Andalusia is a Spanish region known for its pristine beaches that run along the stunning Costa del Sol, its flamenco dancing, and the so-called richest sherry in the world. Popular cities in this area are Seville, Granada, Córdoba, Ronda, and Málaga. A great day trip from the biggest and most tourist-centric settlement, Seville, is Cádiz, which is considered to be the oldest inhabited city in Europe.
There are regular trains and buses that transport tourists from Seville to Cadiz—and rarely do they take longer than two hours or cost more than $20—but the fastest way to get between the two is to drive the 75-mile (121-kilometer) stretch yourself.
|Bus||1 hour, 45 minutes||from $12||Minding a budget|
|Train||1 hour, 30 minutes||from $14||Comfortable and quick public transportation|
|Car||1 hour, 15 minutes||75 miles (121 kilometers)||Arriving on a time crunch|
What Is the Cheapest Way to Get From Seville to Cádiz?
The cheapest way to get from Seville to Cádiz is by bus. According to Omio, there are up to 20 Transportes Comes buses that run this hour-and-45-minute route daily and tickets start around $12. Buses depart from Prado de San Sebastian Station, a 15- to 20-minute walk from the center, and arrive at Plaza de Sevilla or Cádiz Residencia. The former is a six-minute walk from the center and the latter is a 10- to 15-minute ride on Line 1 of the local bus.
What Is the Fastest Way to Get From Seville to Cádiz?
The fastest way to get to Cádiz is to drive yourself. This route doesn't disappoint, either, as it's surrounded by the green, hilly scenery of southern Spain. The most direct route is to take the AP-4 almost all the way to Cádiz. The drive is 75 miles (121 kilometers) and takes about an hour and 15 minutes.
How Long Is the Train Ride?
The train is good for comfortable and quick public transportation. It doesn't cost much more than the bus, either. All routes are operated by Renfe, Spain's commuter rail system, but the Alvia high-speed train is faster than the rest (an hour, 30 minutes versus an hour, 45 minutes or two hours). There are roughly 13 trains per day, according to Trainline, and tickets start around $14 for a single trip. Trains depart from Seville-Santa Justa railway station and arrive at the Cádiz train station, which is close to Plaza de Sevilla.
When Is the Best Time to Travel to Cádiz?
The best time to travel to Cádiz is just before the horde of tourists arrive for the summer, around May. This is when the weather is hot, but not blistering like it is in July and August, and you'll still be able to find deals on transportation and lodging. September is also warm and relatively quiet, but it's one of the wettest months of the year. According to Omio, the fastest bus of the day departs from Seville at 7 a.m. The last two buses—departing just before the 9:30 p.m. cutoff—take the longest (about two hours).
What’s the Most Scenic Route to Cádiz?
The most scenic route from Seville to Cádiz is, conveniently, the most direct route, which features plenty of little Andalusian towns and stopovers for road trippers. The AP-4 goes right through Los Palacios y Villafranca, home to a beautiful, 15th-century Baroque church and the Casa de la Cultura ("House of Culture"). Then, you can veer off the highway and stop by Jerez de la Frontera, a city known for its flamenco, sherry, horses, and motorcycles. Lastly, stop by beachy Puerto Real before arriving in Cádiz.
What Is There to Do in Cádiz?
Founded 3,000 years ago by the Phoenicians, Cádiz is the oldest city in Western Europe. This peninsula, right on the Andalusian Atlantic coast, features exquisite beaches and memorable regional cuisine like its fried fish specialty. Here, you can get a real bird's-eye view of the white city from the top of Torre Tavira, a lookout tower that dates back to the 1700s, and, on the ground, explore such historic attractions as an old Roman theatre and the Cádiz Cathedral. La Caleta is a beach with unique castle views and the greenery in Genovés Park is tough to beat.