The Cable Car at Gibraltar is among the most fascinating attractions of Gibraltar and something that you absolutely don’t want to miss on your visit to Gibraltar. The Gibraltar Cable Car carries about thirty passengers at a time on a trip to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar, taking about 6 minutes to complete the trip to the top.
Once you arrive at the top, you will have the opportunity for a snack, see the apes getting up to whatever mischief is in store for the day and admire the view while you plan what’s next on your agenda.
The summit also offers you the chance to use their interactive tour, that will permit you to discover the Rock of Gibraltar at your own pace, through the use of a hand held guide. * Languages available are: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Swedish and Portuguese.
Its a fantastic means to introduce yourself to Gibraltar, and will give you a complete view of the amazing history of Gibraltar, as well as a little knowledge about the geology and the plant and animal life that lives on the Rock of Gibraltar.
The Gibraltar Cable Car was built by Swiss experts in cable car systems, Von Roll Ltd and opened to the public in 1966 but has since undergone several upgrades. In 1986 the original Cable Cars, one of which can still be seen in the waiting area, were replaced by the current cabins. As well has having in-house engineers who checks the system on a daily basis a team from Switzerland comes out to Gibraltar usually in January to give the entire installation yearly safety check. In 2007 an extensive refurbishment program to the Top Station was begun with works starting on the souvenir shop and the indoor viewing area/eating area.
The ride itself takes just about 6-8 minutes with a possible stop at the middle station or Apes Den. Please be advised that between the months of April to September (inclusive) the Cable Car will not be stopping at the middle station. As the name suggests this is where you can find more apes. Should you want to get out and wonder around it is recommended you do this on your way back down. A cabin attendant will ride with you in the cabin and is there to ensure your safety and also to answer any questions you may have.
On arrival to the Top of the Rock of Gibraltar, there is a top station complex that features various spectacular terraces, a souvenir shop and an inside viewing area and eating area.
Drinks and snacks are available and don’t forget to pick up your Multimedia unit on your arrival which is included in the price of your ticket.
You can also access the Nature Reserve from the Top Station should you so wish. It is only a 15-20 min walk down hill to St Michael’s Cave from the top station.
The view is nothing short of spectacular, and the entire event can take as little or as much time as you care to spend.
How to find the cable car
The Cable Car will be well within your reach, whether you arrive from the land frontier, the cruise terminal or at the coach park. When arriving from the land frontier, take the number three (3) bus which will take you directly to the Cable Car. Catch the bus at the bus stop which is located about 100 metres from the entry point to the frontier.
Passengers who arrive in Gibraltar by organised transportation will be dropped off at the Coach Park. Those passengers can take the number four (4) bus to the Cable Car from a bus stop that is just opposite of the Coach Park or from any Town Centre bus stop.
You will find all of the information that you need to assist you in finding the cable car boarding area if you’d care to stop at the Gibraltar Tourist board information desk. They are located at both the Frontier and the Coach Park.
You’re going to find the Cable Car base station at the south end of Main Street, Shopping Centre area, which will allow you to walk the full distance of the shopping area, a great way to take advantage of some fantastic duty free deals on your way back from the Cable Car to the Coach Park or Frontier.
When you arrive in Gibraltar by cruise ship, your trip on the cable car will be best accomplished by walking about five minutes to the coach park and taking the bus from there, as directed above.
Here is a simple map, which will help you find your way.
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