A symbol of Catalonia, bearing the region’s colours of dark red and yellow, 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 travellers who take it to discover Conflent, Cerdagne and the Regional Nature Reserve of the Catalan Pyrenees. As you travel between stations, you will discover the Têt valley, the mountain landscapes, the high Cerdan plateaus, exceptional cultural sites and areas of great natural beauty, perfect for hiking in.

The Yellow Train, technical prowess

Built at the start of the century, the Yellow Train line was originally conceived to link the high Catalan plains to the rest of the district. 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 constructed, including 19 tunnels and two remarkable bridges, the Séjourné Viaduct and the Gisclard suspension bridge (65 metres above the ground), thus blending the Yellow Train with the terrain it traversed.  

Today, the Yellow Train is mainly a tourist attraction and transports 400,000 passengers per year.

Travel by Yellow Train

From May 11 to June 21 the train runs from Olette to Font-Romeu with COVID 19 precautions from SNCF

Also in these times of health crisis, as you must certainly know, the limited capacity of the train up to 50%, as in all TER, only 35 seats for the Yellow Train (one seat in two condemned following government measure). In order to guarantee access to the train in the best health safety conditions, the SNCF has set up a quota system to regulate the filling of the train. So, you must always buy your ticket and in addition bring a free "Train access serene" coupon available on the SNCF Ter LiO website.

Special restart offer (until 30/06)
With a single price of €5 regardless of the departure and origin station, valid for one journey, or €10 for the round trip.

During the summer season, you will be able to appreciate the magnificent mountain landscapes in the open wagons, which will offer you an exceptional panorama. And in winter, a whole other panorama awaits you, a landscape covered with white.
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, which offer you exceptional views. 

This 63 km-long train line serves 22 stations, including Bolquère at 1,596 metres (5,236 ft) above sea level, which makes it the highest metric line railway in France. At a maximum speed of 55 km per hour, the Yellow Train passes from an altitude of 427 metres to 1,231 metres. It is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the environment and spectacular mountainous terrain.

You will find  information at all of our Tourist Offices, including timetables, which are essential for this unique form of transport. 

You can also contact the Villefranche-de-Conflent train station on +33 04 68 96 63 62 or visit the website at www.TER-sncf.com .

Advice + 

As of Monday 11 May the number of trains that will run in Occitania will gradually increase. In order to comply with the government health measures in force and to access the TER Occitania trains, you must have your ticket and the "serene train access" coupon for each of your journeys. This compulsory coupon is free and downloadable from the LiO TER Occitanie website and the SNCF assistant. For everyone's comfort, we ask you to respect the barrier gestures, the wearing of the mask and the distance between travelers.

During the summer the Yellow Train is very busy so it is recommended that you arrive at least thirty minutes before departure to buy your ticket, as it is not possible to book.

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