The only direct route from Seville to Lisbon appears to be the bus. The train requires traveling from to Seville - Madrid - Lisbon. Has anyone taken the bus recently? My wife and I will make this trip in October. Are the buses nice, clean, etc? Other ideas would also be appreciated.
I can only tell you what we did, which was to take the AVE to Madrid and a night train to Lisbon. And what I wish we had done, which would have been to fly.
You're right...the bus is the only way to go. However, bus service is clean, comfortable and efficient in Spain and is the main long-distance service taken by Spaniards, since most train trips are just as long, but far more expensive. They stop once every couple of hours on long-haul routes, and run movies, although they're dubbed into Spanish. However, if I remember correctly, the bus from Sevilla to Lisbon heads north to the A-5 and then into Lisbon. You might want to consider taking the run from Sevilla to Faro, then a Portugese train into Lisbon...it may be faster and a bit more comfortable. There are two buses a day Sevilla-Faro (unfortunately, only one during the day). Check them out at http://www.movelia.es. Portuguese rail info can be found at http://tinyurl.com/g7m4t. Portugal's rail system is like a giant commuter service. And a reminder....bus tickets in Spain come with an assigned seat....you can't just sit anywhere.