Local Transportation

Buenos Aires is a huge city, but getting around is not as difficult as you might think. To get a feel for where the different parts of town lie, click to expand the map to the right.


Keep in mind that Buenos Aires is laid out on a grid (mostly) and that streets run in blocks of 100 numbers (so 1-100 is one block, 101-200 is another and so forth). Odd numbered buildings are on one side, even on the other. That's the easy part. The tricky part is that streets DO change name from time to time, so don't be surprised if you are driving along Avda. Rivadavia and the name suddenly changes to Avda. Warnes, don't accuse your cab driver of attempting to rip you off... it's just one of those quirky B.A. things!


For a complete, interactive map (in Spanish only) see http://mapa.buenosaires.gov.ar/


The following information and photos have been adapted from http://www.easybuenosairescity.com/citytransportation.htm and http://www.batips.com/


Taxis



Taxis in Buenos Aires are black with the roof 

painted yellow, they roam the city streets 24 

hours a day. You can either flag them on the 

streets or call them for a pick up  (Radio Taxis). 


Every taxi carries a digital clock that shows 

the exact amount of money you have to 

pay. You can notice if a taxi is available 

when a small red flag-light in the inside 

is on and says LIBRE. 


There is an initial meter rate which then increases every 200 meters.

 


Buses or "Colectivos"


Buenos Aires has a large network of buses, locally called "Colectivos". There are 144  lines, each one identified 

with a number of different colors. The ticket is paid on the bus with coins ONLY. There are different fares depending on the length of your trip. 


Once you get on the bus you must tell the driver your destination and he will enter the amount on the ticket machine located next to the driver, where you have to insert the money (only in coins). The machine prints a receipt as proof of payment, do not throw away the receipt until you get off the bus. If you don't have the exact fare, wait until the machine gives you the change. 


Bus stops are usually within  two to three blocks and most lines operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Late night services are less frequent. Once you are ready to get off, go towards the back of the bus, ring the bell that is on top of the back door and wait for the bus to stop.

 

The bus service called "Diferencial" is basically the same as the regular; same route, same color, same number, only with the sign DIFERENCIAL, but it has less stops (like an express bus) and it costs almost double.

 


Remises (Car Service)


Remises are similar to taxis but they are private cars, (no specific colors or signs) and you do not flag them on the streets; you have to request them by telephone or in person at the "Remiserias". 


Also, the price of the trip is pre arranged, meaning that you know exactly how much you will pay when you tell the operator what your destination is. This transportation is very safe, it is cheaper than the taxis and they will always take the fastest route, unlike many taxis that prefer to drive you around in order to charge you more. The "remiserias" or "agencias de remise" are small offices or store fronts located throughout the city.

 


Subway


The subway system, or "Subte", is very reliable and it covers the center  and the outskirts of the citywith a combined route of 46 kilometers and 80 stations. There are six lines identified with letters (A, B, C, D, E and H) and it's, undoubtedly, the fastest way to move around the cityThis subway system was the first in existence in Latin America, and you may still see some of the original wooden cars still running on line A (soon to be sent to a museum). 


Trains run from about 5am until about 10:30 at night, depending on the line and whether it is a weekday or a weekend. A complete schedule is available at the Subte website.


You will need to purchase a ticket at the ticket booth before going through the turnstiles to the platform. You can purchase a single trip (un viaje) card or a reusable multiple-trip electronic card.

Place the Subtepass into the slot at the turnstile (or touch the e-card to the pad). The machine will read the magnetic stripe and pop the card out the slot at the top. Take the card, then go through the turnstile to the platform. The machine stamps the date and time on the back of the pass. That way you will know how many trips remain on a multiple-trip card.

The Subte can be incredibly packed at rush hour. In summer it can be unbearably hot.

You may see a person walk through the train and hand everyone a little product like a book or pen, or place it on their lap. This is not a gift. He will come back in a minute to reclaim the product, or you can buy it from him.

Overall, the Subte is a safe and convenient way to move around the city. However robberies and pickpocketing do sometimes happen. But there’s no need to be paranoid. Use common sense and you’ll be fine.

 

Download a copy of the Subte map at the bottom of this page (attachments section). 


 


Trains



There are four Train Terminals that connect the Capital 

Federal with the suburbs and the rest of the country; and 

they are: Retiro, Constitución, Onceand Federico Lacroze.

 

Retiro: Av. Libertador & Av. Dr. Ramos Mejía. This terminal has three suburban lines: Bartolomé Mitre, Manuel Belgrano and San Martín and it is the starting point of many out of state routes heading north.



Constitución: Av. Caseros and Lima.This terminal links the city center with suburban Buenos Aires and out of state lines heading south.


Once: Av. Pueyrredón y Bartolomé Mitre.This terminal links the city center with suburban Buenos Aires and out of state lines heading west.

 

Federico Lacroze: Av. Federico Lacroze y Av. Corrientes. This terminal is located across the Chacarita cemetery and is the main station of the suburban line General Urquiza that links the Chacarita neighborhood with many suburban towns heading northeast.

  

Long Distance Buses, Retiro Terminal


This terminal is located next to the Retiro Train Terminal and it houses dozens of private bus companies that connect Buenos Aires with the rest of Argentina and neighboring countries. There are two types of services: "común" and "diferencial"


The "común" or regular is cheaper and you do not get a numbered seat when you buy it, while the diferencial is a little more expensive but it is more comfortable, with wider seats and sometimes you get free snacksFares are relatively inexpensive and it is recommended to buy the tickets with at least a week in advanceDuring the summer season it gets very crowded and tickets are sold out pretty soon.

 

Maritime



Ferry services are a very popular transportation for short 

distance trips to UruguayThese are a few companies 

that provide fast and convenient service to the cities 

of Colonia and Montevideo:


 Buquebus: Av. Córdoba y Eduardo Madero 4316-6500


Cacciola S.A: Florida 520 P. 1 Of. 113 4393-6100


Ferrytur: Av. Córdoba 699  Dep. Turismo 4315-6800

 

Rent-a-Car


There are many rent-a-car companies in the city with offices at the airport and in the city center. 

Check with Avis (www.avis.com), or Hertz (www.hertz.comfor availability and prices.

 

Drivers must be at least 21 years old, have a valid drivers license and an international credit 

card. The average rate for a standard car per day is between $80 and $150 with unlimited mileage.

 

Highways are in good conditions, are wide, have fast lanes and toll booths It is mandatory to use the seatbelt and turning at a red light is prohibited unless otherwise stated.

 

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