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Children's Railway, Budapest

Budapest, Hungary
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About Children's Railway, Budapest
Trains run every day of the year (including public holidays: Christmas, Easter, etc), the only exception are Mondays from the beginning of September to the end of April. Children’s Railway, Budapest is one of Budapest’s most unique attractions. Like any other railway, it has ticket offices, diesel locomotives, signals, switches and a timetable. Unlike other railways though, this one is run by children. The line stretches among the Buda hills from Széchenyihegy to Hűvösvölgy, crossing the Cogwheel Railway and serving Normafa as well as the highest point of Budapest: Jánoshegy. It is the world's largest Children's Railway. The lookout towers, forest playgrounds, places of pilgrimage and other attractions lie close to the stations, making the Children’s Railway the ideal jumping-off point for a half-day trip even for families, friends, groups or lonely. The journey between terminals takes approximately 40-50 minutes. On some days our steam locomotive is also operating.
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Get an adrenaline rush with your sightseeing on this adventure tour of Budapest. Cycle past many of the city’s most iconic landmarks, take a picturesque train ride, and enjoy some thrilling downhill sections. You’ll also make plenty of rest and photograph stops along the way. An ideal excursion for active travelers who want to cover a lot of ground while getting to know Budapest.
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kim buay p wrote a review Oct 2021
Singapore, Singapore11007 contributions1058 helpful votes
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I did a guided live-streamed tour on this train By Adam and Erika from Heygo. Adam explained that Children’s Railway was built in 1948 while Hungary was ruled by a Soviet-allied government. This railway was inspired by the ‘Pioneer trains’ in the Soviet Union. The present route is 11.7km through the most scenic part of the Buda Hills. Throughout the 45 mins journey, we were treated to enchanting Autumn colours of the Buda Hills. We could take many postcard shots of the scenery and some parts of the train as it went round the curve. This railway has been recognised as the world’s longest children’s railway by the Guinness Book of Records. Erika, who has worked there in her younger days. told us her experience. Except for the train's driver, all the usual roles are carried out by children aged ten to fourteen. It is a voluntary service but the children are rewarded by the regular team buildings, the summer camps and the friendships forged there. We noticed many hiking trails in the woods and with a ride on this train, one can get off at different stations to enjoy the main attractions in the Buda Hills by buying a day pass.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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SanyiKumar wrote a review Jun 2021
London, United Kingdom147 contributions56 helpful votes
Fantastic experience for kids and adults as well. It is amazing that no matter how many time I travel in this train, I love it.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Response from szentedavid, Public Relations Manager at Children's Railway, Budapest
Responded Aug 8, 2021
Thanks for your review! We are looking forward to seeing you again!
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OZS_ATW wrote a review Jun 2021
Budapest, Hungary1966 contributions539 helpful votes
Children's Railway is great fun not only for children but also for adults. We took a ride from one end to the other and back. It was approx. 45-50 minutes for one way. We and our daughter enjoyed the tunnel so much. Highly recommended and the scenery and the forest looked so good! A MUST! :-)
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Response from szentedavid, Front Office Manager at Children's Railway, Budapest
Responded Jun 15, 2021
Thank you for your great review!
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Peter C wrote a review May 2021
Dubai, United Arab Emirates55 contributions57 helpful votes
Created for the communist era young pioneers to experience working class life, the railway proved so popular it still survives today. Explore the Buda Hills in style. My new travel book, "Escape to Budapest: Moving to Europe's Coolest City' has the inside track and where to get off for the best viewing platform.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from szentedavid, Public Relations Manager at Children's Railway, Budapest
Responded Jun 5, 2021
Thanks for your great review!
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Otto R wrote a review Sep 2020
Fitzroy, Australia12 contributions27 helpful votes
Take in the local hilly countryside of Budapest. Takes about 1 and a half hours, stopping at several stations. Run to a degree by trained children. A nice restful activity.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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