Travel up to Montserrat on a rack railway
The FGC trains and Montserrat rack railway are the easiest, most sustainable option, with the best service for accessing one of the most emblematic parts of Catalonia: the Montserrat Mountain. It is just one and a half hours in public transport from the centre of Barcelona to the Montserrat Sanctuary. From there, in addition, you will be able to travel on the Sant Joan and Santa Cova funiculars to access unique places to enjoy the natural Montserrat mountain, shrines and other religious sites, as well as the other tourist attractions in this top destination, which you cannot miss during your visit to Catalonia.
- Trains run every hour throughout the day
- Trains leave from Plaça d’Espanya, in the centre of Barcelona
- 90-minute train ride (60’ in train + 20’ on rack railway & transfer)
- Unique form of transport to the Sanctuary Area
- “All included” combined tickets: underground, train, rack railway, funiculars and others
- The train, rack railway and funiculars run 100% on solar energy.
- Reduced CO2, because it is a form of collective public transport
- ISO 14001 certificates in environmental management
- Buy tickets online
- Direct access to the rack railway without having to pass through the ticket styles
- Free car park at Monistrol Vila
- Trains and rack railway are accessible for people with reduced mobility
The Trans Montserrat that includes all the forms of transport for visiting the mountain. This combination includes the Barcelona underground ticket, train ticket to Monistrol Enllaç, Montserrat rack railway ticket, ticket for the Sant Joan funicular and the Santa Cova funicular (when it is running), entrance to the Audiovisual Area and direct access, without prior booking, to the Throne of the Virgin.
With the Tot Montserrat you will be able to enjoy an “all included” Montserrat experience. This combination includes the Barcelona underground ticket, train ticket to Monistrol Enllaç, Montserrat rack railway ticket, ticket for the Sant Joan funicular and the Santa Cova funicular (when it is running), entrance to the Audiovisual Area and direct access, without prior booking, to the Throne of the Virgin, as well as the entrance to the museum and lunch at the Montserrat buffet restaurant.
It is located in an unparalleled natural environment which turns the mountain into a little part of paradise. The sanctuary embodies the spirituality it emanates; a place of worship and tradition where the “Moreneta”, a carving of the Virgin of Montserrat with the Infant Jesus sitting on her lap.
This is where the Mother of God image was found in 880. Traditionally, this cave was a pilgrimage centre and this led to building the Montserrat monastery. You can access it with the Santa Cova funicular and by walking.
Visitors will find a variety of different length routes all around the sanctuary. Also, from the top Sant Joan funicular station there are several mountain climbing options, for all levels.
This museum exhibition houses 1300 pieces. It is one of world’s most important collections, and also includes some Modernist paintings and holds both permanent and temporary exhibitions.
This area within the sanctuary gives visitors detailed information on the mountain, the monastery and the sanctuary itself. It’s a very comfortable and genuine way to really learn about this unique Montserrat mountain.
This is found in the top funicular station, at nearly 1000 metres high, offering incredible views of the mountain. It is also the starting point for some hiking routes.
Located in the Sant Joan Viewpoint, this area reveals the geological characteristics of the Montserrat mountain, the local climate conditions and flora and fauna.
The display, located in the old Monistrol Vila station, explains the history of the old rack railway using texts, photographs, posters and an interactive video system.
Check the timetables and fares of the Montserrat rack railway, the Sant Joan funicular and the Santa Cova funicular in this link.
The frequency of the trains and the prices of the rack railway and funiculars may vary according to the time of year.
The Montserrat rack railway stations are in the town of Monistrol de Montserrat, where you can catch the train from the two stations (Monistrol Enllaç and Monistrol Vila) to travel up to the Montserrat sanctuary area.
- The Monistrol Enllaç links to the FGC Line R5 Llobregat-Anoia, and visitors can get there from the Plaça d’Espanya train station in Barcelona, or from any station on the R5 line.
- The Monistrol Vila station is for those visitors arriving by private vehicles and coaches, and the station has a free car park.
The Tot Montserrat and Trans Montserrat combined tickets are open tickets and they do not have any specific usage date. In order to exchange the tickets, the confirmation voucher received must be presented at our Montserrat Reception Point in the FGC station in Plaça d’Espanya (Barcelona). The office is open Monday to Sunday fro 8.00 am to 2.00 pm.
The Montserrat rack railway and cable car tickets are on sale in the Montserrat online shop, as well as at the cogwheel railway and cable car stations.
Yes, you can access the Montserrat sanctuary area with your own vehicle and once there, you can leave it the payment car park. You can also access the station that takes you from Monistrol Vila to the rack railway using your own vehicle, and once there, you take the rack railway to the sanctuary area.
The Montserrat rack railway stations, as well as the train itself, are adapted for people with reduced mobility, while the Sant Joan and Santa Cova funiculars are not.
Group requests for the rack railway and Sant Joan and Santa Cova funiculars service can be made by e-mail to [email protected]
It is not possible to book the Sant Joan or Santa Cova funiculars, and access to them is strictly through queuing and depending on occupancy at that particular time, although it is necessary to send notification to the stations informing on the number of people in the group, as well as the time of travelling up and/or travelling down in the funiculars, in order to be able to foresee the service requirements.
Yes, you can travel with pets free-of-charge, both on the Montserrat rack railway and funiculars. To access all the FGC premises, dogs must be on a lead and wear a muzzle. Small animals have to travel inside a basket or cage. Under no circumstances can they occupy a seat. If they do not have a muzzle, there are some on sale at the cogwheel railway ticket offices in the Monistrol Vila station and also in the Sant Joan funicular stations, at the price of €5.00 and in different sizes. Under-16s cannot bring dogs considered by law to be potentially dangerous.
Yes, you can access the Montserrat basilica for free.
At any of our rack railway or funicular ticket offices.
You can get to the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) train station in Plaça d’Espanya (Barcelona), from where the trains leaves for Montserrat, by using the L1 and L3 underground lines.
Yes, both funiculars included in these tourist packages and you can access free of charge, providing they are running.
Yes, you have a week’s margin to return by rack railway and ordinary train if you go back to Montserrat. The funiculars, on the other hand, must be used on the same day that you arrive at the monastery.