Gibraltar - Transport

Transport

There are a variety of ways to get around the rock:

On Foot

Gibraltar is so small (about 6 square kilometres) that getting around town - and around The Rock, in general - is a feasible option, if you have the time and energy.

Walking to the lookout point where the cable car stops is a considerable hike that could take at least 2 hours, or much more, depending on your level of fitness

By bus

There are five bus routes in Gibraltar (routes 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10) and buses run to most areas of the territory apart from the Upper Rock, which is a nature reserve. The Gibraltar Bus Company runs four routes, with its distinctive modern fleet of blue-liveried Dennis Dart buses. These are:

  • Route 2: From Referendum House Terminus to Willis's Road Terminus.
  • Route 3: From Air Terminal Terminus to Europa Point Terminus.
  • Route 4: From Rosia Terminus to Both Worlds Terminus.
  • Route 9: From Air Terminal Terminus to Market Place Terminus.

The Calypso Bus Company runs the remaining route (route 10) with a more elderly fleet of red double-decker buses. Although at first sight similar in appearance to London's red buses, these left-hand-drive vehicles are actually secondhand from Germany (Berlin continues to operate similar double-deck buses).

Rental Car

Cars are available for hire in Gibraltar and can be taken across the border into Spain. As a general rule, cars are only hired to drivers aged 23 to 70 years old who have held a license for at least three years. Non-EU residents might be required to show an international license.

Taxi

Gibraltar's taxi drivers provide tailor made tours and can be hired at the following locations:

  • Frontier
  • Gibraltar Coach Terminus
  • Casemates Square
  • John Mackintosh Square (The Piazza)-Town Centre
  • Holy Trinity-Cathedral Square
  • Trafalgar Cemetery
  • Cruise Terminal

The price set by the Gibraltar Taxi Association is £8 pounds per person plus an extra £8 which is the price for entry into the Upper Rock attractions - with a minimum of 4 persons - for tours lasting around one and a half hours. Customised tours can also be negotiated. The standard tour includes a knowledgeable introduction to the following sites: The Great Siege Tunnels, The Moorish Castle, St Michael's Cave, The Rock Apes (monkeys), Europa Point, 9.2" Coastal Guns.

Cable car

The cable car that takes you to a spectacular lookout point at the top of The Rock is more than an attraction in itself. This is a way to travel - at least for those without vertigo. The cable car costs £8 euros round trip for adults and £4.50 round trip for children over 7. Children 6 and under travel free. There will be an extra charge of £8 should you wish to enter the attractions on the Upper Rock.

You will also find a snack bar and a souvenir shop with in the top station complex.

The Cable Car Opening Times 0930-1915hrs 7 days a week.
Last Cable Car down 1945hrs Except 1st Nov to 31st March 0930-1715hrs.
Last Cable Car down 1745hrs

The Cable Car runs continuously throughout the day, approx every 10 min. No reservation is required.

Bike

You can hire a bike in Gibraltar. Details for these are available from the Tourist Information Office at Casemates Square.

Car rental travel may be the best form of transportation to Andalucia if you don't have a rigid schedule and are prepared to test your defensive driving skills on Spain's speedy highways. Although a little more expensive than bus travel, car rentals allow the greatest amount of flexibility for sight seeing along the way and visiting many historical, old towns you would have otherwise missed. Have a good trip!

 

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