Rigiblick funicular

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Rigiblick funicular
Zurich Seilbahn Rigiblick.jpg
Opened 1901
Owner Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich
Operator(s) Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich
Track length 385 metres (1,263 ft)
Track gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Maximum incline 36%
The line in 1901
Car at lower station
Intermediate station and passing loop

The Rigiblick funicular (German: Seilbahn Rigiblick) is a funicular railway in the north-east of the city of Zürich, Switzerland. It links a lower station served by Zürich tram routes 9 and 10 and Zürich trolleybus route 33, with an upper station at Rigiblick on the Zürichberg hill.[1][2][3]

The Rigiblick funicular is one of two funiculars within the city of Zürich, the other being the Polybahn funicular in the city centre. Additionally, the city's Dolderbahn rack railway was originally a funicular, until its conversion to rack working in the 1970s.


The line first operated on 4 April 1901. In the early 1950s it was refurbished, replacing the original wooden cable cars with metal bodied cars in a red colour scheme. A further refurbishment in the late 1970s resulted in an 80 metres (262 ft) extension at the upper end of the line, and the introduction of the current cars, in blue and white.[4]


The line is operated by the Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich (VBZ), the municipal transport operator for the city of Zürich, and carries around 600 000 passengers per year. It has the following parameters:[1][4]

Number of cars 2
Number of stops 5 (2 terminal, 3 intermediate)
Configuration Single track with passing loop
Mode of operation Automated
Track length 385 metres (1,263 ft)
Rise 94 metres (308 ft)
Average gradient 25.3%
Maximum gradient 36%
Track gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Capacity 30 passengers per car
Maximum speed 5 metres per second (16.4 ft/s)
Travel time 2 minutes (without stops)
Frequency Every 6 minutes or more often if traffic demands

The standard Zürcher Verkehrsverbund zonal fare tariffs apply, with the whole of the line being within fare zone 110 (Zürich city).[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Seilbahn Rigiblick" (in German). VBZ. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  2. ^ "Zürich - Seilbahn Rigiblick". Lift-World.info. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  3. ^ "Seilbahn Rigiblick". Funiculars.net. Pantograph.se. Retrieved 2011-08-09. 
  4. ^ a b "Geschichte der Seilbahn Rigiblick" [History of the Seilbahn Rigiblick] (in German). VBZ. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  5. ^ "Frequently asked questions". Zürcher Verkehrsverbund. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 

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Coordinates: 47°23′09″N 8°32′56″E / 47.38578°N 8.548914°E / 47.38578; 8.548914