Betharram Caves Caves and Chasms in Lestelle-Bétharram

Opening hours

Open

  • Monday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 01:30 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday Closed
  • Friday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 01:30 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Saturday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 01:30 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Sunday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 01:30 pm - 05:00 pm

Closes at 12:00 am

Useful information

Location : Mountain

Province : Pays de Nay

Services

  • Chèques Vacances (Holiday voucher)
  • Credit card accepted
  • Disable access
  • Dutch spoken
  • English spoken
  • Entertainment
  • German spoken
  • Groceries shop/ Food
  • Groups
  • Parking
  • Seminar Room
  • Spanish spoken
  • English
    • The visited part of the caves extends over 2.8 km with an impressive drop of 80 m. The underground course of the river is 3.5 km.

      The visitor enters the mountain through a natural opening: the upper part includes vast rooms rich in concretions. The chasm connects this level to that of the river. The lower part follows a natural fault, witness to the work of the water.

      The visitor exits through an artificial tunnel dug from 1913 to 1924.

      The Betharram Caves are located in two departments: you enter through the Pyrénées-Atlantiques and come out through the Hautes-Pyrénées.

      Currently, visitors are welcomed to a large shaded car park with 500 spaces for passenger cars. A shuttle then takes them to the entrance to the caves located 2 km above.

      The Betharram Caves are also a unique place. Opened to the public in 1903, they offer a great diversity which makes it an essential place. Discover the inner beauty of the mountain and discover this series of caves on foot, by boat and by little train!

      After having made the visit, the small train which transports them, stops in front of a magnificent building built in 1924, one of the very first in France in reinforced concrete.

      In this hall, souvenirs, minerals, fossils and postcards are offered for the visitor's appreciation.

      The underground circuit ends near the parking lot for cars and coaches.

      OPENING DATES AND TIMES:

      from February 11 to March 24

      • Monday to Thursday: tours at 2.30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
      • Friday: visit at 2.30 p.m.
      Groups by reservation from Monday to Friday

      from March 25 to October 30

      • Open 7 days a week with regular tour departures
      • Open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (last visit at 4:30 p.m.)

      July and August: continuous opening from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

      Duration of the visit: 1h30

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Traveller Reviews Betharram Caves

4.6 sur 5 6730 reviews

  • abbie vas

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by abbie vas on 05/04/2024

    Naturally formed underground caves discovers in the 1800's. There is a train ride and boat ride taking you around the caves. Truly a unique experience! Only a 40 minute ride from Lourdes.

  • Johnson Frank

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Johnson Frank on 08/04/2024

    You have to visit this place if you visit the lourdes church. It's a 24 mins drive from the Lourdes church but it was totally worth it. We came here on April so there was a not a lot of people but in July and August it will be packed. The guide was funny and excellent 💯 The stones and structures formed by water droplets was sensational to watch. The place is full of history. I highly recommend this place ✔️

  • Stoyan Nikolov

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Stoyan Nikolov on 13/02/2024

    Fantastic place! Free parking. Just follow the road signs for cars (not for buses). The 2h trip inside the cave is very well organised. Visitors are all the time escorted by friendly tour guide. Audio guides are available on different languages. The cave inside is truly breathtaking. Even the best camera can not capture the beauty of this cave. You must see it to appreciate it. Good for children and adults ( 4/5 years old + due to many steps going down). Steps and cave paths are wide and safe to walk. Lights inside are more than enough. Nice underground river crossing by boat, nice underground train ride at the end of the cave exploration. In overall this place worth every penny. The souvenir/coffee shop at the end of the trail is very nice as well. Good place to enjoy cup of coffee and apple pie before to leave. Highly recommended.

Traveller Reviews Betharram Caves

4.0 sur 5 1099 reviews

  • "Amazing and good value"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by 180mgk (London, United Kingdom) on 29/08/2023

    Visited some years ago, amazing experience to see them again. Our guide was excellent, knowledgeable and attentive, wish I knew his name.

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  • "Great - unless you have claustrophobia!!"

    3 / 5 Reviews posted by 977katyh (Nottingham, United Kingdom) on 28/08/2023

    This place is cool if you don’t have claustrophobia at all! I managed the first level but after going 300 steps down and then realising it was getting narrower and we had to descend further it was...

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  • "Worst tourist experience ever"

    1 / 5 Reviews posted by hannahjones12345 on 13/08/2023

    This is the worst experience at a tourist attraction that I have ever had. We queued to get a coach to the cave, queued to buy tickets (67.50 euros for a family of 5) and queued to begin the tour...

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Betharram Caves

Address

Chemin Léon Ross
65270 Saint-Pé-de-Bigorre

Contacts

Phone : 05 62 41 80 04

GPS coordinates

43° 6'6.29"N, 0° 11'12.94"W

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