Lucie the Land Train is now open for the spring and summer season!

Jump aboard Lucie the Land Train in Porthcawl and sit back and enjoy the seafront scenery as we sweep you along the Eastern Promenade. You can travel from Coney Beach all the way up to Rest Bay and back again, with stops in between.

The route takes in the Marina, the Main Promenade, Rest Bay water sports centre, The Grand Pavilion, the town centre, and the fairground. The total route is approximately 4 miles long and will take around 45 minutes for one round trip.

Lucie takes a break over the winter months, except for special occasions and events. If you would like to enquire about hiring Lucie the Land Train for an event, please complete our online enquiry form.

Timetable and pricing

All aboard Lucie, Porthcawl’s award winning land train service!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we won Social Enterprise of the Year for Lucie the Porthcawl Land Train at the Social Business Wales Award 2022, held on Monday 10 October at Swansea Arena. Check out the video to find out more about why we won:


Lucie, the land train | photo taken by Adele Morris Photography
Official opening of Lucie the Land Train | photo taken by Adele Morris Photography
Rest Bay | Rest Bay
Porthcawl Harbour | Harbwr Porthcawl
Promenade | Promenâd
Sandy Bay | Bae Sandy
Porthcawl Surf School
Porthcawl Harbour | Harbwr Porthcawl
Sandy Bay | Bae Sandy

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How many passengers can Lucie hold?

Lucie the Land Train is a 70ft, 3 carriage road train that can transport up to 68 passengers, and one wheelchair user and carer (if required).

When will the train operate?

Emmaus is free to operate Lucie all year. Our focus will be on the high summer season and school half term holidays however, we may decide to run Lucie for hired events like weddings or festivals (subject to the proposed route). To enquire about privately renting Lucie, complete our online enquiry form.

How do I pay for a ticket?

We have a portable card machine so you can purchase tickets on the train.

Where is the wheelchair access ramp?

The wheelchair access ramp is situated at the rear of the last carriage and is controlled by an electric tail lift.

How often will the train be cleaned?

Lucie will be cleaned before the first run, once every run is complete and at the end of each day.

Will the train operate in all weather conditions?

There may be times when Lucie is unable to run due to adverse weather. This could be when it is too windy, too wet, or too cold (snow/ice) to operate safely. We will take advice from the Met Office with regards to weather warnings and may need to cancel the service at short notice. If the service is not running due to bad weather, customers will be notified via social media. Follow our Facebook page to stay up to date.

Can I get off at an undesignated stop?

No, customers cannot get off the train at an undesignated stop. There are five designated stops along the route. Lucie is only authorised to stop at these locations.

I left a personal belonging on the train, how do I get it back?

Items left on Lucie by passengers will be kept safe for two weeks. Please contact us at [email protected]  or on 01656 750829 to enquire about lost property.

What does Emmaus South Wales do?

Emmaus South Wales is a charity which supports people out of homelessness by providing a home for as long as needed, meaningful work, funded training and daily support.

Why is our train called Lucie?

Many will have heard of Abbé Pierre, the founder of Emmaus, but little is heard about Lucie Coutaz, the co-founder of Emmaus. Lucie was an active member of the resistance during the Second World War, and later dedicated her life to Emmaus and used her organisational prowess and leadership to grow the movement internationally. Abbé Pierre once described her as: ‘…the one, without whom, nothing would have been possible.” Our land train is named after Lucie in honour of her vital contribution to the Emmaus movement.