Public Transport In Buenos Aires: A Guide
Getting around in Buenos Aires is pretty easy, but it can be a lot to handle at first. There are several apps that will guide you around the city like Google Maps, Moove it or BA Como llego.
Here are a few tips for foreigners using the public transportation in Buenos Aires for the first time:
First things first
Get a SUBE card. This card works on any public transport in the city. You can purchase them in any subway stop or lottery spot in the city.
Public transportation in Buenos Aires is very cheap for foreigners. Each trip costs around 14-16 pesos which is not even 50 cents on the dollar.
Also the SUBE card goes to -39 pesos so even if you ran out of money you’ll still get more rides to use.
Know where you are going
Check the address and your route of choice before heading out. Make sure the transportation you choose is working that day. Transport strikes are very common in Buenos Aires. Especially during December the city gets pretty chaotic because of the holidays and the end of the year.
Three main public transportations
Subte (subway): it’s always faster but also very crowded and hot during the summer days and rush hours. The BA subway system has 6 lines, differentiated by color and number. Lines E (purple) and A (light blue) run down the southern end of the city, lines B (red) and D (green) on the northern, and the C (dark blue) and H (yellow) run south/north and serve as connections in between lines as well. All of them end up either in or close to the Downtown area.
Colectivo/bondi (bus): it’s a little more complicated to get used to but very safe and will get you anywhere.
Important tip: buses won’t stop if you don’t raise your arm when they’re coming towards you and once on it you have to tell the driver where you’re going and they will charge you accordingly.
To hop off you must ring the door bell because the bus won’t stop unless someone does it. Because of intense traffic in the city, riding the bus can be pretty slow at times.
Tren (train): is the cheapest option but also the least safe one. They are mostly used by people that live outside the city in the Buenos Aires province. There are a number of different urban trains, but they aren’t used as frequently as the buses or subway. One common trip however is the train to Tigre during the weekends or to Retiro during the week commute.
Now that you know everything about public transportation in Buenos Aires you’re ready to head out and explore the city in the cheapest and easiest way!