This guide to the main station in Seville explains what to look out for when departing and arriving by train and connects you to all the relevant info.
Sevilla-Santa Justa/Seville-Santa Justa was built to accommodate the arrival of high speed trains in the city.
As it’s an enormous and impressive building, it had to be constructed outside the heart of the city, so is some distance from most tourist destinations.
Despite the distance from the city Santa Justa station is comparatively poorly served by the public transport network in Seville, neither the city’s Metro or Tram (Metrocentro), serve the station.
However, both the Metro and tram routes call at Seville’s secondary station, San Bernado, which is closer to the eastern areas of the city centre.
The high speed trains to/from Seville don’t call at San Bernado, but the Media-Distanica regional trains between Sevilla and the south (including trains to and from Cadiz) call there, as do the city’s local ‘Cercanias’ trains.
And those comparatively frequent Cercanias trains provide the main link between Santa Justa and San Bernado stations.
Keep an eye on the ‘Salidas’ departure board on the main concourse and wait for the via (platform/track number) to be confirmed; as it won’t be announced.
Have your ticket(s) in your hand as they will be inspected as you exit from the concourse.
Once you have passed through this ticket check you can descend to the via (platform/track) using the moving walkway ahead of you, or by the lifts/elevators, which will be behind you.
When you’re on the via (platform/track) walk ahead until you come to the second ticket check, where your luggage will also be screened.
So for a stress-free departure aim to be at Sevilla Santa Justa station a minimum of 15 mins before the departure time of your train.
Queues build up at the ticket checks; and the area of the station in which you board the trains, is some distance from the concourse.
The exits from Sevilla Santa Justa station are up above the platforms/tracks (vias).
When arriving from the east, on trains from Barcelona, Cordoba, Malaga and Madrid, the access to all of the exits are beyond the front of the trains.
When arriving by station at the main station in Seville there are three means of ascending from the vias (platforms/tracks) to the main concourse - which is where the main exit from the station is located; you can use;
The first exit route you will come to is a set of escalators leading upwards and if you don’t have heavy luggage etc, then this offers the quickest means of leaving the station.
Once you have ascended by the escalators, you’ll be on a wide bridge which spans the station.
At either end of the bridge are walkways which lead to the main concourse.
The access to the left luggage office is on the walkway on the left hand side.
Back on the vias (platforms), beyond the escalators will be a moving walkway, it also leads up to the main concourse.
In common with all moving walkways, it tends to move fairly slowly; hence the escalators offering the quickest means of accessing the concourse
Finally beyond the moving walkways at the far end of the via (track/platform) are the lifts/elevators which lead up to the concourse level.
So don’t assume that the escalators, which you will come to first, provide the only means of exiting the station.
When you step off of a train, the quickest route to the left luggage office is to use the escalators which you will see ahead of you.
The access to the left luggage is on the level above, once you’re on the bridge which spans the station, head over to the left.
The entrance to the left luggage is on the via 1 side of the station, on the walk way which leads to the concourse.
However, you will need to use a lift/elevator to descend to the office itself.
When collecting your bags, you'll need to head back to the main concourse to wait for the departure details of your train to be confirmed.
Santa Justa station is some distance from Sevilla city centre and isn’t (yet) linked to the Seville Metro or tramway.
It would take 25-35 mins to walk to the heart of the city, the area around the cathedral – but the pedestrian route is far from obvious.
If you want to use public transport to access Seville city centre then there are two options:
(1) The least confusing route is to take the Cercanias Sevilla lines C1, C4 or C5 one stop to San Bernado train station
At Santa Justa station these trains usually depart from via (platform/track) 9; so don't head up to the main concourse if you want to take these trains and have booked tickets to San Bernado.
(Some Media-Distancia trains to Sevilla also call at San Bernado station, so if you’re on such a train, leave it at this station and not Santa Justa station).
Just outside San Bermado station, on the other side of the bus station, is an easy to find tram stop, this tram line T1 (there is only one line) penetrates the heart of the city.
The tram stop named ‘Archivo des Indias’ is a 2 min walk from Seville cathedral and you can be arriving there less than 20 mins after setting off from Santa Justa station
However, the negative of taking this option is that you might have to wait up to 30 mins at Santa Justa for the Cercanias train on to San Bernado station; so the transfer to the heart of the city can take around 50 mins.
(2) OR take bus line C1 to Prado San Sebastian; the bus stop is called ‘Avenida Carlos V’ and it’s the final stop on the C1 route.
The bus stop at Prado San Sebastian is steps away from a tram stop, so you can transfer to the trams which penetrate the heart of the city; the trams will be heading to ‘Plaza Neuva’.
Definitely take the C1 bus if your final destination is in the area around Prado San Sebastian, the university quarter.
To find the C1 bus at Santa Justa exit from the front of the station and ignore the bus stop by the taxi rank; this is for the buses to Sevilla airport
Instead keep walking ahead, through the parking bays until you reach the busy main road; the C1 bus stop is on the other side of this street, so use the crossings (subways) and don’t try and dodge the traffic.
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