The Guindais Funicular is a light railway that connects the Batalha area and the Oporto Ribeira. Built in 1891, was fully recovered after more than a century of inactivity. The original funicular, designed by the Portuguese engineer Raul Mesnier, was opened in 1891 and closed two years later, due to a serious accident, in June 1893. Those time chronicles tell that the accident was due to human error, which resulted in the death of eight people. It was completely redesigned by Mesnier, in an attempt to restore its functioning, which never happened. Under the operation of urban rehabilitation PORTO 2001 / Cultural European Capital, it has been proposed for replacement and a new funicular was designed to the same place. Of the original equipment and system exists only the primitive building powerhouse at the top of the escarpment, having undergone changes from current uses. Thus, a century later, a modern funicular opened in 2004. More than just a means of transport, the Funicular Guindais means a good opportunity to make a tour between two of the city monumental areas: the Batalha and the Ribeira, by D. Luiz I Bridge, over the Douro River.
From November to April, it operates between 8.00 and 20.00, operated by Oporto Metro system. The only ticket accepted to travel in it, the Funi, costs 2,00 euro.
Timetable winter: Sunday to Thursday: 08:00 to 20:00 Fridays, Saturdays and eve of holidays: 08:00 to 00:00 summer: Sunday to Wednesday: 08:00 to 22:00 Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and eve of holidays: 08:00 to 00:00