The Artouste train
Who has not dreamed of visiting the Pyrenees for a day travelling along a railway road? In Artouste, it's possible! A true invitation to travel, the Artouste train offers grandiose panoramas while being comfortably equipped. Travelling along the train track to Artouste Lake and dam, we discover the legendary Pic du Midi d'Ossau and the surrounding peaks as well as a rich endemic flora. The trip aboard the Artouste train Travel aboard a train along a railway tracks transporting you amongst mind blowing landscapes, with breathtaking views of the high peaks including the famous Pic du Midi d'Ossau . This original voyage is accessible to all and allows you to discover effortlessly the fauna and flora in an original and spectacular way. Along the tracks, marmots strike a pose amidst a colorful decor. Look up and you may catch sight of a Pyrenean raptor in flight. The isards meanwhile are a shy animal, but what a joy when you finally see one! At the end of this picturesque ride, you will be greeted by the azure blue Artouste Lake, an enchanted stop in the heart of the Bearnese Pyrenees. The discovery ticket trip takes ca. 3hrs 40 minutesy.
The Artouste Train Route
To get you to the highest train ride in the region, you will start your journey with a gondola ride. Leaving Lake Fabrèges at 1,250 meters above sea level, it will take you to the train station of Artouste Train at around a height of 1,950 meters. A magnificent view opens up onto the Ossau Valley, Lake Fabrèges and finally the Pic du Midi d'Ossau. Once you are full of these breathtaking landscapes, you can embark and start your trip aboard the Artouste train. At a peaceful pace, along the mountainside, sit back and enjoy the 50-minute ride whilst admiring the views over the Soussouéou valley and Lake Artouste.
Lake Artouste, starting point for many hikes
Once at Sagette train station, a 15min walk will take you to Lake Artouste and its impressive dam. Walking enthusiasts can, from here, can head off on the trail of the Ossaloise mountain up towards the the Arrémoulit refuge whilst the more athletic can head up to Pic du Lurien. After all this exertion, board the Artouste train for your return journey. >> A bit of history… Originally created in 1921 to transport men and materials necessary for the construction of the dam, the Artouste Train became a tourist attraction in 1932. In the late 1960s, the area's touristic appeal was increased with the creation of a ski resort. The train then became used to take holidaymakers to the ski slopes in the winter and to hiking trails in the summer.