Children's Railway In Buda Hills Closes Down Until 11 September

  • 28 Aug 2020 11:21 AM
Children's Railway In Buda Hills Closes Down Until 11 September
In accordance with the decision of the management of the railway company, Children’s Railway will be out of service for two weeks starting on the 28th of August. This unforeseen downtime was announced after a youth leader tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

In order to preserve the health of the railroaders and the passengers, as a precaution the trains will not be operating between Széchenyihegy and Hűvösvölgy, presumably until the 11th of September.


The Children’s Railway is running again after a few months closure due to coronavirus.

On trains and stations it is mandatory to cover your nose and mouth with a mask or a scarf.

Trains can only be boarded at Hűvösvölgy and Széchenyihegy with a pre-purchased ticket. Tickets can be purchased only at the ticket offices at terminal stations. You can pay only in cash (HUF).

Tickets are checked before boarding. In all cases, please use the designated doors for boarding, leaving the restricted seats free.

Please also note they accept cash only payments (in HUF). Trains mostly run with open carriages. For proper ventilation in closed carriages, the windows must be kept open.

The Children’s Railway is an eleven-kilometre-long, narrow gauge line, running through the woods and the hills on the Buda side, to the west of the capital.

It's been called “the greatest toy in the world,” but it is not entirely true. Children aged 10 to 14 control the traffic and commercial services provided but strictly according to regulations of any other railway line of the State Railways of Hungary (MAV Zrt).

The engines are driven by adult engineers, and children on duty are continuously supervised by adult railway employees. Apart from that, children do their jobs, operate the switches and signals, print tickets and keep passengers informed, on their own.

The Children’s Railway in Budapest is not a unique institution of its kind, but it has always been by far the largest, most popular and serious one of them all in the world.

Every year from 15th March at weekends and on public holidays train services are operated every 45 minutes on average. On workdays they are available at 60 minute intervals.

Until the end of August train services are operated from Monday to Sunday.

On hot summer days, special, open compartment coaches are also included in our train sets. The Challengeland Kalandpálya next to Csillebérc is closed.


Photo courtesy of the venue

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