Seville to Cordoba Day Trip: A One Day in Cordoba Itinerary

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by Michael Rozenblit

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The city of Cordoba in the Andalucia region of Southern Spain is a World Heritage Site and a town that is undoubtedly worth adding to any Spain itinerary. However, if you’re pressed for time and trying to see as much of this fantastic country as possible, then it’s worth considering visiting here by planning a Seville to Cordoba day trip.

Spending one day in Cordoba will allow you to see the world-famous sites that the city is known for as well as giving you plenty of time to get off the beaten path and explore some of the less visited parts of the city.

Sun shining into the Mezquita-Cathedral
Sun shining into the Mezquita-Cathedral

Getting from Seville to Cordoba

If you plan to take a day trip from Seville to Cordoba then you have four options for organising transport; train, bus, car and organised tour.

By Organised Tour

If you prefer the convenience of having your day trip to Cordoba organised for you then there are a number of day tours that you can book.

This full-day tour from Seville or this full-day tour is a great option as it includes all transport, entry into the Mezquita and free time to explore on your own. You also get the chance to explore some of the Andalucian countryside and the town of Carmona on the way.

Alternatively, this private day tour is an excellent option for those who prefer to have the flexibility of their own guide.

Plaza in the Jewish Quarter in Cordoba
Plaza in the Jewish Quarter of Córdoba

By Train

If you want to make the most of your time in Cordoba, then the best way to get there is by train. Fast trains take only about 45 minutes one way and there are some slower trains that take about 1 hour and 20 minutes. There is usually at least one train per hour but they are more frequent around rush hour.

Like elsewhere in Spain, train tickets tend to be more expensive than buses so your best bet, if you want to secure a cheap fare, is to book train tickets in advance. Click here to browse train timetables.

From the train station, you can walk into the city centre in around 15 to 20 minutes.

By Bus

If you are unable to secure a good deal on train tickets then taking a bus from Seville to Cordoba is another option. Buses are, however, a lot slower than trains and you should expect to spend about 2 hours one way.

This does mean that you will have less time to explore the city, however, it will save you money if you travel on a budget. Buses from Seville to Cordoba are less frequent than trains so it’s important to book tickets in advance to make sure you make it back to Seville in one day! Click here to browse bus schedules.

The bus station is next to the Cordoba train station so you can also walk into the city centre easily if travelling from Seville to Cordoba by bus.

Bell Tower of the Mezquita-Cathedral
Bell Tower of the Mezquita-Cathedral

By Car

A great option for travelling not only from Seville to Cordoba but also all around Southern Spain is to rent a car. This will give you the option of being able to visit on your own schedule and not be at the mercy of train or bus timetables! You can also add a stop in the small town of Ecija which can be difficult to time if taking public transport.

We suggest using to find great deals on car rental in Spain.

If you are from outside of the EU, Spanish law requires that you have an international driver’s license to rent a car. While car rental companies might still hire you a car with a different license, you will have to accept the risk of getting a fine and your car potentially towed if you get pulled over when driving.

Cordoba Day Trip Itinerary

Once you’ve worked out the best way to travel from Seville to Cordoba, it’s time to start enjoying the beauty of this city! This Cordoba itinerary aims to find a balance between seeing the highlights of the city but also allows you to explore some of the quaint and charming streets that will undoubtedly make you fall in love with Cordoba.

Walking Tour

In order to see as much of Cordoba in a day as possible, I recommend trying to get there early enough to join Oway Tours’ Free Walking Tour of Cordoba.

While the tour doesn’t visit inside any of the monuments in Cordoba, it provides visitors with a fantastic introduction to the city, showing you where all the main sites are as well as providing in-depth historical context of the city and its key attractions as well as local recommendations!

You will walk past the Mezquita-Catedral, the Jewish Quarter and old synagogue and the main highlights of Cordoba of the Old Town such as the Alcazar and Roman Bridge.

Roman Bridge in Cordoba
Roman Bridge

The tour runs daily and lasts approximately 2.5 hours. They advise you to book online to confirm your spot. As with all free walking tours, make sure to tip the guide at the end of your tour if you enjoy it as that is how the tour guides make their living!

If you can’t make it on the free walking tour or want a longer tour that includes entrance into some of the city’s sites, then this 4-hour guided walking tour is a good option.

Mezquita-Catedral de Cordoba

Chances are one of the main reasons you want to spend one day in Cordoba is to see its most famous attraction — the Mezquita-Catedral de Cordoba. Rest assured, this site is definitely worth going a trip to Cordoba from Seville!

Part of the space where the Mosque of Cordoba (which is now the Cathedral of the city) currently stands was first used by Christians as a Church in the 6th century. Changing Muslim and Christian rule in the centuries that followed resulted in different religious influences on the site.

This has led to the Mezquita-Catedral being a unique monument, unlike anything else in the world. As you walk around inside, you will consistently come across both Islamic and Christian architectural designs that blend together in a fascinating way.

