The Cheapest Way to See the Sights of Gibraltar

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We’ve visited Gibraltar a few times and never managed to see the sights at the top of the Rock. There are many things to see up there and the views are fantastic. With a family visit on the cards, we planned to visit Gibraltar and to finally go up the 426 metre high Rock to see the sights. We researched tours and we couldn’t get over just how expensive they were. So we set about finding the cheapest way to see the sights of Gibraltar.

Organised tours of the Rock of Gibraltar can be expensive so we set about finding the cheapest way to see the sights of Gibraltar. It's cheap and easy.

The cheapest way to see the sights of Gibraltar

Tour Companies

There are loads of companies selling tours of the Rock. With almost a dozen sights to see there are a few tours on offer. The most basic tour includes St Michael’s Caves, Apes’ Den, Great Siege Tunnels and the Moorish Castle. So long as there are more than 4 in your group, the prices start at £25 per person. You’re driven up the Rock in a comfortable 6 seater vehicle and have a 1 ½ hour round trip. There were 3 in our group and we’d have to pay the 4 person price of £100. For 1 ½ hours! We heard it was worth a visit but the price far outweighed any desire we had.


Cost for 4 people: £100


Organised tours of the Rock of Gibraltar can be expensive so we set about finding the cheapest way to see the sights of Gibraltar. It's cheap and easy.

Cable Car

A cheaper way of getting to the top of the Rock is via the cable car. It costs £20 return per person and you’re able to walk around the sights from the top station at your leisure. The price includes entry to the Nature Reserve and its sights. However, you’ll explore the Rock on foot with this option. It’s about a 9km walk in total from the top station and with many steep hills, a decent level of fitness is necessary.


Cost for 4 people: £80


Organised tours of the Rock of Gibraltar can be expensive so we set about finding the cheapest way to see the sights of Gibraltar. It's cheap and easy.

Self Drive

As Mowgli is broken down for a few more days and with family visiting, we had to hire a car. We hired it in Spain at a fully insured price of €15 per day. The fully insured price allowed us to bring the vehicle onto Gibraltar. Driving into Gibraltar across the border on occasions is a time-consuming pastime. We didn’t experience any issues and we crossed the border in about 5 minutes.

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Organised tours of the Rock of Gibraltar can be expensive so we set about finding the cheapest way to see the sights of Gibraltar. It's cheap and easy.

We’d read private cars aren’t allowed to drive up the Rock. This is wholly inaccurate. We drove all the way up to the Great Siege Tunnels and although on the day we visited the road was closed, we could have driven to the highest point of the Rock.

On arriving in the nature reserve, we paid £10 each for our entrance tickets and £2 for the vehicle. The tickets included entry to St Michael’s Caves, Apes’ Den, Great Siege Tunnels and the Moorish Castle.

The roads are quite narrow and wind their way around the Rock but as there’s a one way system in place in the nature reserve, this isn’t a challenging drive. At least not in a small hire car. Because of the slight width of the roads, campervans and motorhomes will squeeze through.


Cost for 4 people: £52 (including the hire car)


Walk (more of a hike really)

You could do the full circuit from the town below on foot. You’ll definitely need a decent level of fitness though as the full round trip, starting and finishing at the border crossing is about 19 km. To see the sights, you buy an entrance ticket at a cost £10 each at the entrance to the nature reserve.


Cost for 4 people: £40


Top Sights of Gibraltar

Europa Point Lighthouse

Organised tours of the Rock of Gibraltar can be expensive so we set about finding the cheapest way to see the sights of Gibraltar. It's cheap and easy.

Situated at the southernmost point of Gibraltar, and the gateway between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, Europa Point Lighthouse has been lit since 1841. It offers great views of the African coastline. The Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque and the Shrine of Our Lady of Europe all lie within a few metres of the lighthouse too.

St Michael’s Cave

Organised tours of the Rock of Gibraltar can be expensive so we set about finding the cheapest way to see the sights of Gibraltar. It's cheap and easy.

The photographs do not do this dramatic, natural grotto justice. It’s spectacular and the highlight of our day up on the rock. There are occasional concerts held inside the caves and because of the acoustics inside, they must sound spectacular. We’d have loved to attend one.

Great Siege Tunnel

Organised tours of the Rock of Gibraltar can be expensive so we set about finding the cheapest way to see the sights of Gibraltar. It's cheap and easy.

There are over 30 miles of tunnels with the Rock of Gibraltar. The Great Siege Tunnels forming part of the impressive defence system on Gibraltar and were created in the 18th century. You can walk through the tunnels and there are loads of information and displays telling of the history of the Great Siege. There are some excellent views of the runway below too.

Apes’ Den

Organised tours of the Rock of Gibraltar can be expensive so we set about finding the cheapest way to see the sights of Gibraltar. It's cheap and easy.

You don’t really need to stop here to see the Barbary Apes. They’re seen hanging around all of the entrances to the other sights inside the nature reserve. They’re pretty cute but of course, they are wild animals and they’re very brave and inquisitive, so keep your belongings close.

The Views

Organised tours of the Rock of Gibraltar can be expensive so we set about finding the cheapest way to see the sights of Gibraltar. It's cheap and easy.

