Funiculars & Cable Cars, Barcelona
While on holiday, you might like to take one or more of the "leisure" transports. You can get wonderful views of the city from the cable cars, or from the top of Montjuic and Tibidabo mountains
- There is a cable car, "Aeri del Port" from Barceloneta to the Harbour and to Montjuic
Aeri del Port
If you decide to take this one up to Montjuic, take it at Barceloneta. You usually have to wait for a long time at the intermediate stop at the harbour near Columbus statue, as you will only allowed to get up if someone goes down there (but most people will continue until Montjuic)
- There is ANOTHER cable car at Montjuic Mountain, "Aeri de Montjuic" (that goes around the mountain, not from/to the mountain)
Aeri de Montjuic
never took this one, can't say if it's worth it!
- A different option (definitely less scenic, but cheaper and faster) to get up to Montjuic is the funicular from Paral.lel. This one is included in the transport cards (like T-10)
Funicular de Montjuic
- The Blue Tram starts at Av. Tibidabo, you can reach it by FGC train L7 (Pl. Catalunya- Av Tibidabo) or several buses. The Blue Tram will take you to the bottom of the Funicular that reach Tibidabo's top (Amusement park, church...)
Blue Tram only runs on weekends off-season, here you have their timetables:
When the Blue Tram is not running, you can take a bus instead to the Funicular
The Funicular only runs when the Amusement Park is open
Funicular del Tibidabo
The only time I tried to get on the Blue Tram the queues were so huge we decided to walk up (we were going to CosmmoCaixa, not to the top). I never went to Tibidabo using public transport so I can't tell you first hand how convenient it is (it looks fun indeed)
There are cable cars that go form the end of the line at park Montjuic to take you to the castle Montjuic. The price to ride a mere 1 mile or so at Montjuic is a ripoff 6,50 Euro each way. That is not worth my hard earned money for sure.
Another cable ride goes from the harbor area and ends up in lower Montjuic (not near to any other connection ride)
To reach the funicular going to and from Montjuic, you need to get to the Parellel Ave subway line of the subway system. From there signs, that are somewhat difficult to follow direct you to the funicular rail. It operates about ever 20 minutes, and drops you off close to Miro Museum on the hill. From there you can also catch bus 50 to get to the Montjuic castle
Teleféric Port Vell cable car links Mount Montjuic with Port Vell which was built for the Barcelona International Exposition in 1929.
The harbor terminal is the Torre de Sant Sebastian on the new mole, the midway stop is the 158m high Torre de Jaume I on the Moll de Barcelona next to the large World Trade Centre. The end terminal on Montjuic hill is the Torre de Miramar in the near of Jardins Mossen Costa i Llobera.
The ride lasts cca. 10 minutes, where you can enjoy the view of the Mediterranean Sea, the harbour area, La Ramblas, the wide Passeig de Colom and Barcelona’s great monuments such as La Sagrada from above.
Operating time daily 11am to 8pm in every 15 minutes (times vary depending from season)
Ticket Prices: Retour: 12.50 €, One Way: 9.00 €
Children under 6 years free of charge.
A car has an official capacity of max. 20 people, but can fit about 10 people only.
If you want to go up to Montjuic park, you can go to Parallel by metro and change to Funicular de Montjuic (pic1) You will use the same ticket, follow the sign (pic 2). That will take you up to the hill and from there take the Teleferic de Montjuic to the castle (pic 3). It costs 6 euro (8.3e for return ticket) and is open 10.00-18.00 (june-september till 21.00).
The other teleferic travels every 15 minutes from Montjuic over the port of Barcelona to San Sebastia beach in Barceloneta.
There are also some funiculars like the one for Tibidabo from Plaza del Doctor Andreu at end of Avinguda Tibidabo to Tibadabo. Take L7 train from Pl.Catalunya first.
On Montjuic, you have two cable cars. One gives access to the fortress on top of the mountain. The second goes between Montjuic over the boat harbor into Barceloneta, that is the one we took.
We arrived at the cable car station before opening time so had an hour before it began (change in schedule between summer and winter times, our fault for not checking). Our luck was in operation and I will talk about the small restaurant there on the edge of the mountain later.
The cable car ride is gorgeous and gives you a good perspective of both the size of Barcelona and also a better idea of just how close everything for the tourist is. You can see from Rambla street to Park Guell and from there to Sagradia Familia and down to Barceloneta. You can actually walk all those distances.
This is an excellent ride for the kids also.
It is important to know that there are TWO seperate and distinct cable cars operating on and between Montjuic and Barceloneta.
The first is Transbordador Aeri del Port, the cable car that begins about half way up the slopes of Montjuic and carries you across the harbor to Barceloneta (one way ticket 9 Euro).
