8 fantastic funiculars from across the globe

From Hong Kong to Haifa, hitch a ride on one of the world’s most remarkable incline railways.

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The Peak Tram in Hong Kong takes passengers to Victoria Peak. It is one of the most popular attractions in the city. The Peak Tram in Hong Kong takes passengers to Victoria Peak. It is one of the most popular attractions in the city. (Photo: Pisaphotography / Shutterstock)

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Up, up and away

Funiculars offer unique and innovative engineering that captivates, and a distinctive, retro aesthetic that charms. Everyone can find something to love with funiculars, whether it is the vertigo-inducing thrills associated with the steep ride or simply the fact that they save us the slog up some seriously steep hills. Though transport developments have seen men sent to the moon, this simple yet effective mode of transport – a cable-pulled train used to ascend and descend steep terrain – is as relevant and impressive as ever. We’ve rounded up the finest hillside locomotives we could find.

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