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HowTo Visit Montserrat From Barcelona?


Why should you visit Montserrat? 

Visit Montserrat from Barcelona is a must to do. Montserrat is a place where pilgrims and visitors come to hike and admire the Virgin Mary. The sanctuary was built in the 12th century and offer spectacular landscapes. Montserrat abbaye, coated in the mountain curves, is splendid from the San Miquel viewpoint.

Visiting Montserrat is FREE. The only thing you have to pay is the commute to go there.

Visit Montserrat : where is it located?

Montserrat is an abbaye located 60 kilometers far from Barcelona. The mountains house a monastery called San Miquel, with a golden Virgin Mary. Many catalan pilgrims are coming there, as well as hikers, for the spectacular landscapes.

Cable car and funicular location to visit Montserrat

On the map below, you can see (in blue) where the cable car is located. You have to take it to reach Montserrat village and start your trip. With a distance of 1350 meters and an average speed of 5m/s, it takes just 5 minutes to climb the mountain. In addition, soaring through inclines of up to 45% and offering unbeatable panoramic views.

The view from the cabin is simply a pure pleasure.

Visit Montserrat : Top « things to do » locations 

To have an idea of where are the spots to visit in Montserrat I put below the map of the village. You can take it at the tourism office. I strongly recommend you to go there and take all the documents you need when you arrive at the village. 

You can see on it the different hikes departures, and their duration, as well as the location of the restaurants, hotels, funiculars and viewpoints.

Places to visit in Montserrat, Funiculars and Trek departures

The Cafeteria is located at the extreme right of the map, after the bridge. You should also go there to enjoy a nice view of the abbaye ;).

Visit Montserrat Abbaye

Once arrived at the village, I recommend to spend some time admiring the different views, architectures and visit the museum before starting your trek. Inside the basilic, you can see the famous Virgin Mary but… you will have to wait ! Count about 1 hour doing the queue before admiring the popular sculpture. 

San Miquel Viewpoint

You cannot miss the San Miquel Viewpoint (in orange on the map), located at 15mn by feet far from the village. It is the most beautiful Montserrat point of view.

San Miquel Hike

If you are in for a 2 hours hike, the one I did with Row is called Cami de Sant Miquel (check the video at the beginning of the article), is not difficult and leads you to the Mirador, an amazing viewpoint as well. You just have to continue to walk after passing the San Miquel Viewpoint.

Montserrat abbaye is small, one day is not enough for all the things you have to discover and they’ll make you come back for more ! 

How to go to visit Montserrat from Barcelona?

Taking a cab to Montserrat

Going to Montserrat by cab takes one hour, and will cost you approximately 60€. It can be a good choice if you are 4 people and can share the bill. Good to know, the train will also bring you there in an hour, but will cost 23€ per people. The taxi is a comfortable option and allows you to spend good time with your friends, while you are not sure to sit all together in the train.

Going to Montserrat by bus

The cheaper option to visit Montserrat is to take a bus. The bus costs only 5€ but careful : there is only one bus per day. It leaves Barcelona from the bus station located in Calle Viriat at 9:15 and arrives at Montserrat in an hour and a half.

The bus belongs to the company Julia. For more details about it, check their website. Pay attention to the season you are traveling because the schedule can vary.

The bus leaves you at Montserrat cable car and funicular stops. To climb to the village, you will still have to take one of these options.

Going to Montserrat by train

Commuting to Montserrat by train from Barcelona is super easy. Here is what you have to do :

  1. Go to España metro station
  2. Find the train station
  3. Buy your ticket to Montserrat
  4. Onboard the train at the chosen time
Joining the station by metro

Below, you can check Barcelona metro map. The train to Montserrat is leaving from España metro station. I thought it was close to the metro, but I confirm it is INSIDE the metro station. 

To go to España metro station, you can take the pink (L8), green (L3) or red (L1) lines. 

Barcelona Metro map to join Montserrat train station

Find the train station

Once inside the metro station, follow the orange sign to find the train station. I took a picture of it very quickly so the quality is very bad, but at least you have an idea :p. 

