The Strawberry Train

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In spring and autumn, 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.

Five Types of Itineraries

Once in Aranjuez, depending on the chosen route, a guided tour (45 minutes) enables passengers to explore the Royal Palace, located between the Tajo River and one of its tributaries, the Jarama, surrounded by beautiful gardens (Parterre, Prince’s Garden and the Island Garden), whilst the Falúas Museum, where the royal pleasure boats and those that made up the Tajo Fleet in the 17th century can be visited. Other options: a trip along the Tajo aboard the Aranjuez Tourist Boat (45 minutes, drink included),  ride on the Chiquitrén tourist train for children or a  route especially designed for wine lovers, including a visit to a winery  and a sampling.  

This year, there are five types of itinerary:

  • ROUTE 1 – Natural Strawberries: Return journey on the Strawberry Train, free visit of  Aranjuez (Prices: Adults €23  / Children €10)
  • ROUTE 2 – Strawberries and Cream: Strawberry Train + Chiquitrén + Guided walking tour of the Parterre Garden and the Island Garden (Prices: Adults €26  / Children €17)
  • ROUTE 3 – Strawberries from the Tajo: Strawberry Train + Guided tour of the outside of the Royal Palace and the Prince’s Garden, Parterre Garden and King’s Garden + boat trip on tourist boat (Prices: Adults €30  / Children €19)
  • ROUTE 4 – Royal Strawberries: Strawberry Train + return journey by bus from the train station to the monumental area + Guided tour of the Royal Palace + Visit to the Falúas Museum and the Prince’s Garden (Prices: Adults €30  / Children €19)
  • ROUTE 5 – Strawberries and Wine: Strawberry Train + Visit to the winery of the Royal Court built by Carlos III in 1782 and tasting of two wines + Visit to the bullring built by Carlos III in 1797 (Prices: Adults €40  / Children €22)

2018 Dates: 

  • April: 14, 21, 22, 28, 29
  • May: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19*, 20, 26, 27
  • June: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30
  • September: 22, 23, 29, 30
  • October: 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21

*Special visit on 19 May to mark the Ancient Music Festival (Departure at 11am and return at 9.50pm, including the two concerts in the afternoon).

Times

  • Departure from Madrid Príncipe Pío: 9.50am / Arrival at Aranjuez Station: 10.44am
  • Departure from Aranjuez Station: 6.55pm / Arrival at Madrid Príncipe Pío: 7.48pm

Rates

  • Adults: From €23 to €40 (depending on the itinerary chosen)  
  • Children (with a height of between 1m and 1.4m): 10 toa 22 € (depending on the itinerary chosen)

- Further information on the Strawberry Train (Spanish)

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