Transport in Buenos Aires
You can travel around Buenos Aires using many means of transportation: more than one hundred lines of colectivos, railways, Subtes (subways) and the economic taxis and remises.
Buenos Aires is known as a great place for walking, you can combine bus / colectivo / subway rides with walks through the streets and watch the beautiful architecture of the residential neighborhoods, centre of the city, shopping centers, theater areas, is a pleasure hang out at the streets of Buenos Aires. If you get lost you will receive help from the friendly porteños and some advice on the best things to check out.
Buenos Aires has an excellent Taxi Service, you can find a large number of taxis around the city (the number of vehicles reach 32,000), you will wait only a few minutes to get a taxi in the touristic areas. Taxis are painted yellow on the roof and black on the rest, a taxi is available when a red light in the inside is On and/or says LIBRE, the fare is metered in Argentinean pesos according to the time and the distance traveled, rates are established by the Municipality and should not change during either the day or night.
Taxis can be requested by phone or on the street, some taxis are unlicensed, you should find a certified reputable taxi company, for security reasons pay attention to the licence plate number, observe carefully the driver and is best to have small bills or the exact change to pay the ride.
Remises are similar to taxis, this cars have no markings and calculate the rate based on the distance, remises in general are cheaper than taxis and will always take the fastest route, this service ha become very popular in recent years.
COLECTIVOS (URBAN BUSES)
A Colectivo is a small bus used by many of residents in Buenos Aires, is a popular, fast and inexpensive means of transportation. In Buenos Aires there are a large network of Colectivos with more than 180 bus lines each one with a number and different colors, providing access to virtually all neighborhoods. Most lines operate both day and night, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, its frequency decreases after 12 am.
The fare is paid to the driver or directly in the automatic machines located in the front of the bus, you must have coins to pay for the ride. Paper bills are not accepted. For non-residents is very confusing , but is a good way to see different parts of Buenos Aires without spending too much.
There are a bus service called "Diferencial", is the same as Colectivos, but has less stops and costs almost double.
The Buenos Aires Metro or commonly called "Subte", from "Subterraneo"(Underground) provide access to a good portion of Buenos Aires, is the easiest and quickest means of transportation around the city but is not very comfortable and tends to get very hot in summer even though the service is punctual. The subway runs Monday through Saturday from 5.00 am to 10.00 pm, and 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Sundays.
Opened in 1913, The Buenos Aires Subte is the oldest in Latin America, the subte has five different metro lines each one specified by a different letter (A to E), 80 stations and approximately 46km of track (it is expected to expand to 89km by 2011), the subte system is connected with the main avenues, railways and bus stations
Tickets can be purchased in the subway stations, here you can also obtain information and maps showing the subway lines.
To Rent a car offer flexibility to travel through the city, drivers must be above 21 years old, have a valid driver license and a credit card authorized to cover rental and guarantee. In Argentina, highways are wide and in good conditions, you must be careful, safe and remember the rules of the road.
There are many car agencies from transnational companies to small rental businesses providing various types of cars of different makes and categories. Here are the main offices for the following agencies:
|Hertz Annie Millet
||Av. Santa Fe 883 1º Piso C1059AB
|Transitar Car Rental
||Cerrito 270 loc. 8
|Avis Rent A Car
|Tango Rent A Car
||Av. del Libertador 8500
|Thrifty Car Rental
||Carlos Pellegrini 1576 - La Recova de Posadas
|Dollar Rent A Car
||Marcelo T. de Alvear 523
|Next Way Rent a Car
You can rent a parking space by hours or a fraction.
If you want to visit areas outside the Capital, railway service is a good option, The most utilized route is the one from Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata, and the one to Bariloche.
There are numerous lines that drive until the ends of the Great Buenos Aires with enough speed, the rates varies according to the distance travelled, has to be paid in the corresponding station, is a service cheaper than other means.
There is a project to join the cities of Buenos Aires, Rosario and Córdoba throughout a high-speed railway.
There are four principal stations that connect the Capital with the rest of the country, they are: Estación Retiro (Libertador Ave. & Dr. Ramos Mejía Ave.), Estación Constitución (Caseros Ave. and Lima), Estación Once (Pueyrredón Ave. and Bartolomé Mitre) and Estación Federico Lacroze (Federico Lacroze Ave. y Corrientes Ave.).