Naples Funiculars

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The tickets for the funiculars change according to the distance of the destination and the type of means taken.
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The things you need to know

The times of the funiculars are not always the same. In summer, the summer time is in force, while in winter the winter time applies
The funicular lines are almost always punctual.
The ticket must be purchased before entering the station when passing the turnstiles
The ticket must be stamped or activated at the turnstiles
Tickets cannot be purchased on board
Sometimes the service is suspended even for a long time
You can enter with the contactless ticket via TapIn and TapOut (Bancomat, Mastercard, Visa)
You can buy a digital ticket through the Unico App
Sometimes closures are brought forward for maintenance

What time do the funiculars open

7:00 Montesanto
7:00 Chiaia
7:00 Mergellina / 7:05 on Saturday
7:00 am Central

What time do the funiculars close

22:00 Montesanto
22:00 Chiaia
20pm Mergellina
22:00 am Central

How Contactless tickets work and why you need to pay attention to TapIn and TapOut

Unlike many other European metropolises, in Naples the differentiation of routes and companies has complicated the creation of contactless payment via credit and debit cards, as the cost of the trip varies according to the distance traveled (divided into bands).

To overcome this problem, TAPin and TAPout have been introduced, i.e. the payment card must be passed to the reader both at the entrance. both at the exit, often that of the exit is usually present near the turnstiles before the exit.

The system will thus automatically calculate the appropriate figure based on the exit band, while in case of missed TAPout will charge the highest amount for the entire route.

The lines of the Naples Funiculars

Montesanto Funicular

The line counts 4 ​​stations, 4 the minutes needed to travel the entire route Via Morghen - Montesanto Square.

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Funicular of 

The line counts 4 stations, 3 the minutes needed to travel the entire route Margherita Park - Cimarosa.

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Funicular of Mergellina

The line counts 5 stations, 7 the minutes needed to travel the entire route Mergellina - Manzoni.

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The line counts 4 stations, 5 the minutes needed to travel the entire route Augusteo - Fuga Square.

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The history of the funiculars in Naples

During the 19 century the city of Naples experienced a period of growth in the construction sector, with the development of what will then be the neighborhoods Vomero e Arenella. It was at this juncture that the need arose to connect the upper districts with the other districts of the city, so in 1880 the hypothesis began to arise for "the funicular of Naples". It was the two engineers Cigliano and Ferraro who studied the mechanical systems for the construction of the funiculars of Chiaia Montesanto. A few years later the project was presented to the Municipality which, with the support of Banca Tiberina, started construction work.

Only towards the 20 years did the construction of the other funicular plants be seen, that is: that Centrale, which was built so as to create a link between the high neighborhoods and the city center, and that of Mergellina, which was built, as well as the first two plants, to enhance the surrounding land at the time building.

For the operations two companies were founded, the SAFUCE, in 1926, which took care of the construction of the plant Centrale, and SPEME, who instead worked on that of Mergellina.

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