- Janis Raisen
New Haifa Cable Express Offers Stunning Views
The new Haifa cable car (Cable Express) takes 19 minutes to climb the Carmel Mountain and reach its peak height of 460 meters (1,509 Ft.).
The new transit cable car (Cable Express) in Haifa, Israel
The new cable car in Haifa (Cable Express), is spectacular. It's built into the transit system in Haifa to help ease traffic congestion. It also offers stunning views as it climbs up the Carmel Mountain.
The ground-level station is connected to the Lev HaMifratz train station (sometimes written in English as HaMifrats Central Station) adjacent to the bus terminal. The walk from the Lev HaMifratz train station to the cable car entrance is about 10 minutes or so, but it's easy to follow the clearly marked signs.
Riding up to the very top, looking behind at the view of the Mediterranean Sea.
The main cable car stops include Mercaz HaMifratz (ground level) the Technion and the University of Haifa at the top. There are six stops in total, but at the time of publication only the three mentioned above are accessible. The total distance from one end to the other is 4.4 km. It reaches an elevation of 460 meters (1,509 Ft.).and takes about 19 minutes.
For the cost of local bus fare in each direction, you can enjoy a cable car ride that has the thrill and view of riding a Ferris wheel at an amusement park, although it wasn't built specifically for tourism. The ride is a bit bumpy at times, especially as the cable car enters and leaves each station, but it doesn't detract from the experience.
Cable Car Announcements
The ride feels safe and secure, and a recorded announcement is played in Hebrew, Arabic and English, alerting passengers when the cable car is about to slow down or pick up speed.
The breathtaking view is so captivating that you will want to ride the cable car more than once, but unlike at an amusement park, you won't need to wait in long lines. There are 148 cable cars that leave the station every 15 seconds. Lines could form though during peak travel times, so try to avoid those times.
View near the top of the Carmel Mountain just before the University of Haifa.
The new cable car opened in the spring, and attracts many students studying at the Technion and at the University of Haifa.