To travel on board the Yellow Train, or ‘Canary’, is to take an unexpected and unforgettable trip to the heart of the Eastern Pyrenees and Conflent. Along its 63km of train line you will discover spectacular views, especially in the summer when the carriages are open and the landscape at its best. The Yellow Train serves 22 stations, linking the high plateau of Cerdan to Villefranche-de-Conflent.
The Yellow Train, the symbol
A symbol of Catalonia, bearing the region’s colours : dark red and gold, the Yellow Train, also known as the ‘Canary’, links Villefranche-de-Conflent to Latour-de-Carol. Initially built to open up the Catalan plateaus’, today it offers a unique experience to travelers and enables one to discover Conflent, Cerdagne and the Regional Nature Reserve of the Catalan Pyrenees. As you travel between stations, you will discover the Têt valley, mountain landscapes, the high Cerdan plateaus’, exceptional cultural sites and areas of great natural beauty, perfect for hiking.
The Yellow Train, a technical prowess
Built at the start of the century, the Yellow Train line was originally conceived to link the high Catalan plateaus’ to the rest of the department. Initial works were undertaken in 1903 and by 1910 a link had been created between Villefranche de Conflent and Mont-Louis. The definitive line was finished in 1927, reaching Latour de Carol. In order to build this route, no less than 650 works of art were built, including 19 tunnels and two remarkable bridges : the Séjourné Viaduct and the Gisclard suspension bridge (65 meters above ground), so that the Yellow Train perfectly integrates the terrain it goes through.
Today, the Yellow Train is mainly a tourist attraction and transports 400,000 passengers per year.
Travelling by Yellow Train
The Yellow train, which runs all year round, departs from Villefranche-de-Conflent. During the summer you can appreciate the spectacular mountain landscapes from open carriages that offer you exceptional views.
This 63 km-long train line serves 22 stations, including Bolquère which is at an altitude of 1,596 meters (5,236 ft) above sea level, which makes it the highest metric railway line in France. At a maximum speed of 55 km per hour, the Yellow Train climbs from an altitude of 427 meters to 1,231 meters. It is perfect to enjoy the environment and spectacular mountainous terrain.
You will find practical information in all of our Tourist Information Offices, including timetables that are essential for this unique form of transport.
For timetables and rates, you can also contact the SNCF directly on 0 800 886 091 (free number within France), call Villefranche-de-Conflent’s railway station on 00 33 (0)4 68 96 63 62 or visit the website at www.TER-sncf.com .
During summer, the Yellow Train is highly demanded so it is recommended that you arrive at least thirty minutes before departure to buy your ticket, as booking is not possible.
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