I did some research before travelling and was still a little lost on the day, here are some tips for you trip from Barcelona to Montserrat by train.
How to travel to Montserrat?
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 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, to book tickets and not miss the train. Also check train timings a day before you want to visit as they keep changing. We took the morning 8:30 train.We were quite hurried on the station. There was a queue at the automated ticketing machine and instructions not that clear.
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 but you must already know what you want.
Train Timetable Barcelona To Montserrat
The train travels from Plaça 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 arrive at Montserrat monastery.
There are trains starting at 8:30 from Plaça Espanya and then every one hour. It takes one hour to reach Aeri, and another 5-7 mins to Cremallera.
The departure time from foot of Montserrat mountain at 9:41 AM, every one hour. The last train is at 6:41 PM in the evening. But there would be extra 23 mins to reach the foot of the mountain to take the train.
We took the cable car and there was a 40 mins queue for the same, so to take 6:41 PM train we left around 5:00PM.
Train Tickets To Montserrat With Tickets Offering Extras.
Make sure you buy the right tickets
- Do you want to take Cable Car from the Aeri? ( The stop is 5-7 mins before the last one)
- Do you want to take the Cremallera Funicular ride?
The tickets are not interchangeable so decide and select the ticket accordingly.
Adult Single : PRICE :€11.05
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)
Adult Return : PRICE :€20.10
The same ticket as above however a return ticket.
Trans Montserrat Ticket:Price:€31.80
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.
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. These funicular rides give you access to different parts of the mountain and you will be able to visit the top of Montserrat mountain as well as visit Santa Cova cave.
3. You also have 2 free metro rides with this ticket.
Metro Ticket Prices Single ticket: €2.15
Funicular from the Monastery to the top of Montserrat
Single ticket: €5.95 Return ticket: €9.90
Funicular ride from the Monastery to Santa Cova Cave
Single ticket: €3.25 Return ticket: €5.00
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 : Price €49.95
You get all of the above + admission to the Museum and free lunch at the cafeteria.
Museum Entrance Fee
The Journey time to Montserrat from Barcelona Espanya station is approximately one hour by train.Journey Times To Montserrat From Barcelona And Train Stops To Get Off At.
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.
Stay vigilant at Espanya Station. There are a lot of pickpockets and hence be extra careful at the ticketing machines.