Local transportation in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires bus station PhillipC Flickr

Buenos Aires bus station ©PhillipC/Flickr

Buenos Aires, the premier tourist destination of Argentina is a great place to visit. The city is a buzzing destination, being home to numerous exceptional landmarks and visitor attractions. The city is also a major business and cultural centre, being visited by millions each year. As Buenos Aires is one of the world’s 20 largest cities, it is good to find out some useful info relating to the local transportation, accommodation options, best restaurants and other aspects. In some of the previous guides I have already presented you the best hotels and restaurants of the city. Below I will give you some useful info relating to the local transportation in Buenos Aires.

Underground

The underground system of Buenos Aires is very well developed, providing easy access to numerous parts of the city. Locally named “subterráneo”, the underground is a preferred means of transportation among locals. It has totally 6 lines, with 74 stations and a total length of 52 km.

The fares are relatively cheap and you can reach quickly and easily many parts of the city. A single journey costs about AR$2.50 which roughly corresponds with USD$0.60.

Buenos Aires underground galio/Flickr

Buenos Aires underground ©galio/Flickr

Tram

The city was proud for its extensive tramway. It had a total length of 857 km, but during the 1960’s the system was dismantled in favor of bus transportation. Except some small lines, today a 2 km modern tramway is the only one in the district of Puerto Madero.

Bus

There are more than 150 city bus lines in Buenos Aires. These are managed by different individual companies, therefore prices may differ. Buses are preferred means of transportation among locals. Buses cover a larger area than the underground system. Tickets are cheap and you can easily get from one point to another.

Buenos Aires bus station PhillipC/Flickr

Buenos Aires bus station ©PhillipC/Flickr

Taxi

There are about 40,000 black-and-yellow taxis on the streets of Buenos Aires. These are available at all hours. License controls are not enforced here. If you choose to travel by taxi, pay attention because taxi drivers are known for taking advantage on tourists. Although, taxi seems to be the most convenient way to get to the city from the airport.

Buenos Aires taxicab Diego3336/Flickr

Buenos Aires taxicab ©Diego3336/Flickr

Commuter rail

Buenos Aires has seven lines of commuter rail. These suburban trains operate between 4:00 and 1:00. The city’s commuter rail system also connects Buenos Aires with long-distance rail to cities like Rosario and Córdoba. There are four principal terminals in Buenos Aires. Some of the rail lines are: Belgrano Norte line, Roca line, Mitre line, Sarmiento line and so on.

 

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