About Sights – Tbilisi Funicular Railway
The Tiflis Funicular railway was constructed to develop the uninhabited Mtatsminda plateau that overlooks the city and was opened on 27 March 1905. The railway carriage accommodated up to 50 people and the journey time was 6 minutes.
Vaso Kvavilashvili, the first locomotive-driver of the Funicular recalls: “At first people feared that the rope might break and they did not want to climb into the carriage. People were brought in coaches, were paid money, and were urged not to be afraid and to get into the carriage. Later, when people got used to the railroad, there was a long line for tickets.”
The popularity of the Funicular was further increased when an entertainment and leisure park was constructed on the Mtatsminda plateau in the 1930s. In the days of the Soviet Union, Mtatsminda Park was the third most visited public park in the USSR, Gorky Park in Moscow being number one. Read more about Mtatsminda Park here.
The Funicular Railway underwent several reconstructions until being replaced in 2012 with modern equipment and carriages.
The Funicular is a great way to get to Mtatsminda Park. The restored station is in Chonkadze Street and the cost for a return journey is currently 2 GEL.
Enjoy the ride and spectacular views of the city!