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Le Train de la Rhune, Sare

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Linking Col de Saint-Ignace to the summit of La Rhune mountain, Le Train de la Rhune provides a short but picturesque journey up to the Pyrenees on the Spanish border. Plans for the small railway started in the early 1900s, but it didn't open until 1924. The medium-gauge track, or cog, railway is one of only a few still operating in France. The train has two coaches, each with six ten-seat compartments, carrying a total of 120 passengers. Using our international travel planner, Sare attractions like Le Train de la Rhune can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Great way to spend a morning. Spectacular 360 panoramas. Wild ponies, sheep, raptors and a wide variety of trees and other fauna. Parking is a nightmare. I recommend you go first thing and take the... 
    Great way to spend a morning. Spectacular 360 panoramas. Wild ponies, sheep, raptors and a wide variety of trees and other fauna. Parking is a nightmare. I recommend you go first thing and take the...  more »
  • Set in beautiful surroundings the station is small, offers cafes and souvenirs but not too much. Pretty station. History interesting. Loved the old carriages. Amazingly, we had a compartment to... 
    Set in beautiful surroundings the station is small, offers cafes and souvenirs but not too much. Pretty station. History interesting. Loved the old carriages. Amazingly, we had a compartment to...  more »
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  • Take very seriously the cautions about the mobility needed to get out and wander at the top of the mountain. There is a climb of easily six flights up to do via steep ramp or steps with a low handrail to get to the higher viewing point. That said, staff confirm that you can ride up, stay on the train and enjoy the view (or poetic cloud mass) until the train goes back down. Still so worth doing!
  • Train Ride up the mountain called la Rhune. Ended up on top in Spain! It's the Pyrenees. A lot of clouds somewhat put a damper on the experience. The train itself had open carriages with some kind of curtains in case of rain. Fairly steep ascent, so try to sit looking forward on the way up. It was nonetheless a fun activity with a restaurant and ubiquitous souvenir shop at the summit.

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