The City of Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan and modern urban center, where every day millions of persons, among them tourists, come and go either to work or to visit the city.
It is for that reason that the transport system provides mutliple options, such as a subway network, more than one hundred bus lines and a taxi fleet reaching all points in the City, with a wide rage of prices and extended and flexible timetables. The tourists coming from the interior of the country arrive at Jorge Newbery airport, located in the north coast area of the City, 5 minutes away from downtown. People travel to the provinces and neighboring countries from that point. Visitors from the rest of the world are welcomed at Ezeiza International Airport, located 15 minutes away from downtown through a highway. This airport provides taxis, private cars (locally called “remises”), buses and minibuses 24 hours a day. Buenos Aires is connected with Uruguay (officially, República Oriental del Uruguay) by the river.
There are two companies - Buquebus and Ferrylíneas - which daily perform journeys to Colonia and Montevideo, among other places of our neighboring country. The City is an important destination for the maritime and fluvial cruisers industry of South America. T he Benito Quinquela Martín Passenger Terminal, a few blocks away from downtown, at Ramón Castillo street between Avenida de los Inmigrantes and Mayor Luisioni street, has a surface of 7,100 square meters, a boarding room for 1,000 passengers and baggage facilities with capacity for 2,500 suitcases. In addition, it provides tourist information, handicrafts shops, snack bars; and Migration, Customs, Interpol and Prefectura (Coast Guard) Offices.
Travelling through Buenos Aires is very easy. Its five subway lines (commonly known as “subtes”) converge upon downtown, the main touristic and hotel area. The subway is the fastest means of transport making it the choice for the porteños. It is connected with the main avenues and railway and bus stations. Above 250 million passengers travel through the 80 stations of this network each year. This number is expected to double in the next ten years. The schedule is from Monday to Saturday, from 6 am to 11 pm and on Sundays from 8 am to 10 pm. The fare is flat (0.70 cents) and payable at the ticket offices located in the different stations. Each ticket may be used to go to any point of the city, even for long trips combining several lines.
If you want to visit neighborhoods distant from downtown, the train is the most commonly used option, since it offers an efficient and affordable service. The main railway hubs are: Retiro, Constitución, Once and F. Lacroze, which are terminal stations used as a place for passenger transfer. Fares depend on the distance (minimum fare, 0.75 cents). The different stations have ticket offices.
Taxis are another good option to go through the City of Buenos Aires, with a fleet of more than 32 thousand cars. The fare is composed of an initial price and an additional value charged according to the distance covered and time elapsed. The fare is viewed on the taximeter that displays $ 1.28 when the trip begins and adds $ 0.16 every two hundred meters (about two blocks).
The bus (called “micro” or “colectivo”) is a fast and inexpensive transportation for those already lodging in the City. This is one of the most commonly used means of transport to go through the Capital and the Greater Buenos Aires. Users of most bus lines wait for no longer fifteen minutes and trips, including those to more distant areas, take no more than 40 minutes. The service is available 24 hours a day. There are more than one hundred lines going through the whole City and providing connection with all locations in the Greater Buenos Aires. The fixed fare is 0.80 cents.
To rent a car is a good decision for those willing to be more comfortable and independent during their stay in the City. Buenos Aires has a wide offer of car rentals at reasonable fares and for all purposes. Agencies provide modern cars of different makes and types to drive through the City freely, comfortably and safely. You must be older than 21 years old, have driving license issued at least two years before, and a credit card limit authorized to cover rental and guarantee.
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