Monistrol de Montserrat Transportation

  • Cable car station.
    Cable car station.
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  • The cable car (aeri) to Montserrat
    The cable car (aeri) to Montserrat
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  • FGC trains and left behind Rack Train (green)
    FGC trains and left behind Rack Train...
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    Travelling with (young) kids.

    by Jerelis Written Feb 22, 2013

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    The road towards the monastery.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris and Sam Tarragona Corfu by plane this holiday and drove some distances by car on the island itself and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you.

    General:
    Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! We told Iris: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."

    Plane:
    If your child is big ask for earplugs as soon as you board the aircraft. Make use of them for take-off then save them for landing as the crew may not have any fresh ones left by then. Also let them eat candies, this helps the kids tremendously if they don't know how to pop their ears.

    Car:
    Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!

    Finally:
    We only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. We have learned this, because we have been travelling with Iris from the beginning. She was only 6 weeks young when we had our first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Iris has been used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) has always been an easy kid to get along with.

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    Train to Benedictine monk mountain

    by Sininen Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We chose train to get to Montserrat. There are 12 trains a day leaving from the Plaça d'Espanya in Barcelona. The train connects with an aerial cable way (Aeri de Montserrat), which is included in the fare of 12€ round-trip.

    You can also drive there. Take the N-2 southwest of Barcelona toward Tarragona, turning west at the junction with the N-11. The signposts and exit to Montserrat will be on your right. From the main road, it's 14.5km (9 miles) up to the monastery through eerie rock formations and dramatic scenery.

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    Take the train!

    by seamandrew Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The R5 takes you to Montserrat

    Just take the FGC train (R5) from Plaça d'Espanya Station in Barcelona and go to either the cable car stop or the funicular stop. I suggest the first stop, the cable car, for it's remarkable view! Make sure you buy the combination ticket before leaving Plaça d'Espanya Station(saves you some money!)

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    Can be difficult to find...

    by unaS Updated Dec 12, 2009

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    Cable car station.

    You need to get to Plaza Espanya and from there get the FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya) train to Montserrat.

    To Plaza Espanya you can use metro lines L1 (red) , L3 (green) or L8 (FGC metro - pink).
    From Plaza Espanya take FGC Line R5 headed towards Manresa. All the metro signs are in the appropriate colours which makes it easier to find them.

    Be prepared for a bit of a search - it can be a little confusing to find track R5. You have to go down, down, down...

    The train to Montserrat leaves once an hour.
    At the line R5 location there are attendants that will explain the different kinds of tickets (they speak English).

    If you haven't purchased an all-inclusive ticket at the Tourist Info office, or on line, be sure you buy either the cable car or Cremallera Funicular (rack train), as per your preference, they are not interchangeable.

    For the cable car get off at Montserrat Aeri.
    For the rack train stay on one stop more to Montserrat Monistral.

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    To Montserrat

    by MalenaN Written Jun 7, 2008

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    The cable car (aeri) to Montserrat

    Before going to the monastery at Montserrat I could not figure out if it would be cheaper for me to buy the TransMontserrat card or pay individually for the different transports, but as I had lost my T10-travel card for the metro I thought it would be about the same.
    I bought the TransMontserrat card at the Tourist Office at Placa Catalunya and it was 20.90 Euro (February 2008). The card includes:
    - Metro to and from Placa Espanya
    - Train (R5) from Placa Espanya and back
    - Cable car or Rack Railway up to Montserrat, and back
    - Use of the two funiculars at Montserrat
    - Entrance to the Audiovisual Room at Montserrat

    The first train is leaving Placa Espanya at 8.46 and is running once an hour. Going back the trains are running quite late, but the problem was the cable car. In February when I visited the last cable car left Montserrat at 17.45.

    Only one of the two funiculars where running when I visited Montserrat. I was told that in low season it was not always that both where running.

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    From Barcelona to Montserrat by Train (24.05.07)

    by eksvist Written Apr 7, 2008
    FGC trains and left behind Rack Train (green)
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    You can travel to Montserrat by train which you catch from Espanya rail / metro station.
    Once at Espanya look for Line R5 headed towards Manresa.
    Tickets are purchased at Placa Espanya station from ticket booths just in front of Line R5 to Manresa.
    Adult Return ticket - 13,20EUR (24.05.2007)

    You have two options to reach the Monastery once you have taken the train ride. The first is a cable car ride up to the Monastery the second is the Rack Train.

    The cable car ride from the train stop Aeri de Montserrat is only a 5 minute ride. You will have breathtaking views on the cable car ride up to the monastery however you will need to stand for the journey.
    One way ticket 5 EUR

    If you don´t feel comfortable taking the cable car ride you can choose to take the Rack Train instead. For the Rack Train ride you will need to get off one stop after Aeri de Montserrat called Monistrol. The Rack Train ride will take 15 minutes to the Monastery and is a more comfortable ride than the cable car offers however you wont have as good views as you would from the cable car. The other advantage to taking the Rack Train is that you can sit down during the journey and the train is also suitable for those with wheelchairs.

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    cable car or tram

    by doug48 Written Jun 16, 2007

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    tram station

    there are two ways to get to the monestir de montserrat. there is a cable car that goes to the monastery from the monistrol de montserrat train station. or if you are arriving by car there is a tram up the mountian to the monastery. the tram depot has a large parking lot. pictured is the tram depot.

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    Cable Car

    by babettu Updated Mar 29, 2007

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    The Cable Car
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    One can take the cable car or the funicular to go to visit Montserrat. We first took the funicular upwards and going down we took the cable car. One can see some breathtaking views when using the cable car.

