In spring and autumn (Sat and Sun, May to June and September to October), the Strawberry Train does the same Madrid-Aranjuez route that it has been doing since 1984. Aranjuez, a UNESCO heritage site located a short train ride from the Spanish capital, is famous for its mouth-watering strawberries.
In 1851, Isabella II opened Madrid’s first railway line, the second one on the Peninsula, to connect the Royal Palace in Aranjuez with the capital. This line, which was originally meant to join Madrid with the Mediterranean coast, ended at Aranjuez station, but was eventually extended to reach the Palace, to serve the Royal Family. Since 1984, the Strawberry Train (so called because during the trip hostesses wearing period dresses conduct a strawberry tasting session) has paid tribute to this revolutionary invention, which symbolises the arrival of industrialisation in our country.
The train is pulled by a 289-015 electric locomotive, a historical engine from the 1970s which belongs to the Railway Museum. It also features a second class carriage belonging to the first series of coaches built for Renfe between 1947 and 1953. The rest of the train is made up of four wooden carriages called "Costa", built between 1914 and 1930, which covered the MZA commuter services (Madrid-Zaragoza-Alicante), in addition to a van and a 1960s wagon.
World Heritage Site
Once you arrive in Aranjuez, a guided tour takes you to the Royal Palace, located between the Tagus and Jarama Rivers, and surrounded by beautiful gardens. You can also visit, on your own, the Museo de Falúas, home to royal barges from the 17th and 18th centuries. This year, the programme offers an alternative itinerary which includes a ride along the Tagus on the Aranjuez Tourist Boat and guided tours of the Príncipe and Isla gardens.
April: 23 and 30
May: 2, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29
June: 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19
September: 24 and 25
October: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16
Departure (Madrid Príncipe Pío) 9:50am.
Arrival in Aranjuez 10:44pm.
Departure from Aranjuez 5:57pm.
Arrival in Madrid Príncipe Pío 6:50pm.
Adults 30 €
Children (4-12 years) 15 €
A unique way of discovering the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes.
A fun way of travelling through time to the Middle Ages and discovering a city with centuries of history.