Table Mountain Aerial Cableway



Tafelberg Road

Contact info

021 424 8181
021 424 3792

An awe-inspiring adventure to the top of one of the 7 Wonders of Nature of the World awaits local and international visitors with the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway.

History of the Cableway

  • The Cableway was built nearly 90 years ago. On 4 October, 1929 the Cableway opened its doors to its first visitors. The opening ceremony, led by the then mayor of Cape Town, drew 200 guests.
  • Since then numerous upgrades have taken place, with the most recent in October 1997.

Number of Visitors to the Cableway:

  • To date the Cableway has transported more than 28 million visitors. On average 1 million visitors from all over the world visit the Cableway every year.
  • Despite this, queuing time is minimal due to the upgraded system which has cut down the long queues that used to be there. Queueing time can further be eliminated by booking your tickets online at Webtickets.

About the cable cars:

  • The 65 passenger cable car runs from the lower cable station to the top of Table Mountain. The floor rotates giving every one a 360 degree view on the way up.
  • The cable car was imported from Switzerland and similar cable cars are being used in Palm Springs and Titlis.
  • The cable cars take about 5 minutes to reach the top of the mountain and they travel at a speed of up to 10 meters per second.
  • The round form of the cable car offers excellent aerodynamics in Cape Town's famous strong South Easter winds. This means that the Cableway can operate in greater weather conditions than the pervious cars.
  • The floor of the rotating cable car is in fact a water tank that can carry up to 4000 liters of fresh water up the mountain at a time. This is important both for stability during strong winds, and to provide fresh water for our visitors, especially during the hot and dry summer months.
  • The cable cars can carry a maximum weight of 5200 kg.

On top of Table Mountain:

  • Once on top one has a view of all of Cape Town city centre, Table Bay, Robben Island, Lion's Head and Devil's Peak, the Cape Flats out towards Khayelitsha and Mitchell's Plain, the Hottentot Holland Mountains and even across the Table Mountain range towards Cape Point.
  • 2km of pathways lead visitors to many vantage points to enjoy the views and tranquility.
  • The Table Mountain Café offers a trendier, more varied menu that caters for the changing demands of the Cableway’s visitors.  Menu items include a variety of pizza slices, gourmet Panini’s, and a scrumptious buffet that showcases traditional South African cuisine.  A selection of light meals is also available.
  • The 'Shop at the Top' offers a wide selection of i proudly locally sourced tems ranging from exquisite handmade jewellery, lcrafts and the more traditional Table Mountain chocolates, coffee mugs and teaspoons.
  • Both the lower station and upper Cable station are wheelchair friendly.
  • Pop by the WiFi Lounge which offers FREE WiFi and on-the-go drinks and snacks.

Special offers for Locals

  • We have a number of special offers for 10 months of the year aimed at local travelers and Capetonians ,including the Kidz Season ( two kids ride free with every paying adult) available from 27 April to 30September , the half-price Sunset Special from November to February, the Seniors Special available 7 days a week for pensioners with valid South African pensioners' cards and the Students Special (discounted tickets) daily.

Celebrate Your Birthday with Table Mountain Cableway:

  • The Cableway will give South African adults a FREE return ticket on their birthday! So EVERYONE ,18 years and older, can enjoy at least one day in the year at the top of Table Mountain.
  • Conditions: Please present your valid SA ID document on the day of your birthday or up to 7 days after at the lower station ticket office. Offer is on adult return tickets only if weather permits.

Get a free ride to Table Mountain:

Summiting Table Mountain has become even easier with the launch of a free MyCiTi shuttle service between the Lower Tafelberg bus stop at Kloof Nek and the Cableway entrance.


  • Park your vehicle at the free parking at the bottom of Tafelberg Road and hop on-board the free MyCiTi shuttle 110 at Lower Tafelberg Road, just off Kloof Nek Road for your ride to the top.
  • The service will operate daily from 7am in summer (7.30am in winter) from Kloof Nek, with the last shuttle departing the Lower Cable Station at 7pm in summer (6.45pm in winter). Buses depart every 20 minutes.


Class in the Clouds:

  • The popular school programme runs from March to October and offers learners the opportunity to join our Class in the Clouds" on Table Mountain at a discounted rate.
  • More than 150 000 Class in the Clouds learners have already joined the programme since 2001.

Click here for the rates and operating hours.