Table Mountain Cable Car

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

Don’t miss out on Cape Town’s #1 Attraction! Use the Table Mountain Cable Car to reach the top, with breathtaking panoramic views of the city and social-media worthy photo opportunities. The tabletop gives you easy access to beautiful hiking trails to explore. Inclusive with your City Pass! 

Table Mountain Cable Car Highlights

  • #1 Attraction in Cape Town
  • Ride in a Revolving Cable Car
  • 360-degree views of Cape Town, the Atlantic coast (including Robben Island) and Table Mountain from the cableway
  • Enjoy the available audio tours & guided walks
  • Purchase memorabilia at the shop at the top
  • Grab a bite to eat at the Table Mountain Café
  • Wi-Fi Available – Stay Connected in the Wi-Fi Lounge

Cape Town’s Most Iconic Attraction

As one of Cape Town’s most iconic attractions, Table Mountain sure paints a pretty picture, and you don’t have to enjoy it from the ground. Fondly referred to as ‘the tabletop’, Table Mountain’s summit offers up breathtaking views of the entire city and coastline, stretching as far as the eye can see. The best part is, you don’t have to hike your way to the top to enjoy these views either.

Simply hop-off the City Sightseeing Red Bus at the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, where you can enjoy the experience of riding to the top in a revolving Cable Car, with amazing 360-degree views as the Cable Car ferries you to the top. The Cape Town Cableway is by far the easiest and most memorable way to make it to the top.

Located in a World Heritage site, the Cable Car has been providing world-class trips to locals and visitors alike for over 90 years! Riding the Cable Car is an unmissable experience in itself, and when you reach the top you’ll be amazed by the grandeur of the views from Table Mountain. If you’re keen to stretch your legs, you can explore any of the many hiking trails that meander along the summit, or join the Nature reserve guides for a guided walking tour. The summit also boasts a cafe and curio store if you’re feeling peckish, or would like to take some souvenirs and gifts home with you.

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Looming over Cape Town from every angle – the majestic flat-topped mountain is an unmissable stop on any tour of the Mother City. The Cableway takes you to the summit quickly and because the cable car floor slowly rotates, everyone gets to enjoy the view.

History of Table Mountain

It’s easy to see why the early explorers fell in love with what would come to be our city. As ships turned the oftentimes stormy corner of the coast, they’d be greeted by the sanctuary of the bay, with Table Mountain looming overhead. Even today, the wonder that is its flat top is awe-inspiring, and what gave it its name. Table Mountain supports much fauna and flora that can’t be found anywhere else, adding to the beauty and importance of this natural wonder. Here are some little known facts about the mountain.

  • In the last decade, Table Mountain was officially voted and named one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature.
  • A railway line was built on the top of the mountain in the 1870s, with a steam engine that would ferry supplies to the 5 dams that dot the summit. This locomotive, the materials, and the manpower used to be lifted to the summit by ropeways in Camps Bay, and the anchors for these can still be seen today.
  • The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is thus not the first station to ferry people to the top. The anchors mark the location of the old Top Station, where people and materials were lifted to the top.
  • Table Mountain has its own museum! The Waterworks Museum is found at the Northern side of the summit near the dams and houses the still well-preserved narrow-gauge steam engine that used to run there. 
  • The Cableway was originally intended to be a second railway, a funicular that would follow tracks to the summit. Construction for this was interrupted by the 1st World War in 1912, and Norwegian engineer Trygve Stromsoe proposed the use of a cable car instead. This sparked the construction of the cableway we know today. It was completed in October 1929.
  • Table Mountain is grand enough to be the only terrestrial feature with a constellation named after it! In the Southern Hemisphere, below Orion, you can spot the constellation ‘Mensa’, meaning ‘The Table’. You can see it around midnight in mid-July.

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Table Mountain Cable Car
The sleek cable car can carry up to 65 passengers and take five minutes to travel between the Lower Cable Station and the Upper Cable Station. On the way, you can enjoy the dazzling panoramic view of the Mother City and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.
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Phone: +27 (0)21 424 8181
Website: www.tablemountain.net

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, Tafelberg Road, Cape Town

Advice for visitors

A great time to ride the cableway is in mid-afternoon when traffic up and down the mountain is less crowded. Morning and sunset times tend to be busier. If you find yourself visiting then, opt for public transport or shuttle services as parking can be limited. The easiest way to go to the Table Mountain Cable Car is to use the City Sightseeing Red Bus, also included in your City Pass. Bear in mind that weather at the top can be different from the city below – always bring something warm to wear.

Did you know

The original Table Mountain Cableway opened for business on 4 October 1929, transporting millions of visitors to its smooth summit. One noteworthy visitor was the current HRM Queen Elizabeth II.

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

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