The Cable Car Ride 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 summit of the rock which takes roughly 6 minutes to complete, leaving you at an amazing 412m above sea level.
On arrival, there is a top station complex that features various spectacular terraces, a souvenir shop and an inside viewing and eating area.
Here, you will have the opportunity for a drink or snack at the Top of the Rock Café, browse the gift shop, and of course see the apes getting up to whatever mischief that is in store for the day. The Mons Calpe Suite Restaurant and Bar also offers delicious meals and cocktails if you fancy dining, whilst enjoying the breath-taking views from the top of the Rock and planning what’s next on your agenda.
The summit also offers you the chance enjoy a multimedia tour, so don’t forget to pick up your multimedia unit on arrival which is included in the price of your ticket. It will allow you to discover the Rock at your own pace through the use of a hand held guide. It’s 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 check the system on a daily basis, a team from Switzerland comes out to Gibraltar usually in January to give the entire installation a 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 and eating area. Today, you will be welcomed by very clean and modern facilities, all well maintained and managed by friendly staff that will be more than happy to assist you with any questions or help you may require.
The Cable Car Ride also includes a possible stop at the middle station or Apes Den. Please be advised that between the months of April to October (inclusive) the Cable Car will not stop 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.
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. Along the way don’t forget to visit the amazing Skywalk (opened in March 2018 by Luck Skywalker – Mark Hamill). Here you can step out onto a glass platform and enjoy spectacular views far out into the Mediterranean.
The Cable Car base station is located at the south end of Main Street, right before the Alameda Garden’s main entrance. Don’t forget, on return to the Main Bus Terminal or Frontier, to take advantage of some fantastic duty free shopping deals available, by walking the full distance of Main Street, Gibraltar’s main shopping hub.
Further information needed to assist you in finding the cable car boarding area can be obtained at the Gibraltar Tourist board information desk. They are located at both the Frontier and the Main Bus Terminal.
The entire event can actually take as little or as much time as you care to spend. Various options are available when purchasing your ticket, to also include entrance fees for the other Upper Rock attractions. More information about the cable car ride and buying tickets online can be found at the link below:
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