The Funicular of Montmartre !!!

Ok ok ok so I found me another picture in my vault, I have written on it before briefly in my blog, but felled needed a post of its own, Therefore, this is my take on the Funicular of Montmartre located in the 18éme arrondissement or district of Paris, Hope you enjoy the post as I.

It has been an automatic inclined lift since 1991 comprising two cabins allowing you to climb to the top of the Montmartre hill and thus access the Sacré-Coeur Basilica without having to take the staircase of 222 steps ! . It officially opened in July 1900 ; until then, the Basilica was difficult to access, because there were few cars, and the steep slopes of the Montmartre hill made the ascent difficult in a horse-drawn carriage. But it was only in 1900 that it was inaugurated, even before the construction of the Paris metro network , It was completely renovated in 1935 and then transformed in 1991. It is 108 meters long, it climbs the 36 meters drop in less than 1,5 minutes ! Precisely , it is located between place Saint-Pierre and the place Suzanne-Valadon for the lower station, and rue du Cardinal-Dubois for the upper station, it runs along rue Foyatier which is in fact only made up of a staircase of 222 steps with landings.(done this too )


The construction of the Funiculaire de Montmartre was decided by the Paris city council in 1891, in order to serve the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, built at the top of the Montmartre hill and inaugurated on June 5, 1891. The commissioning of the funicular takes place on July 12 or 13, 1900 according to different sources, At the end of the concession, operation ceased on November 1, 1931 The water funicular system was replaced by two cabins running on electricity and operation resumed on February 2, 1935 after more than three years of interruption, In 1955 , the line is in service from 7h to 21h in winter and until 23h in summer, the ticket is collected at the entrance to the station by stamping a bus ticket.

The RATP therefore completely rebuilt it in 1990 and 1991 on the same model. Traffic completely ceased on October 1, 1990; it is temporarily replaced by a reinforcement of the minibus service, the Montmartrobus line provided since April 20, 2019 under No 40 between Place Pigalle ,, This was to cease in 1991 but the line has continue as above No 40. The funicular is considered part of the metro network, and therefore has similar pricing. The two stations, lower and upper, have gates equipped with magnetic ticket readers and Navigo cards. However, the funicular is considered a special line that does not correspond to the connecting fare rules of the t+ ticket; the traveler coming from the metro with a t+ ticket already validated must use another t+ ticket to take it. Similarly, a t+ ticket validated on the funicular cannot be reused in the metro. Nowdays, the Funicular de Montmartre operates between 06h and 00h45 (that is 6am to 12:45am), A direct correspondence is made with the bus line 40, the only one to circulate on the Montmartre hill, whose stop is located rue du Cardinal-Dubois and offers a correspondence in front of the upper station.
Two metro stations are also located within walking distance by public road from the lower station of the funicular: Anvers, (taken and use underground parking by it too ) on line 2, about 200 meters to the south and Abbesses, on line 12, approximately 350 meters to the west.

The Paris tourist office on the Funiculaire :

There you go folks, a dandy thing to do in Paris, another one ! This is quant we love it and have taken the funicular of Montmartre just for the heck of climbing and of course visiting the Basilica Sacré Coeur and Chuch Saint Pierre as well, Again, hope you enjoy the post as I

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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