"TÜNEL" Funicular - Tunel Tip by mtncorg
Funicular - Tunel, Istanbul: 14 reviews and 37 photos
There are two easy ways for pedestrians to get up the hills from the sea either at Kabataş or here in Galata and that is with underground funiculars. The one here at Tünel is the second oldest underground rail line in the world dating back to 1875. Originally it was a privately run affair, but for a long time now the Tünel has been absorbed into the Istanbul municipal transportation system. There are trains running in opposite directions on parallel tracks through the brick-lined 555m/1820 foot long passage between Karaköy Station just west of the north end of the Galata Bridge and the Tünel Square/ Tünel Meydanı at the south end of İştikal Caddesi. The funicular gains some 62 m/202 feet in elevation during the 1.5 minute ride.
A second funicular was more recently opened in 2006 linking up the Kabataş Seaport and the north end of the T1 Tramway with the metro station at Taksim Square. That line is about 600 meters long climbing a similar 60 meters of height in 110 seconds.
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