Guide to car parking in Seville: Best tips & spots (2024)

car parking in seville

Car parking in Seville can be a challenge because the city center is a maze and it’s very easy to get lost. Morever, in other surrounding neighborhoods, on-street parking is paid and controlled.

As a matter of fact, I don’t recommend using a car in Seville. It’s often quicker to move around the city using public transport, whether it’s a bus, a bike, a taxi or my favorite, your legs!

The only reason to rent a car in Seville is just because you plan to travel out of the city and go to other great destinations in Spain (Granada, Cordoba, Madrid, Barcelona or the coast where you can spend a few days at some gorgeous beaches…).

But if you still need to get around Sevilla by car, you should book your car rental online. Check this complete guide to book yours in a couple of minutes.

Parking your rental car in Seville is certainly not easy. That’s why I suggest you plan it in advance if you’re not familiar with the city.

Where can you park your rental car in Seville?

Car parking in Seville can be a challenge due to fact that

  • Seville’s old town is labyrinthine. Be ready for its winding streets and limited parking options.
  • The city isn’t designed for easy parking, especially for non-residents, as there are several access restrictions in place.
  • The local government is pushing to decrease car use and boost public transportation, making it even tougher to find a spot.

Finding a parking spot in Seville can be a bit confusing. It’s not always free, and the city’s winding streets can make you feel lost.

Nevertheless, there are still a few options where you can park your rental car in Seville.

Free car parks in the outskirts

Seville has 15+ dissuasive car parks open to the public (most of them free of charge). They are the best option to avoid entering the city center suing your car. Instead, you can park there and use the public transport or even walk.

You’ll avoid the hustle of traffic jams, getting lost and spending a fortune in a paying car park or because of a fine.

The closest free car parks from the city center are the following, depending on the highway you’re coming from.

A-66 (Ruta de la Plata) or A-49 (Autovía del V Centenario)

My advice here is to park on Isla de la Cartuja (the side of the river to the left) when you visit Seville.

There are many car parks in La Cartuja, but most of them are on Avenida de Carlos III.

A-4 (Autovía de Andalucía) from Córdoba or A-92

From here, parking is a bit more difficult. But you can try your luck in the surroundings of Santa Justa train station.

A-4 (Autovía de Andalucía) from Cádiz

If you’re coming from the south of Andalucía you can either:

  • Try one of the free car parks in the area: Virgen del Rocío hospital Cercanías train station or Benito Villamarín stadium. However, both are complicated areas – one because the hospital is always busy, the other because it’s gets very crowded when Real Betis plays at home.
  • Go to Isla de la Cartuja and park there instead. I would strongly recommend this option to avoid last minute surprises.

Here’s a map showing the main free car parks (labeled with a green “P” icon):

Paid car parking in Seville city center

Parkopedia is the perfect tool when you’re looking for parking in Seville, especially for underground car parks.

  1. Type the location (city, address, zip code…) where you want to park your car.
  2. Choose the arrival and departure dates and times.
  3. Click on the “Find Parking” blue button.

The website will show you the best results according to this particular location.

Each result shows the name of the car park, the total number of car spots, how much it will cost you and how far it is. You can arrange them by cost or how far they are.

If you click on a specific car park and then on the “Get Directions” blue button, you’ll be sent to Google Maps.

Regardless of the car park you pick, take note of where you are, and what landmarks there are as you exit:

  1. Take a picture of the car and the car spot as a reminder. Make sure you include the car spot number and letter.
  2. Once you exit the car park, save your current location on Whatsapp, Telegram or iMessage so you can trace back your steps and return there.

On the street

Sure, you can park your rental car on the street. But…

  • Parking in the center of Seville is almost an impossible mission. Read the “On-street car parking in Seville” section below for more information.
  • Paid parking applies to part of the center of Seville and other areas of the city (Macarena, Luis Montoto, Viapol, Los Remedios). Read the “Zones and meters” section below for more information.

On-street car parking in Seville

“Is there a chance of free on-street parking in Seville?”

I get this question a lot. Especially from readers who are traveling by car, whether their own or a rental, and have decided to book a vacation apartment in Seville.

Well… The truth is that it’s extremely difficult to find a free space in the center, but it’s not impossible.

Insider tip: Watch out for gorrillas. They are random guys guiding people to free parking spaces along the street and giving them directions while parking.

  1. Be careful to park where they tell you to. They don’t care if the “available” spot is actually allowed for parking or not, and you risk discovering a fine on your rental car’s windshield when you get back – if you’re lucky enough not to have it towed.
  2. Once you’ve parked they will ask for a small fee (usually 1€). Don’t pay them, as you’ll be contributing to an illegal activity. Smile and tell them you don’t have any change on you.

Where can you find free on-street parking in the old town?

