Funicular de Vallvidrera

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Funicular de Vallvidrera
Funicular de Vallvidrera.jpg
Car at Vallvidrera Superior station
Service type Funicular
Locale Barcelona
Start Peu del Funicular railway station
Stops Carretera de les Aigües
End Vallvidrera Superior
Distance travelled 729 m (2,392 ft)
Track gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)

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 del 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).[1][2][3]

The funicular uses the same fares as the Metro del Vallès and is considered part of that system, as well as being part of the Autoritat del Transport Metropolità integrated fare network. It mostly carries commuters, and runs every 6 minutes on weekdays, less frequently on weekends and public holidays. It is operated by the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government Railways, FGC), who also operate the Metro del Vallès line.[1][2][3]

At its lower station, the funicular connects with Metro del Vallès trains, providing a frequent service to Plaça de Catalunya station in central Barcelona. At its upper station, the funicular connects with Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona minibus service 111, which serves other parts of Vallvidrera village and the Tibidabo hill at a half-hourly interval.[1][4]

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.[2]


Upper station of the funicular

The line was opened in 1906. Its upper station (Vallvidrera Superior) was designed by the architects Bonaventura Conill i Montobbio and Arnald Calvet i Peyronill in the Catalan Modernist style.[1]

The line became part of the FGC network in 1981. It was rebuilt in 1998, with the introduction of new cars, platform screen doors and fully automated operation. The new cars were built by Gangloff of Bern.[1]

Technical details[edit]

Passing loop of the funicular

The funicular has the following technical parameters:[3]

Number of stops 3
Configuration Single track with passing loop
Track length 729 m (2,392 ft)
Rise 165 m (541 ft)
Maximum gradient 30.9%
Track gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge
Number of cars 2
Capacity 50 passengers per car
Maximum speed 5 m/s (16.4 ft/s)
Traction Electricity
Operation Fully automatic


  1. ^ a b c d e "Funicular Vallvidriera" (in Catalan). Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  2. ^ a b c "Barcelona (Metro)". Retrieved March 7, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c "Vallvidrera, Barcelona". Retrieved March 7, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Number 111 - Tibidabo". Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona. Retrieved 2014-11-26. 

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Coordinates: 41°24′42.22″N 2°06′30.83″E / 41.4117278°N 2.1085639°E / 41.4117278; 2.1085639