, motorists in Seville tend to drive fast and hit the brakes at the last possible second. Ring roads connect Seville to each of the six main roads leading in and out of the city. The main road between Seville and Madrid is known as the A4 or the E05. Other motorways lead to Faro, Portugal, and the popular beach resorts along the Costa del Sol.
It takes less than 30 minutes to drive the 2.5 miles from Seville International Airport to Spain's fourth-most populous city along the A4 motorway. The popular Costa del Sol resort of Marbella is just three hours away by car, while the Portuguese city of Faro is no more than a 2 hour, 30 minute drive away. Every 30 minutes between 06:15 and 23:00, buses depart the airport for Puerta de Jerez and the Santa Justa rail station, with the journey lasting about 40 minutes. Taxis travel on flat fares between Seville and its airport.
The closest rail station to Seville International Airport, and the largest in Andalucia, is Santa Justa train station. Although there is no direct rail line from Seville to its airport, Santa Justa rail station is a stop on the Tussam bus which depart from the airport every 30 minutes.
The taxis awaiting passengers outside the Seville International Airport terminal building operate on flat fares for their 15-minute journeys to central Seville. These fares range between £18 and £25 depending on the time of day, with the cheapest fares on weekdays and the most expensive fares on holidays such as Christmas and Seville's popular Feria de Abril.
Seville International Airport to Seville city centre is about £18
Tussam, Seville's main inner city bus line, makes one 40-minute journey between Seville and its airport every half hour from 06:15 to 23:00. One-way tickets aboard these Especial Aeropuerto buses cost under £2, while return trip tickets cost about £3.50. Stops along the way include the AVE and Santa Justa rail stations.
London, Paris and Frankfurt are among the major European cities which can be reached directly from one of the affordable Ryanair and Vueling flights departing regularly from the single Seville International Airport terminal. Madrid and Barcelona are also on this airport's roster of non-stop flights. The airport welcomed just over four million passengers in 2009.
In addition to the general P1 car park which is ideal for parking vehicles for up to four days, Seville International Airport includes the P1 express car park where motorists can pick up or drop off passengers, along with the P2 long-stay covered car park and even a VIP car park. The P1 general and express car parks are just a minute's walk from the terminal, while the long-stay car park is only three minutes away on foot from the airport terminal. Parking rates are just under £1 per hour, with a daily maximum fee of £10 for stays of up to four days and a charge of £8 per day beginning on the fifth day of parking.
The Movistar network provides wireless high-speed internet access at all corners of the Seville International Airport terminal for a fee. Passengers must purchase a card to take advantage of this connection.
The Seville International Airport terminal contains a total of four information points where visitors can obtain useful information about Seville and its surrounding area.
Customer Service: +34 902 400 500
Main Airport Telephone Number: +34 95 444 90
Seville International Airport meets the same accessibility standards for disabled passengers as all other European Union airports. The airport's six designated meeting points for disabled passengers are located at the long-stay car park, the general car park and the lobbies and forecourts of the Departures and Arrivals areas. A 24-hour telephone hotline is available for disabled passengers, but personal assistance must be arranged at least 48 hours prior to arrival at the airport.
Restaurants and Bars
Although Seville International Airport has no 24-hour eating options, its landside ABQ+ restaurant offers both a self-service area for quick snacks and an à la carte restaurant where diners can enjoy heartier meals. Cervecería Gambrinus serves traditional local meals, while the Horno San Buenaventura patisserie was first established during the 14th century. The Abades Air coffee bar offers a more modern atmosphere.
Iberia VIP Lounge
Sala VIP Aena
Money and ATMs
Seville International Airport contains a Banesto bank branch as well as a money exchange office and several ATMs.
The Aldeasa Duty Free shop may be the largest shop at Seville International Airport, but passengers can also purchase clothing at Busatsu, Aerosport sportswear, sweets at Tutti Frutti or some of Andalusia's finest wines at the Sibarium Delicatessen. The airport also includes two Relay newsstands, a pharmacy and a travel goods shop called Divers.