Barcelona Field Studies Centre

Port Cable Car Barcelona

The Port Cable Car, also known as Port Vell Aerial Tramway, Transbordador Aeri del Port (Catalan), or Telefèric Aeri del Port (Spanish), operates every 10-15 minutes across the Port Vell marina in Barcelona harbour connecting Barceloneta beach and the Miramar Hotel on Montjuic mountain. The ride offers an excellent view over Barcelona.

The cable car cabins have room for 19 persons and travel at a height of between 70m and 90m above the port. The journey time is approximately 5 minutes.

There are only two cable cars serving the route from one side to the other, so at the busiest times at weekends, and especially during Easter and summer holidays, you will often have to queue for a long time. Tickets cannot be pre-booked.

There are 3 stations. Two of them are cable car towers and one station is on Montjuic mountain.

Montjuic mountain station
Located in front of the 5 star Miramar Hotel on Montjuic mountain

Jaume I cable car tower
The middle station is Jaume I and is on a tower directly in front of the World Trade Center and the five star Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel on the Moll de Barcelona or Moll 18 quay. During the Civil War the Barcelona Port Cable Car was closed and the towers were used to defend the city from air raids. You can still see machine gun bullet holes on the Jaume I Tower.

Sant Sebastia cable car tower
The Sant Sebastia station is on the San Sebastia beach in Barceloneta.

Construction of the port cable car started in 1929 for the 1929 Barcelona World Exhibition.

Open daily as follows:
01/11 to 28/02: 12.00 to 17.30
01/03 to 13/06: 10.30 to 19.00
14/06 to 12/09: 10.30 to 20.00
13/09 to 17/10: 10.30 to 19.00
18/10 to 28/02: 10.30 to 18.00
Closed for annual maintenance from for two or three weeks in January

The Port Cable Car should not be confused with the Montjuïc Cable Car that links the upper terminus of the Montjuïc funicular with Montjuïc Castle.