Ferrocarril de Sóller exists as a result of the requirement to make the town of Sóller more accessible. Famed for its orange groves, before the railway was built and connected Sóller to the islands capital of Palma, Sóller was extremely remote, and its location within the majestic Alfàbia mountains saw trade opportunities difficult to come by, or missed out on entirely.
Despite the towns undoubted beauty, there was an obvious need for Sóller to become more accessible and connected to the rest of Mallorca if it was the thrive, but while early ideas and designs for railways linking Sóller and Palma were put forward as early as 1893, it wasn’t until 1904 that a proposal was approved and put into action. Work on finally connecting Sóller to the rest of the world (maybe a slight exaggeration there) finally began in June 1907, and the The official inauguration took place on 16th April 1912.
Nowadays the train line is not so integral to Soller, as the local road network is much improved, so the train serves more as a tourist attraction. But thats no bad thing, this is a great way to spend a day in Mallorca.
My Ferrocarril de Sóller experience
Arriving at Sóller from our villa in Pollenca, I wouldn’t say that parking is plentiful, but it is signposted and reasonably priced for the most part. We found an underground parking lot on the outskirts of town which charged just €6 euro per car for a days parking.
The tickets for the Ferrocarril de Sóller can be bought in the day you wish to travel, and go on sale at the station just 30 minutes before your train is set to depart. Normally my time conscious self would hate cutting things so (seemingly) fine, but in this case there was no mad scramble. We got our tickets with plenty of time to spare and boarded the 12.15 from Sóller to Palma with no trouble whatsoever.
The journey from Sóller to Palma took little over an hour. The best scenery passed by our big glass windows within the first half of our journey, but as we we would get a 2nd chance owing to making a return journey later in the day.
The wooden train itself is half of the attraction in that it is aesthetically beautiful, and has more than one type of carriage. There are cartridges with padded seating, wooden benches and even a carriage with regal looking throne type chairs.
It is possible to move from carriage to carriage, and I fully recommend exploring the train, just be careful and mind your step.
The same goes for when boarding and exiting the train. It can get pretty crowded on the different platforms and a bit of a scramble for seats can ensue (despite there being plenty of seats). It’s nowhere near the scale of other scrambles I’ve been involved in at other international train stations, but obviously if you’re travelling with little ones or have mobility issues, it’s just something to be conscious of.
Walking in and around Sóller you may also notice yet more tracks passing through town. These tracks guide the towns tram down past the cathedral, to the port.
Sadly didn’t get a chance to ride the tram, but I gather it too is a great experience. Maybe next time!
As per below, it’s best to check the official Ferrocarril de Sóller website for up to date train ticket costs. Our adult return tickets were €22 euro each.
If you are based in Pollenca as we were, the Ferrocarril de Sóller times aren’t the friendliest unless you want to get up real early, drive home late in the dark, or spend a minimal amount of time in Palma.
We chose the last of those options and caught the 12.15 from Sóller to Palma, and the 15.15 back from Palma to Sóller.
Of course there are more trains throughout the day, and you could also start and end your train journey in Palma, rather than Sóller.
Check the website for the most up to date times, and where you should also see that train times are also seasonal!
I will also, lastly, add that the drive from Pollenca to Sóller to catch the train in the first instance is also a beautiful route. You’ll have to take it slow, so to navigate around the many many cyclist who for some reason see cycling uphill for hours at a time as fun (fair play to them for their efforts), but your patience is rewarded with many a’ sweeping view over Mallorca. Pre train trip road trip!
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