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If feet are killing you in Budapest, go Funicular!
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.
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Railway to Heaven
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.
Funicular Railway - Buda side
Just over the Szechenyi Bridge on the Buda side you will come to the funicular railway, which is well worth the ride up the hill. The view is excellent and you can then easily walk to the Castle. Cost F600.
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On the left of Clark Adam ter you can see a nice train called Budavari siklò. This nice funicolar was built in 1870 and it was restored after many years of inactivity. From 1986 it go up and down with people from the Clarck Adam ter to the Buda hill with all its monuments. It's a very nice experience. During the climb you can see a nice view of the Chain Bridge and the Szent Istvan Bazilika.
Castle District: Funicular
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.
Short ride up to the Royal Palace
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).
Buda Cable Car
The Buda cable car is a 2-track car that runs up for a 100m to connect the Buda end of the Chain bridge and Szent Gyorgy square in the Castle District. The carriages were originally driven by a steam engine. It is also possible to climb the whole way up on foot because there stone ramparts that flank both sides of the line. The track was destroyed during the World War II and went back into operation in 1986.
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.
Onto the rack
The funicular at base of the hill whisks you up to the top for the eqivalent of about 3 euros.
It saves an uphill walk, especially in the height of summer, but it is far nicer to saunter down the winding path than runs out from under the terrace area than to make the return trip.
Great views on the way up.
On the other hand, stop being such a bleeding wimp and get up that hill you lazy fat-a**ed tourist.
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.
Once you cross the main and most beautiful bridge from Pest to Buda.. you see the tunel just for cars and to go up to the hill you have to choose among on foot or take a funicular...a wooden one, really beautiful...just cost around 2 euros if im not wrong and the ride takes just 1 min or less but you have a superb site in the evening of the city
on The left theres this nice mural and some steps ledtwards the path to the castle
The easiest way to reach Buda Castle
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 Budavári Sikló is the Castle area funicular that will take you in a minute to the top of the hill. It is over 100 years old and still working, usually.
I did it the easy way, the Sikió up, and walking down the hill.
Up we go!
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.
A short 2-minute tram ride up or down the side of the hill, between the foot of Chain Bridge and to the entrance of the Royal Palace. There's three sections in the tram--top, middle, and bottom to enter and ride. I suggest riding it up the hill and walking down from the Royal Palace.-
Un corto viaje de dos minutos por uno de los lados de la colina, los lleva desde el Puente de las Cadenas hasta la entrada al Palacio Real. El funicular tiene tres secciones para entrar, una baja, la media y la alta. Les sugiero subir en el funicular y bajar a pié desde el Palacio
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