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Sant Joan Funicular Railway Tours

Sant Joan Funicular Railway

The Sant Joan Funicular Railway runs from the Montserrat Monastery up to the very peak of the mountain. Built in 1918 for monks wishing to pray at the Hermitage of Sant Joan, it trundles up the 65-percent gradient to 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) above sea level for stupendous views across the wild, arid landscapes of Catalonia.

The Basics
Visitors who ride the Sant Joan Funicular to the top of the mountain are rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of the monastery below. From here, signposted walking trails wind around the surrounding peaks of Montserrat Natural Park. Hiking tours of Montserrat Mountain typically include a ride up the funicular, with the option to ride or walk back down after the hike. A small museum near the upper station highlights the plants and animals found in the surrounding wilderness.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Sant Joan Funicular is the easiest way to reach the viewpoint at the top of Montserrat.
  • Choose between a single or return ticket, depending on whether you plan to ride or walk back down.
  • A one-way trip along the funicular railway takes about seven minutes.
  • How to Get There
  • The lower terminal of the funicular is located near the Montserrat Monastery. To get there, ride the Cremallera cog railway from the bottom of Montserrat Mountain to the monastery or the cable car from Montserrat Aeri.


When to Get There
The Sant Joan Funicular runs every 20 minutes from midmorning to evening throughout the year. It’s busiest during the months of July and August, so expect long lines during this period.

Santa Cova Funicular
Visitors to Montserrat have another funicular option upon arrival at Montserrat, the Santa Cova Funicular. This cable railway takes visitors slightly back down the mountain to Santa Cova, a cave sanctuary where legend says some local shepherds found an image of the Virgin Mary, now housed within the monastery.


Address: Montserrat Monastery, Brcelona, Spain
Admission: Varies
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Montserrat Monastery Visit & Natural Park Hiking with Railway from Barcelona

Montserrat Monastery Visit & Natural Park Hiking with Railway from Barcelona

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Experience the natural splendor of Montserrat and the Benedictine abbey of Santa Maria on this enriching full-day excursion from Barcelona. Discover ancient 12th-century carvings and holy pilgrimage sites with a knowledgeable guide. Board a glass-bottomed funicular railway to observe the region’s fascinating flora and fauna then follow a natural trail replete with verdant beauty in Montserrat Natural Park. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to 15 people.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Montserrat Small Group or Private Tour Hotel pick-up

Montserrat Small Group or Private Tour Hotel pick-up

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Make a pilgrimage to the mystical mountaintop retreat of Montserrat during this half-day excursion from Barcelona with a small group. Join no more than eight guests on an exploration of this nearly 1,000-year old Benedictine Monastery complex set high above Catalonia. See the famous ‘Black Madonna’ icon and visit the legendary ‘Holy Cave’ where the virgin is said to have once appeared. Finish by enjoying the sublime singing of ‘La Escolania de Montserrat,’ one of Europe’s oldest children’s choirs. A guide, entrance fee, and private transport are included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.65
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Barcelona Sagrada Familia and Montserrat Small Group Tour with Hotel pick-up

Barcelona Sagrada Familia and Montserrat Small Group Tour with Hotel pick-up

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Visit two Barcelona must-sees in one day without any rushing for trains or buses, and with a guide to provide background and stories on each site and wider Catalonia on this full-day, small-group tour. Beat the lines at the Sagrada Familia to admire Gaudi’s mastery, and after a stroll around Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, be transported to Montserrat to explore the mountainside monastery. If you wish, upgrade to a private tour.
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  • 10 hours
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$116.50
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Half-Day Tour to Montserrat from Barcelona with Cable Car and Easy Hike

Half-Day Tour to Montserrat from Barcelona with Cable Car and Easy Hike

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Escape the city for a day in the mountains on this 6-hour tour from Barcelona to the famous peak of Montserrat Mountain. Soak up the scenery on a dramatic cable car ride to Montserrat and spend time exploring the stunning Montserrat monastery, perched on the mountaintop. Pay a visit to the sacred Black Madonna, enjoy a performance of the world-renowned Montserrat boy’s choir, then embark on an easy hike along the mountainside.
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  • 6 hours
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Montserrat and Sitges Easy Hike with Hotel Pickup from Barcelona

Montserrat and Sitges Easy Hike with Hotel Pickup from Barcelona

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Enhance your experience of Barcelona’s majestic surrounding sights on a full-day tour of Montserrat and Sitges from the Catalonian capital. Alongside an expert guide, marvel at the distinctive ridges of the Montserrat mountain and absorb the sacred ambience of the holy Monastery, home to the revered Black Virgin statue. Ascend to the mountain’s summit in a cable car to enjoy panoramic vistas and an easy amazing walk; explore the quaint fishing town of Sitges on a guided walking tour; and sample Mediterranean delicacies in a traditional Spanish restaurant.
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Montserrat and Penedès Small Group Tour with Hotel pick-up from Barcelona

Montserrat and Penedès Small Group Tour with Hotel pick-up from Barcelona

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Plunge into the rich culture of Catalonia on an enriching full-day excursion to Montserrat and Penedès from Barcelona. In a luxury minivan, travel to the heart of the Catalonian countryside to marvel at the colossal Montserrat mountain, a breathtaking natural landmark whose distinctive ridges are a result of erosion. Visit the sacred Benedictine monastery, home to the revered Black Virgin, and listen to the celestial tones of a boy’s choir. Then, explore the verdant vineyards of the Penedès wine region and receive an insightful introduction to the winemaking history of Catalonia.
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  • 10 hours
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$116.50
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$116.50
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Montserrat Cardona and Salt Mountain Small Group Tour

Montserrat Cardona and Salt Mountain Small Group Tour

This great value combined tour will allow you to discover the two main highlights of the Catalan countryside near Barcelona in a day. Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Barcelona in a comfortable private vehicle shared by a friendly small group of no more than 8 people. During the tour, the guide will share interesting stories about Catalonia, Cardona, and Montserrat, giving you a deep understanding of the area while keeping the tour entertaining and engaging throughout the day.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.50
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Montserrat Cardona and Salt Mountain Private Tour

Montserrat Cardona and Salt Mountain Private Tour

This great value combined tour will allow you to discover the two main highlights of the Catalan countryside near Barcelona in a day. Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Barcelona in a comfortable private vehicle only for you. During the tour, the guide will share interesting stories about Catalonia, Cardona, and Montserrat, giving you a deep understanding of the area while keeping the tour entertaining and engaging throughout the day.
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  • 10 hours
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$300.44
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