Spectacular Interior of the Mezquita-Catedral
Spectacular Interior of the Mezquita-Catedral

If you’re only spending one day in the city then it’s worth considering pre-purchasing tickets online as lines can get quite long, particularly in the middle of the day.

I also recommend purchasing tickets for the Bell Tower as soon as you arrive as they only let in a limited number of people in half an hour blocks. This means you need to reserve your spot as soon as possible in busy periods!

To pre-purchase tickets, you’ll need to organise a guided tour however this will give you the additional benefit of learning a lot more about the history of the site as well as the skip-the-line ticket!

View from the Bell Tower
View from the Bell Tower


After spending a few hours exploring the historical centre of Cordoba and the Mezquita-Catedral, it will likely be mid afternoon which is just the right time for lunch in Spain!

As with nearly all tourist attractions around the world, I recommend taking the time to walk away from the Mezquita-Catedral and other main attractions and get lunch in a more local area.

One great option is to head to Plaza de la Corredera where there are several restaurants that set up tables in the square — perfect for a sunny day!

Plaza de la Corredera
Plaza de la Corredera

Bar Casa Patri in the plaza is a popular spot for locals and serves half or full portions of many traditional dishes from Andalucia. Prices here are low and portions are large, making this a great option if you’re visiting Cordoba on a budget.

There is also a market below the plaza where you can pick up local produce, however, most stalls are closed by around 2 pm.

Another option for lunch is to head to Calle Enrique Romero Torres where there are a number of restaurants that have a menú del día which translates to the daily menu. I can highly recommend Taberna La Alquería which has a daily menu for that includes two courses and a dessert or coffee.

They serve typical dishes from the region and also have many outdoor tables for those common sunny days that you experience in Cordoba!

Salmorejo from Taberna La Alqueria

Stroll around Cordoba

If you eat lunch near Plaza de la Corredera or on Calle Enrique Romero Torres then take some time to stroll around these areas following your meal.

Despite only being a 10-15 minute walk from the main tourist attractions of Cordoba, these areas have a lot fewer people making it extremely pleasant to stroll along the charming cobblestone streets and discover winding narrow alleys, small churches and plant-filled squares.

It’s also worth spending some time walking along Ronda de Isasa which runs next to the Guadalquivir River.

Charming streets of Cordoba
Charming streets of Cordoba

Alcazar de Los Reyes Cristianos

If you follow the path along the Guadalquivir River, you will end up next to another one of Cordona’s famous monuments – Alcazar de Los Reyes Cristianos which translates to the Castle of Christian Monarchs.

The castle was originally built in the 14th century and has been used historically as one of the main headquarters for the Spanish Inquisition as well as fighting against Granada which was the last Moorish kingdom in modern-day Spain. In the 19th century, the Alcazar was also used as a prison.

Alcazar Walls
Alcazar Walls

Similar to other Alcazars around Andalucia, one of the highlights of visiting is strolling through the magnificent gardens and enjoying the natural surroundings. You can pre-book skip-the-line and guided tour tickets if you want to learn more about the history of the Alcazar.

Have More Time?

While you can see the main attractions on a Cordoba day trip from Seville, it will definitely end up being a busy day so if you prefer to travel at a slower pace then you should consider spending two days in Cordoba.

This will allow you to take your time at all the attractions without needing to rush through them and also allow you to explore more of the hidden corners and get to know the culture of this charming city.

You can save money by visiting the Mezquita first thing in the morning between 8:30-9:30 am when there is free entry for visitors. If you want to make the most of this option, then make sure to get there as close as possible to 8:30 as you will be required to leave by 9:30.

Prices in Cordoba also tend to be cheaper than nearby Seville for things like accommodation and food so you can likely save money by spending the night in Cordoba rather than Seville.

Where to stay in Cordoba

Hotel Posada de Vallina – a hotel perfect for mid-range visitors staying in Cordoba. They have a number of comfortable rooms to choose from and a great location close to all of the city’s top attractions.

Hesperia Córdoba – a fantastic boutique hotel that is located on the banks of the river. All rooms are extremely modern, clean and they also have a rooftop pool.

Puerta de la Luna – a fantastic small hostel located in the heart of Cordoba which offers both dorms and private rooms. They have a great atmosphere, breakfast available and helpful staff.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse other hotels in Cordoba!

Iconic arches of the Mezquita-Cathedral
Iconic arches of the Mezquita-Catedral

A Seville to Cordoba day trip is a fantastic way to see the highlights of this Andalucian town in one day while also allowing you to enjoy some of the hidden charms of the city!

Are you planning to visit Cordoba? Have any questions about this itinerary? Let us know in the comments!

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Michael is a co-founder and writer for The World Was Here First. Both solo and with his partner, Maggie, he has travelled to over 50 countries across the globe and has a particular affinity for the Balkans and Eastern Europe. He’s lived in numerous countries worldwide but currently resides in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia. Read more about Michael

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