The best option to reach Montserrat from Barcelona is the train and rack railway combination. From the Barcelona-Pl. Espanya station there are Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya trains to Montserrat every hour beginning at 8:36 am.
The Montserrat Rack Railway is a public transport means that climbs over 600 metres, allowing visitors to fully enjoy the mountain surroundings, straight to the sanctuary.
IMPORTANT: opening hours of the ticket office at the Plaça Espanya FGC are: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Outside these times you may not validate your transport ticket.
Thanks to an audio guide*, a map and an informative booklet, you can discover on your own all the most important facets of the monastery’s history, not to mention the major sites of the Sanctuary of Montserrat. The four suggested routes will take us to the Basilica, the Santa Cova, the Trail of the Degotalls and the Via Crucis.
The new, completely renovated Montserrat audiovisual space is the result of the monastery’s desire to provide more information to the thousands of pilgrims and visitors who want to know what Montserrat is and what it means. The exhibition is based on three fundamental areas: the mountain, the monastery and the sanctuary.
Located in a building designed by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, the Museum of Montserrat (MDM) is home to one of the country’s most important art collections. Containing works by Caravaggio, El Greco, Rusiñol, Casas, Picasso, Dali, Monet and others, it also has a valuable collection of the Archaeology of the Ancient World with archaeological remains from the Near East (ancient Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Holy Land…). There also are temporary exhibitions in addition to the permanent collection. The MDM was declared a National Museum of Spain in 2006.
*Audio guide languages: Catalan, Spanish, English, Russian, French and German.
Booklet languages: Catalan, Spanish, English, French, German, Dutch, Russian and Japanese. Pick up your audio guide, map and informative booklet at the Information Office when you show your print-at-home ticket (either printed out or shown from your mobile device).
Take a break at any moment to enjoy a tasting of Montserrat spirits at our Shop.
Buffet lunch with drinks included, water, wine and refreshment.
The Basilica is home to the image of the Virgin of Montserrat, a Romanesque sculpture dating from the late 12th century featuring delicately carved features. Apart from the liturgical events that take place every day, visitors an enjoy the Escolania boychoir — one of the oldest music schools in Europe (see timetibles).