The Cité du Train, situated in Mulhouse, France, is one of the ten largest railway museums in the world. It is the successor to the musée français du chemin de fer.
In the old renovated building, the emphasis is mostly placed on the instructional aspect of technology, explaining the mechanisms powering steam, diesel and electric locomotives and their development. It is possible to go inside a locomotive to admire its inner workings. Between the two buildings is an outdoor court complete with a restaurant which railway elements throughout as well as a themed rooms to complete the experience. It currently receives 200,000 visitors annually on a site covering 15,000 m² (this compares with the more than 717,000 visitors received annually by Britain’s National Railway Museum (“NRM”) on a site in York that covers more than 85,000 m²; the Cité du Train receives a similar number of visitors as annually attend Britain’s much smaller Locomotion Museum in Shildon, Durham, an out-post of the NRM).
The museum is open every day (apart from the 25th of December)
From the 1st of January to the 31th of March: from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
From the 1st of April to the 31th of October: from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
From the 1st of November to the 31th of December: from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
We recommend an average time of visit of 2h 30.
The bookshop-boutique and the restaurant are open during the museum’s opening hours.
General admission: €13
Discounted admission: €11 (jobseekers, persons with disabilities and a companion, students through age 26, teachers, railway workers and their partners and Soléa Famille ticket holders. Proof of eligibility required
Children: €9.50 for ages four through 17. Proof of age required
Free: with Museums Pass Musées, Intermusées MMSA card, Pro Tourisme Alsace card (for Alsace tourism professionals), French Culture Ministry card or ICOM card (for museum professionals). Proof of eligibility required
Family admission: €39 for four people, including up to two adults
Address: 2 Rue Alfred de Glehn, 68200 Mulhouse, France
GPS coordinates: : 47°45′02″N 7°17′38″E