La Rhune le petit train

La Rhune

The Famous Basque Mountain


La Rhune in the Basque Country

The Rhune mountain in the Pays Basque

The Mountain of "La Rhune" is not very high in comparison with the "Pic du Midi de Bigorre" (2865m) in the Hautes Pyrenees, or "Mont Blanc" (4807m) in the Alps.

La Rhune is only 905m above sea level. But, there are 2 things which you can't do on the other two !

Ride up by Train on the "Petit Train de la Rhune" from Ascain up to the observatory on the top (with 360░ viewing terraces)
and the other
is to see as far up the French coast (as far as the eye can see), across the Pyrenees Mountain range (French & Spanish) and also along the Spanish Northern coast.
It's higher than the "Eiffel Tower" in Paris, with nothing to obstruct the view : what more can you want from 3000ft...

petit train de la Rhune

Le Petit Train de la Rhune

petit train de la Rhune


a pottock, small basque horse on the Rhune mountain

Unusual encounter during the trip !

petit train de la Rhune

Arrival at the summit

Built at the turn of the century in 1924 and perfectly maintained, the train is an authentic collector's piece

It runs every day in the summer and takes passengers from Ascain up to the summit restaurants and shops in a slow climb (8 km/h) during 35 minutes.

In 2013, Le Petit Train de la Rhune runs every day from February 16 to November 11

Departures :
from 9.30am to 11.30am and 2pm to 4.pm
July / August :
Departures every 35 minutes, the station is open from 8am to 17.30pm

Journey time :
35 minutes to the summit.

The whole visit takes about 2h

Le Petit Train Address Telephone Website
Le Petit Train de La Rhune Col de Saint-Ignace - 64310 Sare
05 59 54 20 26 Le Petit Train de la Rhune
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