Seville Metro

The Seville Metro (Spanish: Metro de Sevilla) is an 18-kilometre (11 mi) light metro[6] network serving the city of Seville, Spain and its metropolitan area. The system is totally independent of any other rail or street traffic. All 22 stations were built with platform screen doors.

Seville Metro
Símbolo del Metro de Sevilla.svg
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Native nameMetro de Sevilla
LocaleSeville, Andalusia, Spain
Transit typeRapid transit/Light metro
Number of lines1 (+ 3 in planning phase)
Number of stations22
Daily ridership46,400 (2018)[1]
Annual ridership16.9 million (2018)[2][3]
WebsiteMetro Sevilla (in English)
Began operation2 April 2009; 11 years ago (2009-04-02)
Operator(s)Metro de Sevilla Sociedad Concesionaria de la Junta de Andalucía S.A.[4]
Number of vehicles17 CAF Urbos 2
System length18 km (11 mi)[5]
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification750 V overhead power supply
Top speed70 km/h (43 mph)

It was the sixth Metro system to be built in Spain, after those in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao and Palma de Mallorca. Currently, it is the fifth biggest Metro company in Spain by number of passengers carried – it carried 16 million passengers in 2017.[2][3][7]


Original projectEdit

First metro project

Construction of a metro in Seville began in 1974 with three proposed lines, covering only the city of Seville:

  • Line 1:
    • Stops: La Plata, Puerta Jerez, Plaza Nueva, Plaza del Duque, Alameda, Macarena, Pino Montano.
  • Line 2:
    • Stops: Santa Clara, Polígono San Pablo, Alhóndiga, Plaza del Duque, Marqués de Paradas, El Tardón, Rubén Darío.
  • Line 3:
    • Stops: Heliópolis, San Bernardo, Menéndez y Pelayo, Recaredo, Macarena, Cartuja.

This project was cancelled in 1983 for political reasons with the budget from the central government reassigned to other infrastructure in Andalusia by the newly created Junta de Andalucía[8] and also to the Bilbao Metro project instead, after 5 Billion Pesetas had already been spent. The official reasons given were fear that historic buildings might be damaged and economic viability.

Revised metro projectEdit

Seville Metro map
Nervión station
San Bernardo station
Plaza de Cuba station

In 1999 a new metro project was started by the Seville Metro Corporation (Spanish: Sociedad del Metro de Sevilla), founded by a former mayor of Seville. It was scheduled to be completed in 2006, but only began operation on 2 April 2009.[5]

The new project plans a network covering Seville and its metropolitan area (1,500,000 inhabitants) formed by four lines, all of them, completely independent of other traffic. In 2018, government officials came to an agreement to build line 3 of the metro system next.[9]


   Metro de Sevilla
Line     Terminals       Length     Stations     In service     Opened  
Ciudad Expo
Olivar Quintos
18 km
2 April 2009

Line 1Edit

  • Line 1, West-South

Rolling stockEdit

The Seville Metro fleet consists of 17 articulated low-floor Urbos 2 light rail vehicles (LRVs) manufactured by CAF. The Urbos 2 LRVs are 31-metre (102 ft) long, 2.65-metre (8.7 ft) wide, and 3.3-metre (11 ft) tall, with a total 6 doors on each side. The capacity of each LRV vehicle is of 192 passengers, of which 60 seated and 132 standing. The Urbos 2 LRVs have air conditioning. LRVs are powered by an overhead power supply at 750 Volts.[10]


Fares are based on a zone system with three fare zones on the currently operating Line 1. A single one-way trip that crosses zero zone boundaries costs 1.35€, one zone boundary 1.6€, and two zone boundaries 2.8€.[11] A variety of additional ticket types are available, such as a day pass and round-trip tickets. Tickets can be reused and refilled with additional fare at automated ticket machines in stations.

Future serviceEdit

   Metro de Sevilla
Line     Terminals       Length     Stations     In service     Opened  
Puerta Triana
13.4 km
Pino Montano
11.5 km
Circular line
17.7 km

Line 2 (in planning phase)Edit

  • Line 2, West-East
    • Type: Underground
    • Stops: 18
    • Length: 13.4 km.
    • Number of trains:
    • Start of the works: -
    • End of the works: -
    • Licence holder:

Line 3 (in planning phase)Edit

  • Line 3, North-South
    • Type: Underground
    • Stops: 17[12]
    • Length: 11.5 km.[12]
    • Number of trains:
    • Start of the works: -
    • End of the works: -
    • Licence holder:

Line 4 (in planning phase)Edit

  • Line 4, circular
    • Type: Underground
    • Stops: 24
    • Length: 17.7 km.
    • Number of trains:
    • Start of the works: -
    • End of the works: -
    • Licence holder:

Tram linesEdit

  • MetroCentro (Seville)|MetroCentro (T1), surface tram through the centre of Seville: Street level.
    • Stops: Plaza Nueva, Archivo de Indias, San Fernando and Prado de San Sebastián.
    • Length: 2.7 kilometres
    • Number of trains: 7 (manufactured by CAF).
    • Start of the works: Mid 2005.
    • End of the works: Spring/Summer 2007 (Only Prado de San Sebastián–San Fernando–Archivo de Indias–Plaza Nueva stations)

Future tramlinesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "LA LÍNEA 1 DE METRO DE SEVILLA ROZA LOS 17 MILLONES DE USUARIOS EN 2018". Metro Sevilla (in Spanish). 6 February 2019. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Estadística de Transporte de Viajeros" [Passenger Transport Statistics]. Instituto Nacional de Estadística [National Statistics Institute] (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Balance Anual 2012" [Annual Results 2012] (pdf). Metro Sevilla (in Spanish). 28 January 2013. p. 5. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Who we are". Metro Sevilla. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Sevilla metro inaugurated". Railway Gazette International. 6 April 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  6. ^ Michael Taplin (March 2013). "Home - World Systems List index - World List P-T - Spain (ES)". Light Rail Transit Association (LRTA). Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  7. ^ "El Metro de Sevilla superó los 16 millones de viajeros en 2017". sevilla (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  8. ^ "La Junta de Andalucía, dispuesta a paralizar definitivamente las obras del 'metro' de Sevilla". El País. 14 March 1983. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  9. ^ Reyes, Alberto García (24 January 2018). "Gobierno, Junta de Andalucía y Ayuntamiento acuerdan hacer la línea 3 del metro de Sevilla". ABCdesevilla. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  10. ^ Robert Schwandl. "Sevilla". Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Tickets & Fares". Metro Sevilla. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  12. ^ a b "¿Por dónde pasa la línea 3 del Metro de Sevilla?". ABCdesevilla. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.

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