Crossing mountains, tunnels and bridges he makes his way the emblematic Yellow Train. This is nothing more and nothing less than the highest meter gauge railway in Europe and overcomes a difference in altitude of more than a thousand meters in the heart of the Pyrenees-Orientales.

Nicknamed the “canary” for its characteristic color, it has been in operation for a century and over time it has become an incredible tourist attraction in the zone. On board this train, we can enjoy a pleasant ride with wonderful views of the mountain range.

Ordiso Valley in the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park.

The impressive hiking route in the Aragonese Pyrenees where you can see beautiful waterfalls and a suspension bridge

The Yellow Train, a fantastic tourist attraction

Originally, the Yellow Train was developed to connect the high plateaus of Cerdanya with the rest of the Eastern Pyrenees. Now, it has become a fantastic tourist attraction where young and old will enjoy an interesting tour on a historic train and an unparalleled panoramic view from the windows.

Yellow Train crossing the Pyrenees.
Yellow Train crossing the Pyrenees.

The railway begins its journey in Villefranche-de-Conflent and travels 63 kilometers at 30 km/h until Latour-de-Carol, both in French territory, but very close to the border with Spain. To reserve our seat on that magical journey, we must buy tickets at the stations or online.

The highest station in France

Along the way, we can observe from small towns to Romanesque churches, as well as massifs such as Le Cambre d’Aze, Canigó or Le Carlit and the Têt and Eyne valleys. Additionally, the Yellow Train passes through Bolquère, the highest station in Francewhich is located at an altitude of 1,593 meters above sea level.

Yellow Train over the Cassagne Bridge.
Yellow Train over the Gisclard Bridge.

In total they cross 19 tunnels and two viaducts classified as historical monuments, Séjourné and Gisclard. This second is the last suspended railway bridge in France and will allow us to literally cross the void.

Family hiking in the Pyrenees.

Routes through the Aragonese Pyrenees to do with the family (or if you are not in good shape)

We can observe this spectacular changing landscape by getting off at one of the 14 stops on demand or from the carriages themselves. These combine historical essence with modernity, to offer travelers maximum comfort during the trip.

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