The Orange Sign to Follow

You will have to walk about 5 minutes to reach the train station. There, you will find red machines to buy your tickets.

Buy your commute ticket to visit Montserrat 

Many train tickets options are available. You can find the details of them at the end of this article in the section « Budget to visit Montserrat ». We chose the train + cable car option that cost us 23.50€. This option is nice because trains are leaving every hours from Barcelona, and similarly you have different time options to leave Montserrat at the end of the day.

Onboard the train at the chosen time

The train and funicular/cable car schedule change according to the season:

  • Summer : from March to October
  • Winter : from November to February

Basically, you have a train leaving Barcelona and going to Montserrat every hour, during winter and summer times. For more details about the train schedules, you can have a look here.

At the train station, you will find a Montserrat stand with the commute documentation available. I put it below to give you an idea. The Montserrat AERI is the cable car you have to take once arrived in train at Montserrat, the one taking you to the village. The other option is to take the funicular. If you choose this option you have to buy the correct ticket at the red machine, and check the related schedules.

Train Schedule Barcelona to MontserratTrain schedule Montserrat to Barcelona Summer

Taking the cable car

The train leads you to Montserrat area. To go to the village, you still have to climb. Two options are offered :

  • Funicular
  • Cable Car (Aeri)

Your choice depends on your preference, because the cost of both options is almost the same.

Funicular to Montserrat


Coming to Montserrat in Cable Car

What to do in Montserrat?

Montserrat Village

Montserrat Village visit is quick. The village is small and appart from the basilic and the museum, all you have to do is taking pictures are the different viewpoints. You may also need to come back there is you did not bring your lunch.

Even if it is small, the landscapes are unforgettable, so you may want to spend some time there. You should also know that it takes at least 1 hour to visit the museum, and one additional hour to entirely visit the basilic. Indeed, the most beautiful to see inside the basilic is the popular Virgin Mary, and… you will probably have to do a 1 hour queue to have the chance to see her face.

A Quick Visit to the Tourism Office

The first thing to do in Montserrat is… going to the tourism office. There you can find all the documentation and details about the different things to do, even if checking my article is probably teaching you a lot about the place :p.

The guide can help you choosing the best trek option for you, according to the time you have and your level.

Montserrat Tourism Office

Rest a bit at Santa Maria Place

Santa Maria Place

Santa Maria place offers a nice view of the architecture surrounded by the rocks. It’s stunning ! If you cross the place, you will access (at the right on the picture), to the basilic.

Explore the Basilic Santa Maria

The Basilic was built in 1562 and restored at the end of the 19th century.

Montserrat Basilic

If you want to see the Virgin Mary, the access is located outside the basilic, on the right side. This is where the queue starts. The queue uses to be at least 1 hour, that’s why going there is probably the first thing you want to do in the morning before more people come.

Montserrat Santa Maria Basilic 

Enjoy the view at Montserrat Village viewpoint

No need to start a trek to enjoy a stunning view! From the village, you just have to cross the bridge in the direction of the cafeteria to discover a beautiful landscape.

Road to the viewpoint

When crossing the bridge, you will have local vendors on your left. After the bridge, you arrive to a big building : the cafeteria. The viewpoint is located just behind and is accessible by taking the stairs. Go down and discover the unforgettable 360 degree view on both Montserrat village and the mountains.

Montserrat Village Viewpoint


Montserrat Village Viewpoint Landscape

Visit the Museum

The Museum is located in front of Santa Maria Basilic. The visit last 1 hour in average and the entrance fee is 8€. If you want to visit the museum, you should also have a look at the combined tickets. I put the details of it on the section « budget » at the end of the article.

Hiking in Montserrat

Of course, you are not only coming to Montserrat to visit the abbaye. The beauty of the place also comes from the different landscape you can observe hiking. 5 itineraries are available. You can check the Montserrat Abbaye map above to know where to start them, and the following documentation to know more about each of them.

