Nestled amidst the lush greenery of Buda’s hills, the Budapest Children’s Railway (Gyermekvasút) stands as a testament to both engineering ingenuity and youthful enthusiasm. This charming narrow-gauge railway, offers a unique and captivating travel experience, weaving its way through the scenic landscapes of Buda while showcasing the skills and dedication of young railway enthusiasts.

A Glimpse into History – Children’s Railway

The Children’s Railway traces its roots back to 1948. The railway’s construction was divided into three phases, each completed with the help of volunteer labor, including significant contributions from young Hungarians.

The whole line of the Children’s Railway finally opened its doors to the public in 1950, marking the beginning of a remarkable journey that has since captivated countless visitors. Over the years, the railway has undergone various renovations and upgrades, all while preserving its original charm and character.

A Journey Through Enchanting Landscapes

The Children’s Railway’s route spans approximately 11 kilometers, winding its way through the picturesque Buda Hills. The journey begins at Hűvösvölgy Station (1021 Budapest Gyermekvasúthoz vezető út 5a), where passengers can board the colorful trains and embark on an adventure through nature’s embrace.

As the train chugs along, passengers are treated to breathtaking views of the city skyline, panoramic vistas of the Danube River, and the verdant expanse of the surrounding forests. The railway’s takes passengers past several stations, each offering its own unique charm and attractions.

A Testament to Youthful Dedication

One of the most remarkable aspects of the Budapest Children’s Railway is its operation by young railway enthusiasts. Children aged 10 to 14 undergo rigorous training to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to operate the railway, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all passengers.

These young railway operators, dressed in their distinctive uniforms, take pride in showcasing their expertise. Their enthusiasm and dedication are infectious, adding a special touch to the overall Children’s Railway experience.

Visiting the Children’s Railway

The Budapest Children’s Railway operates every day through the year (except some Mondays), with regular departures throughout the day. Tickets can be purchased at any of the stations along the line with cash in HUF only or via MÁV app Visitors are encouraged to check the railway’s website or social media pages for the most up-to-date information on schedules and special events.

Whether you are a seasoned train enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply seeking a unique and memorable experience, the Budapest Children’s Railway promises an unforgettable adventure. Step aboard, let the rhythmic clack of the wheels lull you into a state of tranquility, and immerse yourself in the charm and history of this remarkable railway.