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Transportation

What's the best means of transportation to move around Buenos Aires? Is it safe to take the subway? Until what time is it open? How do we pay the bus? And what about taxis? Do we call a radio taxi o grab one on the street? Let's try to see clear through all this.

Whether your mode of transportation is walking, cycling, car or public transportation, we suggest you get acquainted with a tool offered by the city of Buenos Aires. It's an interactive map of the city that gives you all the possible circuits, sometimes offering the safest way possible, in the case of cycling for example. You should add a few minutes to the travel time, especially if you cannot afford to be late. In a city like Buenos Aires, traffic is a part of every day! It's right here : Interactive Map of Buenos Aires
  • We'll start with our favourite means of transportation, walking. Free, enjoyable, as ecological as it can get, walking the city allows us to discover new places, to change our itinirary, to lose our way on purpous... To give you an idea of the relation between distance and time, it takes about 1 minute and a half to walk one "cuadra", or block (100m.). So if you are told that your destination is 10 blocks away, you're at a 15 minute walk. A few precautions to take: drivers don't necessarely respect the pedestrian crossing, so look carefully. It's beautiful to observe the old facades of the city, but be aware of the conditions of the sidewalk as well as the little... gifts left by dogs. For security purposes, avoid walking late at night in neighbourhoods you don't know well.
  • Down under: 6 subway lines cover the main neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires. Except for rush hour, it's a fast and comfortable way to cross the city. The last trains leave downtown at around 23h and during the day, the frequency is quite regular, between 5 to 7 minutes. Each ticket costs 5 pesos and you can buy a card for 1, 2, 5 or 10 tickets.
  • On wheels: uncountable bus lines take you from one end to another. Even if it seems confusing at first, once installed you will quickly spot the most useful lines for you. There is no posibility anymore to pay directly at the driver, so you need the SUBE card. It has an initial cost of 20 pesos and you charge it with the amound of your choice. Then each ride will cost you between 3 and 4,70 pesos. One important detail: tell the driver where you will get off the bus. You can also use SUBE to take the subway. For colourful information on the bus lines of Buenos Aires, read Daniel Tunnard's blog, an Englishman who litteraly took all the lines and posted about his experience.
  • Taxi! Black with a yellow roof, there are more than 38 000 taxis in Buenos Aires, and the fare remains competitive despite the inflation. When possible, it's prefereable to call a radio taxi, companies abound and we will be glad to recommend you a few ones. When calles, the driver adds around 6 pesos to the amount showed by the taximeter. You can always grab one on the street of course, paying more attention to the path taken. Free taxis are easely identified when the red light on the upper right corner of the winshield is lit.
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