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Timetable & Fares

Ticket prices and Cable Car operating hours.


The cable cars run continuously throughout the day, the cars run every 10 minutes and every 15 minutes after 8pm, no reservation is required. 
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Monday - Friday 7:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday 8:30am - 10:00pm
Sunday 8:30am - 9:00pm
See Christmas Timetable

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Annual Maintenance Closure

Wellington Cable Car will be closed from 14 - 22 of September 2019 for its scheduled annual maintenance. 
During this period a FREE replacement bus service will operate between Lambton Quay and Kelburn via Victoria University.
The bus operates every 20 minute from 7am-7pm Mon-Fri and 8:40am-6pm Sat-Sun 


For a fast and convenient way to experience the Cable Car, buy your ticket online before you arrive. Please remember that you will still need to queue for the Cable Car on busy days.

One Way Ticket

For travel up to the top of the Cable Car at Kelburn to enjoy the views and surrounding attractions. To get back down into the city, there are several walks around the hillsides of the Botanic Garden including a beautiful 40-minute stroll back down to the city centre via the historic Bolton Street Cemetery and the Beehive.

If you decide to take the Cable Car back down, simply catch the next car going down and pay for a one way ticket at our ticket booth on your return.


Return Ticket

For travel in both directions on the Cable Car. This allows you plenty of time to enjoy the views and explore the surrounding attractions at the summit. There is no time restriction.

When you are finished, catch the next car going back down.

A car leaves every 10 minutes and every 15 minutes after 8pm.

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10 Trips 
25 Trips
Adult $9.00 $5.00 $3.60 $29.00 $58.00
Child (5-15) $4.50 $2.50 $2.10 $14.50 $29.00
with NZ Student ID
Accessible Concession
$5.00 $3.00 $2.20

$15.00 $30.00
1 adult and up to 3 children
2 adult and up to 4 children

    *Trips to be used by one person
Monday-Friday: 9am to 3pm and after 6:30pm
All day weekends and Public Holidays

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  • Children under 5 years old travel for free.
  • Accessible Concession is only valid on Snapper Cards. 
  • Multi-trips are loaded electronically onto a Snapper+ or Cable Car Multi-trip Card. Charges apply for new cards.
  • Multi-trip tickets are only available to individual passengers to enable them to make multiple journeys. They are not valid for group travel.
  • Online tickets can be purchased and printed from any computer, or shown on-screen on a mobile device.
  • No cash refunds are given on tickets purchased online.
  • When purchasing a Student ticket or using a SuperGold Card, customers must also have their Student ID or SuperGold card with them.
  • Snapper is available to passengers travelling through Lambton Quay station only.

Snapper Card

The Snapper Card is Wellington’s contactless transport ticketing smartcard, which can be used to pay for discounted fares on the Cable Car, Bus Services and Taxis. 

You need a Snapper + card to use Snapper on the Cable Car. If you have an older Snapper card without a ‘+’, please visit a Snapper Service Centre to transfer your balance and/or travel pass to a Snapper + card free of charge.

Snapper is available to passengers traveling through Lambton Quay only.

Child and Tertiary student fares on Snapper
If you have a child concession on your Snapper, you will be automatically charged a child fare. If you would like to get a Wellington Cable Car tertiary student concession applied to your snapper, please click here and apply using the online application form on the Snapper website.

Multi Trip Card

Multi trip cards are only available to individual passengers to enable multiple journeys at the Cable Car. They are NOT valid for group travel.

New issue Multi trip cards incur a one-off fee of $2.50. Charge also applies to lost or stolen cards. Damaged cards will be exchanged free of charge.

When reloading trips onto a Student Card, you must present your valid NZ Student ID upon purchase.

Multi trip card trips are valid for one year from the date of purchase. No refunds are given on part used Multi trip cards. 
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School Groups

All members of a school group will be charged at the Child rate. Please make a booking for school groups at

School group bookings for the Cable Car Museum need to be made separately with the Museum Trust on 04 475 3578 or


Tour Groups

Although you can show up on the day, we prefer to receive bookings for large groups so we can confirm dates, manage any potential overcrowding and also notify you in the unlikely event there is an operational problem with the Cable Car on the day.

There is no charge for a cancelled booking except where some other element is included in the Cable Car trip such as packed lunches, a Cable Car Museum tour or Space Place (Carter Observatory)/Zealandia tour where we may incur additional costs.

Tour group bookings for Wellington Cable Car should be made by emailing

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