360VR guide: The Olympos Teleferik is located around 60km south of Antalya on Mt Tahtali in the Toros mountain range. The mountain is accessed via a 60km drive along the beautiful D400 coastal road south of Antalya towards Tekirova. Read on to find out more about the Olympos Teleferik Antalya and see the cable car in full 360VR virtual reality.
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This stretch of coast has imposing views out across the Mediterranean the road passes through small, traditional local villages on the outskirts of Antalya. The ride to the access road takes around an hour – but be sure to tell the driver where you’re going (just ask for Olympos).
The alternative – and much easier – option is to just take a tour to the Olympos Teleferik saving you the trouble of getting there yourself, booking tickets and finding your way home.
On arriving at the access road, there’s a short walk over to a small kiosk where you’ll be collected by another minibus for the short drive to the base station. The connecting buses are regular – around every 15 minutes. Alternatively, if you’re driving, there is a free car park at the base (use the same directions noted below).
Depending on the time of year / time of day, there may be a short queue at the ticket office which then gives access to the main cable car boarding area. Note, as is common in many Turkish tourist areas, there is a bag scan and security check at the access point.
Prices are quite expensive – at time of writing 25€ for adults, 12.50€ for children – but, then again, running a cable car isn’t cheap either. Perhaps it’s just the fact you get used to things being cheaper in Turkey.
The ride up passes over dense forests in the foothills before reaching the treeline around 1900m where the limestone surface becomes exposed. Over millions of years, the mountains here were formed as a result of the massive African tectonic plate crashing into the Europe-Asia plate. The exposed limestone formed from sediments on the Tethys seabed to make the mountains you see today.
The most impressive section of the journey up is between pylons three and four, where the the line spans 1600m, 300m above a yawning valley far below. Expect a cabin roll as you pass over each pylon (it usually takes passengers by surprise).
At the top, be sure to explore both inside and outside the top station. Of particular note is a visit to the roof of the top station where there are incredible views all around over the Toros mountain range to the north ad Mediterranean sea south. There is a restaurant and bar contained in the main building too.
If you’re looking for a real adventure, parapente flights are available off the summit – as well as multiple hiking paths (recommended you take a guide). There’s also an upwards bungee at the summit along with multiple easy pathways to explore.
Note: even in summer, it is markedly colder at the summit and, in winter, there is snow here – so be sure to take appropriate clothing.
Olympos Teleferik essentials
Base altitude – 726m
Top station altitude – 2365m
Summit altitude – 2365m
Distance – 4350m
Travel time – 10 minutes
Max speed – 10m/s
Cabin capacity – 80
People per hour – 470
Construction time – 3 years (opened 2007)
Summit facilities – Bars, restaurant, viewing stations, parapente, vertical bungee, hiking, climbing, dining.
Opening hours – Every day 10.00-18.00 (weather permitting – check in advance). Note the facility can close due to adverse weather (tickets remain valid)
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Take a tour to the Olympos Teleferik, Antalya
Take a tour to the Olympos Teleferik: By far the easiest way to get to – and ride – the Olympos Teleferik is to take an organised tour direct from Antalya. Instructions and directions for doing it yourself are noted below but, really, why go to all the bother of trying to work out transport and tickets when you can book in advance and be picked up from your hotel. A tour is far simpler.
Getting to the Olympos Teleferik on your own
Although buses leave from the centre of Antalya (and, indeed, the main Antalya bus station), chances are most travellers will be staying around the Konyaalti beach area – making the journey considerably shorter and avoiding the busy city centre traffic. People staying in Tekirova can catch pretty much any bus heading north.
For visitors in Antalya (and staying in the Konyaalti area), the easiest starting point is from the 5M Migros shopping centre near the Aktur amusement park and Antalya Aquarium. Buses south leave from the Aktur park side (there is a bridge crossing over the dual carriageway, near the main entrance to Migros).
From here, any of the sea-route minibuses heading to Tekirova or Kemer on the main D400 road will take you to Olympos. These buses are generally easy to spot and regular but, if you have any doubts, ask locals.
The trip down the coastal road takes in impressive scenery, winding among the foothills of the Toros mountains as well as small coastal villages. Actually, the bus ride alone is worth the trip – particularly if you’re staying in the more commercial areas of Antalya.
The ride to the main access road takes around an hour but it’s worth telling the driver you want to go to Olympos – just in case he doesn’t stop. The access road is located on an uphill right-hand bend, between Çamyuva and Tekirova.
From here, take the short walk to the kiosk where another small minibus will soon come to collect you to make the remaining short journey through the trees to the cable car base station at 726m altitude.
The ride back is identical – just in reverse. Your other, easier, option is to just take a tour there and back (instructions and link noted above).
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The base station and Olympos Teleferik cable car
Inside the Olympos Teleferik cable car
Leaving the base station and car park of the Olympos Teleferik
Passing under one of the gigantic Olympos Teleferik pylons