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.