Zagreb's Oldest Public Transportation: Funicular

Zagreb's Oldest Public Transportation

The Zagreb Funicular, which has been connecting the Lower and Upper Town areas since 1890, is the city's oldest and also the world's shortest public transportation system. The original appearance and construction of this cable railway, a symbol of Zagreb, made it an important cultural monument.

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Riding the funicular in Zagreb is a fantastic experience because it is a well-preserved operating museum exhibit. Although the 66-meter (216-foot) ride lasts only a minute – you could be climbing faster – take it for simple joy! Furthermore, the funicular is the most convenient way to visit Zagreb's Gornji Grad, which includes St. Mark's Church and a variety of museums and good restaurants.

It is great that many hilly European cities have funiculars. Not because I'm too lazy to climb hills, but because there's something enthralling about standing inside a slowly rising wagon and watching the city unfold through its windows. In Europe, I enjoyed this pleasant experience several times: in Lithuania (Vilnius and Kaunas), Slovenia (Ljubljana), Portugal (Lisbon), and Poland (Zakopane).

Zagreb main square
The Zagreb Funicular is a few minutes walks from the Lower Town's Ban Josip Jelačić Square

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Tomićeva Street, with the funicular in the background

Zagreb Upper Town
The medieval tower of Lotrščak in the Upper Town

Working Hours

The funicular is rather busy. It runs every ten minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., every day (including Sundays and holidays), and transports approximately 750.000 passengers per year; 28 adults can fit inside (16 seats and 12 standing spots).

How to Get There

Located at the end of Tomićeva Street, just a few steps from the city's main street, Ilica, or a 5-minute walk from Ban Josip Jelačić Square, the funicular will take you to the Upper Town, right in front of the 13th-century medieval defense tower, Lotršćak.

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Zagreb: 2.5-Hour Walking Tour with Funicular Ride

Book the 2.5-Hour Walking Tour with Funicular Ride if you would like to explore Zagreb's hidden jewels with a licensed local guide, learn about the philosophy of lounging and other everyday habits of the residents, and take a ride on the world's shortest funicular.

Do you have any experience riding the Zagreb Funicular? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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