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Rives-Thonon Cable Car

Port de Rives - Belvédère

Thonon’s 19th Century hillside railway, Constructed in 1888, ‘Le Funiculaire’ was moved by a counter-weighting system using 11 tons of water. Today, it still links the port to the town centre, but since 1990, it has been powered by electricity.

The cable car Rives-Thonon (in Thonon-les-Bains), the second cable car built in France, was founded on April 2, 1888. Conceived by the engineer Auguste Alesmonières, it is the only cable car in the world where the two cars pass each other in a turn. The total length is 230 meters, 86.8 meters of turning. Before, eleven tons of water were used to run the cable car, and it was not until 1990 that the cable car started running automatically.

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From 01/05 to 30/06, daily between 8 am and 9 pm.

From 01/07 to 31/08, daily between 8 am and 11 pm.

From 01/09 to 30/09, daily between 8 am and 9 pm.

From 01/10 to 30/04, daily.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st and December 25th.

  • Lakeside or by stretch of water
  • In centre of town
  • Thermal resort
  • Close to a public transportation

From 01/10/2018 to 30/04/2019
Adult: 1.10 to 2 €.

From 01/05 to 30/06/2019
Adult: 1.10 to 2 €.

From 01/07 to 31/08/2019
Adult: 1.10 to 2 €.

From 01/09 to 30/09/2019
Adult: 1.10 to 2 €.

Payment method
  • Cash Cash

Equipment & comfort

Adapted Tourism
  • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
  • Pets welcome
  • Unguided individual tours

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