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 Carmelit train in Haifa, Israel. The Carmelit train in Haifa, Israel. (Photo: Opachevsky Irina / Shutterstock)

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The Carmelit - Haifa, Israel

Israel’s only underground metro, the Carmelit, was built in the 1950s in the coastal Mediterranean city of Haifa. It saved the town's residents walking from sea level up to the top of Mount Carmel, a hike of almost 900 feet. The Carmelit funicular runs for just over a mile, starting at Paris Square in downtown Haifa and passing by shops, museums and a hospital before reaching the top. It services six stations with a total journey time of eight minutes. The much-loved mode of transport is well-patronized by locals and visitors alike, especially while visiting the sky-high Bahá'í Gardens.

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