The Budapest Castle Hill Funicular (Budavári Sikló) is an unusual and enjoyable means of transport. It connects the Chain Bridge (Clark Ádám Square) with Buda Castle.
History of the Budapest Funicular
Inaugurated in 1870, the Budapest Funicular was the second funicular to be built in Europe.
During World War II, the cable railway was partially destroyed. Years later, it was rebuilt exactly as it had been and was reopened in 1986.
Nowadays, the cliff railway works perfectly, running from the Chain Bridge to the top of Castle Hill, near Buda Castle.
In our opinion, the best way to get to the top of Castle Hill is by taking the Funicular and then walking back down.
Clark Ádám Square not only houses the Funicular, but also the city’s Kilometre 0. It's used to measure the distances in Budapest and in the rest of Hungary.
Schedules and prices
The Budapest Castle Hill Funicular opens at 7:30 am and closes at 10 pm. A roundtrip ticket costs 3,000 Ft (US$ 8.50) for adults or 2,000 Ft (US$ 5.60) for kids.