Sure, if you’re very lucky, you may find free street parking in Seville’s old town:

  • Santa Cruz and La Campana areas: virtually impossible, so not recommended at all. Try somewhere outside the historic center.
  • El Arenal and El Museo areas: most streets are now metered, and little by little all of them will be inside a regulated street parking zone.
  • Macarena area: around Calle Feria and the San Lorenzo area, inside the historic center, and outside, north of Calle Resolana, towards the Macarena hospital.
  • San Vicente area: mainly on Calle Torneo (which goes alongside the river), and some of the smaller side streets towards the Alameda de Hércules.

However, these spots get taken up fast. Many others, especially locals, are looking for the same thing…

When is the best time to find on-street car parking in Seville?

The best time to find parking space on the street is

  • Early morning: between 07:30 and 09:00.
  • Lunch time: between 14:00 and 16:00.
  • In the late afternoon (between 20:00 and 21:30), when non-residents leave the city center.

Zones and meters

Most of Seville’s entire street parking is regulated by zones (also called Gestión del Estacionamiento en Superficie or GES). There are blue or green dashed painted lines on the side of the road where parking is available.

The system is the same regardless of the color, who only indicates that there is a very high (light blue), high (blue) or low (green) car turnover.

  • MAR. Stands for muy alta rotación (very high turnover). As a visitor you can stay for a maximum of 1 hour (60 minutes).
  • Blue. As a visitor you can stay for a maximum of 2 hours (120 minutes).
  • Green. As a visitor you can park here for a maximum of 3 hours (180 minutes).

Residents who have paid the annual fee have priority over these spaces and are allowed to park here free of time restrictions.

These zones operate during the following times:

  • Monday to Friday: 9:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 20:00
  • Saturday: 10:00 to 14:00
  • Sunday & public holidays: no service
  • July & August: Monday to Friday 9:00 to 14:00

You can find parking meters (parquímetros) everywhere in the parking regulated zones. Here is where you must purchase your ticket. Once you have it, place it in a visible area on the dashboard of your car.

You can pay with coins. Note that meters neither accept bills nor provide change. You must have the exact change. Unfortunately, most shops don’t provide change when asked, so make sure you have plenty of coins with you.

Alternatively, you can also pay with:

If you park your car in a blue area, you must purchase your ticket from a blue parking meter. The same goes on for parking in a green area.

Avoid fines when car parking in Seville

Avoid parking on the carga y descarga (loading and unloading) areas, unless the times are clearly displayed. The times allowed for parking on these spots are limited and different from the MAR, Blue and Green zone hours.

Don’t park in pedestrian crossings, corners, or in front of entrances and exits.

Don’t double park.

As a rule of thumb, avoid committing any offense. In Seville controllers are everywhere (literally) and you’ll get fined or your car could be towed away. Better not getting one, traffic fines are heavy!

If you exceed your time in a regulated parking area and are fined, you can often cancel the fine by paying a penalty. You must, however, do it within a limited period: 1 hour (60 minutes) after the fine was issued.

You can pay your penalty

  • At the nearest parking meter. Read the instructions on the fine and the parking meter to learn how to proceed.
  • Using the apparkya app (available on iOS and Android).

Your rental car was impounded

If your car has been towed away, there may be an adhesive sticker by the side of the road indicating this. As a non-resident you must first pay the fine in cash before paying the towing (grúa) charge, usually at two different places.

The amount of the fine will vary depending on the size of the car, the area it was parked, and how long it has been impounded.

You’ll need to ask a policeman or parking controller where the car pound is.

But I suggest you call your rental car company and ask for assistance.

Avoid thefts and break-ins

Having your rental car stolen can ruin your trip, especially if your luggage and personal items were in the vehicle.

Here are some tips to prevent theft and break-ins while you are away. These are valid not only while you are in Seville, but at all times should you decide to go on a road trip around Spain.

  • Park in well-lit, trafficked areas so your vehicle can be seen at all times.
  • Put away all your electronic devices. Don’t forget the cables and chargers.
  • Put your luggage and other valuables in the trunk, out of sight.
  • Turn off the engine, lock all the doors and close the windows at all times while you are not inside the car.
  • Don’t leave spare keys in your rental car. Thieves know where to look.
  • Always keep the car papers with you.

If your rental car is stolen, report the theft immediately. If you don’t speak any Spanish ask a local to help you.

  1. Contact the police authorities or go to the nearest police station. Give them all the information about your vehicle (model, license plates, color, etc.) and report any stolen items.
  2. Call the rental car company to inform them of the situation and ask to get another rental vehicle. They will deal with the insurance company.

This article is part of a complete tutorial about car rental in Seville where you can read all the information you need to organize your road trip around the country.

Here is a complete summary of all the guide:

1. Getting to Seville by rental car
2. How to rent a car in Sevilla: step-by-step tutorial
3. How to find cheap rental rates?
4. Do you need an International Driver’s Licence?
5. Guide for getting around Sevilla: car rental
6. 5 tips for driving in Seville: navigating the city with ease
7. Guide to car parking in Seville: best tips & spots

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