A World-Class Experience
The Mountain’s Magnetism Has A Way Of Drawing People In, Compelling Them To Reach The Summit
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway has something for everyone, which is why it has attracted more than 25-million visitors since its opening in 1929. Make the most of your visit with our list of things to do below – and our insightful information guide which you can download and print.
Catch a cable car, Watch a sunset, Grab a bite, Get adventurous, Enjoy the view, Join a guided walk, Retail therapy, Go for a hike, Wi-Fi Lounge, Audio Tours
The Cableway is generally quieter in the afternoon, so we encourage you to buy an afternoon ticket, which is valid from 13:00 onwards.
Cape Town’s long, dry summer months between November and February provide the best conditions for visiting, and the Cableway operates later into the evening during this time.
First Up: 08:30
Last Up: 18:00
Last Down: 19:00
Estimated waiting time at Lower station is 5 minutes and Upper station is 5 minutes
- Sunset Special Half price tickets for locals after 6pm! This special is available from 1 November 2018 to 28 February 2019 (excluding 20 December 2018 to 2 January 2019)
- Great Deal
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It’s our gift to you.
This special is available to South Africans, 18 years and older, only.
The Cableway gives one free adult return ticket to South Africans, who are over the age of 18 and have a valid South African ID, on the day of their birthday and the week thereafter (that’s up to seven days after your birthday!)
The Birthday Special aims to ensure that everyone can enjoy at least one day of the year on top of our beautiful mountain – it’s our gift to you!
Please note: Visitors celebrating their birthdays during our annual maintenance period must be collected one week prior or one week after.
Offer only valid on the day of your birthday and the week following it – ticket cannot be collected on any other day
Ticket to be collected from the Visitor Information Centre before 4.30pm on the day of your birthday and up to seven days thereafter – even if the Cableway is closed
We’ll issue you with a ticket that is valid for 7 days only. Thus, if the birthday ticket is collected on the day of your birthday, then the ticket is valid for 7 days. If the birthday ticket is collected after the date of your birthday, then the validity period decreases.
Visitors celebrating their birthdays on 29 February each year may collect their free tickets at the Visitor Information Centre on 28 February or 1 March.
Seniors & Students:
South African senior citizens over the age of 60 years qualify for discounted rates on return tickets seven days a week, upon producing a valid South African ID. We also have a meal special for pensioners at the Table Mountain Café daily. Chat to a cashier about redeeming your meal special.
All that studying certainly pays off! End the working week on a high note and visit Table Mountain for some down-time every Friday. We give discounts to all students, local and international, providing they are in possession of a valid student card.
SA senior citizens (60 years & older, ID required) pay R100 return or R53 one way seven days a week.
SA students (student card required) pay R131 return or R71 one way on Fridays only
Not available online. Please purchase your ticket from the ticket office at the Lower Station.
Access all year round.
Enjoy year-round access to Table Mountain, discounts and more!
If you love Table Mountain and use the cable car regularly, sign up for a Cable Card and save!
Get free entrance to the Cableway, valid for one year from date of purchase
Visit the Cableway as often as you like, limited to one return trip per day, i.e. one trip up and one trip down
Qualify for discounts on selected items at the Shop at the Top and the Table Mountain Café
Get a subscription to our quarterly e-newsletter
Cable Card Adult Ticket: R646
Cable Card Child Ticket: R328
Cable Card Adult and Child Combo: R757
Cable Card Rates (in South African rand) valid from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019:
Cable Card Adult Ticket: R750
Cable Card Child Ticket: R360
Cable Card Adult and Child Combo: R850
Class in the Clouds:
An educational experience on top of Table Mountain.
In 2001, the company started Class in the Clouds for primary and high schools. Since its inception, more than 250 000 learners have participated in the programme.
Class in the Clouds gives learners an opportunity to not only experience the beauty of Table Mountain, but also to learn about fauna and flora in a natural setting.
For a special concession rate per learner, any school can join this educational programme, which runs from March 1 to October 31. Please note the programme is not offered on weekends, public holidays, during annual maintenance or the October school holidays.
Booking is compulsory.
Schools pay R45 per learner.
Please note: The Cableway will be closed for annual maintenance from 23 July 2018 until 5 August 2018. The Class in the Clouds programme will not run during this time.
