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Funiculaire de Thonon-les-Bains

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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All year round.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st and December 25th.

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

One way ticket for adult: 1.10 €
Round-trip ticket for adult: 2 €
One way ticket for a child: 1.10 €
Round-trip ticket for a child: 2 €.

Free entry for children < 6 years.

Equipment & comfort

Adapted Tourism
  • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
  • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
  • Internal doors with easy openings
  • Pets welcome
  • Unguided group tours
  • Unguided individual tours