It’s International Cable Car Day: five of the world’s coolest cable cars!

It’s International Cable Car Day: five of the world’s coolest cable cars!

17 January is a very important day in the Cableway’s world because it’s International Cable Car Day!

This date is the anniversary of US inventor Andrew Smith Hallidie being granted the world's first cable car patent in 1871.

The Cableway has transported more than 25-million visitors from across the globe to the top of Table Mountain since 4 October 1929. With cable car variations in Switzerland, San Francisco, New Zealand and more, we are in good company.

We take a look at five of the world’s coolest cable cars this International Cable Car Day:

Titlis, Engelberg, Switzerland:


The Titlis Rotair. Image by Bjorn Soderqvlst

A snow-lover’s paradise, the Titlis mountain in Switzerland is accessible via a revolving cable car, the Titlis Rotair.

Our current cable car design, unveiled in 1997, is based on the Titlis Rotair.

San Francisco, US:


The San Francisco cable car. Image by Doug Letterman

The world’s last manually operated cable car system can be found in the sunny city of San Francisco. With three cable car lines run via a gripping mechanism from under the city’s streets, the cable cars transport 9.7-million passengers a year.

Sugarloaf, Rio de Janerio:


The Sugarloaf Mountain cable car, Image by Jon K. Bernhardsen

Rio de Janerio, Brazil, could be Cape Town’s twin with its stunning beaches, amazing views – and a popular car cable car system, too!

The third-oldest cableway system, the Sugarloaf gondola whisks about 2 500 visitors a day to the summit of the Sugarloaf Mountain, at 396m above sea level.

Skyline Gondola, New Zealand:


The Skyline Queenstown Gondola. Image by Dave Smith

With two versions of the gondola running in Rotorua and Queenstown in New Zealand, visitors are in for some spectacular scenic treats.

The Queenstown cableway is renowned for being the steepest one in the southern hemisphere.

Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort, South Africa:


The Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort. Image by South African Tourism

South Africa’s other popular cableway, Harties Cableway boasts 14 state-of-the-art cable cars able to transports up to 500 passengers per hour, giving them fantastic views of the Magaliesberg, Hartbeespoort Dam and surrounds.

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