This page will give you instructions on how to travel from Barcelona to Montserrat by train. You will also find the different ticket types including the options for the cable car or rack railway up to the top of the mountain.
You can travel to Montserrat by train which you catch from Espanya rail station.
The Espanya rail station is on the green and red metro lines making it very accessible from any part of Barcelona city centre that has a metro stop.
Once at Espanya look for Line R5 headed towards Manresa.
It's advisable to arrive at Espanya station in plenty of time as it can be a little confusing to find R5 track. The Espanya rail station is quite large and the directions to the R5 track could be clearer.
Plaça Espanya station is huge and has many surface entrances to the station below ground. It can be very confusing for tourists to find their way around especially as each entrance only has partial information about the lines that you will access from any particular entrance. The best advice here is just to ignore the line information displayed as you enter a surface entrance to the underground station and just enter the nearest surface entrance you can find. Once you are underground look for signs for the R5 track. You may have to walk around a little but you will find it eventually!
Train Timetable Barcelona To Montserrat
This train timetable information was last updated on January 2013.
Timetable information can change without our notice and we therefore recommend that you check this timetable information at the Montserrat information desk at Plaça Espanya at the entrance to R5 railway line.
The train timetable below shows the trains times from Placa Espanya to either the starting point to take the Cable Car ride (Aeri) or the starting point for the Rack Railway (Cremallera) which are at the foot of Montserrat mountain. You would then need to add another 23 minutes to the journey time for the cable car or rack railway up to Montserrat mountain before you are arrive at Montserrat monastery. Also note that there are trains leaving from Placa Espanya station other than those shown however their times do not correspond with the departure times of the Cable car or rack railway so we have not included these in the table below since you would have an extended waiting time.
|Arrival time at station: Aeri Montserrat
(Cable Car) at foot of mountain
|Arrival time at station:
(Rack railway Cremallera Funicular) at foot of mountain
There are some trains that run at other times but they do not run every day and therefore we excluded them from the table above to avoid possible confusion.
Train Timetable Foot of Montserrat mountain to Barcelona.
Important note the departure times given below are the train departure times form the foot of Montserrat mountain therefore you would need to account for an extra 23 minutes earlier departure time to account for the cable car and rack railway journey time from Montserrat Monastery.
|Departure time from station:
(Rack railway Cremallera Funicular) at foot of mountain
|Departure time from Aeri-Montserrat station at foot of Montserrat mountain||Arrival time at Placa Espanya Barcelona|
There are some trains that run at other times however they do not run every day therefore we have not included these in the train timetable to avoid any possible confusion.
Tickets are purchased at Plaça Espanya station from ticket booths just in front of Line R5 to Manresa. You will find attendants there that will explain the ticket prices to you. They speak English, Spanish and Catalan.
First you need to decide do you want the Cable Ride (Aeri ticket version) to the Monastery after the train journey from Barcelona or do you want the Cremallera Funicular ride to the Monastery (Cremallera ticket version). Just to explain the train from Espanya station takes you to the foot of Montserrat mountain then you have these two options Cable car or Cremallera Funicular to actually go up the the Montserrat mountain to the Monastery. You will need to get off the train at different stops depending on which one you decide to take.
When you purchase your tickets to travel to Montserrat at Espanya Station you need to ensure to purchase the correct type of ticket. There are two versions of all the tickets listed in the table below. There is one ticket for the route with the Cable Car (Aeri) to the Monastery and the other ticket type is to go up to the Monastery by the Cremallera Funicular. Although all the tickets listed below have the same name and the same prices there are these two versions of ticket and you will need to specify which one you want when you purchase the ticket at the station. They are not interchangeable and you cannot change your mind and use the other route once you have purchased the ticket.
e.g. for the "Trans Montserrat Ticket" you will need to specify if you want the Cable Car version or if you want the Cremallera funicular version of that ticket. The prices are the same and the names of the tickets are also the same which has led to some confusion with tourists. If you buy a cable car version of the tickets below you cannot use it on the Cremallera funicular and vice versa. Thanks go Murdoch Oxley for highlighting this confusion to us.
Price information was last updated June 2013.
|Ticket Name||Description||Price (Euros)|
|Adult Single||Single journey to Montserrat. Includes train fare from Barcelona Espanya to Montserrat . You have the option of buying a ticket for either the cable car ride up to the monastery (Get off at train stop Montserrat Aeri) or the Track Train ride up to Montserrat Cremallera funicular (Get off at train stop Monistrol)||€10.75|
|Adult Return||The same ticket as above however a return ticket.||€19.00|
|Child Single||As for adult single above however for children||€8.00|
|Child Return||As for adult return above however for children||€14.70|
|Pensioners Single||As for adult single but for pensioners||€10.15|
|Pensioners Return||As for adult return but for pensioners||€18.05|
|Trans Montserrat Ticket||
This special combined ticket includes several different return train fares all in the one ticket. It could save you money if you want to not only see the monastery at Montserrat but also if you want to take the funicular mountain trains from the monastery to different parts of the mountain. The ticket includes the following:
1. Return train fare from Barcelona to Montserrat, either with the Cable car ride option to the monastery, or if you prefer the Track Train mountain train ride - but remember you need to specify which when you buy this ticket because they are not interchangeable. You either buy a Cable Car version or you buy the Cremallera version of this ticket. Once you have selected your ticket version you cannot use the other method.
