The first meaning of Cable Car in the dictionary of the Collins says: "A cable car is a vehicle for taking people up mountains or steep hills. It is pulled by a moving cable". But in the present context, we want to define it otherwise, "a transportation system that offers panoramic views and in which people float in the air in a vehicle that seems to move very slowly, providing pleasant sensations, mixed with astonishment and a relaxed and slightly euphoric feeling".
Thera are two cable cars in Barcelona: the Port cable car, which can be caught on Montjuïc, next to the World Trade Center and the beach of La Barceloneta; and the Montjuïc cable car, which covers part of Montjuïc.
Port cable car, also called Barcelona cable car
This cable car is the oldest of Barcelona and that can be seen in the towers of the connection of Jaime I tower and San Sebastián tower, an example of the early twentieth century style, a period in which the iron was the main material of modern buildings of the time.
The main station Miramar on Montjuïc is 57 meters above sea level, the next, Jaime I tower 101 meters (currently closed) and the tower of San Sebastian, in the district of La Barceloneta, 70 meters. The two towers are part of the historical and artistic heritage of Barcelona and at the top of San Sebastian Tower you will find the restaurant Torre de Altamar with an excellent kitchen and 360 degree panoramic views. The total length of the cable car Port is 1300 meters.
01/12 – 28/02 Start: 11:00 am. Last trip: 5:30 pm.
01/03 – 31/05 Start: 10:30 am. Last trip: 7:00 pm.
01/06 – 11/09 Start: 10:30 am. Last trip: 8:00 pm.
12/09 – 30/10 Start: 10:30 am. Last trip: 7:00 pm.
31/10 – 31/12 Start: 11:00 am. Last trip: 5:30 pm.
25 December: closed
How to get to the Montjuïc cable car station ?
From Plaza Espanya with the bus 150 or from the Avinguda del Parallel with the Funicular station Paral·lel. After that it is a 10 minutes walk to the Montjuïc cable car station. To the Paral·lel metro station you can get with the metro lines L2 and L3.
Montjuïc cable car
The starting station of the cable car travel, the Parc de Montjuïc station, is located right next to the funicular station of Montjuic, going up from the Parallel station on the avenue of the same name. Around the Parc de Montjuïc station you can visit the major cultural centers of the Montjuic mountain: the MNAC museum, the Miró Foundation, the Poble Espanyol and the Ethnological Museum, and have a look to some of the sports facilities for the Olympic Games Barcelona 92.
During the tour, which ends at the Castle of Montjuic, you can enjoy a unique view of Barcelona and see the most famous city buildings such as the Sagrada Familia, the Glòries tower, Columbus building or the Cathedral of Barcelona. Getting to this cable car from anywhere in Barcelona is comfortable and it is a nice excursion, as you can combine the funicular with the cable car. And please keep in mind that if you reach the funicular by metro or bus, using the T-casual or the Hola BCN cards you don´t have to pay the funicular ride again (but the cable car later, yes), but you have to validate the ticket again.
A transportation system that offers panoramic views and in which people float in the air in a vehicle that seems to move very slowly, providing pleasant sensations, mixed with astonishment and a relaxed and slightly euphoric feeling
From January to February: from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
From March to May: from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
From June to September: from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
October: from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
From November to December: from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.