The funicular railway is actually a cable car that operates most of the year as an alternative to the bus system. From the center of the city, it takes only minutes to reach the Castell, or to travel surrounding areas such as the Olympic Stadium, home to the 1992 Olympic Games, or to stop at the Miro foundation. Integrated into the cities bus system, the railway begins at the metro stop for the Para-lel. The funicular railway runs all day, every day, and the cost is much like taking the bus around your home town, except that it holds about eight people per train and climbs in the air.
The good news on a crowded day is that the trip takes only two minutes. Maps and attractions centers are available for tourist information, so it's nearly impossible to get lost using this simple and ecologically minded alternative to the more expensive taxis. The Ariel funicular railway climbs to the top near the Castell on a suspension wire, affording the best view in Barcelona--for those of you unafraid of dangling on a cable over the harbor. (It's perfectly safe) The other funicular railways are a lot like trains and hold over four hundred people in three cars. They run, as we said, much like the bus system and are easy to navigate. But the Ariel cable car should be part of the tourist attraction, the view is truly breathtaking.