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 funicular railway service connects Como with the town of Brunate in Italy. The funicular railway service connects Como with the town of Brunate in Italy. (Photo: Sean Heatley / Shutterstock)

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Funicolare Centrale - Naples, Italy

In a city as hill-ridden as Naples, funicular transport simply makes sense. The southern Italian city has four separate funicular lines. The 1928-built Funicolare Centrale is the busiest among them, carrying some 10 million passengers every year from the low-lying central Naples up to the lofty Piazza Vanvitelli and saving them from a sweaty trek up an elevation of around 558 feet. Sadly, though perhaps not surprisingly, the most famous of Naples’ funiculars – the one that journeyed up to the top of Mount Vesuvius – no longer exists, having been wiped out by a volcanic eruption in 1994.

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