As two of the gems in Andalucía’s glittering crown, Seville and Granada are essential stops on a first-time itinerary of Southern Spain. And if you are pushed for time, it is feasible to do a Seville to Granada day trip.
But what is the best way of getting from Seville to Granada?
This is where I can help. I have travelled between these two historic cities using different means of transport, and have learnt what works best.
Remove the guesswork with my guide to travelling between Seville and Granada.
Some articles on this website contain affiliate links. This means that I may earn a small commission if you make a purchase through these links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Read the full disclosure here.
What is the Distance from Seville to Granada?
Seville is around 155 miles (250 km) west of Granada.
How to Get from Seville to Granada
There are four ways to get from Seville to Granada:
- By train
- By bus
- By car
- On a day tour
Taking the Train from Seville to Granada
Thanks to high-speed direct trains, getting from Seville to Granada by rail is easy.
Reaching speeds of up to 155 miles per hour, the super speedy Avant and AVE trains run between Granada and Seville around six times a day. The journey time can be as little as 2 hours 30 minutes.
Spanish trains are run by the national rail operator Renfe.
Renfe trains are amongst the best in Europe. They are clean and comfortable and have storage spaces for luggage, usually on the racks above your head and at the end of each car. Air-conditioning, free wifi and power sockets usually come as standard.
Renfe offers two classes of travel: Standard or Turista (2nd class) and Comfort or Turista Plus (1st class). Within these travel classes, three fare types are on offer on the high-speed AVE trains:
- Básico (Basic): The cheapest fare for travel in Standard class.
- Elige (Choice): A semi-flexible fare. You can choose between Elige (2nd Class seat) or Elige Comfort (1st class seat).
- Premium: The most flexible fare. For this, you get a Comfort (1st class seat) with the option to add an at-seat meal if available.
In my experience, Standard class on Spanish trains is more than adequate.
Buying train tickets
I recommend booking your train ticket from Seville to Granada in advance. These are popular destinations and prices usually increase the closer you get to the time of departure.
Booking your train ticket through Renfe, the national rail operator, gets you the best prices. However, the Renfe website often doesn’t play nice. On more than one occasion it refused to recognise major destinations for me and it can be a little picky about non-Spanish credit and debit cards.
For a stress-free experience, I use Omio for Spanish train travel. You will pay a small booking fee but it’s a clear booking engine and a lot less hassle.
>> CHECK TRAIN TIMES & PRICES HERE
Where is the train station in Seville?
Trains for Granada leave Seville’s main Santa Justa station, located northeast of the city centre. It’s a 25-minute walk from Seville Cathedral in the heart of the city’s Old Town.
Where is the train station in Granada?
Granada has a small railway station that is located in Avenida de Andaluces, in the heart of the city. It’s a 20-minute walk from Granada Cathedral on the edge of the Albaicín.
Taking the bus from Seville to Granada
Buses are the most cost-effective way of getting from Seville to Granada.
Alsa operates bus services between Seville and Granada. The journey time is 3 hours.
I have used these buses and they are very comfortable. A one-way non-flexible fare can cost as little as €5; expect to pay significantly more for a flexible fare.
You can check bus times on Alsa’s website here. I don’t recommend using Omio to book your bus ticket as they only offer the more expensive flexible fares.
Where is the bus station in Seville?
Buses leave Seville’s Plaza de Armas Bus Station, just under a mile northwest of the Old Town. It’s a 20-minute walk from Seville Cathedral.
Where is the bus station in Granada?
Granada Bus Station is on the Carretera de Jaen, about two miles north of the city centre. You will need to take the number 33 bus from outside the bus station via Gran Via.
Buses leave every 15 minutes and the journey takes between 10 and 15 minutes. You can buy your ticket from the driver.
Driving from Seville to Granada
For the ultimate convenience and flexibility, drive from Seville to Granada.
Following the main A92 road through the towns of Osuna and Mollina, this journey will take you less than three hours.
Day Tours from Seville to Granada
For a stress-free day trip to Granada from Seville, join a day tour.
Someone else takes care of all of the arrangements, you benefit from the knowledge of a local guide and it is affordable. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the day.
Day tours to Granada from Seville include your tickets to the Alhambra Palace (a day tour is also a way to bag a reservation if tickets are sold out on the day that you wish to visit).
Here are a few day tours from Seville to Granada that are worth considering:
The Alhambra and Albaicín from Seville
This 13-hour tour has been highly rated by other travellers and includes guided tours of both the Alhambra Palace and the Albaicín. Tickets for the Nasrid Palaces, Alcazaba and Generalife Gardens are included.
>>> CLICK HERE TO CHECK PRICE & BOOK
Small group tour of Granada from Seville
If you prefer to be part of a smaller group, take a look at this tour which includes the Alhambra Palace and the Albaicín as well as sampling the tapas culture for which Granada is famous.
>>> CLICK HERE TO CHECK PRICE & BOOK
Ronda and the Alhambra from Seville
If you fancy combining a visit to the beautiful city of Ronda with the Alhambra, take a look at this full-on day tour. Although you will sacrifice time in Granada, you will be able to hit the highlights of Ronda, including the staggering Puente Nuevo.
>>> CLICK HERE TO CHECK PRICE & BOOK
What is the Best Way to Get to Granada from Seville on Public Transport?
With the fastest journey a touch above 2 hours 30 minutes, the quickest way of getting from Seville to Granada is by train. Although taking the bus will save you money, at three hours it is a longer journey and Granada’s bus station is around two miles from the city centre
Joining a group tour is an excellent option if you are planning just a day trip from Seville to Granada. Not only will this maximise the available time but it will also include ticket reservations for the Alhambra.
Find Out More About Seville and Granada
If you want to discover more about Seville, take a look at these articles I have written about this glorious city:
- One Day in Seville, Spain: The Best Itinerary
- A Perfect 3 Days in Seville, Spain: Itinerary & Best Things to Do
- 10 Things to Know Before Visiting the Real Alcázar of Seville
- 10 Things to Know Before Visiting Seville Cathedral
To get the lowdown on Granada, here are a few articles from my most recent visit to this gem of a city:
- The Best 2-Day Granada Itinerary: More Than The Alhambra
- 15 Essential Tips for Visiting the Alhambra, Spain
Bridget Coleman has been a passionate traveller for more than 30 years. She has visited 70+ countries, most as a solo traveller.
Articles on this site reflect her first-hand experiences.
To get in touch, email her at email@example.com or follow her on social media.