Travel information

Travel information

Spain is one of the most visited countries in the world, offering a multitude of UNESCO World Heritage sites, delicious food and stunning natural landscapes, 3000 hours of sunshine per year and 8000 kilometres of coastline.

For information about visa requirements to enter Spain, visit the official tourism website.

Getting here

By plane

If you fly to Seville, you’ll land at Seville’s San Pablo airport, which happens to be located next to one of the most important aeronautical complexes in Europe, a reflection of the city’s long aeronautical tradition. The Seville Airport was expanded in 1992, under a design completed by the prestigious architect Rafael Moneo. Its hall, dominated by arches supported by vaults is a tribute to the culture of Seville and Andalusia.

However you may find it easier to fly in to nearby Malaga or the capital Madrid, and continue your journey to Seville by train or car. 

By train

Seville was a pioneer in the development of Spain’s high-speed rail and in 1992 it was the inaugural destination for Spain’s first high-speed railway line.

Seville’s Santa Justa Station has high-speed connections to Cordoba, Madrid, Zaragoza and Barcelona, on the southwest-northeast line of the AVE, and to Malaga on the AVANT trains. Santa Justa Station is the work of renowned architects from Seville, Cruz y Ortiz, and is located just a 15-minute walk from the city centre.

Travel time from Madrid is approximately 2h. You can book tickets at

We are pleased to announce that Spanish railway operator Renfe is now an official transport partner of IASP Seville, and we can now offer conference delegates a 10% discount on long-distance train fares to and from Seville! 

Please contact for your discount code and further details of how to book. (Please note that the discount only applies to AVE tickets, and cannot be applied to bookings already made.)


Seville in September will be hot and dry, with daytime temperatures reaching well over 30 degrees centigrade and remaining warm at night. Hotels, large shops and conference venues are air conditioned, but you may find that smaller bars and cafes are not. 

You will need cool clothing, sunglasses and sun protection when you’re out and about. 

Time zone

Seville has the same time zone as Central Europe (GMT +1) and capitals such as Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin or Stockholm. It is 6 hours ahead of Washington, 8 hours behind Beijing, 9 hours behind Tokyo, 10 hours behind Sydney and 4 hours ahead of Rio de Janeiro.

Opening hours

The Sevillian lifestyle has its own unique timetable. Breakfast is normally between 9am and 11am, with lunch served much later than in many countries, from 2pm, and many shops and businesses still close between 2pm and 5pm, especially in the summer. Dinner isn’t normally until at least 9pm, and many restaurants carry on serving until 11pm.

Normal business hours are from Monday to Saturday, 9:30 am to 8:00 pm, with some variation depending on the type of establishment and the area of the city.


As in many European countries, the official currency is the Euro, represented by the € symbol. The following bills are in circulation: 5€, 10€, 20€, 50€, 100€ and 200€. In turn, 1€ is divided into 100 cents. There are coins of 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cent.


Spanish is the official language in Seville, although English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas. 

For further information to help you plan your trip, visit Spain’s official tourism website.

About us

International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation

IASP is the leading association of innovation ecosystems worldwide. Our mission is to be the global network for science parks innovation districts and other areas of innovation, driving growth, internationalisation and effectiveness for our members.

IASP coordinates an active network of managers of areas of innovation, science parks, research parks, innovation districts, knowledge cities and the like.

We enhance new business opportunities for members and their companies, increase their visibility and multiply their global connections. We also represent parks and areas of innovation at international forums and institutions, and assist the development of new STPs and AOIs.

A worldwide membership-based organization, IASP is an independent non-profit NGO managed by experts in science and technology parks and areas of innovation. For further information about IASP, please visit