The second is the 'Teleferico de Montjuic, whose lower station is adjacent to the funicular that brings you up from the Para-lel metro station, which takes you from there to the top of Montjuic and the castle there (cost 6.5 Euro).
Important also to know is that the metro/funicular begin running earlier than the cable cars so you may take the funicular half way up Montjuic and then find that you have no way to continue up the steep hill except by foot power.
Their hours are:
April, May and October – Everyday from 10:00 to 19:00.
June to September – Everyday from 10:00 to 21:00.
November to March - Everyday from 10:00 to 18:00.
I really liked the metro system of Barcelona and Madrid. It is easy to use and fast. For Montjuic, you have to reach Paral-lel station first, and then take the funicular. After a short ride, you reach a station in Montjuic. Right across the station, there is a tourism information kiosk where you can take a plan of Montjuic. Also the bus station is right there. So you can have a short trip right after the funicular.
Our first aim was Fundació Joan Miro. I asked to information desk and learned that it's distance was just 5 minutes walk.
Before we went on our trip to Europe and Barcelona in April/May 2012 I had looked at a number of web sites, including VT, and a number of YouTube videos to find out some specific things I might want to do on our trip. One of the You Tube videos I came across was the only surviving Tram service left in Barcelona, the Blue Tram.
Being a big fan of the San Francisco Cable Cars I knew that taking a ride on the Blue Tram was something I wanted to fit in on our trip to Barcelona.
We were able to walk down to the start of the Blue Tram route from our Bed and Breakfast which was part of the way up Mt Tibadabo. The start of the route is just above Plaza Kennedy. The round trip cost as of 2012 was 4,70 Euros with a one way ride at 3 Euros. We had a 1 Euro off coupon.
The Blue Tram is a slow rickidty ride up a very nice neighborhood on Avenida Tibadabo which lasts less then 10 minutes. It's a little hard to take pictures going up, but you are rewarded with some nice views of the city below if you are riding on the right side on the way up or the left side on the way down.
A little history exploration on the internet shows that the tram service in Barcelona was 100 years old in 2011. All expect the Blue Tram line were put out of service in 1971. The Blue Tram is strictly a tourist attraction, but a fun one for not a lot of Euros.
Take the cable car up to the castle it beats waiting around for buses etc. 6 euros for return trip
It was a little cold the day we went up but the view over the harbour was still great.
There is another cable car that goes out over the harbour and looks quite menacing thankfully that day it was closed due to wind!! So I couldnt so no to the smaller version could I?
Pictures to Follow
There are several funicular railways in Barcelona, enabling a train journey up some of the steeper slopes around the city. It is really like being in a cross between a train and a lift (elevator). The train runs on tracks up a steep slope and its floor is arranged in steps like a staircase, providing the passengers with a level surface to stand on. There are proper seats on each of the steps but not a great many of them, so there is plenty of room for people to stand, if it is busy. Even the platform is arranged in steps to make it easier to walk to the front of the train.
It is a very strange feeling when the train travels along quickly at such a steep angle but the journey from stop to stop is very quick and comfortable. They seem to run fairly frequently throughout the day and evening, finishing a little earlier than the metro system.
There is a clear printable map available on the website listed, which shows the funicular railways and other connecting public transport services.
From Estacio Parc Monjuic up to the castle. It is worth taking as the walk is long and steep - it is hard work.
Stupidly, I did it the wrong way round and used the cable car to get back down! Great views.
The funicular will take you to the cable car terminus.
We really enjoyed using the cable car services that run over Barcelona. Not only were they a novel and interesting way of getting from place to place, they also gave us a good view of the places we'd visited in the city and where each one was in relation to the others. In fact, if we had used the cable car first, we'd probably have found our way about the city much more easily!
There are two services: one across the Parc de Montjuïc and another across the harbour. It was easy to reach either of them from Paral-lel Metro station. There is a clear printable map available on the website listed, which shows the cable car routes and other connecting public transport services. The service across the Parc de Montjuïc is listed on the public transport website as being TEMPORARILY CLOSED for major improvements to be carried out but no reopening date is given.
The cable car was built for the 1929 Universal Exhibition in Barcelona and links Mount Montjuïc and the Port of Barcelona. Be warned this is not for the faint-hearted and although it states maximum 20 people I doubt if it could manage 12. The ride last about seven minutes.
About 15 minutes from Barceloneta (Yellow Line, L4)
Daily: 11:00 am to 5:30 pm
Return: 12.50 EUR
Teleféric Port Vell
Passeig Joan de Borbó, 88
We did the aero cable car from Montjuc across the port to Barceloneta. At 10euro one way per person it is expensive. However, the views are nice and it is an interesting experience.