Old Quebec Funicular
Old Quebec Funicular
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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This cable-car ride connects the Terrasse Dufferin with Lower Town for those not up for the steep stairway. The ride cost is 3.00$CAN/person.
Duration: < 1 hour
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  • CTMans
    Ridgefield, Connecticut1,455 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picturesque
    Very short ride - just a few minutes to get one between lower town and Dufferin Terrace beside Chateau Frontenac. Ride is $5, cash only. American currency is not exchanged for Canadian currency - if you pay with $5 American you will receive no change. Picturesque.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Dino_Rose
    Plano, Texas157 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A "must see & do" item while in Old Quebec
    A "must see and do" item in Old Quebec. Ride is about 30 seconds long and costs $5 each person (each way). We rode it down hill. There seemed to be a long line waiting to go up hill. Enjoy the view.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia49,170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely experience
    Old Quebec Funicular is a lovely experience, particularly if you have not been on one before. The cable car links the Old Town with Terrasse Dufferin where you will also find the wonderful Chateau Frontenac, a luxury hotel. The ride only lasts a few minutes and the cost is about five Canadian dollars cash ! No cards! The waiting queues are always quite lengthy so be prepared to spend time waiting your turn.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 22, 2023
  • TERRAvelista
    London, United Kingdom17,998 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the 5 CAD per person per trip
    As we wanted to travel from the Upper town to the Lower town, it made sense to take the funicular and reach the area in 1 minute while taking in the gorgeous views near us. Descending, we were fortunate to be the only one in our car, but returning there were 4 other people with us in the small space. There is glass all around to check the views and while you cannot miss it in the Lower town, right near a souvenir shop, in the Upper town the entrance is in this glass small location right near the statue. 5 CAD per person one way, it is way faster than taking the 'breakneck stairs' - good luck with that, especially if you do not have the right shoes.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 29, 2023
  • NJgirlonthego
    236 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy when open
    When it's running, it's a very convenient way to go from the lower to upper area. But I do agree the guy was pretty crabby. This stuck out because everyone else here was so kind. We also encountered it being closed for maintenence...then it would open later, unreliable.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 16, 2023
  • ND F
    Vancouver, Canada549 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good way to get up or down in Old Town
    An easy way to get either up or down from Old Town Quebec City to the lower portion by the berth where our ship was. It was $5 each way and saved a lot of walking. Old Town is a great walking area and the funicular helps save steps after a long day of walking.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 21, 2024
  • Eva T
    United Kingdom2,376 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy way dow and up
    It's good to use it if you struggle with walking stairs like me. One way costs CAD 5 and you can take ride from Terrasse Dufferin to Lower Town or the other way. There is a lift for wheelchair users.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 17, 2024
  • tensomerset
    103 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    So close to the US, yet so European in feeling
    Quebec City remains old and quaint and beautiful. The old streets and buildings are excellently preserved. I use a mobility scooter and it is difficult to get around with that because of the cobblestone streets. The scooter cannot go on the funicular, so you need to take a taxi to get to the upper section where the Chateau Frontenac is. I recommend staying in the lower section if you have a mobility issue. The Chateau is awesome as is the promenade and terrace adjoining it. Parliament is a great spot to visit and make sure not to miss Montmorency Falls, which is outstanding and very accessible, including the bridge over the falls and the funicular to take you to the top of the falls.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 25, 2024
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toronto48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
It's just a two minute ride, but after a long walking tour that left me in the lower old city, I really appreciated not having to climb back up to Place d'Armes. I recommend entering the car last, so that you can turn and look back at the river below as you ascend. The ride costs $4 per person - make sure you have cash to pay at the ticket office.
Written July 25, 2022
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Lockie H
Asheville, NC1,303 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
I am a funicular fan! And this one was good, 4 star good. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been to a lot of other funiculars in a lot of countries, and I love the concept of them. We took this funicular, because it was adorable, although it is smaller than other ones I’ve been on in the past, so the “ride “is not very long.

Pros:
We had a friend who is afraid of heights, and the good news is that this posed no problem for her. We also took the funicular back up, because we were afraid of the breakneck steps (The name sounded so daunting!) We thought they would be really living up to their name, and in reality, the steps were quite tame. Each time we went from upper town to lower town, we took the funicular, until one day…
we came to look at some shops, and we took the Breakneck Steps without even realizing it. We just walked down a few flights of steps, and suddenly we were at the base where you pick up the funicular. So the Breckneck Steps are not all that steep (I review them and show photos separately).
Is it worth it to take the funicular? Absolutely. Take it once up and once down, but we were using it as a transport method to get from one area to the other, again, afraid of the steps, and at $4 per ride, it really wasn’t worth it for $8 a day to use it as our main method of going between upper town and lower town. The steps work just fine.

