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Monte Cable car – Madeira Island cable car

Monte Cable car

Visiting Funchal? Then come and take a ride on either the Monte!

Treat yourself to a magnificent and unique experience. From the cable car, hovering over the city, where buildings rise alongside gardens and kitchen-gardens, you can enjoy Funchal’s amphitheatre and bay in a scenario of blues, greens and oranges.

Monte Cable car

The city of Funchal is commonly classified as a Garden City, due to its abundance of green spaces and wealth of flowers amid its rows of houses, in a symbiosis between rural and urban life. It is this harmony of landscape and the environment that makes the experience of a cable car ride so pleasant.

Great way to meet the city

Watch the city approach, hover and withdraw. Gaze over the steep hillside, framed by the blue Atlantic. From the city up to the lofty parish of Monte, you can also see Madeira’s natural beauty, its relief and geology.

As we rise higher, the environment transforms and the city gives way to green hillsides, mountains and valleys, on a journey with the city and the sea as the backdrop. The journey ends at Monte, with its romantic landscape and surroundings, where you can visit:

– Monte Palace Tropical Gardens / Museum of Semi-Precious Stones
– Church of Our Lady of the Mount (Nossa Senhora do Monte)
– Fountain of the Virgin (Fontenário de Nossa Senhora do Monte)
– Monte Municipal Park

Here you will find Monte’s traditional “wicker toboggans”, which people have used for over a century to ride back down to Funchal – a simple and thrilling experience – and as ever, totally ecological and environment-friendly!

Traditional rides

Continuing one of the traditional rides that is most enjoyed by tourists and locals alike, previously taken by train, Funchal Cable Car now offers its comfortably seated passengers a 360º panoramic ride over the landscape – where everyone has a window seat.

Journey time
15 minutes

Journey – inclined length
3,173 meters

4 meters/second

Height difference
560 meters

Highest tower:
39 m high (tower 3)

Maximum span between towers
Tower 3 <-> Tower 4: 540 m

Total capacity
Up to 800 passengers per hour, one way




The system’s main control functions, such as speed regulation and the opening and closing of the clamps that suspend the vehicles from the cable, are permanently monitored by automatic mechanisms and electronic safety circuits.
All of the systems and components of the mechanical installation are also the most technologically advanced on the market, giving passengers a smooth ride in absolute safety.

Monte Station is the station that drives the system and also has a garage for parking the cabins. Funchal Station, also called the return station, is where the cable’s constant tension hydraulic system is housed.

The steep journey is approximately 3,200 metres long, climbing up a height of 560 metres. The line’s speed can be regulated up to 5.0 m/s, which means the trip can be made in 11 minutes. Normally, however, the journey takes 15 minutes.

Funchal Cable Car also uses the safest running and operational methods. The whole operating and maintenance team operates according to standard procedures in terms of regulations and manufacturer’s manuals, on which staff received initial training, followed by refresher and development courses.

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