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Funiculaire de Pau

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Address: 22 boulevard des Pyrenees, 64000 Pau, Communaute d'Agglomeration Pau-Pyrenees, France
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Free trip up/down the hill

A piece of transport history supported by the French taxpayer. In most places they would at least levy a € for the pleasure to travel in a bit of transport history and to... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2017
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London
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205 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

A piece of transport history supported by the French taxpayer. In most places they would at least levy a € for the pleasure to travel in a bit of transport history and to contribute to the costs to run the service, but here in Pau it's completely free, so fill your boots. Return trips are exactly double the price of... More 

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2 Thank plunet
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

An interesting method of transport for getting from the railway station up to the Boulevard Des Pyrenees and vice versa. Also it's free.

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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Never have before and as it was free we did! It got us from top to bottom and it was safe and sound!

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Thank Geraldine02
Suffolk, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We had a few hours in Pau and used trip advisor to guide where to spend our time. We parked in the Parking Verdun (free) which was close to historic centre and free - they are renovating currently (October 2016) but you can still park here - follow diversions. We walked to tourist info and adjacent was the funicular railway.... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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301 reviews
140 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

Very impressed that this method of transport was free . Obviously one of the relics of Pau's past as a winter refuge for the rich of northern Europe . The experience doesn't last very long but we enjoyed being transported effortlessly to the Promenade ; and we came down to the station by the same route .

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Thank ALISON H
Alcala De Henares, Spain
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

I was at first disappointed but then it is kind of charming to go on such an old funiculaire. It is very short and that is what disappointed me but I guess I was expecting a much longer experience before getting there. My children loved it !! and we enjoyed it !

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Thank Evita2006
Solihull, United Kingdom
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501 reviews
228 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2016

A lovely way to travel! It is only a short journey but it is fun and also free. To be honest, we did it the wrong way round! We travelled down to the station and the Tour de France tribute and then walked up to the town again. I would recommend that you do it the other way around! A... More 

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

A free, fun way to travel from the Boulevard des Pyrenees to the gardens containing the Tour de France tribute. It only takes about 30 seconds from top to bottom. It runs every three minutes.

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Leighton Buzzard
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51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2016

This funicular is a great connection between the railway station in Pau and the town centre which is at the top of a cliff. The trip only takes a couple of minutes and is free. There appears to be an indeterminate wait between trips depending on demand. At the top is the Boulevard des Pyrenees with cafes that have great... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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313 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016

the old funicular has been restored and you can enjoy a bit of the old style of public transportation. it takes you up from the train station near the river edge and gets you up to the boulevard des Pyrenees and back for FREE!

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