by Jessica Bothma on April 24, 2018
3 min read

If you haven’t been up Table Mountain by cableway, can you actually say you’ve BEEN to Cape Town at all? Probably not. See the Mother City from this exciting new angle and admire all of her mountains, beaches, and the urban metropolis at the foothills of one of the New7Wonders of Nature.

As your African travel expert, we have all the information you need for your soujourn up the cableway. Read on to find out more:

Brief facts about the Cableway:

  • Table Mountain’s cableway eventually opened for business in 1929 after construction delays caused by the First Anglo Boer War (1880 – 1881) and World War I (1914 – 1918)
  • Approximately 800 people are taken to the top of Table Mountain every hour
  • South Africans can get a free trip on their birthday or within seven days after ticket purchase (ID Book/card required)
  • It’s wheelchair accessible with certain pathways navigable on top to view the city and the sea
The Cableway with the sun shining from behind Devil's Peak

Come ride on the Cableway
Image credit: Table Mountain Aerial Company

Ticket Prices:

Note: It’s recommended you buy your tickets online to avoid waiting in long queues. Tickets are valid seven days after purchase to give you a chance to go in good weather. Children under four can ride for free.

From 1st October 2017 to 30 September 2018:

AM Two-Way Trip:

  • Adult: R293
  • Child: R141 (age 4 – 17)

PM Two-Way Trip:

  • Adult: R277
  • Child: R136 (age 4 – 17)

One-Way Trip:

This option is ideal for hikers.

  • Adult: R151
  • Child: R71 (age 4 – 17)

Friday Special (for tickets bought at the counter):

Two-Way tickets:

  • South African Senior Citizens: R100
  • Students: R131

One-Way tickets:

  • South African Senior Citizens: R53
  • Students: R71
Dassies are found on Table Mountain

A dassie (rock hyrax) on Table Mountain
Image credit: Tony Mendez

Cableway Time Schedule:

Note: The cableway’s times change with the seasons and according to the weather. If you miss the last cable car down, be prepped for a hike in the dark.

April 2018:

  • First car up: 08h00
  • Last car down: 19h30

May to August 2018:

  • First car up: 08h30
  • Last car down: 18h00

Updated schedules and ticket prices can be checked online.

Note: Table Mountain’s Cableway will be closed for annual maintenance between  23 July 2018 and 5 August 2018.

A view of Lion's Head and the City of Cape Town from Table Mountain

The view from Table Mountain with the Cableway
Image Credit: Rudi Steenbruggen

What to expect at the top:

  • Free Guided Walks every hour from 09h00 to 15h00, starting from the Twelve Apostles Terrace (below the Café)
  • Table Mountain Café for meals, drinks and snacks with spectacular views
  • Shop at the Top for an assortment of curios and gifts to take home
  • Free Audio Tours using the VoiceMap mobile app (don’t forget your earphones!)
The top of Table Mountain with walking routes and fynbos

A view of the top of Table Mountain
Image credit: Table Mountain Aerial Company

Making your way to the top of Table Mountain via cableway is just one of the many things to do in Cape Town.

Have you been up Table Mountain? We’d love to know!