Aranjuez near Madrid
The traditional Strawberry Train that joins the historic town of Aranjuez, in the vicinity of Madrid, with the capital is already underway.
It is a tourist activity that recalls the inauguration in 1851 of the train that united Madrid with this town, the second railway that was established in Spain after the Barcelona-Mataró stretch.
The Train of the Strawberry 2018 develops its tourist activity during the weekends in two different periods: from mid-April to June and from mid-September to mid-October.
The Strawberry Train starts on Saturday, April 14, but as of the weekend of April 21 and 22, it is already operational on Saturdays and Sundays.
As it happens since 2016, in this edition 2018 the tourist train leaves from the station of Príncipe Pío, at 9.50 hours, when traditionally it left from the museum of the Railroad of the ride of Delights.The Strawberry Train arrives in Aranjuez at 10.44.
Wagon of the Strawberry Train
The trip is made in a composition of train with a van and a car of the 60s, and four wooden wagons of the series type Costa.
The latter were acquired between 1914 and 1930 by the MZA railway company that covered the Madrid-Zaragoza-Alicante line, and were duly restored in the 1980s to be conserved in the aforementioned Madrid museum.
The Strawberry Train circulates headed by an electric locomotive of the 70s, and also has a second-class passenger car that belonged to the first series of metallic cars commissioned by Renfe between 1947 and 1953.If you decide to join this traditional excursion, in the same train you will enjoy a tasting of strawberries from Aranjuez served by several stewardesses dressed in period.
Visit and prices of the Tren Fresa 2018
When you arrive in Aranjuez you will have five options of visits to choose from.
On the one hand, Route 1 Strawberries with cream, which includes the transfer of the train with the attentions indicated and free visit in Aranjuez.
The price of the ticket in this case is 23 euros for adults and 10 euros for children (1 meter to 1.40 meters in height).
Route 2 Strawberries with cream, includes a tour in the tourist train of Aranjuez, Chiquitren, and guided tour of the gardens outside the palace, the Parterre and the Island.
The price in this case is 26 euros for adults and 17 euros for children.
You also have the alternative of the Route 3 Strawberries of the Tagus, with tour in the tourist boat (45 minutes) and guided visit of the gardens Parterre, the Island and the King.
The price is 30 and 17 euros for adults and children respectively.
If you sign up for Ruta 4 Real Strawberries, from the station you will be transferred by bus to the monumental area where you will take a guided tour of the Royal Palace of Aranjuez, plus a free visit to the Museum of Royal Falua and the Prince’s Garden.
This route has the same prices as the previous one.
And finally, you have the option of Route 5 Strawberries with wine, in which you are transferred by bus to the Real Cortijo winery built by Carlos III in 1782, and after visiting it you will taste two wines.With this route you also visit the Plaza de Toros de Aranjuez from 1797.The hour of return to Madrid in the Train of the Strawberry is to 17.57 hours, arriving at the station of Príncipe Pío at 18,50 hours.You also have the option to redeem the ticket to return by commuter train.
Strawberry Train Calendar 2018
The dates of the Strawberry Train 2018 are the following: April 14, 21, 22, 28 and 29; days 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 of in May; days 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30 in June; days 22, 23, 29 and 30 in September; and days 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 in October.
To buy the tickets, you have to do it at the railway stations with advance sales; through the Renfe website, in the Leisure section by train; in the telephone sale of Renfe, 90 320 320; or in travel agencies.
More information on the website of the Railway Museum or on the phone +34 902 228 822.