Ferrocarril de Sóller

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Ferrocarril de Sóller
Tren de Sóller 05.jpg
Ridership1 million a year
Track gauge3 ft (914 mm)
Minimum radius(?)
Electrification1200 V DC overhead lines, 600 V motors
Route map
Son Servera
Sant Llorenç des Cardassar
1:10 Manacor Connexio amb bus.svg
(and passing point)
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Sant Joan
(two platforms one track)
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(and passing point)
0:56 Sa Pobla
0:52 Muro Connexio amb bus.svg
0:48 Llubí Connexio amb bus.svg
Enllaç junction
(and passing point)
Enllaç siding
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Inca siding
0:35 Lloseta
0:31 Binissalem
Binissalem siding
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Santa Maria siding
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0:17 El Caülls
(for Festival Park)
0:15 Marratxí* Connexio amb bus.svg
0:10* Pont d'Inca Nou
0:08* Pont d'Inca
0:07* Verge de Lluc
0:13* Polígon de Marratxí
1:00 Sóller
Can Tambor
Mirador del Pujol d’en Banya
Palmanyola (Santa Maria)
Son Reus
0:13 UIB
0:10 Son Sardina
0:08 Camí dels Reis
0:07 Gran Vía Asima
0:06 Son Castelló
Depot sidings
0:05* Son Fuster Vell / Son Fuster
0:03* Son Costa / Son Fortesa
0:01* Jacint Verdaguer
Plaça d'Espanya
Intermodal Station
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Connexio amb bus.svg denotes bus connections

The Ferrocarril de Sóller (Catalan pronunciation: [ˌfɛrukəˈril də ˈsoʎə]; English: Railway of Sóller), acronym FS, is an interurban railway and the name for the company which operates the electrified 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge tracks running between the towns of Sóller and Palma on the Spanish island of Mallorca (stopping at various smaller towns such as Bunyola and Son Sardina).

The historic electric train takes a route north from the capital across the plains, winding through mountains and 13 tunnels of the Serra de Tramuntana, finally ending in the large railway station of the northern town of Sóller.

Work began on the railway in 1911 on the profits of the orange and lemon trade, which at the time was booming. For this reason, it is sometimes known as the Orange Express.[1]

The famous train is now not only a mode of transport between these two key Mallorcan settlements, but also an attraction in itself. At the official prices charged at the station, single tickets from Palma to Sóller or vice versa cost €18 (2018), and returns are €25. The return ticket from Palma can be extended with a return ticket on the Sóller tram for an additional 7 Euros, which represents a 50% saving since the onboard tram fare is 7 Euros each way.

Palma railway station[edit]

Palma Railway Station (Coordinates: 39°34′36″N 2°39′14″E / 39.57667°N 2.65389°E / 39.57667; 2.65389) is a subtle, relatively small brown brick building with a large "Ferrocarril de Sóller" sign on its façade, partly given up to a museum, cleverly renovated so that the large glass windows reflect the railway tracks to make them look as if they go on into the rooms. The station is just off the Plaça de Espanya and borders a large and popular park which lies on top of the underground Estació Intermodal. Several old railway buildings (one with a large brick chimney) lie untouched in the park and there are several train-themed play structures, each one a carriage named after a settlement along the line.

Sóller railway station[edit]

Sóller Railway Station (Coordinates: 39°45′53″N 2°42′54″E / 39.76472°N 2.71500°E / 39.76472; 2.71500) on the other hand is much larger, developed from a fortified house dating from 1606, Ca'n Mayol. The station is also home to the tram which runs from Sóller to Port de Sóller and (inside the building) a museum dedicated to the works of Picasso and Joan Miró.

2019 Anonymous takeover bid[edit]

In 2019 an anonymous group of investors launched hostile €25m takeover bid for the railway, represented by Goros Investments. Most of the 172,000 shares in the private company are owned by about 800 local people. In August 2019 a local tour operator and restaurateur and a company that runs boat trips around the north-east of the island are the two largest shareholders.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ History of Sóller (see "The end of the geografical isolation" section)
  2. ^ Burgen, Stephen (17 August 2019). "Hands off our treasured railway, say locals in Sóller, Mallorca". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 17 August 2019.

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