Montserrat Hikes Itineraries


Hiking in Montserrat


Our Hike : Camí de Sant Miquel

The one we chose to do with my friend Row is Camí de Sant Miquel. It is a 40 minutes hike accessible by a path located on the left after the tourism office.

On the way, we could stop at the Mirador San Miquel, the best viewpoint to observe Montserrat abbaye ! 

San Miquel Viewpoint

Where to eat in Montserrat?

Inside Montserrat village, you have several shops and many individual vendors offering local products. The cheapest option is to eat at the cafeteria. Perfectly located, you can enjoy a calm lunch admiring the landscape. There, you have a perfect view of the mountains and the village.

How much does it cost to visit Montserrat from Barcelona?

Budget to go to visit Montserrat from Barcelona

Visiting Montserrat is free! But you still have to pay for your commute. Here are the options : 

  • Bus (only one per day) : 5€ one way + cost of the funicular/cable car to go to the village
  • Taxi : approximately 60€ one way + cost of the funicular/cable car to go to the village
  • Tren + cable car (one every hour until 7 pm) : 13€ one way & 23. 50€ with the return included
  • Tren + cable car FOR CHILDREN : 10€ one way & 20€ with the return included

You can buy the tickets at España metro station from red machines. To find them, enter the station and follow the orange sign that indicate the way to the train station. 

Good to know, you an also buy combined tickets. They include the cost of the commute plus the cost of the different visits in Montserrat village.

Budget to eat in Montserrat

You have several coffee and a cafeteria in Montserrat village. But of course, it is expensive ! I bought a salade for almost 7€. Yes, I know, I should have brought mine haha. If you want to buy a sandwich, forecast at least 10€.

Well, I recommend not to forget your lunch with you. Therefore, you can enjoy a healthy and cheap lunch lost in the mountains and admire the landscapes at the same time =D .

Budget to visit Montserrat Area

Montserrat Museum

The museum entrance costs 8€. It is located in Montserrat village, in front of the tourism office.

The Top of Montserrat

After taking the first funicular/cable cabin to go to the village, you can, if you want to, take another funicular from the Monastery to reach the Top of Montserrat. It will cost you :

Funicular from the Monastery to the top of Montserrat
Single ticket: €9.10
Return ticket: €11.50

From Montserrat village you can also visit Santa Cova Cave. To go there, you need to take a funicular as well.

Santa Cova Cave

Another funicular to Santa Cova Cave is also available at the Montserrat Monastery. Here are the prices : 

Funicular ride from the Monastery to Santa Cova Cave
Single ticket: €3.50
Return ticket: €5.50

Combined tickets 

If you really want to do everything in Montserrat, you should know about combined tickets. Two options exist: the Trans Montserrat Ticket and the ToT Montserrat ticket.

Trans Montserrat Ticket

The Trans Montserrat Ticket is a combined option for all commutes including :

  • Train to go to Montserrat AND to come back to Barcelona
  • Commute in Funicular OR Cable cabin to go to Montserrat village and return as well
  • Funicular to Top of Montserrat (go and return)
  • Funicular to Santa Cova Cave (go and return)
  • 2 free metro rides

This is a good option if you forecast to spend the day at Montserrat and visit all the different places accessible by funicular. The Trans Montserrat Ticket costs 35€.

TOT Montserrat Ticket

The TOT Montserrat Ticket is the all exclusive option. It basically includes ALL the different commutes quoted above in the Trans Montserrat Ticket, plus

  • A free lunch at the Montserrat Cafeteria
  • Entrance to the Museum

With this option, you can relax and spend a comfortable day without waiting in a queue to buy tickets. The ToT Montserrat Ticket cost 50€.


I hope this article was useful for you. Are you planning to visit Montserrat? Leave you opinion about this destination in comments below 🙂



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How to Get from Barcelona to Montserrat

Montserrat is a national park located 48km northwest of Barcelona and is a site of spiritual and cultural prominence throughout all of Catalonia. The mountain is home to the Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat, which holds the famous Black Madonna of Montserrat, as well as being home to over 70 monks. There are five ways to enjoy a Montserrat day trip from Barcelona, including a Welcome Pickups day trip, an organised coach tour, the national train, an intercity bus or your own car rental.

