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 Montmartre Funicular in France. The Montmartre Funicular in France. (Photo: Yuri Turkov / Shutterstock)

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Montmartre - Paris, France

The calf-straining steps leading up to Paris’ Basilica of Sacré-Coeur, in the bohemian neighborhood of Montmartre, are the cause of much complaint among unfit tourists who chose to traipse up them unaided. A wiser, quicker and arguably more fun option is to ride the funicular railway up Montmartre hill, a journey that takes just shy of 90 seconds. This funicular originally opened in 1900 and relied entirely on hydraulic power. Since then, the system has undergone modernization during two major overhauls. It is now entirely automatic, and carries approximately 2 million passengers annually.

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