The Strawberry Train

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In spring and autumn (Sat and Sun, from 29 April to October, except July and August), 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.

4 options to choose from:

  • Route 1: Basic: Return trip on the Strawberry train
  • Route 2: Strawberry train + Chiquitrén (a little tourist train) + Gardens
  • Route 3: Strawberry train + Gardens + Boat
  • Route 4: Strawberry train + Palace

2017 Dates: 

April: 29
May: 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
June: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
September: 23, 24 and 30
October: 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29

Times:

Madrid-Aranjuez 
Departure (Madrid Príncipe Pío)    9:50am. 
Arrival in Aranjuez                               10:44pm.

Aranjuez-Madrid
Departure from Aranjuez                  6:55pm. 
Arrival in Madrid Príncipe Pío          7:48pm.

Tickets:

Adults                                      23-30 € 
Children (4-12 years)          9-15 €

Click here for more information on dates and tickets (in Spanish)

 

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