Comparison of the options

Welcome Pickups €400 8 Hr 24/7 Private & Customisable with an English Speaking driver
Coach 55€ (per person) 4 Hr 2 per day Official tour guide
Train 17. 30€ (Per person) 60 Min 10 per day Enjoying the view
Public Bus 9.50€ 60 Min 1 per day Cheapest Option
Car Hire 50€+ 63 Min All day Comfortable & Private

Welcome Pickups Tour from Barcelona to Montserrat

Enjoy this popular day trip in style on a private excursion with Welcome Pickups and your own English-speaking driver. From the centre of Barcelona, you will be picked up and after a warm greeting and initial introduction, you will be on your way through the stunning Catalan countryside to Montserrat. Welcome drivers are hand–picked to be ambassadors for their city and have a high standard of English speaking, so your experience will be like travelling with a friend. The Montserrat-Barcelona tour has four recommended stops, as well as a number of opportunities along the way for some amazing photos suggested by your driver. Your driver will also be knowledgeable about the area and the destination, providing you insight into the history and cultural significance of the Montserrat Abbey and national park.

Recommended Tour Stops

  • Montserrat
  • Museum of Montserrat
  • Sant Miquel View Point
  • Segura Wineries Wine Tour

The total time length of the Welcome Pickups tour is 8 hours and you can choose to include or exclude whichever stops you prefer during that time limit. Just let your driver know at the beginning of the ride. The tour has capacity from a single traveller up to a 8-passenger group.

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Welcome Pickups Tour Photos from Montserrat

How Much Will It Cost?

A Welcome Pickups day trip from Barcelona to Montserrat starts at €400 for a vehicle that can accommodate 1-4 passengers. The next group size up is €475 for 5-8 passengers. These prices do not include entrance fees to the Abbey, museum or wine tour.

Where Do I Get It From?

Your Welcome driver can pick you up from anywhere you wish to begin your journey in the centre of Barcelona. While this may be at your accommodation, you may also want to be picked up from a central sight or café. When you book your tour you can nominate where you will be picked up from and what time. On your return, you may also be dropped off at a location of your choosing.


Welcome Pickups tailors its services to be the most convenient and enjoyable option for popular day trips. It is therefore, the most convenient option to get to Monserrat from Barcelona. The service is door-to-door, your driver is a local ambassador and your guide and schedule is flexible to accommodate all your needs.

Editor’s Note

Finding excellent, enthusiastic and English-speaking drivers around Barcelona can be challenging, but with Welcome Pickups you can guarantee you will be driven by the best and have a great time the whole way.

Organised Coach Trip from Barcelona to Montserrat

A popular way to enjoy a tour to Montserrat from Barcelona, particularly for large groups traveling together, is to take an organised coach trip. There are many companies offering tours via large online travel agents, as well as opportunities for exclusive, private bookings of particularly large groups or specialist language requirements. These tours include a licensed tour guide who will provide information en route, as well as guide passengers around the site itself. They are often half-day tours lasting 4 hours, but some are longer lasting 5 or 6 hours. Tours typically leave from 10:00 for a morning tour or 15:00 in the afternoon.


Coach Tour

How Much Does It Cost?

Costs for organised coach tours vary in price depending on a number of factors, including the company that provides the tour, the time of year, the time of day and if there are any extras included such as lunch. The general price is around €55 per adult passenger or €40 for a child.

How Often Do They Run?

As this is a popular tour it runs throughout the year, at least once per day. There may be some religious holidays that tours do not run on, but these are few. Some companies offer both an afternoon and a morning trip to Montserrat, so there can be twice daily tours.


Overall this is quite a convenient way to visit and experience Montserrat, particularly if you have specific language needs or are booking for a very large group. The price is reasonable per ticket and there is a licensed guide that will take around the site. The drawback is that the length of the tour is often quite short, including transport time. It also doesn’t allow for a lot of freedom to follow your own schedule, as you will most likely want to stick with the rest of the group and the guide.

