Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan and modern city that is easy to get around with public transportation. Before you head to Buenos Aires, here are some tips for getting to and from the airport, as well as around the city.
Getting to Buenos Aires From the Airport
Most international flights to and from Argentina go out of Ezeiza International Airport, located approximately 20 miles south of Buenos Aires. The airport is well-connected, and there are several options for getting yourself into the city.
Public bus is by far the cheapest transport option, and it will cost you approximately $2.00 with a SUBE card. Take the number 8 bus outside of the Terminal B Arrivals, but beware that the journey to Plaza de Mayo will take around two hours.
The shuttle is a good option for budget minded travelers, costing approximately $12 and cutting down the journey time to just under one hour. It’s worth noting that the shuttle drops off passengers at the company headquarters in Buenos Aires, which may require you to grab a taxi or a bus to get to your hotel.
Taxis are by far the easiest option for getting to and from the airport, but they are also the most expensive. Expect to pay around $30 for a one-way trip, with a journey time of approximately 40 minutes. You can hire a taxi at the booth inside the terminal.
Getting Around Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is a wonderful city to explore by public transport, as well as on foot. With the oldest subway system in South America and an easily navigable grid layout, public transport is a great way to get around the city.
Operating since 1913, the subway in Buenos Aires is cheap and efficient, with unlimited transfers for $5.00 per day. Most lines run from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Sundays. Visit the Metrovias website to plan your route and check updated schedules before you go.
Buses in Buenos Aires, locally referred to as colectivos, encompass over 100 lines throughout the city. You can buy tickets onboard with coins at a fixed price of 5.75 pesos, or approximately 40 cents. Buses run 24 hours per day and 365 days per year. You can buy a guide to the bus system at most metro stations, or plan your route ahead of time on the Buenos Aires transit website.
If you’re staying at one of the downtown Buenos Aires hotels, you may be better off hopping on a bus or even walking rather than taking a taxi. You can expect a high volume of traffic, especially during rush hour periods. If you plan on taking a taxi, most Buenos Aires hotels can arrange a pickup with a reputable service. Always check that the meter is on before you begin your journey.
Enjoy your trip to Buenos Aires! If you need help planning your itinerary, check out my Buenos Aires tips for awesome things to do around the city.
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