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Barcelona is an old, beautiful city whose streets are full of live, shops, bars and restaurants. But underneath its surface, a dense mesh of tunnels and rails leaves a convenient public transport system that is sometimes confusing to tourists.

Don’t be intimidated by it! Public transport is, by far, the best way to get around Barcelona. It’s fast, cheap, sustainable and you’ll get in contact with locals more than ever. It is true that Barcelona is sadly known for the amount of pickpocketing running free on our subway, but the vast majority of tourists experience no incidents and you can keep your wallet safe with a few tips.

I decided to write a simple yet complete guide that explains all the different transport systems that coexist in the city of Barcelona. I do my best to keep it updated but do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or if you think some of the details explained here require an update. However, before starting, you should know that this guide is not targeted exclusively to tourists. If you’re a tourist, I’m sure you’ll find useful information here, but I won’t be suggesting beautiful sites nor day trips to Salou. Students, expats and anyone who’s willing to spend some time in Barcelona can also benefit from this guide.

Are you ready? Let’s start with the basics.

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