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Purchasing your Cercanías train tickets is essential since you can’t use any bus or subway ticket on the train network.
The suburban or Cercanías trains will take you to the outer Seville areas that don’t have Metro connections.
Here’s all the information you need to know about how to get Cercanías train tickets.
The Seville suburban train system is called Cercanías. It goes across the city connecting the main stations of city with other surrounding towns. So it’s a great option if you plan to visit the outskirts of Seville.
There are three different types of tickets that you can use on the suburban train system.
Cercanías fares are based on a zone system: the further you travel to, the more you have to pay. In Seville and the rest of the region, areas are numbered from 1 to 6 where 1 is the city center and 6 is the furthest area from the city.
It’s easier to understand if you have a look at a map with all the Cercanías lines.
Enter the station that serves the Cercanías line you want to use. Chances are you will likely use one of the stations located in the center of the city, or one of the main train stations (Santa Justa or San Bernardo).
Cercanías train tickets can be bought from machines at the train station and if available, ticket windows where Renfe staff can help you out. It’s easier to use the machines, but you can always go to a ticket window if you speak a bit of Spanish and need extra help.
The Tarjeta Multiviaje and the Tarjeta Turística bus tickets are not valid on Cercanías services. So you need to buy a specific train ticket to get on the train.
Using the machine is easy.
Keep your ticket, as you will need it to exit the station at the end of your journey.
Cercanías train tickets have a magnetic strip that is read by electronic turnstiles at the station. You must insert your Cercanías ticket in to a card reader to release the turnstile before boarding your train.
In rare occasions, you might find no turnstile, just a card reader. If that’s the case, follow the example of other passengers and use the card reader immediately before heading to your train platform.
Follow signs indicating your Cercanías train platform.
Either before getting to the platform or at the platform itself, have a look at the printed train schedules posted in each station, or the monitors and electronic signs. All show the trains departing from that platform.
Cercanías trains do not have seat assignments. So you can seat wherever you want.
Remember to keep your Cercanías train ticket until you are outside your arrival station: you will need it to exit the station.
Unfortunately, no Cercanías train line connects the city center with Seville airport.
Here are the alternative airport transfers.