To save your tired legs the Budapest transport company (BKV) runs a funicular service from Clark Adam Square on the Buda side of the Chain Bridge, to the top of Castle Hill, right next to the palace. It's probably the easiest and most obvious way to the Castle District if you are heading over to it from the Pest side, and that can be seen from the number of tourists using it. At the top of the funicular a man with a distinctive silver moustache loiters and waits to jump on small groups of people to offer them guided tours. He seemed persistent, but inoffensive, and was the only annoying character in the whole area.
The funicular runs from 7.30am to 10pm, and tickets can be bought at both ends of the track.
The Casle Hill funicular (skilo in Hungarian) dates back to 1870, making it the second oldest in Europe. The funicular's wooden cars run on two tracks, each carrying 24 passengers up the 51 m from the foot of the Chain Bridge to Buda Castle.The short trip lasts about 90 seconds and it offers really nice views of the city, not to mention that it saves the steep walk up Caslte Hill. TIckets cost 900 forints (1800 for a round trip) and can be bought at the foot of the funicular - there might be a bit of a line-up but wait time usually isn't so bad.
The Sikló is the funicular railway which runs between Clark Adam Tér and the Castle Hill (arriving next to the Sándor Palace and Buda Palace). It's certainly a much easier way to get up to the top than the rather stiff walk up the hill (which we also did another day) and you do get some great views as you ascend, but it isn't cheap at 840Fts one way. Yes, this is less than £3 sterling and a return ticket will save you money but it is over in just a couple of minutes and I'd suggest that having used the Sikló to go up you should try walking down.
So I was walking around Budapest near the Chain Bridge and chanced upon the funicular which I saw in guide books - the one that brings you up to the Buda Castle! Thank God coz my feet were killing me already.
In 1870, the Funicular ran on steam but today, it is of course electric-powered, and continues to offer a great view of Budapest and the Danube. It was destroyed during World War II, but fortunately this charming mode of transportation was completely renovated in 1986. It measures 95 meters and it has two, stepped-construction carriages to take visitors up the 48-degree slope. Very steep!
But if you think you’d rather walk up to the Buda Castle, then walk up the hill on the serpentine-like Sikló walkway . Or if not, just take the bus - There are two buses going to the Buda Castle, both run from Moszkva square to the Dísz square and are numbered 10 and 110.
Funicular to the Buda Castle
Running times: Every day 7.30 - 22.00
On Mondays of odd-number weeks the Funicular is closed for maintenance works.
Definitely ride the funicular to the top of Castle Hill. Its a pleasant but short ride to the top with excellent views of the Danube, Chain Bridge, Parliament and Opera House (my views were limited as it was still slightly raining that day).
There are many ways to get up to castle hill. Worth to mention are the two gates at the northern and southern end of the hill. Stairs are found on the eastern side, all close to the tunnel/Clark Adam ter. At Clark Adam ter, you’ll also find a funicular railway (Sikló) which was built in 1870. It was destroyed during WWII and rebuilt long after its end – in 1986. It operates (with some exceptions) daily between 07:30 and 22:00, single way tickets are available from around 600 ft. Note that an uphill ticket costs more than a downhill ticket.
There is a funicular at the bottom by Chain bridge that takes you to the top, instead of walking. It was built in 1870 to celebrate the millennium of the country. It was destroyed by the Germans in 1945 fighting in the city. It took back to 1986 before the cars and track were repaired.
The castle hill funicular (Budavari siklo in Hungarian) is one of the nicest ways to climb from the chain bridge to the castle hill.
The funicular has 2 cars , one is going up and one is going down.
The ride is nice because of the view.
The ride is very short , a few minutes and you are up in the hill , in front of the castle.
I recommend going up with the funicular but going down from another side like Vienna gate or the fishermen bastion for better view.
I think that itís not at all difficult climbing the Castle hill, so I don`t select the funicular too often. However for a tourist it`s almost obbligatory going up this way for the nice panorama.
The funicular works in a very easy way. There are two trains and two rails. These 2 trains are linked by a highly resistent steel rope. While one is at the upper station, the second is at the nether one, and when the upper departs, also the other starts to move. It`s so simple.
The funicular started to work in 1870, but later it was transformed a bit. In the second World war it was badly damaged and it was repaired only in 1986. Since this year it`s possible taking it each day from 7.30 to 22.00.
The mosaics that you find right next to the lower station are also worthy of note. This is a lovely coat of arms wich the comunists didn`t like at all, so they walled it up for more than 40 years. After the fall of the communism, at the beginning of the 1990`s it was restored to it`s original beauty and today it`s one of the symbols of Budapest.
You can visit the Royal Palace climbing the Castle Hill, or in alternative to ride the Budavari Siklo (cable car). I thing it’s more fun to catch the funicular, you will have great views from there to Pest and also can admire an 1870’s machine.
Using the funicular may be helpful if you are very tired and you don't have enough energy to climb upto Buda castle in a hot summer day. It is a short distance and for sure it is not worth the money you spend on it. However, to try once would be ok.
The Funicular Railway of Buda Castle (Budavári Sikló) was opened in 1870, and renovated in 1986. The line extends 95 metres up a 48-degree slope. The two step-structured carriages carry passengers up to Buda Castle whilst also amazing them with a matchless view. The Funicular Railway runs every day from 7.30 am till 10 pm. In periods of high demand it runs continually to a maximum of every ten minutes in periods of low demand.
A funicular is a self-contained railway in which cables are attached to a tramlike vehicle and move it up and down a steep slope. After walking the Chain Bridge, it is the obvious way to ascend Castle Hill offering astounding views of Pest as it courses approximately 96 yards at a 48 degree incline. First opened in 1870, it was destroyed in 1945 and not fully rebuilt till 1986. The cars appear antique but are electricity powered replicas of the original cars. The ticket office at the base and top are similarly antique-cute with small glass planes and metal trim.
Many of the photographs of Pest were obtained from the funicular ride and lobby at the top of Castle Hill.
The Funicular was first used as a cheap form of transport for staff wotking in the Castle. It originally used steam power but after it was struck by a shell in 1945 and put out of action, it was electrified and restored in 1986. It is an easy way to approach the Castle and save the climb but take a slow walk down and take in some views.
If you cross the Chain Bridge direction Buda and start wondering how to get up to the castle, take the funicular. It is a short and scenic ride, and from the funicular you have a good view on the Danube and the Chain Bridge.