Vallvidrera Funicular

The Vallvidrera Funicular (both Catalan and Spanish:Funicular de Vallvidrera) is a 736.6-metre-long (2,417 ft) funicular railway in the Barcelona district of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, in Catalonia, Spain. It connects Peu del Funicular station on the Barcelona–Vallès Line with the residential neighborhood of Vallvidrera, in the Collserola mountain range.

Opened on 24 October 1906, the funicular has played a key role in the development of Vallvidrera and is the main public transport access to this neighborhood. Although initially privately owned by Ferrocarril de Sarriá a Barcelona (FSB), it was transferred to the Catalan government together with the Barcelona–Vallès Line after FSB's economic collapse. Thus, since 7 October 1979, the funicular has been operated by Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC). In 1998, it was entirely rebuilt and upgraded to an automated guideway transit (AGT) system, including the introduction of new rolling stock.

The funicular is integrated as part of the Vallès Metro high-frequency commuter rail scheme.[3] It runs at a basic interval of 6 minutes on weekdays, less frequently on weekends and public holidays,[4] with a journey time of 2 minutes and 50 seconds (without considering any intermediate stops).[3] Besides, it is entirely within fare zone 1 of the Autoritat del Transport Metropolità (ATM) fare-integrated public transport system for the Barcelona metropolitan area.[5]

Vallvidrera Funicular
Funicular de Vallvidrera P1100186
A funicular car with the line's passing loop in the foreground.
Native name Funicular de Vallvidrera
Status Operational
Locale Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, Barcelona
Termini Vallvidrera Inferior
Vallvidrera Superior
Stations 3 (list)
Ridership 760,261 passenger journeys (2013)[a]
Opened 24 October 1906
Owner Generalitat of Catalonia
Operator(s) Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC)
Character At-grade
Rolling stock 2 Gangloff[2] funicular cars
Line length 736.6 m (2,417 ft)
Number of tracks 1 (with an intermediate passing loop)
Track gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge
Electrification 220 V DC third rail
Operating speed 5 m/s (16 ft/s)
Route map
Barcelona–Vallès Line
to Pl. Catalunya
Peu del Funicular
Vallvidrera Inferior
Barcelona–Vallès Line
to Terrassa or Sabadell
Carretera de les Aigües
Carretera de les Aigües
Vallvidrera Superior


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.[3]

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.[3]

Technical features

The funicular has the following technical parameters:[6]

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

List of stations

The following table lists the name of each station on the Vallvidrera Funicular in ascendent order (from south to north), a photo of the current station, its elevation, its coordinates, remarkable notes and usage figures.

Station Photo Elevation Coordinates Notes Usage[b]
Vallvidrera Inferior Peu del Funicular station 2 192 m
630 ft
41°24′34″N 2°06′40″E / 41.4093229°N 2.1112435°E Connects with Peu del Funicular station on the Barcelona–Vallès Line, offering a transfer to Vallès Metro commuter rail lines S1 and S2. 348.9
Carretera de les Aigües Estaci%C3%B3 Carretera de les Aig%C3%BCes - Funicular de Vallvidrera P1250469 302 m
991 ft
41°24′44″N 2°06′29″E / 41.4123064°N 2.1079693°E Serves the popular walking and cycling route known as Carretera de les Aigües. It is a request stop. 20.9
Vallvidrera Superior Funicular de Vallvidrera 359 m
1,178 ft
41°24′51″N 2°06′21″E / 41.4141203°N 2.1057955°E Serves the main residential area of the Barcelona neighborhood of Vallvidrera. 390.5


  1. ^ This number has been obtained by suming usage figures for each of the three stops on the funicular.[1]
  2. ^ All usage figures (entry only) are in thousands per year for 2013.[1] Note that in the case of Vallvidrera Inferior station, figures for Peu del Funicular station are included as well.


  1. ^ a b "Memòria de Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya 2013" [2013 Report of Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya] (PDF) (in Catalan). Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya; Department of Public Works and Transport. Generalitat of Catalonia. 2014: 62. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  2. ^ Gangloff
  3. ^ a b c d Borràs, Bernat. "Funicular de Vallvidrera" [Vallvidrera Funicular]. (in Catalan). Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Schedule for the Vallvidrera Funicular" (PDF). Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  5. ^ Integrated Railway Network (PDF) (Map). Autoritat del Transport Metropolità. August 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  6. ^ " - Vallvidrera, Barcelona (ES)". Retrieved 30 June 2015.


  • Salmerón i Bosch, Carles (1988). El tren del Vallès: Història dels Ferrocarrils de Barcelona a Sabadell i Terrassa [The Vallès Train: History of the Barcelona to Sabadell and Terrassa Railway] (in Catalan). Barcelona: Terminus. ISBN 8440435606.

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