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Opening Times

09:30-19:15 7 days a week. Last Cable Car down 19:45
Except 1st Nov to 31st March 09:30-17:15. Last Cable Car down 17:45

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

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

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.

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 very own personal mobile device via the Cable Car App. On purchase of your Cable Car ticket you will be issued a wi-fi code from which you can access your preferred app store and download the App 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


On reaching the top you will be inspected by our welcoming committee, not to worry, no security checks here just our resident monkeys checking you out to see if you have anything they fancy like food! 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.
  • Multimedia Tour: a personal state-of-the-art Interactive Multimedia Guide which 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).
  • Wi-fi & Free App: The above tour is also available for download as an APP to your personal mobile devices free from the Apple and Android App stores. Wi-fi codes are issued at the ticket office when purchasing an adult ticket.
  • Facilities: there are rest rooms located within the Cable Car Top Station
  • The Mons Calpe Suite is the most spectacular and unique venue in Gibraltar and in Southern Spain. Located within the Top Station complex, the exclusive Mons Calpe Suite offers 220 degree views over the rock and surrounding areas.

  • Access to the Nature Reserve: Visitors have access to the Upper Rock Nature Reserve from the Top of the Rock. Sites include St. Michael’s Cave, the Ape’s Den, the Great Siege Tunnels and the Moorish Castle. Tickets are available at the Cable Car ticket office and at the Souvenir Shop. St Michael’s Cave is located 0.9km down hill from the Cable Car Top Station (approx 15/20 min walk). Visitors can then continue down hill for a further 0.8km to the Cable Car Middle Station. (Approx 15/20 min from St Michael’s Cave). Please note that the Cable Car will not be stopping at the Middle Station between the months of April to October, inclusive.

The Monkeys

Before we talk about the magnificent views from the Top Station of the Cable Car we need to mention those most mischievous of locals, the monkeys!

There is a wild pack of monkeys waiting to give you a special performance of their entertaining acrobatics. In fact they will no doubt be the first to greet you as you step off the cabin and we are sure you will be immediately struck by the freedom they enjoy. They are happy for you to take photographs of them and with them but be warned, they are wild animals and will bite when threatened. DO NOT attempt to touch them and they will smell food a mile off, especially if it is in a plastic bag. It is advisable that you hide all plastic bags as they are the most opportunistic thieves you will ever meet! Enjoy their company but keep your distance, especially if there are young ones around.

Another pack of apes can be found at the Apes Den located at the middle station of the Cable Car. We recommend that should you want to wonder around the Ape’s Den you do so on your return to the base station. Please be advised that the Cable Car will not stop at the middle station between the months of April to October, inclusive.

The Rock itself is an impressive sight but it’s only when seen from on high that you begin to appreciate why so many have wished to conquer this small isthmus and why 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 the Sierra Nevada over the Costa del Sol, look east over the blue Mediterranean Sea and south across 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!

Included in your Cable Car ticket is the personal Multimedia handheld audio visual guide which is unique in Gibraltar to the Top Station. It will guide you round the Top Station terraces and give you an interesting insight into the Rock’s fascinating history. The guide is available in 7 languages, English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portugese. Staff at the Top Station will ask you to leave some kind of ID before handing over the Mulitimedia unit. This will be returned to you when you return the unit before departing the Top Station complex.

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 and which will resolve this and other issues.  We look forward to welcoming everyone in summer 2020.

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.

The Cable Car is open all year round seven days a week, except Christmas day, New Years Day and the odd day when the wind gets a little too rebellious. If you are coming from the frontier and have pre purchased your tickets online or at the Gibraltarinfo kiosk, you are eligible to use the Gibraltarinfo Cable Car shuttle.  Local bus numbers 4, 9 and 10 also stop right outside the Cable Car or you can pick the bus up in town at the Casemates bus terminus or along Line Wall Road.

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.

We recommend that you take advantage of the Cable Car’s exclusive Cable Car and Nature Reserve combination tickets. Click here to find out more.

Don’t forget to hand in your multimedia back before leaving the Cable Car Top Station. From the base station you are a 5 min walk from the South end of Main Street where you can shop to you drop!

How to get there:

The Cable Car is located at the southern 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 in the area on the opposite side of the road after passing through passport control and customs building.  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..

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. 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.

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