The sportier can climb from the Col de Saint-Ignace (2h30). At the top, you will enjoy a stunning panorama of the Basque coast, the Pyrenees mountain range and the Bidassoa valley.
Last crest of the Pyrenees before the Atlantic coast, the mythical mountain of the Basque coast rises to 905 meters. It is a place full of history, successively frequented by Neolithic hunters, shepherds, charcoal burners, woodcutters, hunters, stone cutters, hermits and some smugglers. There are still dolmens, cromlechs and a Napoleonic redoubt. The Empress Eugenie said that "the ascent is exhilarating, the descent more than difficult."
Since 1924, the Rhune cogwheel train makes it possible to reach the summit effortlessly. From the Sainte Ignace pass, the famous cogwheel train climbs in 35 minutes at the top of the Rhune. It crosses a wild nature and crosses the road of sheep and pottoks, these small wild endemic horses living in freedom on the massif. The Rhune train, welcomes a large number of visitors. It is possible to cancel the train tickets to avoid queuing.
Departures schedules of the train :
Low season: every 40 minutes from 9.30 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 4 pm,
High season: from 8.20 am to 17.30 pm
The Rhune is very frequented by hikers. Several routes make it possible to reach the summit on foot:
The circuit from the village of Sare. Add 1h45 to climb to the top.
Shuttle buses allow you to get to the station of the pass from Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Ascain and Sare.
Bus from Saint-Jean-de-Luz (halte routière) and Sare (Lur Berri - parking piscine):
Adult round trip- 18,50 €
Child round trip (4 - 12 years) - 11,50 €
Large familly - 11,50 €
Personwith Reduced Mobility - 8 €
Adult single fare - 15,50€
Child single fare - 8,50 €
Dog round trip - 5 €
Dog single fare - 4 €