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Ultimate Day Trip From Seville To Córdoba In 2024

On a perfect day trip from Seville to Córdoba you can visit numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the old town of Córdoba, like the fifth largest church in the world and an over two thousand-year-old bridge.

This amazing day trip in Southern Spain is easily doable by public transport. There are frequent trains and you can choose how much time you need in the city.

I did this day trip in the fall of 2023 and I had plenty of time to explore the city during my day trip.

How to get from Seville to Córdoba

A train inside Cordoba train station
The train is the best way to do a Cordoba Spain day trip from Seville; picture from the Cordoba train station

To travel from Seville to Cordoba, you’ve got three solid options: train, bus, or guided tour.

The fastest way is by train, the Seville Cordoba train journey only takes about 45 minutes. Buses are budget-friendly but take about two hours. If you’d rather have a fuss-free experience with added insights, a guided tour might be your best bet.

Getting from Seville to Córdoba by train

Getting from Seville to Cordoba by train is a breeze and honestly, it’s the best option if you want to explore the city on your own.

The Spanish railway service, Renfe, runs frequently between the two cities, with the fastest option taking just about 45 minutes. This makes Cordoba the best day trip from Seville by train.

Just hop on the high-speed train at Seville’s Santa Justa Station and you’ll find yourself in Cordoba before you know it.

You can book your train tickets in advance on the Renfe website or grab them at the station. I recommend booking the ticket online if you already know which train you want to catch since some trains sell out.

Make sure to be at the train station early enough since they do security checks for the high-speed trains in Spain.

Getting from Seville to Córdoba by bus

You can also catch a bus from Seville to Cordoba but to be honest, I don’t recommend it. Buses take at least 2 hours and are not that much cheaper than the trains.

So, for a day trip the double journey time from Seville to Cordoba is not worth the few Euros you would save by taking a bus.

Getting from Seville to Córdoba by tour

If you’d rather sit back and let someone else handle the details, consider booking a guided tour from Seville to Cordoba.

Many tour operators offer day trips from Seville to Cordoba that include transportation, a local guide, and sometimes even entrance tickets.

While it’s often pricier than going solo, the upside of taking a day tour is you get expert commentary on the journey and an included tour through Cordoba.

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The inside of the mosque-cathedral in Cordoba. Light shines through a colourful window and creates a rainbow of colours on the floor

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Cordoba Private Tour with Mosque Entrance from Seville

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Best things to do in Córdoba

1. The Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba (Mezquita)

Columns and arches inside the cathedral in Cordoba
One of the most unique churches I’ve ever been in

The Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, commonly known as the Mezquita, is the highlight of any visit and should be on every Cordoba itinerary.

It’s the epitome of Andalusian art and architecture, blending Islamic and Christian influences in a way that leaves you awe-struck. As a matter of fact, the cathedral was originally a mosque. In the 13th century, it was converted to a cathedral.

The stunning building is still sometimes referred to as the great mosque of Cordoba, and you can still make out many Muslim elements in the church.

The Mezquita is the fifth-largest church in the world. When I walked through the forest of columns and arches I was overwhelmed by the sheer size of the building. You wander through rows of columns and then you stumble upon a cathedral in the middle!

I highly recommend going inside the gorgeous Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, you can book tickets online beforehand at the official webpage. I visited during the week in mid-October and I was fine with buying a ticket at the entrance.

🤩 I love this guided walking tour of Cordoba for the included entrance tickets!

A garden with a bell tower in the back
You need an extra ticket if you want to climb the bell tower

2. Roman bridge of Córdoba

A historic arch bridge with the Cordoba skyline in the back; worth visiting on a day trip from Seville to Cordoba
From the other side of the Roman Bridge you have a great view

The Roman bridge of Córdoba was originally built in the 1st century BC! It’s not just a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also a Spanish Cultural Heritage.

Walking over this pedestrian bridge is another must even if you’re in Cordoba only for one day. From the bridge, you have a great view of the Guadalquivir River and the city.

On the other side of the river is the Calahorra Tower. The tower used to be a fortified gate, today it’s home to the Museo Vivo de Al-Andaluz, a museum in which you can learn about Cordoba’s history.

When I visited there was a delicious juice stall on the other side, so I had a refreshing juice, took in the stunning scenery and headed back to the main side of the river.

3. Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

A castle wall with a palm tree in front
Find out about the city’s rich history in the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos

The Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, also called the Alcázar of Córdoba, is a medieval Alcázar, an Islamic palace in Spain built during Muslim rule in the 14th century.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t visit the Alcázar from the inside since it was closed when I made my day trip to Cordoba from Seville.

The inside of the palace can’t quite compete with the likes of Alhambra in Granada but the highlight of the visit to the Alcázar of Córdoba is the gardens anyway. Think fountains, ponds, and a myriad of plants that turn the space into an Andalusian Eden.

🤩 I love this private walking tour of Cordoba for the included entrance tickets!

4. Wander through the narrow streets

A small alley with plant pots hanging on the walls
Calleja de las Flores

One of the highlights of my Seville day trip to Cordoba was to wander through the small cobblestone alleys. There are so many cute, small shops, in which local artisans sell their products.

Some alleys, like the Calleja de las Flores, are especially known for their charm. As pretty as this alley is, however, it’s overcrowded and you can easily find other alleys which are just as picturesque.

A great place to wander around is the Jewish quarter of Cordoba, it’s just a short walk from the mosque-cathedral.

5. Have a drink at Plaza de la Corredera

A big square surrounded by buildings with people sitting at tables and having drinks
Experience the city away from the tourist attractions

Plaza de la Corredera is the perfect place if you want a more authentic feeling of Cordoba away from the touristy spots of the historic center.

The square is surrounded by buildings and locals meet there for a drink or a snack. So it’s the best place to have a drink and watch the everyday life of Cordoba.

FAQ: Day trip from Seville to Córdoba

Can you do a day trip from Seville to Cordoba?

Yes, you can easily do a day trip to Cordoba. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the best day trips from Seville you can do. A full day is enough time to explore the beautiful city of Cordoba with its stunning attractions.

How far is Cordoba from Seville by train?

The fastest Seville to Cordoba train time is just 45 minutes. The train from Seville to Cordoba

Tina in front of the Roman bridge in Cordoba
I had a great day in Cordoba

Final thoughts: Is a day trip to Córdoba worth it?

A Córdoba day trip from Seville is definitely worth it. In a day you can explore the stunning Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, walk across the historic Roman Bridge and get lost in the beautiful alleys of Córdoba old town.

If you’re spending a few days in Seville, Córdoba makes for a great day trip so you can explore more of Andalusia. And in one day you can see the best things Cordoba has to offer. Then you can hop on the train back from Cordoba to Seville.

🤩 I love this private walking tour of Cordoba for the included entrance tickets!

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