50 years of the Montjuïc Cable Car
We celebrate half a century by falling in love with Barcelona from the sky. Image of the cable car before 1998.
After we had to stop all activity due to the Covid-19 crisis and having reached its first 50 years, the Cable Car is preparing to open up again within the next few days.
As of June 29th, come and fall in love with Barcelona from the sky! On the Montjuïc Cable Car web page we tell you about the places it can take you to.
The Cable Car is born
The Montjuic Cable Car was officially inaugurated on June 22nd 1970 as an important facility included in the improvement plans for the mountain castle's surroundings, coinciding with the transfer of the Montjuic Castle to the city.
To connect the city with the mountain, several options were considered, such as extending the funicular from Avinguda Miramar to the castle, but it was finally decided to build a more economical cable car system.
A main attraction for the Barcelona Olympics
The Barcelona '92 Olympic Games revitalised the mountain and the Cable Car remained a popular means of transport, especially among tourists and visitors, as it was an ideal way of seeing the whole city, with its new Olympic ring, the renovated mountain and the rest of Barcelona which had been transformed on occasion of the event.
A new accesible, high-tech and more sustainable Cable Car
After the 2004 summer season, the Cable Car closed its doors for remodelling with the aim of modernising the equipment, improving its image and safety systems, making it accessible, reducing the environmental impact and rationalising its operation. The new Cable Car opened in 2007.
The old red open cabins were replaced by wider, more accessible, closed cabins with panoramic glass, with a capacity of eight people in each one.
The current Cable Car can carry 2,000 passengers per hour and in 2019 it transported more than one and a half million passengers.