I'm planning a trip to Barcelona in September with my parents. I'm sure there will be more questions to follow but currently I'm researching a day trip to Montserrat. I've looked around the forums and some Barcelona tourism sites but I'm still a little confused about a few details hopefully you can help me clear up.
What I've been able to find so far is (correct me if I'm wrong) there's 3 different types of tickets: normal train/rack rail combo tickets (purchased from machine at Plaça d'Espanya station), Trans Montserrat (online or in person), and Tot Monserrat (online or in person). I understand the actual train I'll be taking is the R5 and we plan on using the rack rail instead of cable car. However, what I'm still trying to figure out:
1) If we're only planning to see the monastery and not go all the way up the mountain, would we be fine with the normal train/rack rail combo rather than either of the other two more expensive tickets?
2) Do we need to buy tickets in advance? I was hoping just to buy at Plaça d'Espanya on the day we go to Montserrat.
3) Is any part of the journey timed-entry? Or do we just take the first available train from Barcelona to Monistrol de Montserrat, and then take the first available rack rail up to the monastery?
Thanks in advance!