Dubrovnik Cable Car
See Italy on a clear day
The French built the Napoleonic Fort in the 19th century, and it played a defensive role during the Croatian War or Independence. Today, it houses the Museum of Contemporary History of Dubrovnik.
The 3-minute ride to the top of Mount Srd even allows you to see Italy from afar on clear days!
Seeing all of the aforementioned attractions and learning about interesting historical facts has never been easier! So, go on a ride with Dubrovnik Cable Car!
1. History of the Dubrovnik Cable Car
The Cable Car allows you to see up to 60 kilometers! Therefore, the 19th-century Imperial Fortress you see -while you’re riding to the hill’s highest point- was built there for a reason.
The Occupying French used to build many fortresses around Dubrovnik to defend it from any potential battle. And, like many defensive buildings, Fort Imperial has a strategic spot to protect the city.
2. Location of the Dubrovnik Cable Car
The shortest way to reach the cable car station from Old Town is by walking the stairs from the Stradun. Then go on a one-minute walk across the Iza Grada parking lot towards the stairs underneath the cable car station.
In total, it takes about 7 minutes to reach the cable car station.
There are also two long ways from the Pile Gate, taking about 12 minutes. However, the path isn’t very steep, so you might find it a better alternative to going to the station.
For visitors coming from cruise ships and disembarking on Gruz harbour, you need to ride bus n°8 or a taxi, which will take you directly to the cable car station.
However, if you’re feeling active and want to go on foot, the distance between Gruz harbour and the Pile Gate is about 4,5 kilometers.
3. Dubrovnik Cable Car Specs
- Cable car ride duration: 3:30 min.
- Cabin’s Capacity: Usually 32 people.
- Empty cabin’s weight: 3100 kg.
- Cabin weight with passengers: 5500kg.
- Ride speed: 6.5 m/s.
4. Dubrovnik Cable Car Tickets
Kids are welcome to ride in the cable car! It’s actually one of the most favorite activities for kids.
You can get your cable car tickets with Croatian Kuna at the cable car station or by credit card. You need to know that any foreign currency isn’t accepted. So, make sure to change your money before getting your ticket. It will save you time!
5. How Often Does the Cable Car Run in Dubrovnik?
For your information, cable cars may be out of service for a short period, especially in bad weather. However, this happens only in the winter months in unfavorable weather conditions like strong winds.
To arrange your ride to Mount Srd with Dubrovnik Cable Car, here are the operating hours depending on the month.
6. What Is There to Do at The Top of Mount Srdj
For instance, the ride to the top with the cable car is already amazing! You will get to see the Old Town with its narrow streets and terracotta rooftops as it vanishes, and the blue Adriatic Sea.
The most common activity is watching Dubrovnik from above! The view from the top is breathtaking, so make sure to fully charge your phone and take as many pictures as you want of the scenic locations.
You can take pictures of the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea. But, here’s the thing, most people focus on getting photos of the coastline and forget about the rugged mountains of Dubrovnik behind them. So, make a quick turn and witness amazing views of the mountains.
And, if you’re running low on battery, Mount Srd features solar-powered charging benches! Now, that’s a big deal here.
Don’t worry about charging your phone, because the upper base of Dubrovnik’s cable car station features two smart benches. So, you can sit down, relax, and enjoy the view while your phone or any device you possess is charging.
Panorama Restaurant and Bar Dubrovnik
Panorama Restaurant and Bar are located at the station. And telling from its name, it has 360-degree views over Dubrovnik. So, you can sit to have lunch or enjoy a soft drink, while taking in the views!
The restaurant has a lovely menu with a nice selection of Croatian dishes. The theme of the restaurant is based on seafood. However, there is a variety of other international dishes.
Aside from the views, the tech, and eating places, there’s a souvenir shop at the cable car station, where you can buy interesting souvenirs to take back with you.
Imperial Fort and the Museum of Contemporary History
If you feel the need to explore the landmark away from the cable car station, head to Fort Imperial. You can climb there to see the views from above and visit the museum.
The Imperial Fortress features a lovely museum in honor of the Homeland War. It’s actually one of the best museums to visit while you’re staying in the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’ The museum documents all the events of the Croatian War of Independence.
The paved trail starts from the Imperial Fortress and ends at Strincjera Fortress. The 1300-meter path runs through a forest and farmland. And, you will see lovely views of the Adriatic Sea and the Elaphiti Islands on your way.
For hiking fans, you definitely need to go up Mount Srd. It’s a must-do activity, and it’s totally fun, especially if you’re seeking a bit of calmness away from the busy Old Town.