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“Expertly managed by school kids” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Children's Railway

Children's Railway
Szechenyi-hegy, Budapest, Hungary (Várkerület)
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Ranked #62 of 289 Activities in Budapest
Type: Scenic Railroads, Sightseeing Tours
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Adults drive the engines and children control the traffic and commercial services on this narrow gauge railroad, which travels 11 kilometers through the woods and hills on the Buda side of the city.
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“Expertly managed by school kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

This outing on the children’s railway was memorable, both from its concept of school kids managing the ‘business’ but also the very scenic journey up the Buda Hills.

We took Tram 4 to Moszkva ter and then walked the short distance to the start of the Cogwheel Railway (Tram 60) opposite the cylindrical multi-story Budapest Hotel. This chugged and rattled its way to the end of the line, from where it was a short walk to Szechenyi-hegi, the beginning of the Children’s Railway. The tickets were sold, checked, train waved on, etc by school kids.

The trip on the single track to the last station of Huvosvolgy took about 40 minutes. It stopped at most stations along the way, sometimes pulling in for a few minutes to let an opposite train pass. At one of the stops a group of school children with teachers got on and packed out the train. It is extremely quiet and peaceful countryside. One of the ‘conductors’ had good English and he chatted to some of the tourists. He said he plays the violin at school and tours with the youth orchestra.

At the end we walked the impressive art-deco stairway to the nearby ornate bus station. The stairway has paintings at each stage.

We took Tram 61 back to the terminus, which was a lovely return journey through the wooded Buda Hills and Huvos Valley.

Visited March 2012
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“FanTastic views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012 via mobile

We took the cogwheel railway to the children's railway line then took the libego (chair lift) down the hill. this was easier then last time as it was easier to find the libego. The train was really good fun we got off at stop 4 and walked to the top of the hill and then went up Elizabeth tower (well worth a visit fab views) we then took the libego down the hill to the bottom and caught the bus opposite the terminal to town. So quiet and peaceful in three hills and the best view of the city.

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“Amazing. ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012 via mobile

Great railway that seems to run exactly like a proper railway, only its kids that run it! Get tram 61 all the way to its terminus and walk up to the Children's Railway station, it's a couple of minutes.

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“Small train for small people :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

Well, the red one on the picture is the so called "cog wheel train". You'll need this to go to the Children's Railway and this is lovely also. But the best is the Children's Railway! :)

Visited May 2012
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“great as part of a day out in the buda hills”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

The children’s railway is great fun and an unusual experience for anyone who wants to see a little slice of communist history and escape the heat of the city for a few hours. The trip itself doesn't take that long (less than 1 hr) but combined with a walk in the Buda hills or included in the cogwheel railway and/or chairlift circuit it makes for a great day or half-day out. The train runs through the forest so the views are quite restricted, but really the best sight is watching the children operating the railway so diligently and saluting the train at every station. At certain times they run vintage steam trains (these were marked on the timetable at the station) which I think cost slightly more, but this didn’t coincide with when we were there so if you wanted to ride on these I would recommend checking out the timetable in advance.

The children's railway links up with the cogwheel railway at one end (szechenyi-hezy) and a bus terminal and tram 61 at the other end (Huvosvolgy). You can also get off at various stops in between including janos-hegy if you want to combine the trip with a ride on the chairlift. That means there are lots of ways to do a circuit from Budapest centre depending on where you want to get off and how long you want to spend there.

It took us a little bit of searching to work out how to get there and back on public transport but this is what we did. Metro line 2 -to Szell Kalman ter. Take tram 61 from outside the station 2 stops to the cogwheel railway (tram stop is close to the cylindrical Budapest hotel). Take the cogwheel railway to szechenyi-hezy at the end of the line (part of the Budapest transport system so free with a travel card). Here you can access walking trails in the Buda hills or walk a minute or 2 to the children’s railway. Travel cards aren't valid on the children’s railway but you can buy a ticket for the full trip or halfway from children at the station or on the train. Trains were running every 30 mins or so.

We got off halfway at Janos-hegy to climb the Erzsebet lookout tower (this is free and highly recommended for amazing 360 degree views of Budapest), visit the cafes (there is one next to the tower and one also at the chairlift), and take the chairlift (also recommended). You can take the chairlift one way as there is a bus stop at the bottom, but we rode it both ways then took the children’s railway again to Huvosvolgy where you can ride tram 61 back to metro stop Szell Kalman ter.

Visited August 2012
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