Madagascar by train

Trains - Tickets - Routes

A Travel Guide For Train Travel In Madagascar.

Here you will find information for Madagascar about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets and more.


Useful Information

Population: 26.26 million

Currency: Ariary

Language: Malagasy, French

Capital: Antananarivo

Country Code: +261

Time Zone: Eastern Africa Time

Train Companies

The rail network in Madagascar is mainly operated by Madarail.

Train Tickets

Buy train tickets for Madagascar at the train station.

Rail Passes

There are no rail passes available for Madagascar.


Fianarantsoa Côte Est (FCE) offers 1st class and standing room. This famed local train may make unexpected stops and is known to take from 12-24 hours from the original departure time. That’s the whole point of this wonderful train, the experience of it all. This train connects Fianarantsoa to Manakara.


Frequently Travelled Routes In Madagascar


From > To
Duration (h)
Changes Transport
Antananarivo to Antsirabe 2:35 Direct Bus
Fianarantsoa to Manakara 12:00 – 24:00 Direct Train


Madagascar travel routes

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Main Train Stations

  • Antananarivo
  • Fianarantsoa
  • Manakara
  • Antsirabe

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To Madagascar

We recommend traveling to Madagascar anytime between April and December. Outside of these times, it is quite rainy. Between May and October is a great time to visit the dry southwest area of the country, however, the highlands are wet and cold during this time. The best time to see baby lemurs are from October to November, although lemurs can be seen year-round. Humpback whales are best seen from July to September. Other activities in Madagascar include visiting the Avenue of Baobabs or Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, watching a ringa match, attending the Nosy Be’s Donia Festival, surfing, birdwatching, spotting reptiles, fossa, and more!


  • Busy Season: April to October
  • Rainy Season: January to March

Accommodation In Madagascar


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