First cabins for a cable car in Haifa

The Minister of Transport, Yisrael Katz, is convinced that the planned cableway in Haifa will bring about a revolution in the area of public transport, and although the installation is still under construction, he is already thinking about what other hillside cities could benefit from this approach.


Haifa is a northern Israeli port city extending from the Mediterranean to Mount Carmel. It is known especially for the immaculately landscaped terraces of the Bahá‘í Gardens.



The university of haifa station will make access to Mount Carmel easier not only for students. Graphics:


However, the geographical characteristics of the area featuring these spectacular gardens are not necessarily always a boon. The mountainous landscape of the northern slope of Mount Carmel leaves the city’s 600,000 residents with but a few tra c management options. This is why a cable car has been the subject of discussion here for quite some time. Approximately one year ago, the plans were made concrete; now, the new Haifa cable car is under construction.

Sea & Mountain during a single ride

The cableway’s six stations will span from the Haifa Bay central bus station to the Israel Institute of Technology, Technion, in the city center and all the way to the University of Haifa on the top of Mount Carmel. With the cable car, people will be able to reach their destinations in this hilly area easier and faster. Each of the planned 76 cabins will hold 10 persons.


To achieve the desired transport capacity of 2,400 persons per hour, a cabin will depart every 30 seconds. The project in Haifa is being implemented by the in- frastructure company Yefe Nof and should cost around 60 million euros. Upon completion, the cableway will be fully integrated into the city public transport system. Up to now, the system has included buses, a rapid bus system Metronit and a single underground rail line, Carmelit.


A10 year planning phase preceded the implementation of the Haifa cable car project during which period suitable locations were selected and the question of adequate comfort for future passengers was carefully considered. As the total travel time should be a whole 19 minutes, it was clear that the cabins would have to be equipped with an airconditioning system.


If everything goes according to plan, the new gondola lift will be launched in 2020. But the Minister of Transport is already now thinking about what other cities might bene t from such an approach. For now, he has found suitable candidates for similar future projects in Tiberias, Karmiel and Zikhron Ya‘akov. tm

Haifa cableway

Length: approx. 3 km

Height di erence:approx. 500 m

Travel time:approx. 19 minutes 

Number of cabins:76

Cabin capacity:10 p.

Transpor capacity: 2,400 p/h

Estimated completion: 2020