2. The ticket also includes 2 return journeys on 2 different funicular rides (funicular is a mountain train that goes up steep slopes). You catch these funicular rides once you arrive at the monastery and not to be confused with the funicular ride to the Monastery from the train from Barcelona which is called the Cremallera funicular. These funicular rides give you access to different parts of the mountain and you will be able to visit the very top of Montserrat mountain as well as visit Santa Cova cave. You will also be able to go on some mountain walks with amazing views. Normally you would have to purchase the funicular tickets separately once you arrive at Montserrat but with this ticket the two funicular return rides are included in the price.
3. You also have 2 free metro rides with this ticket. Each metro ticket costs €2.15 each.
There are no discounts for pensioners or children with this ticket because the ticket already offers a discount for the fares. e.g. if you purchased the funicular rides separately (once you arrived at Montserrat monastery) you would need to pay an additional €10.00 (Return) or return or €6.60 single for the funicular from the Monastery to the top of Montserrat mountain and/or another €3.20 return or €2.00 single for the funicular ride to Santa Cova Cave from the Monastery.
4.Access to the audio visual area on Montserrat.
Although it is possible to walk both of these destinations from the Monastery it is not recommended because it is pretty steep and not an easy walk.
|ToT Montserrat Ticket||
This literally means "All Montserrat" This ticket includes everything that the Trans Montserrat ticket mentioned above and in addition you have free entry into the Montserrat museum (entry price to museum is €6.50 for adult or €5.50 for pensioners) plus a free lunch at the restaurant at Montserrat. The restaurant offers a buffet lunch.
The Journey time to Montserrat from Barcelona Espanya station is approximately one hour by train.
You have two options to reach the Monastery once you have taken the train ride. The first is a cable car ride (Aeri) up to the Monastery the second is the Funicular Cremallera Train. As stated above you need to select which ticket you buy at the station.
Cable Car (Aeri de Montserrat)
The cable car ride from the train stop Aeri de Montserrat is only a 5 minute ride. You will have breathtaking views on the cable car ride up to the monastery however you will need to stand for the journey.
Cremallera Funicular - Rack Train
If you don't feel comfortable taking the cable car ride you can choose to take the Rack Train instead. For the Rack Train ride you will need to get off one stop after Aeri de Montserrat called Monistrol. The Rack Train ride will take 15 minutes to the Monastery and is a more comfortable ride than the cable car offers however you wont have as good views as you would from the cable car. The other advantage to taking the Cremallera Funicular is that you can sit down during the journey and the train is also suitable for those with wheelchairs.
I recommend that you arrive in plenty of time at Espanya rail station because there are often queues to buy the tickets and the trains to Montserrat leave on time.
Look out for the helpful Montserrat tourist information people at the stands just at the entrance to the Montserrat trains at Espanya station. We recommend you say hello to Cluny when you are there. He and his colleagues are there to help you and they say it really makes their day when the tourists appreciate their help. We would like to say a big thanks to Cluny for helping us put the information together on this page.
We have also been informed by Montserrat information office based at Espanya station that tourists have been regularly pick-pocketed at Espanya rail station when they are trying to purchase tickets from the automatic ticket booths. They recommend you stay vigilant especially when at the ticket vending machines. They say this is a daily occurrence and although the police have been informed the pickpockets still return. The best way is pay attention at Espanya station when purchasing your tickets. Please don't let these petty thieves spoil your visit!
There is no entrance fee to the Monastery however if you wish to visit the museum the entrance fee would cost €6.50 for adults or €5.50 for pensioners.
Once at Montserrat you have the option to visit the very peak of the Montserrat mountain where you would have magnificent mountain views of Catalonia and the Montserrat mountains. You would need to catch the funicular to reach the top of the mountain the funicular ride will cost you €10.00 (Return) or €6.60 (Single).
There is also another funicular ride to Santa Cova cave from the monastery. €3.20 return or €2.00 single.
There is a restaurant at Montserrat mainly serving sandwiches. I recommend you also bring plenty of water, especially if you want to do some walking in the mountains.
Keep an eye on the time as the Cable car only runs till around 18:40 (times change so please check this out independently on the day you go). You can pick up a train timetable from the information desk at Plaça Espanya before you enter the train.
If you would rather have the trip to Montserrat organized for you to include coach ride to Montserrat and guided visit then consider taking the Montserrat Morning Tour.