One of the top things on my Barcelona list was to get to Tibidabo, or actually, Sagrat Cor, which is the church that sits atop Mount Tibidabo. This post is more of a service announcement to tell you how to get there, as the conflicting information all over the web is so confusing. However, my husband and I pride ourselves in simple way finding through signs, and I am here to tell you, it’s not that difficult.
First, I’ll share how to get there with some pics that I snapped along the way, and then I’ll show you loads of beautiful pics of our journey and how it exceeded our expectations. As a professor, I sometimes provide class recaps and consider this a Tibidabo recap. Plus life is a journey, not a destination! Half the fun is getting there.
Start with the FGC Plaza Catalunya train. This is not the Placa Catalunya metro stop right next to it, but another underground system that has an orange icon denoting the difference. It takes Metro cards too. In fact, your Metro card says so. If you can get through this, the rest is a cake walk.
Once you’ve gotten on this train, take the 10 minute train ride to the last stop: Avigunda Tibidabo. You have to get off. When you leave the train station, you’ll come up to a big 4-way corner and if you plan on taking the Tramvia Blau, which is the streetcar, you will cross the street to get on. There are signs that show you this too. This train costs 5,50 euros per person and there is someone walking around selling tickets. They take cash and cards. Save the ticket that you receive because it will give you a 1 euro discount on the return trip. Remember this is a one-way ticket so on the ride back, if you keep this ticket, your trip will cost 4,50 euros. Why do I stress this, because we saw a few people get off on the return down because they didn’t want to pay again.
There were a lot of negative reviews that the tram is packed and on the ride up it was standing room only and on the ride down, we had our own seats. I’m used to riding the St. Charles streetcar in New Orleans and it’s very similar except for one thing: The Tramvia Blue probably goes about 3 miles per hour but it only takes about 10 minutes to get up to the next stop.
The Funicular is last. This is basically the Partridge Family tour bus that rides up the last portion of the mountain to get you to both the church and the amusement park. It’s 7,70 euros a person for a round trip ride. If you plan to go to the amusement park for the rides, it will cost you 28 euros. It’s a cool amusement park full of vintage rides, which may or may not be up to modern standards.
And let me finish with this. If you can do this and I know you can, it will all be worth it. It’s beautiful!!! We visited in the middle of July on a weekend afternoon and it was not nearly as crowded as I would have expected it to be. I believe this to be because people are turned off by the journey. To go through the cathedral and basilica is free. You can even walk through the amusement park area, but if you’d like to go the very top of the church it’s 3,50 a person and if you want the absolute best view of Barcelona, this is a must. Now let’s just enjoy the pictures after all of that.
You can classify these next few pics on the left sides as rides I will never go on.
My guess is this is St. Joseph (if I’m wrong about who this is, someone please tell me) wondering why people have such a difficult time getting to the top of the mountain.
So next time you are in Barcelona, do not be fooled by the logistics of getting there. Plus, don’t most great rewards require a little bit of work?