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Best Ways to Get to Montserrat

Where is Montserrat Located?

Address: 08691, Barcelona, Spain

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Montserrat, revered for its religious significance and natural beauty, stands guard northwest of Barcelona and offers a glimpse into the heart of Catalan culture and heritage.

Getting to Montserrat by Public Transportation

Train to Montserrat

By Train

Travel time: 1 hour (From Plaça Espanya)
Nearest station: Aeri de Montserrat
Timing: Trains run every 30 minutes.

  • From Plaça Espanya, take the R5 line and get off at Aeri de Montserrat.
  • You can also ride the R5 train from Plaça Espanya, but get off one stop later, in Monistrol de Montserrat.
Bus to Montserrat

By Bus

Travel time: 1 hour
Nearest stop: Montserrat Monastery/Monistrol de Montserrat

  • A bus line operated by Julia bus company leaves from Sants train station and drops you off at Montserrat Monastery.
  • You can also take the B23 bus from Barcelona to Monistrol de Montserrat.
Cable car to Montserrat

By Cable Car

Travel Time: 5 minutes
Stop: Aeri de Montserrat

  • Once you get to Montserrat, if you are getting off at the Aeri de Montserrat station, you can use the Aeri de Montserrat cable car to get to the top of the mountain and to Montserrat Monastery.
  • Enjoy spectacular views on your ride up.
Cog Railway to Montserrat

By Cog Railway/Rack Railway

Travel Time: 15 minutes
Stop: Monistrol de Montserrat

  • Once you get to Montserrat, if you are getting off at the Monistrol de Montserrat station, you can use the cog railway, also known as rack railway to get to the top of the mountain and to Montserrat Monastery.
  • Enjoy a completely different perspective of the mountain on your ride up.

Getting to Montserrat by Car

Driving to Montserrat from Barcelona

Driving Route

Best for: Convenience
Distance: 57.8 km

  • If you're opting to travel by car, driving to Montserrat from Barcelona takes less than an hour, with well-marked and straightforward routes. This drive offers an fast and scenic journey.
Parking Facilities Near Montserrat Monastery

Parking Facilities Near Montserrat Monastery

Parking near Montserrat Monastery poses challenges. While driving is convenient, it can be costly, and closer spots fill up quickly. Arrive early to secure proximity to the monastery, as the first spots are only a 10-15 minute walk away. Getting there late means facing a 20-30 minute uphill walk.

Private Transportation

Private Transportation to Montserrat Monastery
  • If you are considering a day trip from Barcelona to Montserrat, there are many ticket options which include transportation and guided tours to Montserrat Monastery and its surroundings.
  • Transportation options include AC bus transfers, round-trip train tickets or even motorbikes!
  • Some of these tickets also have hotel pick up, making your travel experience seamless.



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Frequently Asked Questions About Getting to Montserrat

Where is Montserrat located?

Montserrat is located northwest of Barcelona in the Catalonia region.

What are the different ways to reach Montserrat?

To reach Montserrat, you can use a variety of transport modes such as the train, bus, coach and car if you are travelling from Barcelona. The most convenient is the train and bus services that are included in Montserrat day trip tickets from Barcelona.

How do I get to Montserrat by train?

To get to Montserrat by train, you could take the R5 line from Plaça d'Espanya in Barcelona.

Which is the closest train station to Montserrat?

The nearest train station to Montserrat is Aeri de Montserrat.

How do I get to Montserrat by bus?

To reach Montserrat by bus there are two options. You can either take the bus run by Julia bus company from Barcelona or the B23 bus.

Is parking available at Montserrat Monastery?

Yes, parking is available near Montserrat Monastery. However, it's important to note that the parking spaces closer to the monastery fill up quickly, particularly during peak times.

What is the best way to get to Montserrat if I want to sightsee on my way?

If you wish to sightsee on your way to Montserrat from Barcelona, driving is an excellent option. The scenic drive takes less than an hour, offering picturesque views along the route.

How do I get to Montserrat by car?

From Barcelona, take the A-2 highway and head west. Take the exit to Monistrol de Montserrat and then you can follow the signs.