Seville To Gibraltar Day Trip: Expert Travel Tips [2024]

Seville To Gibraltar Day Trip: Expert Travel Tips [2024]

Are you planning to book Seville to Gibraltar day trip? In that case, you’re at the right place!

In this article, I will not only share your options for booking this trip but also add some local insights and practical tips that will save you a lot of time and hassle when planning this day trip (as I have visited Gibraltar myself!).

If you prefer to book your day trip right away instead of reading all the details, I have added a link to my recommended tour operator below.

Your Options for Seville to Gibraltar Day Trip

The distance between Seville and Gibraltar is over 200 km, so it’s not exactly a short journey, and one that’s near impossible to accomplish using public transport.

In this section, I will share all your options for Seville to Gibraltar day trip, with detailed information for each.

Option 1: Tour Operator Seville to Gibraltar Day Trips

I think this is the easiest and most cost-effective way to get to Gibraltar from Seville, without the hassle of driving a car and navigating the local traffic.

This trip includes not just the transport, but also the entrance to St Michael’s Cave and you can also see the Gibraltar monkeys running freely around it.

It’s a small group (max 14 people) day trip with a pick up from your hotel and free time in Gibraltar to do shopping or explore on your own. Click the link below to see prices & availability dates (runs 3x a week).

Gibraltar monkeys
Gibraltar monkeys
Skywalk in Gibraltar
Views from Skywalk in Gibraltar

Option 2: Seville to Gibraltar Day Trip With a Rental Car

If you’re considering driving to Gibraltar from Seville, especially if you have already rented a car for your Seville trip, there are a few things you should know before you hit the road.

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The distance between Seville and Gibraltar is over 200 km, which would take 2.5 hours to get to your destination, one way. If you want to make it a day trip, due to the duration of the journey, I would recommend leaving very early in the morning to avoid the rush hour traffic.

Some of the roads on the way may be paid toll roads, so have spare cash ready in the car to pay at the toll booths

Check that your car rental contract doesn’t specify that you’re not allowed to leave the country, which technically would be the case if you cross the Gibraltar border in a rented car

Once you get to Gibraltar or La Linea de la Conception, which is the town next to it, you have two options: driving through the border with a car, or parking at La Linea and crossing on foot

It is highly recommended to park the car at La Linea de la Conception parking lot close to the borders, as crossing the borders in a car can take hours (the lines are notoriously long, especially in the main season).

Once you park your car at La Linea, you can cross on foot via the pedestrian checkpoints, and then walk to Gibraltar (around 20 minutes) or take a local Gibraltar taxi from there.

Local taxis or buses do not cross the borders. Pedestrian crossing and border control are much faster and there is virtually no waiting time involved, compared to the line for cars.

Option 3: Seville to Gibraltar Day Trip Using Public Transport

The public transport connections between Seville and Gibraltar are not great and I would not recommend considering this option at all.

There are no fast train connections, and your only option is a local bus, where the one-way journey takes 4 hours, so it’s pretty much impossible to accomplish as a day trip. There are also only 3 connections per day, operated by Alsa.

gibraltar old town
The old town of Gibraltar
Gibraltar old town
Gibraltar old town

Book Online: Seville to Gibraltar Day Trip

As I mentioned earlier, I highly recommend booking your trip online with a tour operator, which has a number of advantages:

  • FREE Cancellation – cancel up to 24 hours ahead of the trip for a full refund
  • PAY LATER – Reserve your spot now and pay later
  • PICK UP from your hotel in Seville
  • Check trip reviews from other travellers before booking
  • Runs 3x a week
  • 11 hours total trip duration which is perfect for a day trip
  • Travel in a comfortable air-conditioned bus
  • Information about Gibraltar from English speaking guide on board
  • Entrance tickets to St Michael’s Cave included
  • Chance to watch the Gibraltar monkeys
  • Free time to explore Gibraltar on your own
view from Pillars of Hercules
View from Pillars of Hercules
Gibraltar skywalk inside the nature reserve
Gibraltar skywalk inside the nature reserve

Essential Info For Seville to Gibraltar Day Trip

It is your responsibility to check the entry requirements to the country, especially if you’re from a non-EU country.

Gibraltar was annexed to the UK by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, following the end of the war. It is considered a British territory abroad, most often referred to locally as ‘the Rock’ (no, not the actor).

As a British territory, the same rules will apply as if you’re visiting the UK. These rules have changed a little since the UK left the EU.

Before you plan your trip, please make sure that you check the legal requirements for entry to this UK territory on the official Gibraltar government website, where you will get advice for every nationality

As of spring 2023, you can enter Gibraltar with a valid EU passport without any additional paperwork, or even a valid national ID card (EU citizens only).

If you’re not from the EU, VISA requirements may apply – check the link above for more details

There are some restrictions on how much good you can bring to Spain from Gibraltar and another way around, you can check the HM Customs page which has more details. The customs check is both on entry to Gibraltar and also exit.

Following the passport checks, you will have to cross the airport runway to get to Gibraltar town, sometimes this can take a while if you have to wait due to scheduled plane departure or arrival

To make sure you don’t have to wait for the runway crossing too long, you can check in advance at what time the planes are landing or taking off, to avoid extra waiting time – check at the official airport site here. At the moment, the planned departures and arrivals are at 10.40 am, 16.50 pm (arrivals) and 11.15 am and 17.40 pm for departures.

Traffic in Gibraltar drives on the right, not left like in the UK

Allow plenty of time for the border crossing, especially if you’re travelling by car

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Lucia has been living on Costa del Sol since 2020, and through her love of photography and travel, she has been documenting the best places to see in Southern Spain and uncovering hidden gems only known to locals. All the articles on Viva La Vita are written based on personal experience and local expertise.

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