How to Get to Montserrat from Barcelona via Train

R5 to Montserrat from Barcelona via train

On my recent trip to Barcelona, I could’ve purchased advanced tours to Montserrat via Expedia, Viator, the hotel’s concierge service, or even get a private taxi, but I missed my chance due to last minute decisions. Luckily the front desk associate was able to suggest an alternate route: traveling by train. If you want to save some money and get a feel of a local’s way of going, here’s how to get to Montserrat from Barcelona via train.

FGC to Montserrat from Barcelona via train

Getting to the Train

In order to get the train to Montserrat from Barcelona, you need take the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGC) R5 towards Manresa from Espanya station. To get to Espanya station, take the Metro (TMB)  L1 (red) or L3 (green) line. My hotel was right around the corner from Espanya station so it knocked a good amount of travel time off my plate. The total ride takes about an hour.

For timetables, maps and ticket prices for the TMB Metro, visit their website

Espanya Station Montserrat from Barcelona via train

Purchasing your Ticket

The FGC train to Montserrat gives you two options to get to the top of the mountain:

  • FGC Train + Cable Car (Aeri de Montserrat stop)
  • FGC Train + Rack Railway (Monistrol de Montserrat stop)

Montserrat ticket options

When purchasing, you can buy a round trip ticket or two individual rides, but tickets are not transferable from the Rack Railway to the Cable Car. The Cable Car is about a 5-minute ride less the wait time to get on/off while the Rack Railway is a 10-20 minute ride. There are tellers at the station to give you details on ticketing, but you can purchase at ticketing machines too. 

For timetables and ticket prices for the FGC train, visit the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat website.

If you decide to take the Cable Car, make note that it stops at a certain time. My hike took longer than expected and I missed the last cable car down by about 15 minutes. I took the Rack Railway and walked into the town to get to the FGC back to Barcelona.

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For timetables and ticket prices for the Rack Railway, visit the Cremallara de Montserrat website.

 

How to Get to Montserrat from Barcelona via Train

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15 thoughts on “How to Get to Montserrat from Barcelona via Train

  1. L.C. @ A Life of Authenticity

    I absolutely need to be more adventurous in 2017!! Thank you for the inspiration….Barcelona has been on my travel bucket list for awhile. I just need to make it happen..

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  2. Aija

    I went to Barcelona and Madrid this past summer. I took the Renee between the 2 cities. It was a great ride once we got there, but had drama actually getting started. Lol

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  3. Shellz

    I’ve never been to Barcelona and never thought about putting it on my bucket list. I’ll have to look into it and see I can catch a deal. Great post!

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  4. Ramona

    Good information. I haven’t been to Barcelona or Montserrat. However, these destinations are on my list! Thanks for sharing the details.

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  5. Jay Colby

    I love to travel & this article has inspired me to make my way to Montserrat!

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  6. Jasmine

    I have never been to either city. Thanks for letting me know the best way to get between the two

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  7. shantel Collins

    I cannot wait to start traveling internationally. Spain is definitely in my top 10 places to visit too.

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    1. Joanna E

      I’ll be in Madrid later this year. Definitely beautiful

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  8. Kiwi

    My mom is from the island Montserrat so I almost thought you were talking about that. You are talking about the Europe one which was the country that colonized my mother’s island. This is good to know though I would like to visit both places eventually!

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  9. Tiffany H.

    I’ve never been to Europe but this is good to know if I want to go to Montserrat from Barcelona. I like the way they designed the entrance to walk through instead of some of ours you have to spin around to get inside.

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  10. Holly

    Thank you for this. I want to visit Spain and this is great. I will have to keep this for future reference.

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  11. LeShelle, host of MRTV

    I feel completely ignorant for not knowing Monteserrat was a place and not just a FONT I use religiously on Canva!!!! I need to get out more, seriously!

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  12. T. Espinoza

    I really need to get my travel game up. I’ve been to Spain but it was a million years ago and I would love to go back.

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    1. Joanna E

      It was a great trip. I definitely want to visit the beach next time I go.

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