Discover the Montserrat Funiculars

Santa Cova funicular

A placid journey that combines legend and art

The Santa Cova Funicular connects the sanctuary with the cave, the troglodyte chapel attached to the rock where, according to legend, shepherds found the image of the Virgin of Montserrat. Since 1929, pilgrims have descended by funicular to this emblematic place, where art and nature are breathed.

This transport arrives at the place where the monumental Rosary begins, the most important outdoor sculptural ensemble of Catalan modernism, with works by Antoni Gaudí and Josep Llimona, among others. There is also an exhibition dedicated to funiculars, their operation and their history.

The funicular runs a route of 262 meters, and overcomes a drop of 118 meters. The Santa Cova Funicular was built in 1929 for the Ferrocarrils de Muntanya a Grans Pendents (FMGP) company, which also owned the Sant Joan Funicular. Since 1986, both funiculars are managed by FGC.

Over the years, the Santa Cova Funicular has been renovated twice - in 1963 and 1991 - but the severe floods that hit the mountain of Montserrat during the month of June 2000, profoundly affected the facilities As the lower station and one of the cars were partially destroyed.

The opportunity was taken to completely renovate the facilities of the line, with new panoramic vehicles, which entered service in June 2001.

Dos trens del Funicular de la Santa Cova / Dos trenes del Funicular de la Santa Cova
Mapa amb les ubicacions del Santuari de Montserrat / Mapa con las ubicaciones del Santuario de Montserrat

Technical characteristics

Maximum slope

Year

Constructor

Length

Lower station altitude

Upper station altitude

Unevenness

56,5%

1929

Von Roll

262m

582m

700m

118m

Number of vehicles

Vehicles capacity

Transport capacity

Speed

Cable

Track width

2

60

1350 travelers / hour

7,2km/h

38mm

1000mm

El funicular de Sant Joan

Sant Joan funicular

The best panoramic views of the mountain and the monastery from a bird's eye view.

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El Cremallera de Montserrat pujant al Santuari - El Cremallera de Montserrat subiendo hacia el Santuario

Montserrat rack railway

Spectacular views: 5 km of route and a drop of 600 meters.

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Gallery

  • El funicular de la Santa Cova
  • Una família comprant entrades -
  • Cartell del funicular de la Santa Cova i del santuari de fons -
  • Una família observant el santuari de Montserrat des del funicular -
  • Una família al funicular de la Santa Cova -
  • El Santuari i un tren del Funicular de La Santa Cova /
  • El Santuari de Montserrat i el Funicular de la Santa Cova /
  • Vista frontal del Funicular de Santa Cova / Vista frontal del Funicular de Santa Cova
  • Dos trens del Funicular de la Santa Cova / Dos trenes del Funicular de la Santa Cova
  • Vista frontal de un tren del Funicular de Santa Cova /
  • Un dels trens del Funicular de la Santa Cova / Uno de los trenes del Funicular de la Santa Cova
  • Vista de l´entorn de la Santa Cova /
  • Vista des de l´interior del Funicular de la Santa Cova /
  • Un tren del Funicular de la Santa Cova /
  • Un dels trens del Funicular de la Santa Cova /
  • Dos trens del Funicular de la Santa Cova / Dos trenes del Funicular de la Santa Cova
  • El Funicular de la Santa Cova y el Santuari / El Funicular de la Santa Cova y el Santuario
  • Detall de la Santa Cova /
  • Cartell dels funiculars de Sant Joan i Santa Cova /
  • Cartell del Funicular de la Santa Cova i el Santuari al fons /

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Live the best experiences

  • Entrada al Santuari de Montserrat -
    Trans Montserrat

    Montserrat is a mountain whose unique characteristics have made it one of the symbols of Catalonia....

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  • El Cremallera de Montserrat
    Exhibition

    The main part of the exhibition is basically the old Montserrat rack railway, with documents, photographs, graphic signs and objects that have been collected and preserved over the years....

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  • Una família al mirador de Sant Joan / Una familia en el mirador de Sant Joan
    Photopoint

    The new Photopoint of Montserrat is located in a unique landscape, in the viewpoint of the geopark of the upper station of the Sant Joan Funicular, with panoramic views...

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  • Vista panoràmica del Parc Natural de Montserrat / Vista panorámica del Parque Natural de Montserrat
    Routes and walks

    The surroundings of the sanctuary offer the visitor a large number of itineraries to do on foot and combined with the Sant Joan and Santa Cova funiculars. ...

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  • Una família en un dels trens / Una familia en uno de los trenes
    Exhibition of rolling stock

    Located in the old Monistrol-Vila station, it tells the story of the old rack railway through texts, photographs, posters and an interactive video system. ...

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