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the Top of the Rock

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CABLE CAR OPEN
7 days a week

09:30 – 19:15 Hrs – Last Cable Car down 19:45
(Except 1st Nov to 31st Mar 09:30-17:15. Last Cable Car down 17:45)

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FREE SHUTTLE
+ FAST TRACK

Frontier Cable Car
Plus Free Fast Track at the Cable Car ticket office when you pre-purchase.

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412M IN
6 MINUTES

The Cable Car runs continuously throughout the day, approx.. every 10 min to 15 mins. No reservation is required.

N.B. The Cable Car will not stop at the middle station between the months of April to October inclusive.

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PURCHASE YOUR TICKET ONLINE OR AT THE GIBRALTARINFO KIOSK AND YOU WILL BE ENTITLED TO THE COMPLIMENTARY CABLE CAR SHUTTLE SERVICE BETWEEN THE FRONTIER AND THE CABLE CAR PLUS FAST TRACK AT THE CABLE CAR TICKET OFFICE.

THE CABLE CAR

The Highlight to any visit to Gibraltar is a trip on the Cable Car. In just 6 minutes you reach the Top of the Rock where you will enjoy not only the magnificent views but also the company of the famous Barbary Apes.

The Rock itself is an impressive sight but it’s only when seen from on high that you appreciate why so many have wished to conquer this small isthmus and how it has played such an important part in world history. From the terraces of the Top Station you can gaze down over the town below, look North towards Sierra Nevada over the Costa del Sol, look East over the blue Mediterranean Sea and South across the Strait of Gibraltar to the Rif Mountains of North Africa. In short you will view 2 continents, 3 countries and the meeting point of 2 great bodies of water. Impressive is not the word!

Built and completed by a Swiss Cable Car manufacturer, Von Roll, in 1966 the Cable Car is a must for all visitors to the Rock. The Top Station is the best place to meet our most famous residents, the Barbary Apes, not to mention the views and the unique hand-held personal Multimedia Guide all included in the price of your ticket. You can also download, for free, all the info on the Multimedia Tour to your own personal mobile device via the CityGuide App – click here to download the App and learn more about the Cable Car Experience. On purchase of your Cable Car ticket you will be issued a WiFi code from which you can access your preferred app store and download absolutely free!

The Top Station is the perfect location to relax while enjoying the spectacular vistas with a hot or cold drink and a light snack from the Top of the Rock Café or enjoy a more leisurely meal or cocktail at the Mons Calpe Suite Restaurant and Bar. You won’t be disappointed. The Top of the Rock Souvenir Shop is also packed with unique gifts not available in town.

TOP STATION

AFTER THE EXHILARATING CABLE CAR RIDE TO 412M ABOVE SEA LEVEL IT’S TIME TO TAKE IN THE SCENERY, TAKE A PHOTO WITH AN APE AND BUY A ‘TOP OF THE ROCK’ SOUVENIR.

The Top Station is the perfect location to relax while enjoying the spectacular vistas with a hot or cold drink and a light snack from the Top of the Rock Café or enjoy a more leisurely meal or cocktail at the Mons Calpe Suite Restaurant and Bar. You won’t be disappointed. The Top of the Rock Souvenir Shop is also packed with unique gifts not available in town.

At the Top Station you will:

  • Café: Enjoy a bite to eat and drink from the Top of the Rock Café.
  • Shop: why not pick up a gift or a souvenir from the Top of the Rock Shop where you will find a unique range of especially designed items with you in mind. Click here to download your Monkey Birth certificate.
  • Mons Calpe Suite Restaurant & Bar: Relax and enjoy a delicious meal at the Mons Calpe Suite Restaurant & Bar. This amazing space is also available for private hire and for weddings. Please click here www.monscalpesuite.com.
  • Multimedia Tour: A personal Interactive Multimedia Guide allows visitors to gain an insight into Gibraltar’s fascinating history whilst being guided around the Top Station terraces. The commentary is available in seven languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Swedish and Portuguese (only available to adults). You can also download, for free, all the info on the Multimedia Tour to your very own personal mobile device via the CityGuide Gibraltar App – look out for the Cable Car Experience section on the menu and Cable Car info page.
  • Wi-fi & Free App: You will be provided with your unique a Wi-fi code at the ticket office when purchasing an adult ticket. Click on the ‘TOURS’ network on your device.
  • Facilities: There are rest rooms located within the Cable Car Top Station.
  • Access to the Nature Reserve: Visitors have access to the Upper Rock Nature Reserve from the Cable Car top station. Attractions include the SkyWalk, St. Michael’s Cave, Windsor Suspension Bridge, various footpaths within the Upper Rock, the Apes’ Den, the Great Siege Tunnels and the Moorish Castle. Nature Reserve tickets are available at the Cable Car ticket office and at the Souvenir Shop. You can also purchase a Nature Reserve Walkers ticket which will give you access to all the footpaths, the Skywalk, the Windsor Suspension Bridge and Ape’s Den only.
    The SkyWalk is a short downhill walk from the top station just past Charles V Wall. St Michael’s Cave is located 0.9km downhill from the Cable Car Top Station (approx 15/20 min walk). Visitors can then continue downhill for a further 0.8km to the Cable Car Middle Station or Apes’ Den*. (Approx 15/20 min from St Michael’s Cave). The Windsor Suspension Bridge is located just above the Apes’ Den. *Please note that the Cable Car will not stop at the Middle Station between the months of April to October, inclusive.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

