The Santa Cova Funicular is one of the funicular options once you have arrived at the top of Montserrat Mountain. A funicular is a cable railway that goes up and down a mountain, with two tram vehicles counterbalancing each other. The Santa Cova Funicular is not to be confused with the other two mountain trains that are linked to Montserrat: The Cremallera is a rack railway service that will take you from the bottom of Montserrat Mountain to arrive at the Montserrat Monastery (for full details, see our Montserrat Rack Railway page). The Funicular de Sant Joan (for full details see our Funicular de Sant Joan page) is the other funicular that is available to travel on once you are already in Montserrat - it goes further up the mountain. The Funicular de Santa Cova takes you slightly back down the mountain to the starting point of a walk that will take you to the Santa Cova Cave (see below for more details).
This page will give you a complete overview specifically to the Funicular de Santa Cova service, including ticket options available, operating times, prices and disabled facilities.
There is one main reason why people take the Santa Cova funicular railway: to visit the cave chapel known as Santa Cova. This is the cave where, according to legend, the image of Mare de Deu de Montserrat (the Virgin Mary) was seen by shepherds. For full details on the history of the cave of Santa Cova, see our Santa Cova at Montserrat page.
The cave sits about 20 minutes walk from the funicular station. You can walk directly from the Montserrat Monastery to the cave. However, some people like to take the funicular as some of the walk can be quite strenuous. For full details on the walk to Santa Cova cave, see our Guide to Walks in Montserrat page.
In the lower station of the Funicular de Santa Cova you will also find a small exhibition about the legend of Santa Cova. This is alongside a small exhibition about the funicular itself. If you are interested in how funiculars work, you can learn all about this in the exhibition. The exhibitions have the same opening times as the running times of the funicular (see below).
You can buy tickets for the funicular at the ticket office in the funicular stations at both the top and the bottom of the funicular. You can buy a single (you might decide that it is a good idea to walk down to Santa Cova and then avoid the uphill return journey by taking the funicular) or a return journey. For full ticket prices, see the Official Funicular de Santa Cova Website
Operating times for the Funicular de Santa Cova vary, depending on the time of year and whether you come during the week or at weekends.
Less busy times:
Finishes: between 17:30 and 18:50.
For full details of the funicular timetable, check the Official Funicular de Santa Cova website and open the 'Calendar, timetables and fares' pdf document.
Unfortunately the funicular is not adapted for wheelchair users. There are only a few seats in the funicular, the rest of the train is standing room only.
The Santa Cova Funicular offers you the opportunity to visit an important religious site, visited by thousands of pilgrims each year. It has been running since 1929, allowing people to visit a place with an important history and great spiritual significance.