With panoramic view of both Spain and Morocco, the trip to the top of the rock is worthwhile. And you can watch the planes landing at one of the most dangerous airports in the world while you’re there.

The cheapest way to see the sights of Gibraltar is to walk and for a party of 4, will save you £60 compared to the most expensive way. Even so, this is a hard walk for only the fittest of travellers. Most people will want to do less uphill walking and therefore, hiring a car and taking a self-drive tour is the cheapest way.

As we spent only £42 for 3 of us to see the sights of Gibraltar, we thought they were terrific value and a must see if you’re in the area. At £100 though, I’m not sure we’d feel the same.


Useful Information

The cost of refreshments up on the Rock is extortionate. We paid £12 for a small slice of pre-packed cake, 2 sausage rolls and 3 cups of tea, served in polystyrene cups! You’re well advised to bring your own refreshments, particularly bottled water during the summer months.

Regardless of how you get to the sights, you will still have a fair bit of walking to do, up and down hills as parking facilities are located a couple of hundred metres from the entrance gates to each sight. It’s worth bearing this in mind if you can’t walk too far.

Don’t feed the apes. Not only is it bad for them, but if you’re caught, fines are as high as £4000. The you will have an expensive day out!

Keep hold of your tickets as you will need to present these at the entrance to each sight.

If you do hire a car in Spain, check with your hire company you’re covered to drive the vehicle into Gibraltar.

You can find loads of information about all of the sights in Gibraltar at www.gibraltarinfo.gi but I’d suggest you avoid booking tickets on the site. You can buy them at the time of your visit.


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6 thoughts on “The Cheapest Way to See the Sights of Gibraltar”

  1. Such a nice article. I am currently in Gibraltar, and try to discover it from all perspectives. I write my experience about Gibraltar also here http://regienjoylife.com/spain-en/top-things-to-do-in-gibraltar/, but from your posts i learned some interesting details. For example, I am very excited to experience concert in St. Michael Cave. Do you know, when it is or where it can be posted? Have you tried any local food? If yes, do you have recommendation mendation for me?

  2. Angela, I am so grateful for your info. You have given the best advice that I could find the last month researching Gib. Just yesterday I decided the tours are ridiculously expensive and since we both have a bit of an adventurous spirit (combined with a bit of luxury.lol) I told hubby we gonna explore Gib on our own.
    Was just wondering why you said to not pre-buy cable car & nature reserve tickets? I actually opened the Gibraltarinfo.gi website to buy the tickets now in order to avoid the long queues that everybody is complaining about.
    We will be visiting 6 September.

    Keith I can hear you are having the time of your life… keep going!!!!

  3. Well we were very excited to see this post and decided to follow your advise with a car rental to the top of the Rock. It is not possible…
    After driving hairpin turns we were instructed that you can’t drive to the top…. So back down we went.

    Forget about finding parking at the cable cars…. Impossible at least in December. I can’t imagine in summer.

    My advise… Don’t drive into Gibraltar.

    • That’s such shame! We visited in February and as you can tell, had no issues at all. We didn’t use the cable car because we drove up. Parking down int he town is quite a challenge but we had no problems up on the rock on the way to the sights. Such a shame it didn’t work out for you.

  4. Hi both, we met in Marbella, you were working on the throttle cable but gave me your time to show me your mogi and discuss Morroco. It has been an ambition to explore since seeing photos when I was in my early teens, now 67. I took pics of your map and have since studied it with a view of doing it myself albeit on my motorcycle.
    Did the Gib visit a week before Xmas, you painted a good pic, did it all on foot, and yes the cable car cafe is expensive but hey, you’re now in offshore money grabing UK, what do you expect. Where are you off to next? If you haven’t already done them Avila and Treruel are worth a visit.
    For the past 3 years I have been out to Spain for 2-3 months each year traveling the back roads on my trusty steed, camping enroute and although have got to know it reasonable well still find new places that never fail to amaze me.
    Having spoken to you and given my senior years, I am thinking of getting a converted/converting a Landrover, specifically a 101 forward control to maximize space. At my age it’s good to have a project, it detracts from what’s awaiting round the corner.
    Having just returned from Andalusia am now planning my next trip starting 3 May. I left my bike and gear with friends in Malaga and will head north then across to Portugal, up through the mountains and re enter Spain in Galicia, along the Costa Verde and returning home via the Picos and Santander in July.
    Sorry if I am boring you but it’s so interesting talking to people who understand the trials and tribulations of adventure travel, my friends think I’m nuts but you were inspirational, I shall enjoy reading your blogs, very many thanks

    • Hi Keith! It was lovely to meet you and your wife. The Picos is beautiful. Well worth spending some time there in a road trip. We did a fair bit of northern Spain in October and it was beautiful. If you’re into Gaudi architecture, all 3 of the buildings he designed outside of Catalonia are in the region. Well worth a look in and not overly packed with tourists either so you have space and time to admire them at your leisure. Morocco road trips are fantastic. Glad we inspired you. There were a couple of backpackers on the same site in Marbella and after to speaking to us about Morocco, they headed straight there! They’re having a fantastic time which we’re quite relieved about as we felt a tiny it responsible. :-) Keep in touch and let us know how your plans pan out.

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