Editor’s Note

Prices can vary according to season and tickets can sell out fast, particularly for the more popular times, so it’s good to book in advance. It is also suggested that mornings are less busy than afternoons to visit.

National Train from Barcelona to Montserrat

The train system across Barcelona and throughout Catalonia is well organised and there is plenty of easy access throughout the region. There is a single train route that runs from the centre of Barcelona at Placa Espanya to the bottom of the mountain. From there, visitors may either take a rack railway or cable car up the mountain to the Montserrat Monastery and museum. There are 10 trains running per day to and from Montserrat, making it highly accessible to visit this way.


Train Station in Spain

Where Do I Get It From?

The Barcelona to Montserrat train is the R5 from the Placa Espanya, towards Manresa. This is very clearly signposted at the station and there are plenty of tourist information points to help you. The cable car and rack railway are located at one stop after the other. For the cable car, you should alight at Aeri de Montserrat and the Monistrol de Montserrat is for the rack railway. Placa Espanya is 4 stops on the metro L1 (red line) south of Placa de Catalunya.

How Often Do They Run?

The train from Placa Espanya runs 10 times per day, every day at 36 past the hour, starting from 07:36 until 16:36. For more information regarding the railway schedule, you can check their website. 

Editor’s Note

The Montserrat Express ticket includes an audio guide with the ticket which can provide you some background information for the holy site of Montserrat. If you need to sit down, particularly on the way back, taking the rack railway and boarding the train at Monistrol de Montserrat is a better choice as it is the stop before the crowds will board from the cable car.

National Bus Service from Barcelona to Montserrat

A public transport option is to take a bus. The Barcelona – Montserrat bus is run by the company Autocares Julia and is a less crowded way to get from the centre of Barcelona to Montserrat. The journey takes just less than 1 hour and a half and there is one bus per day to Montserrat and 1 returning. This is the cheapest option to get to and from Montserrat.


Bus Station in Spain

How Often Do the Buses Run?

The operation of buses is throughout the year, but it only goes once per day at 09:15. There is also a return once per day only, which is at 17:00 in the winter months (Oct-May) and 18:00 during the summer season (Jun-Sep).

Where Can I Find the Buses?

Buses leave from the bus station close to the central Barcelona train station Barcelona Sants. The exact name is ‘Estacion de autobuses de Sants’. It arrives at the Monasterio de Montserrat and it picks up passengers to go back from the same location.


This is a very cost-effective way to get from the centre of Barcelona to the Montserrat Monastery and it is directly from point to point, making it very straightforward. It also has a set number of seats for tickets, meaning the journey will not be crowded and is more relaxed compared to the train. However, there is only a single bus running daily, making it important that you catch that one and have your tickets in advance.

Editor’s Note

Except for the tickets you should take into consideration the additional costs that occur in order to reach the bus station in Barcelona. .

Private Car Hire from Barcelona to Montserrat

Getting to  Montserrat from Barcelona can be really enjoyable in your own car rental. Explore the Catalan countryside and see the whole of the Montserrat national park on your own schedule. Barcelona has many car hiring companies operating in the city as well as the airport. With the car it takes less than an hour to drive to Montserrat and the route is very scenic, particularly if you drive through the Serra de Collserola natural park.

Cost of Hiring a Car

This can be relatively cheap, depending on when you book, which model you choose, your age and if you pay online or at the pick up point. Starting from €25 per day, this can easily rise to €60 per day. However, rental companies will also require a deposit on the car, which may begin from €200 but could be as much as €3000, depending on the model. You will also need to pay for petrol, which will cost around €30 each way, plus tolls on the National Highway add up to €7. 15 each way. If you wish to have a private Delphi tour of the archaeological site, this will add an extra cost. Entrance fees to the archaeological site and museum will also incur an extra cost.  


It is an easy process to hire a car, particularly if you are over 21 years old and have had your license for at least 2 years. Cars can be picked up easily in the city centre and the route to Montserrat is pretty straightforward, particularly if you have Google maps or GPS on board. The downside is that it may be a bit stressful driving through Barcelona if you are not used to the city streets.

