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<map lat='37.34184374021268' lng='-5.984716415405273' zoom='15' view='0' float='right' /> Sevilla is a city in the south of Spain and the capital of the province of Andalusia. Public transport is mostly just buses, the locals cycle. Bus tickets are not transferable, you buy a separate one for each bus ride, each costs €1.40. In season, there are oranges everywhere, on every street, dripping off the trees, however they aren't good for eating.
Watch out at service stations in and around Sevilla area for muggers as Sevilla has a history of thefts of truck drivers and other people who stop by. Never leave your stuff alone.
Option 1 The entrance to the motorway is exactly beside the bus station Plaza de Armas. Walk towards the motorway and stop after the bridge. On the right side of the street there is a huge crosswalk. The way to Huelva is to the left and the crosswalk is to the right. One hitchhiker had a waiting time of 40 minutes. Thumbing from the intersection Camas, which is the first one after the motorway junction, seems to be a bad option. A hitchhiker who did try, ended up waiting for four hours.
Option 2 Go to Praza de Armas and take bus M-161 in direction "Tomares". The bus will drive for a couple of minutes on the A-49 direction Huelva (1,40 Euro). Get out at the first bus-stop after the motorway. Walk back to the motorway, walk along the first roundabout and cross the bridge of the motorway. You'll see an IKEA on the left and a bigger roundabout in front of you. Leave the roundabout behind and you'll the a green petrol station. Have a look at the Google Map: from the bus stop to the petrol station Ask for a ride to the next petrol station on the motorway which is 20km far. Wukk hitched a ride after 10 minutes to the next petrol station. From there you get a lot of traffic directly to Portugal.--Wukk 17:56, 28 February 2012 (CET)
Option 3 Go to Santa Justa train station and take Cercanias C-5 (Virgen del Rocio - Benacazon), in direction "Benacazon". There is a train each hour for 3,30€. Buy the ticket from Santa Justa to Benacazon. Try to get a ride at the very train station, just ask to reach the town ("¿Me puede llevar a l pueblo?" in spanish) or "Las nieves" petrol station ("Me puede llevar a la gasolinera de las nieves"). If you are unlucky, just walk across the road to the village (the one with a bike lane at the right side, and there ask for the motorway or "Andalusí Park" hotel ("Por donde se va a la autovia" / "Por donde se va al hotel Andalusí Park"). Leave the hotel at your right, walk across the bridge over the motorway and you will see the petrol station. From there you can get a long ride, since the station is far away enough from Sevilla. It has a lot of activity, specialy in summer time. But if everything goes bad, just ask for a ride to the next petrol station in Chucena, a big one with restaurant, lot of services, and many cars and trucks for you to try. My experience: It takes me two minutes to find a car outside the Cercanias station. They took me directly to the petrol station and there, in 5-10 minutes, I found a car to Bollullos Par del Condado, my destination.
North towards Extremadura & Castilla y León
Go to the main bus station and take the line bus 41 (ask again to be sure) headed towards Camas and Santiponce, the ticket costs around 1'45€. Get down at Santiponce, this is a tiny industrial outskirts town. Walk back towards the little rest area on the right of the picture shown on the link below. It's not fantastic, but I believe this is definitely the best spot you can find to get on to the E-803 legally and safely. Tip: Nihilobstat [] got super lucky because during the oranges season a man sets a stand right there to sell oranges, and some extra cars stop there because they know about it :-) If there isn't much traffic going by, you can always "dangerously" walk up to the highway and try to find a car there. I didn't find any other possible spot going out north from Sevilla.
2nd option. Follow the directions above. Then follow the Camino santiago trail through the fields after 40minutes you should see petrol station on your left. Pass underneath the highway and you should be there. Takes about an hour to walk. This petrol station serves both the highway and the route nacional and plenty of cars stop here going in all directions.
North towards Madrid
Take a bus to the airport of Sevilla. Get off at the airport stop and walk straight on towards the motorway. At the junction you will see a petrol station in your front. It's only a five minute walk, it's safe and you will find a ride for sure!
- Note: One anonymous hitchhiker stayed there for a whole night and day and no one ever stopped. It's a dead end. The hitchhiker would definitely not recommend it. But then again it is Spain and as far as (s)he found out it is definitely completely about how lucky you are or not.
This directions are very, very bad and misleading, so I proposed them to be removed. On the twelve of April of 2012 I tried it. After the airport the only station I saw was going east. So this is what I did... As I walked on the same direction as the bus that left me, I saw that station ahead and was told it was going east. I walked on the highway on the Sevilla direction. I don´t recommend walking in highways. Then I got on some long dirt road walk for about one hour or so. Sorry I don´t remember all the details on how to get there but it´s quite easy I think. Then when I finally say the sign saying Huelva-Merida I walked there. I waited about one hour and a half and got a ride that left me in a town called Camas near the highway to Merida. I walked to the entrance. I´m sorry these directions suck but it´s the best I can do since I am not from there. Next time I´ll try to take a bus to Camas and walk from there.
South towards Cadiz
Take the bus to Betis Football Stadium (which is in the south of Sevilla, Betis street is in the center). Ask for the direction of the autopista. At the end of the Avenida de la Raza is a roundabout. Underpass the motorway to the second roundabout and try to get a ride. You can go via the motorway or the parallel road, which also works, since a lot of people want to avoid the motorway toll. But it's slow of course. A sign might be useful.
Another option, that works better on my opinion is the bus stop in the end of Avenida de Jerez before it became a motorway. There are plenty of space for cars, bus do not disturb you, because they are very rarely and usually this bus stop is empty. This street is more busy that the Avenida de la Raza, but cars goes not so fast, because before the bus stop is the traffic light. A sign will be very useful because after 200 metres road split into two direction. Better to wait direct car to Jerez or Cadiz or if you go further get out on the petrol station before Jerez (check the map).
East towards Granada
Take the bus no.29 from "El Prado" bus station (close to the Plaza de Espana) and get off after about 20minutes when you see CEPSA petrol station just few meters from the bus stop. From there try to get a ride to any petrol station further out of the city and on the A92 highway and there to get a longer ride, to Malaga, Granada or any other destination on East. NB: we tried this place with a girlfriend and had bad meetings with strange men , then a very nice couple picked us up to tell us this was the quarter : torreblanca , one of the most dangerous in sevilla...so pay attention in this place, people.
From the center, walk to Avenida de Kansas City (After RENFE San Justo train station) and on towards the Autovia del Sur. There will be a Carrefour on your right along with a petrol station. If you continue on there will be another petrol station - CEPSA - that you can stand in front of or wait at to ask for rides. The area is surrounded by trees which make it possible to camp and water is available if you ask inside the petrol station. Bring cardboard though as you might have to stay the night.
There is also a bus stop on the road between those two petrol stations, with some place for cars to stop after.
Tourist office at the San Francisco square offers 1 hour of Internet for free. You just have to sign up on the desk there. Working times: 10-14h and 17-20h.