Exploring Budapest via public transport is a convenient and budget-friendly way to see the Hungarian capital. While you can walk in the center of Budapest, Budapest also boasts a comprehensive public transport network. This article will show some unique means of transport in Budapest, Hungary that visitors must try.
Unique means of transport in Budapest
1. Castle Hill Funicular
First opened in 1870 as the second funicular in Europe and reconstructed according to its original design, the Castle Hill Funicular still evokes the atmosphere of 19th-century Budapest. During the short ride all the way up to Castle Hill you can enjoy the magnificent view of the Danube Banks from the old-fashioned cars.
You can take the funicular only one-way and discover the secret pathways of Castle Hill on your way back including the pedestrian bridges above the tracks. If you do not mind climbing the hill you can always use the funicular from the top of the hill to avoid queues. A single ticket costs 1200 HUF and a return ticket 1800 HUF, the general passes are not valid here.
2. Millennium Underground
Did you know that in Budapest you can travel on the second-oldest metro line in the world? The Millennium Underground was first opened in 1896, in the year of the Hungarian Millenium when the Hungarians celebrated their first 1000 years of history in the Carpathian Basin. Most of its stops are historically listed and look just like the originals with their nice ceramic tiles.
You can tell right away that this line is older than the usual ones: the stairs do not go as deep underground and the tiny yellow trains only consist of three short cars. It runs under the Andrássy Avenuebetween the city center and the City Park. Sights along the line include the Saint Stephen’s Basilica, the Hungarian State Opera House, the Heroes’ Square, and the Széchenyi Baths. You can use this line with your normal public transportation tickets.
3. The Children’s Railway
For a journey rich in both Budapest history and novelty, hop aboard the Gyermekvasút. Stretching for seven miles through the Buda Hills, the Gyermekvasút (Children’s railway) line is a communist-era train line staffed almost exclusively by children aged 10-14. Dating back to 1948, and inspired by the ‘Pioneer trains’ in the Soviet Union, the Gyermekvasút is the world’s largest children’s railway and runs a scenic route that both serves the transport needs of local residents and is attracting a growing number of visitors.
The easiest way to get to this most unusual of trains is to take tram number 60 to the train’s terminus at Széchenyi-hegy, or jump on the number 56, 56A, 59B or 61 trams to the other end of the line at Hűvösvölgy.
Taking a boat ride in Budapest at night is one of the most beautiful experiences you can have. The city is beautifully lit, you can see all the amazing buildings and historical sights by the river illuminated, while you feel the cool breeze on your face. There are several boat lines in Budapest that you can choose from. There is even a hop on hop off boat line and if you would like to try something exciting, you can take a boat taxi as well.
5. Cogwheel Railway
Rock railway is a 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’s spot. You will definitely have a pleasant and spectacular trip along the way.
6. Zugliget Chairlift
Libegő(i.e. double chair lift) is another popular way of getting up to Buda Hills. Erzsébet’s 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.
In conclusion, these are the unique means of transport in Budapest, Hungary for tourists to experience.