Autumn and spring offer the perfect weather to enjoy family activities around Madrid. One of the most stunning of these is the Strawberry train to Aranjuez. Perfect for families, this traditional train goes from Madrid to Aranjuez and during the journey the hostesses wearing traditional dress will lead a strawberry tasting!
If you haven’t heard about it, keep on reading and climb aboard!
The history of the Strawberry Train to Aranjuez
The train to Aranjuez recreates the first train line of de Comunidad de Madrid and goes from Madrid to Aranjuez, a town in the outskirts of Madrid and a UNESCO heritage site, famous for its strawberries and incredible landscape. This line was inaugurated in 1851 and the train as we now know it has been taking the same journey since 1984.
While on the train, you will be able to go back to the past and enjoy a journey in wooden wagons that were restored in the 20th century.
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.
What options are there?
This year there are 5 types of itineraries that you can choose from:
- Basic: Round trip on the train
- Train + Chiquitrén (a tourist train that goes from Aranjuez to the gardens)
- Train + Chiquitrén + boat
- Train + Palace
- Train + Vine tasting
What dates can you catch the Strawberry Train to Aranjuez?
April: 18, 19, 20, 27, 28
May: 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
June: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
September: 14, 21, 22, 28, 29
October: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26
From Príncipe Pío 09:50 h.
Arrival to Aranjuez 10:44 h.
From Estación de Aranjuez 18:55 h.
Arrival to Madrid Príncipe Pío 19:48 h.
How much does it cost?
Adults: between 23€ and 40€ (depending on the itinerary)
Children (4 to 12 years): between 10€ and 19€ (depending on the itinerary)