Cable Car, Gibraltar
Dont forget to visit the Cable car ,the view is wonderful, they also have mini bass for tours .There is a coffee shop at the top of the Rock , perfect for snacks and coffee with a spectacular view .The times are from 9:30 to 17:15
The cable car brings you from the town center (close to the Botanical Gardens) to the top of the rock. On top, there is little else than a viewpoint and a little shop, but it can be the starting point for your day on the rock. Of course, there are other means to get on top of the rock: By car or just by climbing up stairs and pathes. However, paying the cable car price has one advantage. You will get a free audioguide which helps you to explore the rock on your own. If you plan to use the cable car on the way back too, please note that the last cable car runs at around five p.m. Please check the schedule carefully upon arrival.
The spot where the cable car leaves you is not the highest one on the rock. It is O'Hara's Battery which is a couple of hundred meters to the south. There are enough roads and walking paths leading you southwards as well as a comprehensive sign system.
When I was there, local cab and bus drivers were on strike, so we walked everywhere.
We found the cable car to the top, and waited about a half-hour to get on. It was sunny, hot day, but foggy. Nonetheless, the trip up in the cable car, and the view from the top, were great !
The vertical rise between where you embark and disembark, is 352 m. The cable ride runs a distance of 673 m, and moves along at a "blistering" 5 m/sec. Each car can hold 31 people, including the operator.
The round-trip cost per adult, in 2003, was 5.90 £ (which was about $14. CDN, $10.40 USD, or 8.40 €). The cost for children is less, and if they're under 3 yrs old, it's free. [For more current info about tickets and times, go to their website shown below.]
For those with time to take the Cable Car up the Rock the rewards should be outstanding. From the cable car the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent views and at he same time enjoy the thrill of the cable car will be the ultimate.
When our bus tour stopped halfway up the Rock we saw the cable car pass overhead. Our stay limited to a few hours in Gibraltar prevented us from enjoying this ride.
The Cable Car was opened in 1966, but the current cars are from 1986. The ride to the top takes about ten minutes stopping half way at the Apes Den. The views are fantastic and on clear days you can even see the mountains of Africa. Once at the top you can see to both sides of the rock. From the top station you can take a walk to St. Michaels Cave, but returning to the top station from the cave is a steep hill walk. Not suitable to those who are scared of heights!
The Cable Car is the best way to the Top of the Rock and a must-see attraction for all visitors to Gibraltar. The journey will take you 412m above sea level in approximately 6 minutes, offering spectacular views all the way.
* Make use of the Cable Car's Interactive Multimedia Tour which provides a fascinating inisight into Gibraltar's history
* See the famous Barbary Apes in their natural environment
* Take in the breathtaking views of Europe and Africa from the Top Station Terraces
* Enjoy a meal or snack at our Top of the Rock self-service restaurant
* Take home a unique 'Top of the Rock' souvenir or gift from our Souvenir Shop
* Purchase a ticket for the Nature Reserve and you can also visit St. Michael's Cave, only a 15 minute walk from the Shopping Centre.
Everything you want from a day out in Gibraltar plus the convenience of being located only 5 minutes walk from the Shopping Centre.
Monday to Saturday 09.30 - 17.15
Sundays from 1st April - 31st October
Cable Car runs continuously during the course of the day.
Taken from a leaflet I picked up when last home.
A cable car ride up to the top of the Rock, will give a magnificent view across Spain and Africa. It is about an 8-minute ride till to the top station with a short stop at the Middle station.
A crowded way to visit the upper rock of Gibraltar is by cable car, this is what you have to see of Gibraltar, 420 metres high, here you have a beautiful view and you find the small apes that make Gibraltar also really special. If the weather is good you can see Africa.
We only had 1 1/2 hours in Gibraltar so we had to choose between seeing the town and going to the top of the Rock for a view via the cable car. Since it was a clear sunny day, all but two of our group opted for the cable car which one of our members negotiated down to 11 E for the round trip ticket from the usual price of 13E round trip.
Take the cable car up to the top for the beautiful views and if you have more time you can wind your way down the Rock stopping at St. Michael's Cave, the Apes Den, the Great Siege Tunnels and the ruins of a Moorish Castle.
We didn't get to see any of this but some of the Barbary Apes are up at the visitors center at the top of the Rock.
The cable car ride was fun but very expensive. It is much cheaper to go to the upper rock by taxi and you get the taxi driver tour information.
I can't remember the price by it was around 8 to 12 Euros and the taxi ride was about 10 euros with commentaries included!
The Cable car was constructed in 1966 although apparently the first 'cable car' was a basket in which people were hoisted up! The cable car holds about 30 people.
I cannot remember the exact time but I think the last ride up the cable car is about 5.45pm. I remember thinking it was a bit early! So check before you go.
Wasnt looking too forward to this as I dont like heights. But in fact it wasnt so bad. Probably because I wasnt at the side peering over at the drop!
There was a bit of a queue and it was hot waiting, probably took about 30 minutes waiting time.
Cost was £7.00 per adult.
This was only to see the Apes Den and the Top of the Rock where the cafe etc is.
If you wanted to go on the whole thing, including the caves, etc it was £14.00 per adult.
Remember though that the cable car may not be running due to weather conditions.
When we visited Gibraltar last November the cable car wasnt running because of weather etc. However taxi's tout for business at various points on Gibraltar. They are called Rock City Services Ltd. There is a particular stop next to the Trafalgar Cemetery where they usually park waiting for business. They are more a mini bus than a car, seating about 8 people. They like to wait until there are enough 'bums' on seats if possible, also it makes it a bit cheaper for each passenger, or so they said. We paid ?26.00 for the two of us, which included being driven up the rock, stopping at various points including Apes Den, Siege tunnels, St Michaels Caves (all including entrance). Also the driver who was a Gibraltarian was really interesting telling us about everything with his running commentary.The photograph is showing the Mediterranean side and Spain.
We got the Cable Car to the top of the Rock, apart from walking, it is the only way to get there, the taxis who offer to take you on a tour dont actually take you to the top.
I was so excited about going up the Rock of Gibraltar that I jumped in to the cable car, announced to Derek that I think that I have finally over come my Vertigo, sitting there grinning about going to the top.
As soon as the doors had closed I knew it had been a big mistake, Trying to look out of the window confidently pretending I was enjoying the view up. By this time, Derek had guess all was not good, as he was in agony with my fingernails imbedded in his leg!
By now I was looking at the floor, deep breathing, and planning to get off at the Apes Den stop. Drew up at the Apes Den stop & saw it was a narrow metal pier sticking out about 5 meters from the Rock & I knew I could not walk along it.
At this time the Cable car operater decided to have a cigarette break, whilst we were dangling there. ..................
By the time we reached the top, I was telling Derek I couldnt get off as I was frozen to the spot, The the doors opened I shot out so fast, even Jonathen Edwards would be impressed !
Hellish at the time, but amusing looking back(~_~)
To cut a very long story short (well actually I havent!!) Dont Use The Cable Car If You Have Dont Like Heights
You can get the Cable Car from the Car Park next to the Alameda Botanical Gardens.
Take the cable car and ascend the rock, you will find it in the lower town. It costs £9 for adults, £5 for children including entrance to the reserve. Once at the top you can walk around the nature reserves roads and tracks and visit the sights.