Funicular dos Guindais
Railway in Porto
The Funicular dos Guindais, also known as The Guindais Funicular, is an elegant and unique way of getting from one part of the city to the other.
The Guindais Funicular is a railway in Porto, Portugal that uses a cable and inclined plane system to transport passengers up and down a steep cliff. The original line was opened in 1891 but was decommissioned after an accident in 1893. The former “House” of the funicular railway was later used by a sculptor and then as a meeting hall for Jehovah’s Witnesses. In 2004, a new funicular and station were built, following the same route as the original. The new funicular is owned and operated by the Porto Metro, has a single track, and is equipped with two vehicles that can carry 25 passengers each. The journey is short, taking about 3 minutes, but offers views of the Dom Luís I Bridge, the Ribeira and Cais de Gaia quays, and the Douro River.
Visiting Funicular dos Guindais