Have you ever walked by that secret door in the Paral-lel metro stop and wonder where it goes? Its not a big a mystery as it looks! The funicular is a historical way of transportation that allows you to climb either the hill of Montjuïc or the hill of Tibidabo. Moreover, if you wish to get to Montjuïc Hill and enjoy the sights and tranquility of the mountains, here’s a way to do it. The cable car and the funicular are the best options available to you: a form of transport that connects with the metro and takes passengers up to Avinguda Miramar.
If you don’t want to spend a dozen euros to get to Montjuïc, you can take the funicular! It’s not spectacular by itself, but it has the advantage of being part of the metro system. All you have to do is to get a normal metro ticket from the Paral-lel station (L2, L3) and hop on. It is also suitable for people with reduced mobility.
In the same vein, this trip will cost you 2,40€ if you take a single ticket. However, it is included in the Hola BCN. The funicular has only two stops: Paral-lel and Montjuïc. It will leave you near the Miró Foundation. To take the funicular at Paral-lel, just get off at any of the metro stations and follow the signs. It’s as easy as taking one of the main metro lines.
History of the Funicular de Montjuic
Often confused with the Teleferic (cable cars) at Montjuic, the Funicular de Montjuic links the metro station station Paral-lel with the hill of Montjuic. It originally opened in 1928 for the World Fair which took place in Barcelona. Subsequently, it ended with its condition somewhat deteriorating. However, in preparation for the 1992 Olympics which were held in Barcelona, the Funicular de Montjuic was given a complete makeover and got completely renovated.
In recent years, it has undergone further modernization and is now a clean, modern and efficient form of transportation. The funicular was inaugurated in 1928 on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition, at that time the route was longer and the train reached Montjuic Castle.
Highlights of the Funicular de Montjuic
More recently, the funicular section that connected Montjuic Gardens to the castle was closed. This section is now covered by the Montjuic cable car. Moreover, the funicular de Montjuic is now part of the integrated transport system of the city! So the good news is that you don’t have to pay for a separate ticket. It links the main city path to the hill of Montjuic; and can be reached via metro Lines 2 and 3 at Paral-lel metro station. The funicular runs until the 20:00 to 22:00 hours, depending on the time of the year and is very frequent.
It provides a very quick and easy way to get to Montjuic, the Joan Miró museum, the Palau Sant Jordi and the Olympic Stadium. Don’t you want to visit and explore the historical Montjuic castle? It’s easy: you can just take the Teleferic or buses 55 and 150; which you can catch from the stop right outside the funicular entrance. There is a lot to see and do in Montjuic with many beautiful parks to wander through and a spectacular view of Barcelona from the Montjuic castle, all of this is made easily accessibly by the Funicular de Montjuic.
Montjuic funicular timetable
Fall & Winter
- Monday to Friday from 07:30 to 20:00
- Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 09:00 to 20:00
Spring & Summer
- Monday to Friday from 07:30 to 22:00
- Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 09:00 to 22:00