Transportation Tips in Argentina

There’s more to Argentina than Buenos Aires, but the capital city is a great place to start your travels. Many travelers are hesitant to make the journey to breathtaking destinations such as Iguazu Falls or Mendoza because of information. Navigating the web of transportation can be difficult, but whether you’re taking a daytrip to the beautiful suburb of San Isidro or a beach weekend in Mar del Plata, you have several options that will get you from downtown to outside the city.


Train

The train is probably your best bet for longer distance travel within the province of Buenos Aires. You can head to the islas of Tigre or quiet suburbs for a day trip that will only cost you a little more than two pesos roundtrip. There are two stations in Belgrano, which is easily accessible by taking bus 118 or the subte D line to the Juramento stop. There is also a station in Plaza Miserere called Once. Bus 41 will drop you off directly in the plaza, and the station is on the same street.

Remis

If you´re looking for a daytrip but don´t feel comfortable with public transportation, remis companies are a good option. For many private companies, you can pay with a credit card, and they have licensed drivers who will pick you up and drop you off directly at the door of your hostel or hotel. This service will cost you a little extra but is still worth the security, especially if you don´t speak any Spanish. The drivers are registered and usually will give you a free tour to boot!

Taxis

Not for long distance travel, taxis are efficient and cheap. There are taxi drivers who will take you the long way into the city and overcharge you. If you pay with a 100 peso note, they pay give you back fake bills in change. Not all taxi drivers will take advantage of you, but it’s always better to be careful. Opt for taxis that have phone numbers painted on the outside doors or on white signs on top of the roof. These are licensed taxi companies and the drivers are less likely to rip you off.

Bus

Public buses are called “colectivos.” This option is ideal for transportation within the city, but it´s not ideal for traveling into the provinces. If you are absolutely stuck and have no alternative, you can take the colectivo (bus). For example, coming from the airport, number 86 will take you relatively into the city, but it can take hours and they are usually very crowded and uncomfortable. And if you have a lot of luggage, it is not necessarily safe. While the bus only costs one peso and twenty-five centavos, you’re better off spending the same amount of money on the train, which is more efficient because it doesn´t make as many stops. Long distance private buses are also very affordable, but your best bet is to show up at the bus station to inquire about departure times and ticket prices. lugares turisticos en misiones Online services do exist, but they are not always reliable.

There is so much to be seen in the city of Buenos Aires, but if you´re staying for more than a few days, don´t pass up the opportunity to see the rest of the country!