Funicular cab at Vallvidrera Superior station
The Funicular de Vallvidrera, or Vallvidrera funicular, is a funicular railway in the Vallvidrera district of the city of Barcelona, in Catalonia, Spain. It connects the Peu de Funicular railway station on the Metro del Vallès suburban line (funicular station Vallvidrera Inferior), to the top of the Tibidabo hill (Vallvidrera Superior), with an intermediate stop just above the line's midpoint (Carretera de les Aigües).
The line was opened in 1906 and rebuilt, with new cars, in 1998. It mostly carries commuters, and runs every 6 minutes on weekdays, less frequently on weekends and public holidays.
The funicular has the following technical parameters:
- Length: 729 m (2,392 ft)
- Height: 165 m (541 ft)
- Maximum Steepness: 30.9%
- Cars: 2
- Capacity: 50 passengers per car
- Configuration: Single track with passing loop
- Maximum speed: 5 m/s (16.4 ft/s)
- Track gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in)
- Traction: Electricity
- Operation: Fully automatic
The Funicular de Vallvidrera is operated by the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government Railways, FGC), who also operate the Metro del Vallès line and other suburban lines in and around Barcelona, along with three other funiculars and two rack railways. The funicular is one of three in Barcelona, the others being the Funicular de Montjuïc and the Funicular de Tibidabo, although neither of these is operated by the FGC.
Coordinates: 41°24′42.22″N 2°06′30.83″E / 41.4117278°N 2.1085639°E