Sarajevo cable car runs again after 26 years

A dream turned to reality after 20 years on Friday when the landmark Sarajevo cable car, destroyed early in Bosnia’s 1990s war, resumed services up Mount Trebević above the capital.

The cable car first went into operation nearly 60 years ago, ranking Sarajevo among the few cities where one could reach pine forests in just 10 minutes from an urban city center.

Today, 26 years later, the Trebević cable car started operating again. Another symbol is returned to the citizens of the city on Miljacka River. Sarajevo is waking up and growing, and this city is writing a history on this fateful date once again. It stands proudly and with defiance. Today is a day when the feelings of pride, happiness, sadness and pain are coming all together… Today is the Day of Sarajevo, a city that is a symbol of love and happiness, but also the resistance to all the fascists who, sooner or later, “broke their teeth” on its gates.

Construction work at the arrival and departure stations will come to an end in about two months. Current work does not interfere with the cable car’s path.

The cable car system has 33 cabins, which can accommodate a total of 1,200 people. It can reach a speed of 5 meters per second, which means that the ride takes about seven minutes. One cabin can hold 10 people (max. 750 kilograms).

The cable system is supported by ten columns. The distance between each cabin is 150 meters, and the cars can work at 50% capacity. The horizontal distance between the cabins is seven meters.

Every cable car cabin is equipped with video cameras.

The cost of a one-way ride is 4KM for BiH citizens, and a return ticket costs 6KM. The cost of a ticket for tourists is 20KM. Children under the age of seven can ride the cable car for free, those traveling with a bike will be charged 8KM and all the cabins are pet-friendly.

While at the top of Trebević, visitors can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of Sarajevo, or take a walk in nature up to the Brus excursion site or Prvi Šumar. It is also possible to walk around the remnants of the Olympic bobsled track and Čolina Kapa observatory, and relax at one of the many hospitality facilities, such as Pino Nature, Brus, Trebevićki Raj, Level Up and Vila Andrea.