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Fianarantsoa Cote Est (FCE)

FCE Gare, Fianarantsoa, Madagascar
+261 20 75 513 54
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Truly an experience!

We had luck (is what we heard) as we managed to get to Manakara from Fiana in just 14 hours. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Munich, Germany
via mobile
Stick with it!

Ok, I'm not a train enthusiast but do enjoy the vagaries of any form of alternative travel! On... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2017
Llanberis, United Kingdom
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible15%
2 weeks ago
“Truly an experience!”
8 Aug 2016
“Fun but LONG train journey”
FCE Gare, Fianarantsoa, Madagascar
+261 20 75 513 54

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 24 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

2  Thank Nigel H
Reviewed 6 June 2015

We asked to include this train journey in our itinerary but unfortunately did not read the Tripadvisor comments first as we may have thought twice! It was an experience we are pleased to have had and it added variety to the tour. We are even...More

3  Thank LARRY R
Reviewed 3 December 2014

The first 3 hours were OK, but the next 9 were pretty horrible- crowded, uncomfortable, toilets pretty grim; wished we had skipped this miserable ride altogether. Manakara wasn't worth the effort.

2  Thank Lynda P
Reviewed 25 November 2014

This experience is not a tourist jolly. This is the lifeline for villages for whom there is no road. It stops and starts as needed by them. As such if you want to come along expect it to be long, uncomfortable and unpredictable.

1  Thank Elizabeth H
Reviewed 18 November 2014

This is the kind of total nightmare best avoided. Unfortunately, the local tour agencies always include this horrible train in their tour! This is soooo silly! Especially because the landscapes are nothing special seen that you will already have seen rice fields, jungle trees and...More

1  Thank incahueca
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j'aimerai connaitre les prix des prestations par exemple: massages ou entrée pour 2h faut-il réserver? merci de votre réponse.
28 February 2015|
Response from Madamax | Reviewed this property |
Pas bien sur de comprendre la question! Massages à Ranomafana, pas vraiment de réservation, on va aux bains avec sa serviette et on patiente dans la bonne humeur locale. Les séances de bains et de massages sont à des tarifs... More
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