HOW TO GET THERE

The Cable Car is located just beyond the southernmost end of Main Street right next to the Alameda Botanical Gardens. The GibraltarInfo exclusive and direct shuttle service will take you from the Gibraltar side of the frontier to the Cable Car base station. The shuttle bus can be found on the left side of the road just before the runway. Cross the road at the first set of traffic lights, keep walking passed the large advertising billboard and you will find the shuttle bus located just beyond that on the left. The shuttle departs every 30 mins however please be warned that traffic in Gibraltar, including the landing and taking off of planes, might cause delays to the service. The GibraltarInfo shuttle buses will have a sign on the front window. If in doubt, please ask for more information at the GibraltarInfo kiosk located on the Spanish side of the frontier and they will be able to offer assistance also see TICKETS for Shuttle Bus schedule.

If you are coming from the land frontier with Spain and have pre-purchased your tickets online or at the Gibraltarinfo kiosk, you are eligible to use the Gibraltarinfo Cable Car shuttle. This is located on the left-hand side of the road just before you cross the runway. Local bus number 10 also stops very near the Cable Car.

Local transport buses number 10 will all drop you off within sight of the Cable Car base station. Just ask the helpful bus drivers to point you in the right direction. There is stop near the frontier and near the Cruise Liner Terminal.

If you do plan to drive in (you are warned you might find yourself in a lengthy queue to enter and/or exit Gibraltar) and are looking for a car park you might be lucky and find a free space on Grand Parade. Please read the signs carefully as there are zones for local cars, free spaces and paid parking.

  • Disabled Access: Please be advised that unfortunately the current installation is not suitable for wheelchair users. The Cable Car was built in the 1960s when regrettably they were not mindful of wheelchairs and other accessibility issues.  We are pleased to be able to report that a new Cable Car including base and top station is planned which will resolve this and other issues. We look forward to welcoming everyone soon!
  • Getting Married: If the purpose of your visit to Gibraltar is to get married, you will find no more spectacular venue than the exclusive Mons Calpe Suite located within the Cable Car Top Station complex. To find out more click here. (link to www.monscalpesuite.com)
  • Live Updates: For live updates follow us on Twitter: @Cable CarGib or view the Earth TV camera located at the Top Station
  • More to Explore: If you want to experience some of the Rock on foot the Cable Car is the ideal place to set off from. The ride to the Top Station is 6 minutes of sheer wonder with views all the way to the top. From the Top Station you can then walk down into the Nature Reserve however you will need to purchase either a Walkers ticket or a Nature Reserve ticket depending on what attractions you wish to visit.  The Nature Reserve ticket will allow you to access all site other than the World War II tunnels whereas the Walkers ticket will allow you access to the Skywalk, Mediterranean Steps, Windsor suspension Bridge and the various footpaths found within the Upper Rock. The are apps available to guide you through the various walks and footpaths.
    See Nature Reserve for more information

BARBARY APES

The resident Barbary apes are sure to entertain you at the Cable Car top station. Snap a photo and share it instantly with FREE WI-FI.

NATURE RESERVE

Access the Nature Reserve:
Explore the Upper Rock Nature Reserve at your own pace starting from the Cable Car top station.

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HISTORY

The brain child of local entrepreneur, John G Gaggero, the Cable Car built and completed by a Swiss Cable Car manufacturer, Von Roll, in 1966. Today known as Garaventa, the same Swiss team continue to look after the installation ensuring it meets wit all the Swiss regulations and safety standards. A team of Swiss engineers join the local Cable Car team on an annual basis, usually in late January, for its annual service although the Cable Car cables are checked on a daily basis, in fact it is the first thing the Cable Car team do before allowing anyone to ride in cabins. The original cabins were replaced in 1986 with the current 30 passenger cabin. The original cabin can still be seen as you enter the ticket office area.

The Cable Car has received many famous visitors over the years. Some famous names include, Prince Michael of Kent, Julian Lennon, Elaine Paige, Dennis Waterman, Ian McShane, band members of The Script, Martin Corry, Justin Marshall, Sir Alex Ferguson, Bryan Robson & Bruce Grobbelaar to name but a few.

On July 21, 2009, a trilateral meeting held at the Mons Calpe Suite hosted an historical meeting between Chief Minister of Gibraltar; Sir Peter Caruana, the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs; Mr David Miliband and the then Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs; Sr D.Miguel Angel Moratinos. It was the first time a serving Spanish Minister had set foot in Gibraltar since 1704.

FUTURE:

The Cable Car is owned and operated by MH Bland who have plans to undertake a major refurbishment of both the lower and upper station plus increase the capacity of each cabin to 80 passengers. All going to plan, the new Cable Car will reopen in time for the summer of 2021.

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