Student Hand Book

POV: you're a student new to the Cable Car

You're new to the city of Wellington, welcome to your new home! It's diverse, vibrant and full of character. The perfect location to set up to study and explore.

One thing you will encounter is that Wellington has great alternative options for getting around rather than by car including an iconic landmark, the Wellington Cable Car. Historically, the Cable Car has been a part of Wellington's skyline for 122 years and has been supporting Victorian University by promoting safe and reliable transport up the hill for their students.

To this day, the Cable Car continues to offer that same support to provide transport to students with reduced concession rates so they are easily able to afford their commute between campus or halls.



All concession tickets are only available to purchase at the Lambton Quay Ticket Office with a valid NZ Student ID.

Concession Casual Riders
One-way: $4

Return: $6.50

Multi-trip Card (valid for a year from the date of purchase)
5 trips: $12
10 trips: $20
25 trips: $40

Membership card (valid for 3 months from the date of purchase)
3 months unlimited travel: $84

Break down of prices of dollars per trip. Membership price has been marked based on a commuter using the card on x3 return trips a week.

concession per trip



We thought you might. See below some frequently asked questions we get from students who are new to the area.


Every 10 minutes, from the hour. 

The opening hours are:

Monday - Thursday: 7.30am - 8pm (last car leaves at 8pm)
Friday: 7.30am - 9pm (last car leaves at 9pm)
Saturday: 8.30am - 9pm (last car leaves at 9pm)
Sunday and public holidays: 8.30am - 7pm (last car leaves at 7pm)

The only day of the year we are closed is Christmas Day.

We also close for a week around the end of July or early August for our Annual Maintenance Shutdown which is essentially the Cable Car getting a WOF. We will communicate closer to the time when this period will be.

How do I request a stop?

While on the car, there are stop buttons on the top and bottom landings of the car on the poles closest to each door.
Press these before the next station to request an intermediate station stop.

If you can't locate them, just tell the driver what station you would like to stop at before the journey starts.

If you're at a station, just press the stop request buttons or indicate to the driver to stop.


If you are a student wishing to go up or down the hill, whether it's between campus' or just wanting to easily get into town, your best stops are Lambton Quay terminal and intermediate station, Salamanca. If you are heading uphill and further along campus into Fairlie Terrace or living in Te Puni Village, the distance is similar from the top station (Kelburn Terminal), but without the extra uphill walk!

For those who are living at Weir House, your go-to stop will be Salamanca. 
Everton residents, you will be hopping on at Talavera station. If going to Kelburn Campus, you will be going on a short trip to Salamanca.

Travelling to Pipitea campus or just wanting to head into the CBD? You will be going down to Lambton Quay terminal.

The trick to navigating which side of Talavera station to catch the Cable Car depends on what direction you are wanting to go and the location of the cable.
If the cable is closest to you when you first get to the station, then that means the next car will be going up and the car going down will be on the other side of the station. Basically whatever side of the passing loop has the cable, which indicates what side of the station the car will be going up.