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Used for various forms of transport for passengers and goods that use wires, including cable-cars, chair-lifts and drag-lifts. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: aerialways
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Documented values: 15
Useful combination
Status: de factoPage for proposal

Used for various forms of transport for passengers and goods that use wires, including cable cars, gondolas, chair lifts, drag lifts, and zip lines.


Draw a way following the route of the cables. See Piste Maps for more info specific to ski and snowsport lifts.

On ascending aerialways mapped as unclosed ways, the direction of the way should indicate the ascending direction. I.e. the way should start at the lower elevation (the valley station) and end at the higher elevation (the mountain station).


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Aerialway attributes

The start and end nodes of a way tagged as a lift are assumed to be a station. These nodes may have their elevation documented with ele=*. Additional information should be tagged on the way (of the lift). Access may also depend on transport type (ski/foot/bicycle/etc.):

Key Value Element Description Example Photo
Wired ways
aerialway:occupancy People in each carriage (car, chair, etc.); numeric. way aerialway=j-bar, platter and rope_tow imply aerialway:occupancy=1 and aerialway=t-bar implies aerialway:occupancy=2.
aerialway:capacity People per hour; numeric. way aerialway:capacity=2600
aerialway:duration Minutes; numeric. way Average/typical time for journey on that lift.
aerialway:detachable yes
way Specifies whether the aerialway has a detachable grip (yes) or a fixed grip (no). Especially significant for [W] chairlifts. By default, aerialway=gondola, chair_lift, and mixed_lift imply yes, while cable_car, t-bar, j-bar, platter, rope_tow, and magic_carpet imply no.
aerialway:bubble yes
no (default)
way If each carriage has a (retractable) transparent cover to provide weather protection. Only common for aerialway=chair_lift.
aerialway:heating yes
no (default)
way If each carriage has heating.
aerialway:bicycle yes
way If bicycles are allowed in carriages: all year round; in summer, or not at all. By default, aerialway=cable_car, gondola, and mixed_lift imply yes, and chair_lift and t-bar imply no. Sesselbahn Marchner.jpg
aerialway:access entry
Main article: conditional restrictions

The access allowed to carriages at this node, entry means it is possible to board the lift here, exit means it is possible to disembark, both means both are possible (often the case for aerialway=cable_car and gondola), and no means neither are possible (useful for beginning and ending nodes if the implicit assumption of being an entry or exit station is incorrect). Add :summer or :winter subkeys where seasonal rules apply (often, in winter, only ascending is allowed).

node The access as above, but only during "summer". Similarly for "winter". Use no in all stations if the aerialway is not operated at all during summer.

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Tags to use in combination

Private use (forestry, agriculture..) aerialways can be tagged with access=private/forestry/... and other access=* restrictions.

Aerialways used for transport of goods could be mapped with foot=no. For extra detail add one of usage=industrial (industrial/mining aerialways) or usage=freight. Some freight/industrial aerialways may allow passengers, those might be tagged with foot=yes, foot=private, foot=forestry or similar.

Other possibly relevant tags:


OSM Carto - shows ski lifts. Example for Hoch-Ybrig.

OpenStreetMap Americana - shows a variety of aerialways (not just ski lifts), for example in Breckenridge, Colorado, and La Paz, Bolivia.