Buda Hill Funicular
Buda Hill Funicular
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Neighborhood: District I / Buda
The historical center to a city with a multifarious and intricate past, Buda has some of the most outstanding buildings in Europe and an enviable natural landscape with stunning views onto the Danube. Centered around the Royal Palace, it provides a glimpse into the golden years of the Austro-Hungarian empire and the lives led by the aristocracy at the time. Matthias Church, beside the palace, hosted many events attended by the royal family and was the chosen place for the coronation of Franz Josef, one of the Hungarian Habsburg kings. Having admired the palace and the church, a visit to Buda will be unforgettable by the stunning and memorable panorama over Pest offered by the seven towered Fishermen’s Bastion.
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  • Nannanorfolk
    Norfolk, United Kingdom228 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A holiday must
    After crossing the bridge the queue seemed long but it moved quickly. There were people selling tickets for the bus along the queue saying queue was over an hour it wasn’t. Having to get a return ticket seemed abit much when there are other ways down. It appears they are still putting 1 family per carriage going up which adds to the queue time. Coming down we shared a carriage. Coming down we didn’t queue at all. It is worth the money to go up as so much to do at the top. The carriages are from a time long ago and are beautiful.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • flexible
    Cornwall, United Kingdom380 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun way to reach the top!
    A quick way to get to the top and a fun thing to do. A good alternative to climbing a steep hill or alternatively some steps. A review said on here it was 10 Euros per person but we paid huf4000 which is £4.50 and that is for the return also. At the time of our visit it was cash only.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 11, 2024
  • Caroline E
    Bingley, United Kingdom38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth doing
    Being feom Yorkshire, I had been on the Funicular in Scarborough, so just had to go on this one too. We queued for quite a while but it was worth it. The views from the top of Buda Castle Hill were amazing. We even got to watch a changing of the guard whilst we were up there too.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 14, 2024
  • nee198374
    Sheffield, United Kingdom81 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice trip… not nice queue
    Pricy for a short ride but would do again. Careful on rude people pushing in right at the front of the queue. Someone tried to go right to the front and when called out tried defending themselves… having been told to do one we then say them in the carriage after us coming up… not sure how some people have the nerve. Care also for the “mini bus” ticket touts selling you a ride up the hill in a golf cart. Nevertheless, a nice experience taking in great views and saves your legs.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 5, 2024
  • SolihullRichard
    Dorridge, United Kingdom1,341 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Smooth scenic ride
    Ensure you check availability as the funicular is out of action a couple of days a month for maintenance - very reassuring when you’ve got the correct day as we had! The return tickets are additional to any travel passes and the layout of three individual cabins enables everyone to get a good view on the ascent or descent. Comfortable ride and one of the many alternative travel methods you can take in the city
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 12, 2024
  • Sam MMH
    450 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Way too expensive.
    While the funicular (tram car) is a cute ride, it’s not worth $15 (US dollars) per person. It makes more sense to walk up from below Fisherman’s Bastion and then walk towards the Buda Castle. However, if someone has mobility issues, this is an option.
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written July 6, 2024
  • Charles Clore
    62 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but expensive funicular
    Just adding my vote to all those complaining about the rip-off price of 4000 HUF for a compulsory return ticket. Most people we met in Budapest are friendly but all transport ticket sellers seem to be specially bred to achieve maximum surliness. Also strange that they don't ensure the carriages are full on each trip to shorten the queues.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written July 13, 2024
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Jennifer M
Glasgow, UK153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We got a return ticket up to the castle on the Funicular and we loved it. it was something really different. im sure it was about 7 euros each, well worth it, esp if you have kids and you dont want to walk all the way up. Definitely recommend it, the queue was long but we only waited 15 mins max at the bottom and didn't wait long at all at the top
Written January 10, 2020
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MaritzaVM
Bogota, Colombia25 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The funicular ride is nice but extremely quick. You are up in just couple of minutes and it’s not worth the price you have to pay for it. I recommend walking, taking the lift (which I believe is free) or paying for the tourist bus which is about the same price as the funicular but has various stops along the way.
Written July 22, 2023
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Charlotte E
Swindon, UK45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We decided to travel on the funicular after being harassed by all of the different tour operators around Buda Hill (be aware of this if you are planning to go anywhere near Buda Hill). It cost us 6 Euros each for a single trip; we were fortunate to have a coach?/room?/whatever you call it? to ourselves though!
It was a great experience and drops you off right in the middle of all the other tourists.
We were in the queue initially for about 20 minutes which was a lot quicker than we were expecting. If you book in advance, you get to skip the queue.
Would recommend!
Written January 11, 2020
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Lex
United Kingdom120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
I love a good funicular railway so this was on my list to experience in Budapest.

