During 2022, in its first year of operation, the Sljeme (Zagreb) Cable Car transported 356,417 passengers. It opened on February 23rd and due to regular maintenance and poor weather conditions, it was closed for 52 days. This resulted in a total of 259 working days, with a daily average of just over 1376 passengers.
When considering the maximum hourly capacity of 1,500 passengers in 84 gondolas, it becomes clear why the cable car, being one of the most expensive in Europe, has been referred to as a megalomaniacal project and a monument to the rule of former Zagreb Mayor, Milan Bandić, and HDZ in Zagreb, as reported by Tportal.
According to ZET (Zagreb Electric Tram), the cable car generated a revenue of around one million euros during those 259 days, which translates to approximately 3,861 euros per day. Meanwhile, the costs for employees alone, excluding maintenance and energy expenses, were at the same level.
Until 2034, the city will allocate just under six million euros from the budget for the cable car. This amount includes the capital cost of the project, and an additional allocation will cover 50% of its operational costs.
It's worth noting that for the first two months of its operation, the cable car did not allow the transportation of bicycles. However, after introducing this option, over 7,500 one-time bicycle tickets have been sold to date. In response to numerous requests, especially from downhill biking enthusiasts, ZET introduced daily and yearly tickets for cyclists starting from May 6th, 2023.