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Take to The Skies! Dubrovnik Cable Car Guide 2018
*CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE*
Excelsa Real Estate (the company that owns and operates the cable car) lost a dispute in court this week. The Customs Administration closed the cable car until further notice for non-payment of concession fees.
Wherever you go in the world, it’s a common theme that we all love a good view. What better view could you expect to get of Dubrovnik than from the top of a mountain?
Enter the Dubrovnik Cable Car Ride.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Dubrovnik is without a doubt the cable car ride to the top of Mount Srd. If you want to walk you can, if you want to drive you can (see below for more on that), but nothing beats the cable car ride, and the other bonus is that you don’t have to walk in the intense summer heat! And if you happen to visit Dubrovnik off-season, you’re in luck, as the cable car runs year round!
Dubrovnik is a good-looking destination, but seeing it from up above will show you the grand size and scale, as well as seeing a little further afield too; on a clear day you can see up to 60km away – that’s as far as the beautiful Elafiti Islands!
Let’s explore the cable car ride in a little more detail. We’re sure it will convince you to snag one of the great Dubrovnik hotels and make this city a must on your Croatia itinerary!
What Is The Dubrovnik Cable Car And Mount Srd?
Mount Srd sits proudly over Dubrovnik and rises to an enormous 415m above sea level.
We just mentioned that on a clear day you can see as far as the neighboring islands, but the view you will get over the local coastline is something you should be snapping away at on your camera!
We’re going to talk a bit about what you can do at the top of the mountain in a short while, but let’s give you a little history for now. At the top of the summit, you will find a fortress, which was built way back in 1806 by Napoleon Bonaparte.
This was named the Imperial Fortress, and it was designed to overlook the coastline and protect & warn again invaders who might be trying their luck. The fortress has been well protected and conserved since those days, and you can head there and venture around its walls when you get to the top of the cable car ride.
Now, the cable car in Dubrovnik was built as a tourist attraction in 1969, but it was renovated and restored after the 1991 attack on the city. It now has two cabins working throughout the day, and they hold 30 passengers at a time. Naturally, during the summer months, in particular, this can mean queues, but get there early enough, and you should be able to cut down your wait a little.
The journey takes around 4 minutes – much less than walking! As you make the incline to the top, you’ll notice the houses and buildings getting smaller and smaller, and the view stretching further and further.
It’s all a little breathtaking.
If you’re worried about the adverse weather, there’s really no need. The cable car detects when the wind might be picking up, and it stops until the wind levels reduce. This means safety is always put first. Similarly, if there is a lightning storm, the cable car doesn’t run until the storm has passed. You’re perfectly safe!
How to Get To The Cable Car In Dubrovnik
Getting to the cable car station is very easy from the Old Town, where it is clearly sign-posted and just a couple of minutes on foot. Alternatively, you can head to Pile Gate or Ploce Gate and talk for just over 10 minutes, taking you on a scenic route around the city walls. You’ll then walk down the steps and see the cable car station.
If you venture towards Buza Gate, you can walk up the steps from Stradun, and you’ll see the cable car signs from there. The steps are a little steep, however, so if you’re not great on your feet, do bear this in mind.
Dubrovnik Cable Car Price & Can Kids Ride?
Kids are very welcome on the cable car! I promise that they’ll love it. My little guy (4 at the time) did not want to get off. It is one of the most fun things to do for kids in Croatia.
The current cable car ride in Dubrovnik costs are:
150 Kuna – adult return trip
85 Kuna – adult one-way trip
60 Kuna – children’s return trip (aged 4-12 years)
40 Kuna – children’s one-way trip (aged 4-12 years)
Free – children under four years
Payment for Dubrovnik Cable Car tickets can be made by Kuna or credit card only, no foreign currencies are accepted at the cable car station, so change your money before you get there, to make life easier.
What Is The Cable Car Schedule?
The hours are different depending on the month of the year, so do check before you venture there. Also, remember that during particularly adverse weather (only really likely during the winter months), the cable car may be out of action for a short period of time during the day, until it is safe to continue operating.
January – 9 am – 4 pm
February – 9 am – 5 pm
March – 9 am – 5 pm
April – 9 am – 8 pm
May – 9 am – 9 pm
June – 9 am – midnight
July – 9 am – midnight
August – 9 am – midnight
September – 9 am – 10 pm
October – 9 am – 8 pm
November – 9 am – 5 pm
December – 9 am – 4 pm
What Is There To Do At The Top Of Mt Srd?
Once you’ve enjoyed the ride to the top, what is there to do when you arrive? Plenty!
The most common activity and the one which you will see instantly is the stunning view! Snap away on your phone and get some fantastic photos to remember your time by.
If you find your charge is running a little low, you’ll find something you might not expect – solar-powered charging benches! Yes, really! These are called Steora, and there are two of these at the top of the cable car summit station. The benches are powered by the sun, and they’re not only for sitting on, but they’re also for charging up your devices at the same time.
A quick tip for taking photos of the view – many people focus only on the sea in front of them and coastline, but turn around – the mountains are astonishing on a clear day.
Aside from views and technology, there is the Panorama Restaurant, which is well worth a try, if only for a delicious coffee and a soft drink in the sun overlooking Dubrovnik below.
You’ll find some delicious authentic Croatian dishes here, as well as more international choices too. The cable car station has a large gift shop if you want to take some souvenir back home with you.
If you want a few minutes away from the station, you’ll find the aforementioned Imperial Fort. If you love history, this is a must do for you, and it also houses a museum which is dedicated to the Homeland War. While the fort is still in good condition, it does show some signs of wear and tear; despite that, you’ll be able to get a real feel of the past.
Driving to the top of Mt. Srd
Lots of people ask me about driving instead of paying the cable car ride fee. Yes, it is expensive, especially when you have a whole family to buy for. Plus of course, there is always the long lines in peak periods.
You can, of course, drive to the top of Mt. Srd. But, I would say DO NOT! Driving to the top of Mt. Srd is a scary affair. It is a one-lane road with traffic going both directions, and in my opinion, it is risky – especially in a hire car with that heck-of-a excess fee if you damage it.