Mar 13, 2018 - 2:27 AM
in reply to Prathik24
>> 1. I would like to know whether i can use the travel pass for Gondola Rides?
Further to the info provided by rockoyster, I thought it worth mentioning that the Swiss Travel Pass will provide you with free travel on some gondolas and cable cars but only 50% discount on others. The validity map will show you whether the trip is free or discounted: as explained in the legend on the map, black lines are cable cars (and gondolas). Solid lines are free, dotted lines are discounted.
>> 2. Are cable cars and Gondola's different??
"Cable car" is often used as a generic word for both cable cars and gondolas, but they are indeed different types of cabin, and are operated differently. Here are the key differences between cable cars and gondolas:
- Cable cars can accommodate a large number of people (e.g. some can accommodate over 100 people).
- Gondolas will usually accommodate 4-6 people.
- Most people stand in cable cars, but there is usually bench seating for 10-12 people.
- All passengers in a gondola are seated on benches facing each other - 2 or 3 to a bench.
- Cable cars are usually operated by a driver inside each cable car, and run to a timetable, e.g. every 15 minutes. They "park" at the cable car station until the next scheduled departure, and passengers board and alight while the cable car is stationary.
- Gondolas are occupied only by the passengers, as they are operated from a central location and circulate constantly on the cable. They slow down (rather than stop) for boarding and alighting. A new gondola arrives in the boarding area every few seconds, the previous occupants having already stepped out shortly beforehand in a separate alighting area. The doors open and close automatically at the appropriate times to ensure passenger safety.
Number of cabins on the cableway
- There is usually only one cable car travelling in each direction on the cable, so you will only pass one other cable car travelling in the opposite direction during your ride, and there will not be any other cable cars ahead of you or behind you on the same cable.
- When travelling in a gondola, you will constantly pass other gondolas travelling in the opposite direction, and you will also see other gondolas in front of you and behind you travelling in the same direction.
I have attached some photos that illustrate the difference.
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