On Saturdays, passengers of this tram line will be met with a 114-year-old wooden tram with the number 611 on it, and on Sundays, they can see a 116-year-old bright yellow tram, bearing the number 2624. These trams had been on quite a journey ever since they were built, but with their renovated new looks, you could hardly tell they had not been made yesterday.
Anyone who purchases the tickets – for the heritage line exclusively – will be able to travel on the historical tram line, with the following route: Deák Ferenc tér–Szent Gellért tér–bank of the Danube in Buda–Katinyi mártírok parkja.
This route shows off the unparalleled panorama of the Danube riverbank and a gorgeous view of the Parliament. It passes by the Buda Castle and takes passengers on an unforgettable journey. When taking this route, no popular sight of Budapest is too far, and you can easily access the most popular museums and the most picturesque places in the city.
To purchase the heritage line’s tickets and passes, you may visit BKK offices or buy them from the staff of the heritage line at the scene. Of course, the usual discounts for children are available, and you can find more information about discounts on BKK’s official website for tourists from the EU or beyond.
The N19 will be available every weekend, between 15.00 and 21.30. Within this time period, the conductors of trams 611 and 2624 will be glad to share all the history of these vehicles and their passion for these trams with anyone interested. For the lucky ones, it may even be a possibility to ring the bell of the old tram – provided you stay until the tram reaches the stop where it terminates.
And if the heritage trams could ever get old for you, BKK also announced plans to bring other classic vehicles back to the streets of Budapest. During the summer, passengers can come across retro buses and trolleybuses straight from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, preserved in their best states.
Time-travelling has never been easier and more accessible than this. So, if you have a free afternoon on one of these weekends to spend in Budapest, and you are looking for an unforgettable experience, choose the N19 line and take a trip down memory lane.
Source: bkk.hu, funzine.hu