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Unusual means of transport
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Unusual means of transport

We recommend the most interesting transport options for you!

Castle Hill Funicular Cog-wheel Railway Chairlift in Zugliget Children’s Railway

Castle Hill Funicular

This funicular is a real treasure of Budapest public transportation, since it is operating in the most beautiful part of the city, from Clark Ádám tér up to the Buda Castle. It is 95 meters long, its maximum gradient is 48%. The two cars take passengers up to 51 meters height. The funicular is the second oldest inclined railway in Europe; it was first open in 1870. It was completely destroyed in the Second World War then it was reopened in 1986 when they rebuilt the two pedestrian foot bridges in the original design. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and it is a significant element of the Danube panorama. The line operates from 07.30 to 22.00 each day, you can buy tickets at the terminals. A single ticket is 840 HUF and a round trip costs 1450 HUF.
Buda Castle Hill Funicular

Cog-wheel Railway

Rock railway is the comfortable and unique way of getting up to Buda Hills. It operates all through the year from early morning to late night.

You can use it with a valid BKV (Mass Transport Company of Budapest) ticket. Its bottom terminal is in Városmajor and the upper terminal is at the top of Széchenyi Hill a short-walk away from Normafascenery spot. You will definitely have a pleasant and spectacular trip during the way.

Cogwheel Railway

Chairlift in Zugliget

Libegő (i.e. double chair lift) is another popular way of getting up to Buda Hills. Erzsébet lookout tower is right at the end of the upper terminal. You can have the best panorama of Budapest from there. On the way back, you can enjoy the view for long minutes and you can also have a glance at the private villas and gardens of Zugliget. The bottom terminal can be approached by bus No. 291. A single ticket is 750 HUF and a round trip costs 1300 HUF.
Zugliget Chairlift

Children’s Railway

MÁV Zrt. has been operating the former Pioneer Railway since 1950 but from 1990 it is called Children’s Railway. Its unique feature is that it is operated by children aged 10-14 under the supervision of adult railway attendants. Do not be surprised if you are asked to show your ticket to a 10-year-old and he or she will punch it with great competence. The railway line goes between the Széchenyi Hill and Hüvösvölgy but it is advised to check the timetable in advance because it might change quite often. You can visit Csillebérc Youth Center (the former pioneer camp) during the way. There is an adventure park, paintball field, fireplaces, awaiting everybody, not only for children.
Children's Railway