Editor’s Note

Driving around the centre of Athens can be difficult, with narrow roads, cars double parked and pedestrians frequently walking in the streets. There is a lot of traffic, and drivers tend to be very impatient. Having said that, once you leave the city, the scenic countryside with its mountainous terrain more than makes up for it. Having a satnav or google maps on your smartphone will be extremely helpful in getting you to Delphi.

Frequently asked questions

How far is Montserrat from Barcelona?

The distance from Barcelona to Montserrat is approximately 48km and it will take around 1 hour to get there by car.

Where is Montserrat?

Montserrat is a national park situated atop a rock mountain, approximately 48km from Barcelona, and is a site of spiritual and cultural prominence throughout all of Catalonia.

How do I get from Barcelona to Montserrat?

There are a number of ways to get from Barcelona to Montserrat, including the train, a bus, an organised coach tour or an exclusive Welcome Pickups day trip with a local driver.

How long is the train ride from Barcelona to Montserrat?

The train ride from Barcelona to Montserrat takes just over one hour to reach the foot of the mountain and from there you will take either a cable car or the rack railway.

What is Montserrat famous for?

Montserrat is famous for its 11th century Benedictine Abbey that still functions to this day as one of the spiritual centres of Catalonia.

How long does it take to climb Montserrat?

Montserrat’s main peak Sant Jeroni is 1,236 metres above sea level and it takes about 3 hours to hike from the summit to the top.

Is there a dress code for Montserrat?

Yes, there is. Visitors should not wear shorts or short-sleeved tops inside the Abbey.

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How to get from Barcelona to the mountain and Montserrat monastery: all modes of transport

If you are relaxing near the capital of Catalonia and want to see one of its main attractions – the mountain and Montserrat monastery, find out in advance how to get to the shrine from Barcelona.

This will allow you to save time and choose the most comfortable route.

You can get to the place of pilgrimage for thousands of tourists on your own by public transport, using a transfer or as part of an excursion.

Route to Montserrat.


Natural park with a unique monastery, the shrine of which is the statue of the Black Madonna, located 50 km from the Catalan capital.

To get to the place, you will have to change trains.

On the other hand, such magnificent views open up along the way that the time on the road will fly by unnoticed.

First, choose how to get to the foot of Montserrat. There are four ways to do this:

  1. Train.
  2. Regular or sightseeing bus.
  3. Rented car.
  4. Transfer.

From the mountain to the monastery complex, where all the most interesting things are concentrated, you will reach by cable or cogwheel road.

Detailed video on how to get there and buy a ticket:

(Source – Secrets of cheap travel).

By train

To take the train, you need to get to Plaza España in Barcelona.

At the entrance to the subway you will see the abbreviation FGC – this is the local railway network. You go down into the passage and find platform R5. The necessary electric trains run from it, following in the direction of Manresa.

The Montserrat Express high-speed train also runs once a day in the right direction. It leaves at 08-55, back – at 14-55.

Tickets and timetable

Buy tickets here at the machine. One-way fare is about 10 euros.

The current train schedule can be found on the official website:

It is not very profitable to pay separately for the railway and funiculars, it is better to purchase a combined Trans Montserrat ticket worth 31. 6 euros.


  • trips on the Barcelona Metro;
  • travel by train from Plaza de España station to Montserrat Aeri or Monistrol de Montserrat and back;
  • travel by rack railway (Cremallera) or by Aeri cable car, one cannot be exchanged for the other, decide immediately;
  • return trip on the Santa Cova funicular;
  • return trip on the Sant Joan funicular.

To get to Montserrat on the Montserrat Express deluxe train, you will have to pay 54 euros (round trip), but there are enough people who want to.

Station sign for the Sant Joan funicular.

At which station you get off

You can go to any of the two stops:

  1. Montserrat-Aeri, where you will change to the cable car.
  2. To Monistrol de Montserrat station. Those who are about to ride the Cremallera de Montserrat cog railway get off here.