Tip 1: In early evening, when people were trying to go into upper town to eat, or to go home and change clothes, it was a long line for the funicular. But in the mid morning and very early afternoon, there was no line at all. Also, when there is a cruise ship in the harbor, there will probably be a line, so just use the steps.

Tip 2: if you have someone who is afraid of heights, this funicular is not that big of a deal. My friend said, “oh, that’s all there is. And I was silly to be really stressed about taking it during the weeks of planning this trip.”
Written October 13, 2022
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smidjit
Worthington, Ohio, USA28 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I recommend you use a mask when riding the funicular. the cabin is not well ventilated and can be crowded. I came down with Covid 2-3 days after riding the funicular and wish I had worn a mask - I can't know for sure but it seems a likely suspect.
Written July 1, 2022
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Chris E
Whitby, Canada180 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
It’s good to have done it once. The view isn’t that great but it’s fun to go one way just to have the experience. It’s $3.50 per person one way (cash only but there is an ATM inside of you need cash).
Written January 1, 2020
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Accessible Travel Guy
Yukon, Canada1,388 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The Funiculaire is a great alternative than going up and down a ton of stairs due to the massive incline. Keep in mind when we went in March the elevator was not working, so I did have to manage some stairs to even get to the Funiculaire. There are stairs to manage getting in and out of the entry point.

It's also worth noting that the Funiculaire was closed for an hour and half over lunch which we weren't expecting, so you may want to factor this in if you have other stuff planned. It was freezing when we went, but we managed to find a small pub beside the Funiculaire which was open to have a drink and pizza while we waited to get back up the hill.

When you're on the Funoculaire the view is incredible!

As we went during March, there were no line ups. I suspect there would be huge lines in the summer so prepare for that.

It's $4.00 Canadian for a one way ride and there's souvenir shops on either end with diverse range of items you can buy.
Written April 2, 2022
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Linda F
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
We visited here today. My daughter tore some ligaments in her knee 2 days ago and has a leg splint and crutches. To make her life easier we rented a wheelchair to take her around Quebec city. The elevator to the funicular was out of service, therefore she went down the stairs with her crutches to the funicular. Because she was able to do that, the worker charged her the $4.00 for the 'ride'. The rest of us took the stairs, but I am appalled at the lack of compassion by this worker. I don't care about the $4.00, but she's clearly not just trying to get a free ride here.
Written March 15, 2023
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azogal
Ann Arbor, MI1,512 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
While the ride on the funicular is expensive ($3.75 per person) for a very brief ride, it does save going up and down many steps. The view is also nice. Each car is pretty small and there are no seats. Fortunately, it wasn't very busy when we were there so there were never more than 4 people in the car while we were riding.
Written October 2, 2021
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Travers C
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We've traveled on the funiculaire many times. It is an extremely short yet convenient ride. This makes the price increase that much more irritating. That aside a recent experience was uncharacteristically disturbing. Upon descending the short flight of stairs we stopped in the small area of drinks and souvenirs to find water. Once we approached the ticket booth, placed the bottle on the counter, and as I was reaching for my money to pay for two tickets the older man at the booth starting raising his voice, yelling and berating us for not stating that we wanted two tickets. I had guessed it was assumed if we were in the funiculaire that we wanted to descend to Petit-Champlain. He continued to yell and rant about not asking quickly enough. It was truly bizarre and left us stunned. He mocked us, complained endlessly, loud, flamboyant and so exaggerated I truly thought it was an act. We eventually took the ride down but avoided it again all weekend. It left us truly disturbed for some time and ruined the afternoon. With some research we discovered this was not an isolated incident. Why this man hasn't been terminated is a mystery. We visit Quebec city often and between the unhinged elderly man and the price increase we will be avoiding the funiculaire in the future.
Written February 28, 2024
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Bernice C
Oromocto, Canada17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
This is a must-do whenever you’re in Quebec City. The ride is quick but steep and fun and here’s the trick many missed if you plan to only ride this once just for the experience and not having to wait in long lines for the second time - you take the stairs (just a bit further east from the Funiculaire) down to the lower town and ride the Funiculaire when you come back up. Most people saw the ride from the upper town and jumped on it and rode down but then get stuck with either having to pay again and ride up or having to hike all the way uphill. It costs only $4 each way nonetheless so it won’t break your wallet. Taking the stairs down to the lower level is a million times easier than coming all the way back up. The last but not least - even it is 2022, they only accept CASH. Cdn/US same $4. No conversion.
Written September 1, 2022
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FlyAtNight
Brooklin, Canada3,513 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The Old Quebec funiculaire is one way of travelling between the upper and lower towns. At $3.75 per person for a 2 minute trip, some have said the price is steeper than the actual hill. On our weekday visit in September there was no lineup and only one other couple riding with us. My watch and phone showed that we had walked over 30,000 steps that day, so taking the funiculaire back up was a welcome relief.
Written September 19, 2021
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