The Dubrovnik Cable Car is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the city of Dubrovnik. Offering beautiful panoramic views of the Old Town, the Adriatic Sea, and the surrounding islands, this unique experience is a true highlight for all visitors to the region.
A brief history of the Dubrovnik cable car
The original Dubrovnik Cable Car was established in 1969 and played a significant role in the region’s tourism sectors. Serving as the only cable station in the entire Adriatic region, it attracted visitors from all corners of the globe, with its mesmerizing views and short ride to Mount Srđ. Unfortunately, the original cable car ceased operations in 1991 due to heavy bombing during the Croatian Homeland War.
The cable car was eventually restored and reopened in 2010 after a heavy renovation, with its modern design and improved capacity making it more popular than ever. Since its reopening, the Dubrovnik Cable Car has been a major draw for tourists, offering breath-taking views and a thrilling ride to the top of Mount Srđ.
Location of the Dubrovnik cable car
The lower station of the Dubrovnik Cable Car is situated just outside the eastern entrance of Dubrovnik’s Old Town at Žičara station, named after Croatian name for cablecar – žičara. The quickest way to reach the station is by walking up the stairs from the main street Stradun through Boškovićeva street and following the signs towards the cable car station. If your shape is not in the best place at the moment since the climb up the stairs is a bit challenging, alternatively you can exit the Old Town through the Ploče Gate and wind your way around the city streets to the station.
For visitors arriving by cruise ship at Gruž Harbour, take bus number 8 or a taxi to reach the cable car station directly. If you prefer to walk, the distance between Gruž Harbour and the Pile Gate is approximately 4.5 kilometres.
Dubrovnik cable car specifications
Ride duration: 3.5 minutes
Cabin capacity: 32 people
Empty cabin weight: 3,100 kg
Cabin weight with passengers: 5,500 kg
Ride speed: 6.5 m/s
Dubrovnik cable car tickets
Ticket prices for the Dubrovnik Cable Car depend on the type of trip and age of the passenger.
Current prices are as follows:
Adult round-trip ticket: 27€ / 203,43kn
Adult one-way ticket: 15€ / 113,02kn
Children round-trip ticket: (4 – 12 years) 7€ / 52,74kn
Children one-way ticket: (4 – 12 years) 4€ / 30,14kn
Children up to 4 years of age: free
Tickets can be purchased at the cable car station using Euros or credit cards; other currency is not accepted. Alternatively, you can buy tickets online through the Dubrovnik Cable Car website.
Dubrovnik cable car operating hours
The cable car operates at different times throughout the year, with longer hours during the summer months and shorter hours during the winter season.
Operating hours are as follows:
March 09 h to 17 h
April 09 h to 21 h
May 09 h to 23 h
June 09 h to 24 h
July 09 h to 24 h
August 09 h to 24 h
September 09 h to 24 h
October 09 h to 20 h
November 09 h to 17 h
December 09 h to 16 h
Please note that operating hours may be affected by adverse weather conditions, such as strong winds or lightning.
What to do at the top of Mount Srđ
Upon reaching the Mount Srđ, there are plenty of activities and sights to explore.
Take in the breath-taking views
The main attraction of the Dubrovnik Cable Car is the stunning panoramic views it offers. From the top of Mount Srđ, you can enjoy stunning view of the Old Town, the Adriatic Sea, Lokrum Island, and the Elaphiti Islands. Ideal to capture incredible scenery on camera!
Panorama Restaurant and Bar
After taking in the views, you might feel the need to refuel with a delicious meal or refreshing drink. The Panorama Restaurant and Bar, located at the upper cable car station, offers a fantastic selection of Croatian dishes and international cuisine, all accompanied by the magnificent views of Dubrovnik.
Fort Imperial and the Museum of Homeland War
For history enthusiasts, a visit to Fort Imperial is a must. This 19th-century fortress was built by the French during their occupation of Dubrovnik and now houses the Museum of Homeland War, which showcases artifacts, documents, and films related to the horrors the city went through during the Serbian aggression in the 1990’s.
If you’re looking for some outdoor adventure, Mount Srđ offers a variety of hiking trails to explore. The most popular trail starts at the Imperial Fortress and ends at Strinčjera Fortress, covering a distance of 1,300 meters through pine forest and karst land. Along the way, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the Adriatic Sea and the Elaphiti Islands. Don’t be surprised if you ran into cows, sheep and horses while you hike, there is plenty of farm animals wandering around the slopes of Srđ.
Cross on Srđ
The imposing stone cross atop Srđ Hill was erected in 1935 to honor the 1900th anniversary of Christ’s crucifixion. Sadly, during the Homeladn War (1991-1995) it was destroyed by Serbian artillery. However, the Croatian army defended Dubrovnik, and a wooden cross was put in place to signify the city’s resilience. A new cross was later built in 1997. The cross stands tall as a symbol of Dubrovnik’s strength and faith.
For the best photo opportunities, consider visiting the cable car during sunset. The golden hour provides a magical backdrop for the already stunning views of the Adriatic Sea, Old Town Dubrovnik, and the surrounding islands. Additionally, be prepared for crowds during the peak tourist season. Alternatively, you can buy a one-way ticket up and hike down, but the trail is a bit challenging so definitely bring hiking shoes.
The Dubrovnik Cable Car is a family-friendly attraction, with children of all ages welcome on board. Strollers and prams are also allowed, making it an enjoyable experience for everyone.
Alternatives to the cable car
If you prefer not to take the cable car but still want to explore Mount Srđ, you can opt to walk the path up and down the mountain. The hike takes approximately one hour, and it’s essential to wear suitable footwear and bring water and sun protection. Difficulty level is intermediate since it is a bit challenging.
To make the most of your time in Dubrovnik, consider booking a guided tour that includes a cable car ride, Old Town walking tour, and exploration of the city walls.