Barcelona’s funicular: a higher form of public transport
The funicular allows you to climb Montjuïc or Tibidabo hill, with a view of the horizon as an added bonus.
In Barcelona the Montjuïc funicular parallels the Tibidabo one. The former is a top tip and the latter is a possible alternative but not particularly cheap out of service untill the end of 2020.
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Montjuïc funicular in Barcelona
If you don’t want to pay around 10 euros to get to Montjuïc by cable car, you can choose to climb in a funicular. There’s nothing spectacular about it, but it has the advantage of being part of the metro network so you can use it with a normal metro ticket from the Paral·lel station (L2, L3). It is also adapted to people with reduced mobility.
Stops on the Montjuïc funicular
There are only 2 stops: Paral·lel and Montjuïc.
To take it from Paral·lel, you just have to go down any of the metro entrances and follow the signs. It’s as simple as taking a main metro line.
At Montjuïc, it will leave you near the Miró Foundation.
Montjuïc funicular prices
The journey will cost you €2.40 if you take a one way ticket, and less if you use another transport card. A bargain!
Montjuïc funicular timetables
- Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 10pm
- Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 9am to 10pm
- Monday to Friday 7:30am to 8pm
- Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 9am to 8pm
Tibidabo funicular in Barcelona
- The Tibidabo Funicular is temporarily out of service until the end of 2020.
You could catch it from Tibidabo avenue and then climbed up to the Tibidabo amusement park. The nearest metro station is “Av. Tibidabo” (L7), but it’s not really right beside the funicular.
To take this route you could take the Tranvía Blau, an original and picturesque mode of transport made up of a little wooden wagon mounted on a rail.
Plaça del Doctor Andreu
Tibidabo amusement park
If you bought a ticket to the Tibidabo amusement park, you got a reduced price of around €4.10 for a funicular return trip. Members of the park (Tibiclub) had free access to the funicular.
If, however, you did not have a ticket for the park you payed around €8.
The funicular was runing at weekends in February and every day from March to December, except the 25th, 26th and 31st of December. They work out the timetables based on the amusement park, starting 15 minutes before it opens and ending 15 minutes after the park closes.
The park timetable varies depending on the season but you can check it at the following link.
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