The Tibidabo amusement park is a classic to visit with the family. Whether you live in Barcelona or are visiting the city of Barcelona, we highly recommend that you see it. Without a doubt, it is one of the best excursions to do from Barcelona. Getting to Tibidabo from the center of Barcelona is very simple, a journey of just 10 kilometers.
This amusement park has been operating since 1901, so it has had time to become an emblem of the city and is the oldest in Spain still in operation. It is located on the Tibidabo mountain, offering a spectacular panoramic view of Barcelona over 500 meters above sea level. There is one of the best hotels with views of Barcelona. Take advantage of the Expiatory Temple of the Sacred Heart, an impressive construction with another good viewpoint right at the park’s entrance. We will tell you how to get to Tibidabo, the amusement park with the best views of Barcelona.
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HOW TO GET TO TIBIDABO BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
How to get to Tibidabo on the Cuca de Llum funicular
To get to Tibidabo by public transport, you must use the Cuca de Llum funicular. It is the oldest funicular in Spain, inaugurated in 1901 and recently remodeled. Climb ramps with more than a 25% slope, offering beautiful views during the 5-minute journey.
The Tibidabo funicular connects the Plaza del Doctor Andreu with the top of the mountain, where the entrance to the amusement park is. You can also buy the amusement park entrance at the funicular ticket offices. You should! The return ticket is included in the ticket price for Tibidabo. It is included in the two types of tickets, valid to visit various areas of the park:
- Ticket with access to all the attractions of Tibidabo: €35 adults | €14 children up to 120cm
- Entrance to the panoramic area of Tibidabo with its emblematic attractions: €19 for adults | €10.50 for children up to 120cm
If you do not want tickets to the amusement park, the Cuca de Llum funicular costs €12 round trip (€6 for children).
1.1. How to get to the Tibidabo funicular stop from the center of Barcelona
As we have said, the funicular station is in Plaça del Doctor Andreu, on the outskirts of Barcelona. But don’t worry, it’s elementary to get there, and you have several options!
The easiest way is to use the blue tourist bus line to the Tramvia Blau-Tibidabo stop. This route stops at central places such as Plaza Catalunya, Paseo de Gracia, the Eixample neighborhood, or the Sagrada Familia.
If you prefer public transport, there is no direct option, and it will take a little longer. You will have to take line 3 (green) or line 5 (blue) of the metro to the Vall d’Hebron stop. If you have a 10-trip pass ( T-Casual ) or the Hola BCN! getting to Tibidabo will be free. If you don’t have a transport ticket, you can buy a single metro ticket for €2.40.
The metro ride takes about half an hour from the city center. We leave you the Barcelona metro map and a list of the most central stops:
- L3 from Plaza España, Liceu, Catalunya, Passeig de Gràcia or Diagonal.
- L5 from Sants, Diagonal, Sagrada Familia or La Sagrera.
Once you get off at Vall d’Hebron, you must follow the signs to get to the Sant Genís-Vall d’Hebron car park. You only have to walk for a couple of minutes. Although it may seem strange, go into the car park to buy tickets for Tibidabo. There is a free shuttle (T2B) from this car park to the Cuca de Llum funicular station every 30 minutes. The bus ride takes just 10 minutes. It operates every day. The park opens from 10:15 a.m. until one hour after closing.
HOW TO GET TO TIBIDABO BY CAR
If you have a car to get to Tibidabo, it takes about 35 minutes from the city center. Although it depends a lot on the traffic, there is. In any case, there are two different car parks to access the park.
Parking at the entrance to Tibidabo
If you are looking for maximum comfort, you can reach the Tibidabo gate by car. The last part of the trip is a climb up a curvy road with a lot of traffic. At the park entrance, there is a car park with a capacity for 450 vehicles. It costs €10 to leave the car there for the whole day. The car park may be full on busy days if you arrive around noon. In that case, read on to find out where there is an alternative car park.
Parking in Vall d’Hebron + free shuttle to the park entrance
If you prefer to save on parking and not have to drive on the winding road that leads to the top of the mountain, you can leave your car in the car park right in front of the Vall d’Hebron hospital complex. The fee for leaving the car for the whole day is €4.20. Inside the same car park, you can buy tickets for Tibidabo, so you’ll save yourself the queues that usually exist at the ticket offices.
From the car park’s exit, a free shuttle leaves for the park every half hour (you must show the ticket to the driver). It starts operating every day at 10:30 a.m., and the last bus leaves from the entrance of Tibidabo half an hour after closing.