With over a century of existence behind it, the Petrin Funicular is one of Prague’s historic means of transport. It is also one of the most loved vehicles by visitors, thanks to the suggestive view it offers during the journey and the beautiful observation point at the top of the hill.
Inaugurated way back in 1981, after various vicissitudes and interruptions (due to war events and natural phenomena) it only became fully operational in the 1980s. In July 1985 the intermediate stop also came into operation and, since then, the funicular has maintained his route altered.
Today it connects the beautiful neighborhood of Mala Strana (one of the most evocative of the capital) with the Petrin hill. From the latter you can enjoy a truly magical and evocative view of the Castle and the entire city. On the hill, you can also visit the Kinsky, Lobkowicz, Nebozízek and U rozhledny gardens, the Rose Garden, and Strahov gardens.
Among the big sore points is the fact that the Funicular is not accessible to people in wheelchairs. Serious shortcoming which, hopefully, can be resolved as soon as possible.
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The Petrin Funicular route extends over a length of approximately 500 metres, for a total of 3 stations.
Újezd is the base station. It is located in U Lanové Dráhy, in the fascinating Mala Strana district, in the historic center.
Trams 9, 12, 15, 20, 22 and 23 pass near the stop
Nebozízek is the intermediate station of the funicular, located at Petřínské sady 411, on Petrov Hill. It probably won’t be the arrival point of many tourists but it still manages to offer splendid views of Prague and walks through rose gardens and tree-lined avenues.
Petrin is the station located at the top of the hill of the same name. The station is not directly connected to public transport. The nearest bus stop (lines 143 and 149) is located in Koleje Strahov, on Vanićkova.
The funicular is in service from November to March, from 08:00 to 23:00, with a running frequency of 15 minutes; from April to October, from 09:00 to 23:00, every 10 minutes.
In spring and autumn there is a break of approximately 3 weeks for maintenance.
The Funicular is managed by Dopravní podnik hlavního města Prahy, the Czech company that provides public transport in the capital. The funicular is part of the integrated fare system, which is why you can use 24 or 72 hour tickets.
It is also possible to purchase a single journey ticket at a cost of 60CZK per person. Children and adults pay the same rate and there are no reductions or free tickets.