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Rack Railway to Montserrat: Cremallera Funicular to Montserrat in Catalonia.

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The Cremallera de Montserrat
The Cremallera de Montserrat
The rack railway to Montserrat is the mountain train that will take you from the bottom of Montserrat mountain - a small town called Monistrol de Montserrat, to Montserrat Monastery. It can often be confusing because the rack railway is referred to by different names: "Funicular", "Cremallera" and "Rack Railway". Throughout this page, to avoid confusion, I will refer to the rack railway to Montserrat Monastery as the Cremallera.

There are also two funiculars once you have arrived at Montserrat Monastery. These are called "Funicular de Sant Joan" and "Funicular de Santa Cova" and should not be confused with the Cremallera. For information on the two funiculars available on arriving at Montserrat Monastery, see our Funicular de Santa Cova page and our Funicular de Sant Joan page.

This page will provide everything that you need to know about the Cremallera: how to use the service, ticket options available, operating times, prices and disabled facilities.


How to use the Cremallera de Montserrat

If you are making a trip to Montserrat Monastery you will first need to decide how you want to get there.

If you are coming from Barcelona on the train (for details on how to get the train from Barcelona, see our Barcelona to Montserrat by train page), you will be given the option of getting to the top of the mountain either on the Cremellera or by cable car (for details on the cable car option, see our Cable Car to Montserrat page). You will need to decide which option you are going to choose before you get on the train. There are different train stations for the cable car and the Cremallera.

If you are driving to Montserrat, you will need to decide whether you want to park right next to the Monastery at Montserrat or at the car park at Monistrol Vila (for the pros and cons of each option, see our Montserrat Car Parks page). If you decide to park at Monistrol Vila, you will then need to take the Cremallera from this stop (see below for details of the stops) to the top of the mountain.


Stops on the Cremallera

Monistrol Vila Train Platform
Monistrol Vila Train Platform

Monistrol de Montserrat:
This is where you are most likely to get on if you have caught the train from Barcelona. The train will drop you at Monistrol de Montserrat and there will be a Cremallera scheduled to coincide with the train's arrival.

Monistrol Vila:
This is where you are most likely to get on if you have come with a coach trip or if you have driven by car (although there is also a smaller car park at the Montserrat Monastery itself). It is the largest Cremallera stop and offers nice photo opportunities from below Montserrat Monastery.

Montserrat:
This is where you will get off when you have arrived at Montserrat Monastery. On exiting the Montserrat station, you will be in the heart of Montserrat.


Tip When leaving Montserrat at the end of your visit it can be confusing to know which stop to get off at. If you have parked or taken a coach trip to Monistrol Vila, you will need to get off here. However, if you are catching the train back to Barcelona, make sure that you do not get out at Monistrol Vila - stay on the Cremallera until you arrive at Monistrol de Montserrat.


Where to buy your Cremallera tickets

Tickets for the Cremallera cannot be purchased online. You can buy them in the following places:

  • The FGC shop inside the Triangle shopping centre on Plaza Catalunya in Barcelona (Calle Pelai, 39, Barcelona). Check the Official El Triangle website for opening times.
  • At Plaza Espanya station in Barcelona. For details on how to purchase tickets here, see our Barcelona to Montserrat by train page
  • At the Cremallera stations: Monistrol de Montserrat, Monistrol Vila and Montserrat. They can be purchased at ticket offices or ticket machines (the ticket machines only take credit and debit cards, not cash).

  • Ticket options for your trip to Montserrat

    There are a whole plethora of ticket options for the Cremallera. The ticket options available to you will depend on where you are purchasing your ticket.

    Tickets available at the Cremallera stations only:

  • Single or Return journeys on the Cremallera.
  • Tickets available at the Monistrol Vila Cremallera station only:

  • Single or Return journeys on the Cremallera.
  • A ticket that is valid for ten return journeys called the M-10 (it can be used by more than one person).
  • A ticket that is valid for five return journeys called the M-5 (it can be used by more than one person). It is only available in the high season (what constitutes the 'high season' is complicated so it is best to consult the Official Cremallera website to find out when it is).
  • A ticket that covers a return journey on the Cremallera plus entrance to the Montserrat Museum called the M-Museu.
  • A ticket that covers a return journey on the Cremallera, plus a return journey on both funiculars that are available on Montserrat (Funicular de Santa Cova and Funicular de Sant Joan.) and entrance to the Audio Visual Area called the Trans Montserrat Monistrol.
  • A ticket that covers a return journey on the Cremallera, plus a return journey on both funiculars that are available on Montserrat (Funicular de Santa Cova and Funicular de Sant Joan) plus entrance to the Audio Visual Area, plus entrance to the Montserrat Museum, plus lunch in the self-service cafeteria (starter, main course and dessert plus a drink) called the Tot Montserrat Monistrol.
  • Tickets available at Plaza Espanya Station:

  • For information on the tickets available at Plaza Espanya station in Barcelona, see our Barcelona to Montserrat by train page. You will be able to buy combinations of the tickets mentioned above with a train ticket from Barcelona.

  • Prices of the Cremallera

    Ticket prices for the Cremallera de Montserrat vary depending on the time of year (high or low season), your age (adult, child or senior citizen) and what sort of ticket you are purchasing (see above under 'Ticket Options for your trip to Montserrat').

    Once you have decided what sort of ticket you would like to purchase, check the Official Cremallera de Montserrat website.


    Timetable information for the journey to Montserrat

    Timetable information for the Cremallera varies depending on whether you are visiting in high season, medium season or low season and whether you are visiting during the week or at weekends. As there is so much variation in the running times, it is best to consult the timetable information on the Official Cremallera de Montserrat Website. On the website you can choose to enter the date and time that you are going and you will be provided with your timetable options. Or you can download a copy of the timetable and figure it out for yourself.

    In general, during low season (represented in grey on the official website) , the Cremallera begins operating at the following hours. During these hours there is a train every 30 minutes to one hour.

    Cremallera in Low Season
    Operating hours: 08:35 - 18:15

    In general, during medium season (represented in green on the official website), the Cremallera begins operating at the following hours. During these hours there is a train every 20 minutes to one hour.

    Cremallera in Medium Season
    Operating hours: 08:35 - 19:15

    In general, during high season (represented in blue on the official website), the Cremallera begins operating at the following hours. During these hours there is a train every 20 minutes to one hour.

    Cremallera in High Season
    Operating hours: 08:35 - 20:15

    The journey from Monistrol de Montserrat to Montserrat takes 20 minutes.

    The journey from Monistrol Vila to Montserrat takes 13 minutes.


    Disabled facilities on the Cremallera de Montserrat

    The Cremallera making its way through the mountain
    The Cremallera making its way through the mountain

    The Cremallera de Montserrat is fully accessible if you are a wheelchair user or have limited mobility. Where necessary, there are lifts at the stations (at Monistrol Vila and Montserrat). There is wheelchair access onto the trains and space for wheelchairs in the carriages.

    The Cremallera de Montserrat is an experience in itself. The train will take you winding up the mountain all the way to Montserrat, with spectacular views of the mountain and the surrounding area. If you are concerned that the practicalities of catching the Cremallera may be confusing, print out a copy of this page and take it with you on your trip to Montserrat. Once you've got everything sorted, you're in for a wonderful treat!


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