The Ardeche steam train, a historical line

An unforgettable adventure high above the Doux gorge

The whistle toots, wheels start to turn and steam hisses from the engine … Take your seats for a magical journey through the Doux gorge in railway carriages pulled by a steam locomotive, most of them classified as Historic Monuments.  Cut into the side of the cliffs and dotted with industrial works of art such as bridges and viaducts, the Ardeche Train line overlooks the river, passing through unspoilt countryside that offers spectacular views.

The Ardeche Train – a journey through time

So much to see

A must-do activity for visitors, the Ardeche Train will transport you back to the past as well as through stunning landscapes.  Thanks to the combination of historic steam locomotives and glorious countryside, a great day out is guaranteed.


Did you know?

The Mallet steam locomotives were built between 1903 and 1932, specifically for this line.

Events throughout the year

Whether you are travelling in a couple, with family or friends, there are events to enjoy on the train line all year round.  There is something for everyone, from Western themed trips to wine tastings and decorated trains for Halloween.

Fancy some pedal power?

Have you ever tried vélorail or rail bike?  Even though you need to pedal to enjoy the scenery, you will enjoy 360° views and full immersion in nature.  And of course you can choose from different routes with varying degrees of difficulty.

Family waiting to board their bikes on the Train de l'Ardèche in summer

Easy cycle option

The Ardeche Train is a very practical option too if you are on a cycling holiday with the familyBook in advance to take your bikes on the train in a dedicated carriage and enjoy part of your journey together without anyone getting too tired.   Then just continue your cycling holiday when you leave the train.

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Is the Ardeche Train ever cancelled in bad weather?

Trains run all the time and the panoramic carriages have roofs in case it rains.

Are dogs allowed on the Ardeche Train?

Dogs can take the Ardeche Train too, except in First Class carriages, but they must be kept on a short lead in all areas including the shop.

What is the minimum height requirement to pedal a Velorail?

You need to be at least 1.40m to operate a rail bike and there must be at least one adult in the party. But passengers under 1.40m can still travel in the back, secured by a seat belt.

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