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    Rack Railway - Tren Cremallera

    by spanishguy Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    Rack Railway - Tren Cremallera
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    Once you arrive to Monistrol de Montserrat station you must wait for the next train, which is usually waiting for people coming form Barcelona. It's a rank railway because it must climb a very high mountain and it needs a special support. I can absolutly recommend you this option. They are very comfortable trains and you'll enjoy a wonderful view of the mountains scenary during the 15 minutes ride. It has services to and from the Sanctuary every 20 minutes.

    Una vez que llegas a la estación Monistrol de Montserrat debes esperar al siguiente tren, que normalmente está esperando a la gente que viene de Barcelona. Éste es un tren cremallera porque debe superar una montaña bastante alta y necesita un apoyo especial. Puedo recomendarte esta opción completamente. Son trenes muy cómodos y disfrutarás de una magnífica vista del paisaje durante los 15 minutos que dira el recorrido. Hace salidas hacia y desde el Santuario cada 20 minutos.

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    Train from Barcelona - Tren desde Barcelona

    by spanishguy Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    Regional train - Tren regional

    Getting to Montserrat from Barcelona is very easy. In Barcelona there are two train companies: RENFE (working in all Spain) and FGC (just in Catalonia). This company is the one which goes to Montserrat from the Square of Spain (Plaça d'Espanya) in Barcelona. Once you arrive to the departure station you can buy a ticket including the trip to Monistrol de Montserrat (the village where the Sanctuary is), the cable car or the rack rail way to get to the Sanctuary, the funiculars and the entrance to the audiovisual area and the museum. The line you must use is the R5, direction to Manresa, and your stop is Monistrol de Montserrat, if you chose the rank rail way, or Montserrat-Aeri if you prefered the cable car. The journey takes around 45 minutes.

    Llegar a Montserrat desde Barcelona es muy facil. En Barcelona hay dos compañías de trenes: RENFE (que funciona en toda España) y FGC (sólo en Cataluña). Esta compañía es la que llega a Montserrat desde la Plaza de España en Barcelona. Una vez que llegas a la estación puedes comprar un ticket incluyendo el viaje a Monistrol de Montserrat (el pueblo en el que se encuentra el Santuario), el telecabina o el tren cremallera para llegar al Santuario, los funiculares y la entrada al audiovisual y el museo. La linea que tienes que coger es la R5, dirección Manresa, y tu parada es Monistrol de Montserrat, si escojiste el tren cremallera, o Montserrat-Aeri si preferiste el telecabina. El viaje dura unos 45 minutos.

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    Down to the station on a cable car

    by Sininen Written Dec 30, 2005

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    We decided to take cable car back to the station and it was just great. We were a little bit nervous beforehand, but it wasn't scary at all. From there we were able to see marvellous scenery and take the last photos. I just wish that the weather would have been better!

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    An "aeri" is up in the air

    by rexvaughan Written Jul 7, 2005

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    View from the Aeri

    I think it was on this trip that I first encountered the term "aeri" but it is very descriptive. To get to the Monastery you have to take a train from Barcelona (Placa Espanya) to Montserrat and then the cable car the rest of the way. It is a delightful and scenic ride and as I recall the price of the train ticket includes the cable car. There are also two funiculars (another great word). One goes 200-300 yards above the monastery to the Saint Joan Chapel and the start of hiking trails. The other goes down to the Santa Cova wher the Madonna was originally discovered.

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    Rack railway - Route

    by cadiana88 Written Oct 28, 2004

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    Monistrol de Montserrat station, Catalunya, Spain

    For most of its five kilometres the rack railway follows the route of the original railway. Of these, four kilometres are in rack traction to cover a difference in height of almost 550 metres between Monistrol-Vila and Montserrat stations.

    The route starts at Monistrol de Montserrat station, which connects with the R5 service of the FGC Llobregat-Anoia line. Setting off from this first station, the rack railway goes through its first tunnel then enters the 160 m long newly-constructed La Foradada tunnel. At the end of this tunnel the railway crosses the Pont del Centenari bridge, the railway's most important and spectacular work of engineering, crossing the River Llobregat and the C-55 road and running along the right bank of the River Tortuguer to reach the second station, Monistrol-Vila. This newly-built station is where the rack railway section starts. The route's steepest gradients also begin here, giving passengers some truly spectacular views over mountain and valley.

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    Rack railway 1 - Details

    by cadiana88 Written Oct 28, 2004

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    Montserrat, Catalunya, Spain

    History:
    In July 2001 work began on the new rack railway, which already had five trains earmarked for the service.
    Finally, on 11 June 2003, the new rack railway was opened. With this the dream of recovering this means of transport, kept alive since its closure back in 1957, came true at last.
    The Montserrat rack railway, the second in Catalonia (after the Vall de Núria), with its state-of-the-art facilities and technology, is light years away from that first steam train, which chugged its way up to the monastery in 1892.

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    Funiculars to save some of the leg work.

    by seamandrew Written Jul 3, 2004

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    The steep descent is facilitated by the funicular.

    There are several things to see once you get to the top of Montserrat. Much of this is facilitated by a number of funiculars that run from the monastery to some of the other key sites. The rides are very cheap, and if you buy the combination ticket for the train from Barcelona to Montserrat, and the gondola up to the peak, then you'll get free ride on these funiculars. They take care of all the steep climbs that would otherwise take hours and would only be for the very fit!

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