Tourist Information Guide

Funiculars in Montserrat: Cremallera, Santa Cova and Sant Joan Funiculars in Montserrat

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There are a total of three mountain trains in Montserrat. Two of these are funiculars and one is a rack railway. This page will explain what each different funicular (plus the rack railway) has to offer and will provide links to detailed pages for each separate service.

The rack railway (officially known as the Cremallera de Montserrat) is the rail service that will take you from the bottom of Montserrat Mountain to Montserrat Monastery. The two funiculars are available to travel on once you have arrived at Montserrat Monastery: Funicular de Santa Cova and Funicular de Sant Joan.

Rack Railway: Cremallera de Montserrat ( Mountain train from the base of Montserrat mountain to the Monastery)

The Cremallera de Montserrat
The Cremallera de Montserrat

The Cremallera de Montserrat is the rack railway that travels from Monistrol de Montserrat Train Station at the bottom of the mountain, all the way to Montserrat Monastery. It is a twenty minute journey that allows you to take in your surroundings as you wind all the way up the side of the mountain to the peak.

For details on prices, ticket options, disabled facilities and how to use the service, see our Montserrat Rack Railway page.


Funicular de Santa Cova

The Funicular de Santa Cova
The Funicular de Santa Cova

This funicular travels down the side of the mountain from Montserrat Monastery to the start of a walk that allows you to visit the cave of Santa Cova: an important religious shrine where a visitation of the image of the Virgin Mary is said to have taken place. The funicular is often popular with walkers who have made their own way down to the cave but would prefer not to walk the steep journey back up to the Monastery.

For details on prices, ticket options, disabled facilities and how to use the service, see our Funicular de Santa Cova page.


Funicular de Sant Joan

The Funicular de Sant Joan
The Funicular de Sant Joan

This funicular takes you on a steep journey up the side of the mountain from Montserrat Monastery, allowing you a birds eye view of the entire site. You may be interested in taking this journey either for views of the Monastery and beyond or as a starting point for a number of walks around the Montserrat natural park.

For details on prices, ticket options, disabled facilities and how to use the service, see our Funicular de Sant Joan page.

It can be confusing understanding the difference between the funiculars at Montserrat - particularly when deciding on various ticket options (see the Montserrat Rack Railway page for more details). However, if you read through our guide you will see the lay of the land for yourself, everything will make more sense. Have a read of the various options and decide which funicular journeys best suit what you are hoping to get from a Montserrat experience.


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