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Funicular de Vallvidrera, in combination with the 111 TMB bus, is the cheapest way to get to Tibidabo. Alternatively the Bus can be skipped and the walk to Tibidabo from Vallvidrera takes about 20 minutes.
Vallvidrera Funicular can be considered a tourist attraction in it's own right because of the spectacular views of Barcelona city.
Alternative methods to get to Tibidabo are the expensive Tibidabo Funicular.
In 1906 the company running the Sarria railway, Now part of the FGC valles lines, got the contract to build a Funicular Railway, 736 metres long, to link the old village of Vallvidrera with Barcelona and save having to climb up the slope between the Vallvidrera road and the village.
The Funicular is a cable railway with the descending car serving as counterweight for the ascending car, both being linked by a cable, thus the electric motor is only lifting the difference in weight between the passengers in the descending and ascending cars.
The funicular de Vallvidera journey time is a short trip of a few minutes from the lower station - Vallvidrera inferior (which interconnects with Peu de Funicular) and Valvidrera superior (the upper station in vallvidrera village.
The upper station has a noteworthy station building with curvy lines and central European decoration. It was designed and built by the architect Bonaventura Conill.
The funicular offers some spectacular views of the city, which get better as you climb towards Vallvidrera.
The funicular operates automatically (driverless train) after being remodelled in 1998
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The funicular links Pau de Funicular at the bottom with Valvidrera Superior at the top. There is a request stop half way up that exits onto Carratera de Aiguas, a popular walking, running and cycling trail. To request that the funicular stops when at Carratera de Aiguas, there are buttons next to the platform edge doors and you must select the direction you wish to travel from Carratera de Aiguas, i.e. push either Pau de Funicular (to go down) or Vallvidrera Superior (to go up).
The Bus stop for the 111 bus to Tibidabo is outside the upper station turning left upon exiting and walking 5 metres you will see the bus stop post.
TIP: Vallvidrera funicular station building has a patio above the platform which can be accessed once you exit the station. Turn left and walk back into the station by the stone arched portal. You will see some steps and a door that leads out onto this patio. This patio is a fantastic Vallvidrera Funicular viewpoint.
TIP: Snack up in Uaala! Gelateria Which has a range of organic ice-cream, empanadillas, cookies and sandwiches. Vegan options are available. You will see it opposite the bus stop. Take care crossing the road!
For Vallvidrera Funicular timetable information and maps see the Documentation section of this page.
You are permitted to take bulky items, such as push chairs, large bags etc on the Vallvidrera Funicular but they only permit two bicycles at a time.
Address: Av. de Vallvidrera 72, Barcelona. 08017
The FGC S1 and S2 lines, Funicular de Vallvidrera and TMB 111 Bus are all part of the Barcelona integrated fare system so count as one trip on a T-casual Zone 1 or Hola BCN travel card. No need to buy separate tickets for FGC S1 or S1, Funicular Vallvidrera or TMB 111 Bus.
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Circular route covering the attractions of Tibidabo - Funiculars Tibidabo and vallvidrera, Torre Collserola, Tibidabo church, Parc de Atracciones and Fabra Observatori.
Distance: 5.39 Km
Return Travel Fare: T-Casual Zone 1
Transport Network: Barcelona Metro
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