Vermeille Coast line Perpignan – Cerbère

La côte vermeille - Occitanie © CRTL Occitanie

A panoramic view of the Mediterranean 

Train lIO - Occitanie © Région Occitanie

The line starts in Perpignan, then crosses the Roussillon plain that fades into the blue of the sea. The train's magnificent route hugs the bays and coves of the Vermeille coast. 

Côte Vermeille - Fort Saint-Elme © CRTL Occitanie

Panoramic views, with the sea at arm's length ... This is one of the region's most beautiful railway routes. 

Terraced vineyards tumble down towards the Mediterranean, roads wind their way up roads steep enough to electrify all mountain bikes. 

Each village is an invitation to enjoy the Catalan way of living: Collioure, Port-Vendres, Banyuls-sur-Mer, Cerbère … and beyond, Spain.  

La Côte Vermeille - Occitanie © Michmich en vadrouille

In the meantime, whether it's swimming, scuba-diving, sea kayaking, there's plenty to enjoy on the Vermeille coast.

Côte Vermeille line

Perpignan - Cerbère

  • Journey with stopovers: Up to 8 days.
  • Non-stop journey: 50 min.
  • Best seats: On the left, forward-facing.
  • Why choose to journey by train: -86% CO2 emissions. 

Tips for travellers  

Perpignan © CRTL Occitanie / G.Deschamps

In Perpignan: When you come out of the Castillet, go to the Vauban market hall to gorge on Catalan specialities (cargolade, Collioure anchovies, olives, Roussillon wines, etc.).

Stopover in
Le Racou - Argelès-sur-Mer © CRTL Occitanie / G.Payen

In Argelès-sur-Mer: Discover Le Racou beach and its small village of sandy lanes lined with huts. Just beyond, the rocky Vermeille Coast begins. 

Stopover in
Collioure © CRTL Occitanie / G.Payen

In Collioure: Lose your way in the colourful old streets of the upper town, and follow the flowered balconies and stairways that will take you back down to the beaches of the town centre.

Stopover in
Banyuls-sur-Mer © Trip in Wild

In Banyuls-sur-Mer: Treat yourself to a first dive in the Gulf of Lion Marine Reserve and then relax with a glass of Banyuls wine.

Stopover in
Réserve sous-marine de Cerbère-Banyuls © Didier Fioramonti

In Cerbère: Walk to Peyrefitte beach and take the underwater trail to discover some of its wonders. Don't forget your gear: mask, snorkel and flippers. 

Stopover in

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Connections

Occitanie Rail Tour lines with connection to the Vermeille Coast line

From Perpignan :

 

Bus lines with connection to the Vermeille Coast line

In Perpignan :

  • liO bus line to Arles-sur-Tech and Quillan.

Practical information