Tickets can be purchased at the kiosk at the bottom and top. We opted for return tickets at 2000 HUF each, as we were pressed for time on our return otherwise we probably just would have gone for one-way tickets as the ascent is more memorable than the descent (and of course it’s cheaper then).

At the top there are many options to explore the surrounding areas.

Written March 2, 2020
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Attenzione Attrazione
Florence, Italy160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Very short ride, but smooth and interesting.
You should try it only if you have time to spare.
Prices are a lit bit higher for Budapest 1400 HUF (around 4 EUR) for one-way ticket, and 2000 HUF (6 EUR) for return ticket.
Usually there is a queue for the ride, and waiting times are about 15 min, so the best bet is to take one way ticket.
Written July 16, 2020
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julie
Beccles, UK140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Give this a try as a novel way to access the castle. Offers great views but is over too soon. Single & return tickets are available although we chose to walk down to view other tourist attractions on the way.
Written February 10, 2020
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Denise K
Clonmel, Ireland39 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
the Funicular is quaint but I'm afraid €8 for a return trip up and down is a bit much. you can actually see very little in the cars as the window is up high and if you are a shorter person you cant see anything at all. Handy to save your legs the climb up the steep hill to get into the castle district though.
Written January 13, 2020
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Derrick R
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Absolute tourist trap/rip off. The cost worked out to about £18 for a 2 minute ride for the two of us. We were sold a ticket which included 2 journeys. What isn’t made clear is that the ticket is for one trip up and one trip down. We bought our ticket on the downward journey. A disappointing experience with no real view from the car. Finding ourselves at the top of Buda hill the following day, we presumed we could use the remainder of our ticket for a second downward journey. We were greeted with a very blunt ‘no’ and told that the ticket was valid for one upward journey and one downward journey only! As it was, we had no reason to use the ticket to go back up the hill so it turned out to be a total waste of money.

This really was the most disappointing part of our trip to Budapest. everyone else we met in Budapest was really friendly and helpful. We found other tourist attractions to be very reasonably priced and even cheap, given the current exchange rate (April 2023)
Written April 8, 2023
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GR1UK
Glasgow, UK1,015 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Great for avoiding the walk up the hill, had to fight past all the touts trying to sell the bus and other forms of transport up Buda Hill. Thankfully we did not wait for long, the view is restricted depending on who else is in the cabin with you, and it is very fast. Based on our experience we felt it was overpriced. Great views once at the top of the hill.
Written January 13, 2020
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K D
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Please do not waste your money on this. It is literally a 45 sec ride and if you are unfortunate to be in the back carriage you will not be able to see anything other than the heads of the people in front of you (I cannot add any photos as we literally had no view to take a photo of). As both the front and back carriages had people in them, and there was no queue behind us (absolutely no-one else was waiting behind us), we decided to wait the two minutes for the funicular to come back down the hill so we could go in the front carriage to see the views on the way up. The staff member however insisted we went into the back carriage where we had to stand squashed behind other people so had absolutely no view and had to pay around £9 each (x 4 people) for the (dis)pleasure. The staff member was really rude and completely spoiled the experience, so much so that we did not bother taking the funicular back down. If you are not able to walk up the hill, I would recommend trying the small open sided buses that run around that area - they are not the large open top buses, rather they are smaller (looked to hold around 15 people) and have a guide who tells you about the sites as you drive around. I believe you can jump on and off these and it was only a few pounds more to do this than the funicular. With hindsight we would definitely have done the bus rather than the funicular. Please save yourself money and a disappointing experience.
Written February 18, 2024
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