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“A ride through The Buda Hills with a difference”

Children's Railway, Budapest
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 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. The Gyermekvasút (English: Children's Railway) or Line 7 is a narrow gauge railway line in Budapest, which connects Széchényi-hegy and Hűvösvölgy and is 11.2 km long. Except the train driver, all of the posts are operated by children aged 10–14 under adult supervision. It is the world's largest Children's Railway.
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“A ride through The Buda Hills with a difference”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2013

As our reviewers had said, this is off the tourist track, and some homework and planning needs to be done, and well worth the effort. Our hotel provided help too, as well as info in the DK Eyewitness travel guide.

Take the Metro red line M2 to Szell Kalman ter.
Then Tram 61 to opposite the Hotel Budapest - the cylindrical building !!! it's only about 3 stops.
Cog Railway no 60 - theres only one to the top.
The old Tv mast is nearby, the journey is about 40mins.
Walk 300 yds to teh terminus of the Children's railway, and book to Janos Gegy ( Janos Hill ) about 2/3 the way along.

Alight and walk up though the woods, - sign at the station - chair lift.
At the chair lift , go left up the easy path- by the road, it's spongy!!! and right at the top.

Climb up the tower, yes it's free for the super views of the city.. light snacks and ice cream here.
Re-trace steps to the cahir lift and descend....... for a quiet and peacful rise through the trees, you will not be dis-apointed .

Then bus 290 to the tram lines and pick up tram 61 back to the metro stn.

Note - the Busapest travel card 2/ 3 days will cover the metro and the Cog railway, and 1.2 price on the Children's railway. the chair lift is full price but not expensive.

Well worth the effort, you will not get lost !! just copy and print any of the reviews and take with you. Suggest you take a packed lunch as the fayre in the cafes is limited.

Visited July 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2013 via mobile

Beautiful ride through the forest. Nice views on Gellert hill and Pest. The only downside is that it is not easy to find, we asked 3 different information desks and got 3 different answers. Take the 61 tram from Szell Kalman Ter to the route's first station at H?vösvölgy, or 21 to Normafa, a 10 minute walk in the woods to a midway station of the route.

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“Absolutely Unique Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2013

Why go? Well you won't find anything like this anywhere else in the world!!

A left-over from the train-the-youth-to-be-good citizens era of communist Hungary this 20km metre guage train is run entirely by youngsters 11-16 years old. To teach them responsibility no less and it seems to do just that. Oh the engine driver is an adult so relax.

Budapest's tourist office are singularly useless if you ask them about this (they know it is in the Buda Hills period) and, both the railway itself and access to it are off the free Budapest map generally provided for tourists. There are three suggested ways of doing the railway, taking about half a day. Buy a booklet of bus/metro tickers before you go,350 forints each or 3000 for 10.

1) average fitness needed: Catch the (red) metro to Szell Kalman ter or 16/16A bus from central Pest. This place is a buzzing tram/bus interchange so look fo trees at the corner of this triangular site. Walk 600 yards NW parallel to tram 61 route with a park on your left. At the end of the park and immediately opposite the tall circular toilet-roll design Buda Hotel you reach the red and white cog railway (badged as tram 60). None of this is on your tourist map. Ride to the end station (3-4 trams/hour)

Exit and walk left on a gravelled road for 400 yards. There are no signs to guide one and when you see two anonymous buildings straight ahead, built across the roadline the one on the right is the station. Trains run about hourly but not on Mondays. Buy a single to station Janos Hegy Va - 600 forints.

This is the fouth stop and alight in the middle of deep woods up in the Buda Hills. Delightful, cool and peaceful.There is a big sign saying "Libego" or chairlift taking you up wooden log steps to a rising gravel pathway. Climb up this and some twenty minutes later you reach the summit station of the chairlift. There is a cafe, toilets and cold drinks available here. Even a lookout tower off to the west if you are up for a further stroll uphill. Buy a ticket down 850 forints and marvel at the extensive views over the city from on high.

At the base station walk downhill some 250 yards and across the road is the terminus for blue liveried bus 291. This takes you back through the smart suburbs to end at Nyugati in Pest (on the blue metro line).Time 2-3 hours. Imposible to get lost.

2) for lazy but adventurous types: The reverse of 1) above but you walk downhill to the train rather than flog uphill to the cable car. Remember to catch the train going towards Szechenyi Hegy Va for the cog railway descent.

3) done-it brigade.: Start as 1) but on the Children's Railway buy a ticket to the end station Huvosvolgy Va. There hop onto frequent tram 61 and either get off at Szell Kalman Ter (where you started) or go to its end terminus in suburban Buda and catch any tram or bus with a 7 in the code back to Buda via the Elizabeth Bridge.

An experience few tourists get to see. Mainly as it is not in the do Budapest in three days guide books and is totally off the free city maps. However the public transport is easy, frequent and cheap and everyone we met was helpful with directions for this not signposted journey.. Go!!

Visited June 2013
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“Interesting experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2013

We went up to the Childrens railway via the cog wheel train. After a short walk you enter the station where you can but tickets for the ride. The price is the same no matter how many stations you want to go. After a 40 minute wait the train arrived and it is truly fascinating to see kids in their lower teens (and even younger then that) operate onboard. Of course the driver is an adult, but everything else is run by kids.

The ride itself is slow and mainly goes through deep woods. We went of after only two stops, but this is something you definitely should try.

Visited June 2013
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“An unusual excursion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2013

The children's railway makes an excellent leisurely excursion. It is fascinating for its insight into (a) Hungarian narrow-gauge railways, (b) the Buda Hills - a pleasant and relatively unspoilt area of the city, but above all (c) the Pioneer movement, and the way the railway is operated by children (in collaboration with adults, of course!) The HUF700 single fare is excellent value - I'd recommend starting from Huvosvolgy (reached on the number 61 tram, by an interesting journey through rural suburbs), and taking the rack (cog-wheel) railway (masquerading as the number 60 tram) down from the other end. There are several intermediate stops, as the line winds upwards through the woods.

Visited May 2013
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