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Le Train d'Artouste
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Laruns
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Le Petit train d'Artouste is the highest train of Europe! Enjoy a ride in the beautiful montains of Pyrénées. Departure in front of the famous Pic du Midi d'Ossau. There are many walks to do all around. Full excursion Lake destination. Meeting sheepfold.
Reviewed July 17, 2013

First you take a cable car up (included in the ticket price)before you get on the petit train. Take in the scenery! Heavenly! Snow hadnt melted in places, which made the photos more spectacular. Needed a jacket (got on an early train) a bit of drizzle, but by the time we got to the other side, it was hot and sunny. Theres a snack area, rest room, then we took the petit train back (return journey on train took 45 mins). Then the cable car again (sorry I didnt time it). Extremely enjoyable!

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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Loved this train ride and even though we read about it beforehand it what somewhat different then what we expected. The trainride longer and more dramatic, the noise/smell that we were warned about almost non existing but it also had a lower frequency than weexpected, giving us a longer than anticipated wait on the top. The wiews and scenery itself is nevertheless worth the train ride itself, so just jump on!

1  Thank Thomas1406
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

we went up the mountains on the train today, firstly get there early, we took the 10 am train and it was practically empty so we had the mountains to ourselves. Secondly sit at the back of the train to avoid the fumes !
but best of all was the scenery, the wildlife, just perfection, there was still snow on the mountains, and we sat on a rock in the sunshine and just were so grateful we made an effort to go there. If you are in the area I highly recommend it, perfect !

2  Thank Papoulin1
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

This is the highest train in Europe and you are made very aware of this as you look down some breath-taking drops to the valley floor. It is quite a trek to get to the start with a long winding road and are cable car journey before you even reach the station, but if you plan an early start then you can avoid the queues. The journey last about 50 minutes and takes you to a small reservoir up in the mountains. Unless you are planning to do some serious walking then don't stay all day, because there is not much to do up there. Fantastic views at every turn. Sit as far to the back of the train as possible to avoid the diesel fumes from the engine.

6  Thank Mzee-Iron-Bird
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

We only found out by one of the locals. The day didn't start too well: thunderstorm, heavy showers, we thought that we wouldn't be able to do it as we couldn't see half way to the mountains. But as we arrived to the car park, a ray of sunshine appeared. By the time we got to the top with those gondolas through the clouds, the sun was out. Then onto the little train going through and around the mountains at 2000m high. It takes about 45-50mn to get to the end.
The dam it self isn't fantastic (like any other dams) but the ride is a must.
Do take a big coat, a binny, and for those with sore ears, some ear plugs, as the diesel train is quite noisy (and smelly) going through the tunnel. Best to sit right at the back of the train, less diesel smoke. We stayed in the little hamlet of Gabas (near Artouste), not much there, a couple of hotels, but very cute in a way.

3  Thank jcme41
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