If you want to save time, get to the temple via the cable car, and back via the rack, the stop of which is further away.

By bus

If you don’t want to travel by train, take the bus to Montserrat. Departs from the bus station Estacio Sants.

Point of arrival – Plaza del Funicular.

Flight schedule

The bus runs all year round, the schedule depends on the season. The problem is that it runs once a day, so it’s better to take care of tickets in advance.

Timetables and tickets here:


The journey from Barcelona takes 1 hour 25 minutes. The approximate cost of the trip is 5.5 euros one way.

Bus departure time.

Funicular or cremeiers

There are two funiculars on Montserrat mountain:

  1. In the cabin of the first Sant Joan funicular, you will reach its highest point in 6 minutes.
  2. The second one will take you to the Santa Cova cave in 3 minutes: it was here that the image of the Black Madonna was once discovered.

Santa Cova funicular.

The cost of each lift for an adult is 8.75 euros (round-trip – 13 euros), for a child – 4.8 (7.4) euros. Students and seniors pay for a ride of 9Euro.

Creamer trailers are more compact. Unlike funiculars, they only have seats, which avoids overloading.

Mini-trains run for 20 minutes and you can take great photos from the window during the trip.

The cost of traveling on the cogwheel road is the same as on the cable car.

Buy tickets for funiculars at the stations.

Scheme of funiculars on the mountain.

Funicular and cogwheel timetables

Cremeier and funicular timetables depend on the day of the week and season.

As a rule, during the peak season, transport runs from 08-35 to 20-15. The rest of the time, the operating time is reduced by an hour or two.

By car

Many independent tourists who want to get to Montserrat by car are interested in the availability of parking.

You can leave your car at the stop Monistrol-Vila.

There is a two-storey covered car park, no charge. Take the cogwheel road or the funicular up to the monastery.

Those wishing to park directly at the monastery can use paid parking. It works around the clock, the cost depends on the duration of the visit and starts from 6.5 euros.

The only caveat: parking is located on a hillside, and it is difficult for people with disabilities to get on foot.

Parking at Monistrol-Vila.


If you don’t want to spend time making your own itinerary, use the transfer service from a trusted company ⇒ with excellent reviews.

You can also take advantage of a ready-made excursion to the mountain and to the monastery: this is a great chance to get maximum information, and comfort will be provided.

Whichever way you choose to get to the monastery complex of Montserrat, the trip will leave an unforgettable experience.

Enjoying the atmosphere and beauty of mountainous Catalonia, agree with the statement of the famous writer Anatole France:

“Sometimes one day spent in other places gives more than ten years of life at home.”

How to get to Montserrat from Barcelona

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The easiest way to get to the famous Montserrat monastery from Barcelona is by train. We will figure out how to get there, at which station to get off, how much tickets cost.

Take the metro to Placa Espanya. From this station there is a train to Montserrat. You need direction Manresa, trains number R5 and R50 go there.

Which station do you get off at?

There are 2 options – two completely different interesting options!

How to get to Montserrat

2 ways to get to Montserrat

The first way is to get to Monistrol de Montserrat station and change to cog railway Cremallera de Montserrat. Nice trailers will take you up the hill to the monastery.

The second option is to go from Barcelona to Montserrat Aeri station. From here you can take the cable car Montserrat Aeri uphill.

You must choose one of the options when buying a combi ticket while still in Barcelona!

How much does a ticket cost?

Cremallera de Montserrat Rack Railway

A one-way ticket costs about €12, but I don’t recommend buying it.

Take the combined ticket – Trans Montserrat for €27.50. Includes:

  1. 2 trips on the Barcelona Metro
  2. travel by train from Placa Espanya to Montserrat Aeri or Monistrol de Montserrat and back
  3. Rack railway (Cremallera) or Aeri cable car, only one option!
  4. return trip on the Santa Cova funicular
  5. round trip on the Sant Joan funicular
  6. entrance to audiovisual show (so-so)

This is a very good offer, take it without hesitation.