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Fianarantsoa Cote Est (FCE)

FCE Gare, Fianarantsoa, Madagascar
+261 20 75 513 54
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We took the train to Manakara and made it in just 12 hours compared to 17 hours we heard from... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
flak_srilanka
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Ottawa, Canada
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Amazing

The most interestind train ride I evrr did. Landscape, experience and PEOPLE. We did 11 hours for... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2017
ANASTASIOS T
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Athens, Greece
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  • Average11%
  • Poor8%
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FCE Gare, Fianarantsoa, Madagascar
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the train to Manakara and made it in just 12 hours compared to 17 hours we heard from people we met. The scenery is very nice, many stops along the way. Quite a nice change from the taxi-brousse. The wagon we had was...More

Thank flak_srilanka
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

The most interestind train ride I evrr did. Landscape, experience and PEOPLE. We did 11 hours for 162 klm so this is not for travel as "fast food".

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Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

If you will like the ride on the train or not depends mainly what you are expecting of it. I especially enjoyed the the culinary experience along the way. At each stop (and there lots of it) the locals offer different kind of food to...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 August 2017

Leaving 2 hours late and having arrived at 5am to book tickets for a 7am departure added to a long day. It appears that train tickets can be prebooked, so would be worth doing and arriving for 7am. Even so the train trip was a...More

1  Thank neiluk2017
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

We had luck (is what we heard) as we managed to get to Manakara from Fiana in just 14 hours. The train journey makes fun the first few hours. Seeing all the villages and people... children are very used to beg money from tourists, though....More

Thank rimapetter
Reviewed 7 January 2017

Ok, I'm not a train enthusiast but do enjoy the vagaries of any form of alternative travel! On reading these reviews I was a little dubious but still opted for the Manakara to Fiana option. I think I was lucky in that the journey took...More

1  Thank MatthewEdwinR
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Yes, I recognize, it is a long trip, but you will rewarded of an Amazing view, and such nice person. Meeting local people, just forget all troubles, and get some new mind. You all know the famous sentence : MORA MORA, which means Slowly Slowly....More

3  Thank christianrakoton2016
Reviewed 8 August 2016

We did the train on a Tuesday. My hotel booked it by phone the day before but I think we must have got the last first class seats, book earlier if you can (also book your accomodation as you will be getting there late). The...More

2  Thank pieana
Reviewed 23 July 2016

Superb Fun! 1st class costs 40,000 Ariary (10.00 GBP) - The carriage was comfortable & secure! - I was told that the train which departs TWICE per week (the third is for freight only), on Tuesday or Wednesday and Saturdays (as of June 2016) was...More

3  Thank JONO5K1
Reviewed 6 September 2015

The concept sounds charming. For a few of hours it is actually exciting and enjoyable. But - and trust me, we're patient people who like a good train ride including slow and languorous ones around the world - it really wears thin. The other recent...More

3  Thank Nigel H
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