3.5 star rating: Worth doing 14 Reviews

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  • Location:Madrid, Spain
  • Duration:15 hours (approx.)

Rail Tour to Seville by AVE Train

See the famous orange trees and beautiful architecture of Seville, Andalusia’s lovely capital city, on a full-day round-trip tour by train from Madrid. Board the AVE train at Madrid's Atocha Station and be met at Seville’s train station by your knowledgeable local guide. Then take a three-hour guided tour of Seville’s attractions, including the bullring, cathedral and Santa Cruz neighborhood, and have free time to explore the city on your own before returning to Madrid by train.


  • Seville day trip by High-Speed rail from Madrid
  • Enjoy a three-hour tour of Seville with a knowledgeable local guide
  • Visit Plaza de Espana and the cathedral
  • See the Torre del Oro, the Triana, the bullring and La Maestranza theater
  • Tour the plazas and courtyards of the Santa Cruz neighborhood
  • Explore and enjoy free time in Seville after your tour
  • Round-trip train tickets from Madrid included

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What You Can Expect

Rail Tour to Seville by AVE Train

See the Torre del Oro!

With round-trip rail tickets included, relax on the scenic train journey to Seville. Your guide will be waiting to meet you when your train arrives at Seville train station, ready to take you on an informative three-hour tour of Seville’s attractions.

Depending on the day of your visit to Seville, take the Classic Seville tour to visit the city’s majestic architectural masterpiece, Plaza de España. Admire the cathedral’s lovely bell tower, the Giralda, converted from a Moorish minaret, and discover Seville’s Moorish origins. See the Torre del Oro watchtower and take a stroll along the Guadalquivir River and Triana Bridge, an iconic city symbol.

Or take the Historic Seville tour to visit America Square, built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, and visit the Muslim pavilion. Also take a tour of the royal fort’s landscaped grounds, sculptures, mosaics and lovely gardens.

Both tours take you on a guided walk through Seville’s labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys leading to the charming Barrio de Santa Cruz, the city's most historic district. Explore medieval Seville’s Jewish quarter, with its courtyards and churches, and follow narrow lanes to tiny plazas planted with orange trees.

Following the tour, have free time to explore Seville at your leisure, then in the evening follow your guide’s directions to the station to catch your return train to Madrid.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

This was great. Logistics were incredibly easy and smooth and our guide, Angel, was GREAT. At first his accent was heavy for us but our ear tuned quickly. He is extremely knowledgeable and went out of his way to give us local insight. This was expensive but well worth it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2010

We loved the rail tour. The train was was fast and quiet. Our guide was a little hard to understand in Seville. They were prompt in picking us up.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

Great guide, great city. Very different from Madrid.


4 star rating: Recommended September 2012

It's not so clear in the description that you will pretty much be left in Seville to wander around for 6 hours after the initial ~2hr walking tour, so be prepared and get a good map as Seville city center is very disorienting.
I was the only person on this tour and arrived by train (note it usually leaves about 5 mins before the set time!) When I arrived I was driven by a nice driver to the city center where I was pointed at to the meeting point for the walking tour at 11am. The tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. The tour is a little short and only visited the Palace (pay your own) Jewish Quarter and the Cathedral. There are many many other nice places to visit in Seville for the remaining hours, including Plaza de Espana, the Bullring. The train station is a walkable distance (about 1 km) from the center to catch the fast train back to Madrid.
Another note is that you will need to go to collect your train tickets at a travel agency a day or 2 before the tour - this is not obvious in the Viator description. Also the Atocha train station is massive and you need to go to the Renfre departures section, not the same as the Metro station so give your self plenty of time to get there. I almost missed that 7:30am train in the morning.

4 star rating: Recommended February 2012

Good. Confused with a meeting point at Seville. So that instructions are not enough

4 star rating: Recommended November 2011

This was a great tour. We had to catch the train at 6.30 am in Madrid and arrived at Seville at 9.15 and went to a hotel near the station for the start of the tour. Our tour guide was very good and we enjoyed walking through the Jewish quarter (Santa Cruz). We had a tour through the Cathedral and then surprisingly the tour ended. We were stranded in the middle of Seville at lunchtime with no idea where we were but managed to eventually find a tourist information centre (not an easy task) and get a map. We had wanted to visit the Royal Palace (Real Alcazar) which we did. At the end of our tour our guide gave us various options to fill in the rest of the day but didn't mention the Alcazar which was on our wish list. He also pointed in the general direction of how to get to various places like the river but that proved not to be easy without a map. Our train back to Seville did not leave until 7.15 pm so we had plenty of free time in Seville but without a map were unsure of how best to use that time.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2010

Tour was very good, but I had problems understanding the guide

4 star rating: Recommended December 2008

Seville is a gorgeous city that is definitely worth seeing. However, I found it a bit confusing to understand the tour operator because she spoke so incredibly fast in both Spanish and English. I do speak both languages fluently and found myself translating and recapping what she had covered to some of the other travelers. Overall, I did enjoy the trip and would consider doing it again to Barcelona next time.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2008

Enjoyed our trip to Seville. Very nice place to visit, plenty of sights to see. Very good restaurants.

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2015

The guide made this experience less enjoyable. She knew a few facts but she kept repeating them as if they were new and interesting. She was also bossy. She told one participant to stop taking pictures so they could keep up and hear what she was saying. They preferred to stay back and take pictures but she kept reprimanding them. It was very awkward and totally unnecessary. If we had a different guide, I bet this is a wonderful tour. The sites are beautiful.

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