Looking for a fun way to explore the Buda Hills?
The Children's Railway (Gyermekvasút), built after World War II, and originally called Pioneer's Railway, is run by children under the supervision of adult railway workers. Children do various types of jobs, from selling tickets to traffic management. Similar projects had been introduced in the former Soviet Union in the 1940’s.
All seven stops along the Children's Railway route are popular recreation spots. Csillebérc, where the Challangeland zip-line is located; Normafa, known for its beautiful scenery; János Hill, the highest peak in Budapest; Vadaspark, home to a charming zoo; and Hüvösvölgy, the site of the popular restaurant called Náncsi Néni, are the most favorite stops.
When Children’s Railway first opened some stations were named after symbols of the pioneer movement, which were then changed in 1990. There is a museum on site (at Hüvösvölgy station) displaying some relics from the Communist/Pioneer era.
Insider Tip: You can combine Children's Railway with another fun activity, the 'Libegő' (chairlift) while spending a full day or afternoon in the Buda Hills. See our Children's Railway Tour for details.
Hours of operation:
Hours of operation vary based on the season. Visit the Children’s Railway’s website for an up-to-date timetable.
Tickets are available for the entire route or for travel between stations.
Adult – entire route: HUF 700 one way, HUF 1,400 return
Child – entire route: HUF 350 one way, HUF 700 return
Adult – between stations: HUF 500 one way, HUF 1,000 return
Child – between stations: HUF 300 one way, HUF 600 return