The City of Buenos Aires

The City of Buenos Aires is one of the cultural capitals of South America and one of the most important and dynamic business points of the region. Every month we witness an impressive array of cultural activities (a surprising number of them are free): art exhibitions, film festivals, concerts, opera, dance exhibitions, and many more.

Among the most important regular events the city has to offer, we can mention the Tango Festival, the World Tango Championship, the ATP Tour (international tennis circuit), the Book Fair, the Independent Film Festival, the Livestock Exposition, the Polo Open Tournament, the International Tourism Fair for Latin America (FIT), ArteBa and the Colón Theater opera season, one of the most celebrated in the world.

Tango

Transportation within the City

Argentina is one of the most advanced countries in Latin America in terms of transportation, with modern facilities, accessible and adapted to the different needs of its inhabitants. In Buenos Aires you will find several alternatives to travel. Public transportation is efficient, and many bus lines are running 24 hours. Sice 2009, Argentina adopted the SUBE card for public transportation services. It is valid for different travel systems across the city including the underground, buses and trains (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SUBE_card).

Underground or Metro

The underground (or “subte”, as it’s called in Buenos Aires) is the fastest and safest in the city, as well as one of the cheapest. Buenos Aires was the first Latin American city to have a subway system; it is operative since 1913. The current network of Buenos Aires consists of 6 lines, the A, B, C, D, E and H lines, and the “premetro”, a tramway line that connects to the E line. The ticket costs USD 0.30. It is open from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm daily.

Subte

Urban Bus

The bus system (called “micro” or “colectivo”) is a fast and inexpensive way to travel around the city. This is one of the most commonly used means of transportation across the Capital and Greater Buenos Aires. Most bus lines usually run every 5 to 15 minutes and trips generally take no more than 40 minutes. The service is available 24 hours a day but its frequency decreases after 12 am. There are more than 180 lines going through the whole city and providing connection with all locations in Greater Buenos Aires. The minimum fare is .30 cents. Upon boarding, indicate your destination and the driver will tell you the fare

Public bikes

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Taxis

Taxis are easy to identify because they are painted yellow and black (roof). There are over 40,000 taxis circulating throughout Buenos Aires. One can take a taxi anywhere in the city, either directly off the street, or at specific “taxi stop places” (known as “Paradas”), or by making a phone call to a Radio Taxi company. A 10 minutes ride costs about USD 7. In addition, Cabify is also able in the city.

Remises

So called "remises" are like cabs but the cost is calculated only in terms of kilometers traveled. They can only be requested through a phone call. Remises do not have the typical yellow-black colours that identify taxis. It is also possible to use the UBER apps.

Railway

The train is the fastest and most widely used means to enter the city. From Retiro Train Station you can travel to the northern area of great Buenos Aires, from Constitution Station, to the south of Buenos Aires, and from Lacroze Station to the northwest zone.

The first electric train service (Retiro-Tigre) began to circulate in 1917. This is the fastest service (45 minutes to Tigre City); the most expensive ticket costs USD 0.95.

Another line is “Tren de la Costa”. It has a tourist profile, and reaches the Delta del Tigre (in the north of Greater Buenos Aires), traveling across the coastline of Río de la Plata. It has much demand for tours to Delta or Tigre. We recommend taking this line to go to Tigre and the beautiful north area of Greater Buenos Aires.

Railway

Buenos Aires ́ tourism web

Buenos Aires’ official tourism web site - www. bue.gob.ar - was relaunched in late 2010. The renovation was complete: new design, new content and above all, a new mechanism to access and share information.

Customs

Buenos Aires has always been an open-door city. Its inhabitants are called porteños, which makes reference to the fact that the city is a port. The inhabitant of the province of Buenos Aires is called bonaerense.

Porteños are warm and hospitable: they usually invite tourists for lunch or dinner at their homes and prepare typical food.