Getting around

Buenos Aires has a large, efficient public transport network, almost 40,000 licensed taxis, a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus, and a vast network of cycle lanes.

Bus

Known locally as ‘colectivos’ or ‘bondis’, buses are a cheap and efficient way to get around the city. Over 180 numbered lines run regularly 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and you'll rarely find yourself more than a few blocks from a stop.

Fares within the city range between $6 and $6.50 pesos and must be paid on board with a rechargeable SUBE card (see below). Tell the bus driver where you are headed (passengers usually give the name of the crossroad nearest to where they wish to get off) and he will select the correct fare.) Make sure you stand in line (bus queuing is respected in Buenos Aires), and note that people queue to the right of the bus stop, not the left.

The "Metrobus" is a bus rapid transit sytem using dedicated bus lanes to cut journey times on several of the city's main arteries. Several Metrobus stops have free WiFi access. 

Subte (Underground train network)

The Buenos Aires subte was the first underground metro (subway) system in Latin America (line A opened in 1913), and it is often the quickest way to get around the city. Four líneas (lines), A, B, D and E, run in parallel from the centre to the western and northern outskirts, while línea C runs north–south, connecting the major train stations Retiro and Constitución. Línea H, the newest line, runs from Las Heras avenue south to Hospitales.

To travel on the Subte, you'll need a rechargeable SUBE card (see below), which you can buy and charge at subte stations. Each journey costs $7.50 pesos, no matter how many connections you make.

Trains operate every three to ten minutes depending on the line, from 5am to 10.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 8am to 10pm on Sundays and public holidays. Unsurprisingly, trains can get very crowded during rush hour (8am-9.30am and 5pm-7pm).

The subte website has a detailed map of the network, and you can download a copy of the map as a pdf at the bottom of this page. Subte stations have free WiFi access.

SUBE card

SUBE card

To travel by bus, train or subte (underground metro) in Buenos Aires, you'll need to get a rechargeable SUBE travel card and charge it with credit.

SUBE cards are available at subte stations, at our eight Tourist Assistance Centers and at many "kioskos" (corner shops selling confectionary and tobacco) throughout the city. Cards can be charged with credit at all subte stations, national lottery outlets, and at some kioskos with automated terminals.

To find your nearest point of sale, the SUBE website has a map of SUBE vendors. Your card will allow you to go up to twenty pesos in debt before you need to recharge it.

Cycling

BA is perfect for exploring on bike, with free city bikes for hire 24/7 and over 130km of cycle lanes. Click here to find out how to use the city's free bike rental system. For a map of bicycle lanes in the city, please go to the Eco-Bici website.  

Taxis

BA is awash with licensed black and yellow taxis, and in busy areas you're unlikely to wait more than a couple of minutes for one. They can be flagged down off the street on the right-hand side. You’ll be able to tell if one is available if the ‘libre’ (free) sign is lit up in red or white in the windscreen.

Licensed taxis run on meters, and fares are exclusively in pesos (ARS $). Fares rise by 20% at night. It's common to give a direction to the driver using the cross street, for example instead of saying “Corrientes 585” you would say “Corrientes y Florída”, since Florída is the nearest cross street to that address.

If you want to order a taxi from a fixed place, there are radio taxi companies from which cars can be ordered in advance, and you can use the city government's mobile e-hailing app BA Taxi, which can be downloaded for Android smartphones from the Google Play store.

Car hire & driving in the city

Many major car hire companies operate in Buenos Aires and car hire is available in the city centre and at both Ezeiza (Pistarini) and Aeroparque (Jorge Newbery) airports. To hire a car you need to be over 21 years of age, have owned a driver’s license for at least 2 years and have the means to pay by credit card.

While you can often park in the street if there are spaces (a few central areas have parking meters), many people prefer the safety of parking their cars in an ‘Estacionamiento’ (garage). There are hundreds in the city, and you'll rarely have a problem finding one. Just look out for the big ‘E’ signs.  

And, you can always explore on foot...

There’s so much to see and enjoy in barrios like San Telmo, Palermo Viejo and Soho, Recoleta, Balvanera and the microcentro (the central downtown area) that they are often best explored in your own time on foot. More and more central streets are being pedestrianized, with improved street lighting and more green spaces, greatly reducing car numbers and fumes.

See our Guided Tours for free walking tours of the city.

Useful apps

Downloadable maps and other useful apps to help you navigate the city.:

  • BA Cómo llego? (How do I get there?): This interactive online map will help you find the best way to get from A to B in the city, whether on public transport, by car or on foot. Download the app.
  • EcoBici: This app allows you to register to use the city's free bikeshare scheme and check the availability of bikes. Download the app
  • BA Móvil: Keep updated on the transport situation in real time on your smartphone. Download the application

If you're interested in learning about the city's other free apps, please go to this webpage: http://www.buenosaires.gob.ar/aplicacionesmoviles.

 

Updated August 2017