Grottes de Bétharram

Opening hours

Closed

  • Monday 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Wednesday 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Thursday 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Friday 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

Opens at 02:00 pm

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 covers 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 large rooms rich in concretions. The chasm connects this floor to that of the river. The lower part follows a natural fault, witness to the work of water.

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

      The Bétharram Caves are located in two departments : one enters through the Pyrénées-Atlantiques and comes out through the Hautes-Pyrénées.

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

      The Bétharram Caves are also a unique place. Open to the public in 1903, they offer a great diversity which makes it an essential place. Explore the interior beauty of the mountain and discover this series of caves on foot, by boat and by small train !

      After making the visit, the little train that 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 to the visitor.

      The underground circuit ends near the car and coach parking lot.

      OPENING DATES AND TIMES :

      February 11 to March 24

      • Monday to Thursday : visits at 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
      • Friday : visit at 2:30 p.m.
      Groups by reservation Monday to Friday

      from March 25 to October 30

      • Open 7 days a week 7 with departures from regular visits
      • Open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. (5 p.m. in September and October)

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

      Duration of the visit : 1h20

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Traveller Reviews

4.5 sur 5 3101 reviews

  • Catherine McMorris

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Catherine McMorris on 08/09/2020

    This cave is amazing. It is absolutely enormous, you go on a bus to the entrance from the car park, it is quite far and then go back through the cave, walking, on a boat and on a train. The formations are spectacular and the guides informative. We had to queue for ages, you can't book, but it was well worth the wait.

  • Dietmar Volckmann

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Dietmar Volckmann on 26/08/2020

    Great very big spectacular cave with even a boat and train ride for each visitor. Stunning amazing views in different levels. Definitively one of my top 5 caves in Europe and a must see!

  • Angeline Tandiono

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Angeline Tandiono on 19/08/2020

    A splendid cave, with a well arranged visit with a bus ride, a boat ride and a train ride. The entire visit lasts for about 1 hour 30 minutes. There might be a long queue in summer where there is understandably a huge crowd. The train ride in the end is wonderful for adults and kids alike. There are quite some stairs going down (some 250 steps), so if you have young children (less than 4 years old) with you, a baby carrier might come in handy. That said, it seems that a wheelchair-friendly visit could also be arranged if notified in advance. There is a restaurant next to the boutique. The down side is the awful squatting toilet outside the entrance...

Traveller Reviews

4.0 sur 5 974 reviews

  • "Visit with the family"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by BiarritzTaxi (Biarritz, France) on 15/12/2020

    My kids are particularly interested in trains so had to visit this cave just to experience the underground boat and train ride. The train is actually based on a rollercoaster and the boat moves along...

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  • "Lourdes 2019"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by ed M on 22/10/2019

    Nice place to visit close to the Sanctuaries. Stalactites and stalagmites plus an interesting train ride and a very short boat ride.

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  • "Worthwhile visit"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by Trip27460 on 12/09/2019

    This was a really interesting place to visit, charming really and must have been a wonder during Victorian days when it opened. Would definately recommend visiting early to avoid the queues (we were...

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Address

Chemin Leon Ross
65270 Saint-Pé-de-Bigorre

GPS coordinates

43° 6'6.29"N, 0° 11'12.94"W

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