Retail therapy on the mountain.
The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway experience is a memorable one and visitors often purchase souvenirs, gifts and clothing during their visit. There are four retail outlets stocking a great selection of merchandise, from affordable goodies to luxury items. More than 95% of our merchandise is sourced from local suppliers.
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway-branded merchandise that is not available anywhere else in Cape Town, can be purchased from the Cableway stores. Our four retail outlets are:
Shop at the Top:
The Shop at the Top, our main store, is located in a National Heritage stone building on the summit, just next to the Table Mountain Café.
Little Shop at the Top:
There is also a Little Shop at the Top, which you will find to your left when you exit the cable car in the Upper Cable Station. Both of these shops are open from when the first visitors come up in the cable car and close when the last visitor leaves.
For last-minute purchases, there is an Exit Shop located in the Lower Cable Station, as you leave the cable car. This opens slightly later than the outlets at the top and closes once the last visitor has left.
The Visitor Centre is located at the Lower Cable Station, next to the Lower Station Kiosk. As well as providing visitor information, merchandise can also be purchased there.
Food & Beverage:
Where to eat and drink on Table Mountain.
Relax and enjoy a meal or refreshments on top of Table Mountain. From snacks and ice creams in the sunshine, to special meal dinners with loved ones, you’re sure to find the perfect dining experience to complement your visit.
There are a few locations on Table Mountain that offer food and beverage.
Table Mountain Café:
Table Mountain Café has a selection of delicious self-service meals and snacks, including options for kids, as well as tasty pastries and desserts. You’ll find dishes inspired by South African cuisine, a selection of fresh salads, sandwiches and pizza slices. Breakfast is served daily from opening time until 11:30. Lunch and light meals are served from 11:30. Drinks include fine wines, beer, speciality coffees and teas, fruit juices and sodas.
The Table Mountain Café offers a variety of specials and combos for visitors to enjoy. These are regularly updated, so keep an eye out for new options and tasty menu items!
The kitchen closes at 16:00 before the last car down and the Café closes half an hour before the last car down (check our operating hours). Still hungry? Please visit our Wi-Fi Lounge for light meals, snacks and drinks, until the last car down.
The Café is also committed to remaining as green as possible. To conserve water, we’ve introduced compostable plates, cups and containers for food and beverage, made from organic compostable materials. Read our page on Responsible Tourism for more info.
Special access to the Café will be arranged for disabled visitors only prior to 10:30 and after 16:00.
Operating hours: Opens 08:00, closes 30 minutes before the last car down
Breakfast: Served daily from the cafe’s opening time until 11:30
Lunch and light meals: Served daily from 11:30
Gourmet deli: A selection of sandwiches, throughout the day
Kitchen closes at 16:00 and the Café half an hour before the last car down
Functions & Venue Hire:
A mountain-top occasion.
The Cableway offers outdoor venues perfect for cocktail parties, post conference drinks, weddings, product launches, end-of-year parties, incentives and more.
Treat your guests or colleagues to a special mountain-top occasion they are sure to remember for years to come!
There are three outdoor venues at the Upper Cable Station and one outdoor venue at the Lower Station.
The Twelve Apostles Terrace:
As the name suggests, The Twelve Apostles Terrace overlooks this spectacular mountain range. The open-air venue can accommodate up to 200 people, is wheelchair-friendly and ideal for breakfast and cocktail functions.
This balcony faces the Twelve Apostle’s mountain range and is a fantastic site for sunset cocktail functions. This open-air venue can accommodate 35 people and is ideal for functions any time of day.
The Wi-Fi Lounge Balcony:
An open-air venue situated outside the Wi-Fi Lounge, in the same building where the cable-car docks. This balcony faces the Twelve Apostle’s mountain range and is a fantastic site for lunch time and sunset cocktail functions. Maximum capacity is 24 people, standing with optional bench seating.
Kiosk Viewing Deck at the Lower Station:
A shaded viewing deck situated above the gift shops and Visitors Centre, this venue has spectacular views of the city and Lion’s Head and is ideal for sunset cocktail functions. Maximum capacity is 50 people, standing with optional partial covering to cater to adverse weather conditions.