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Getting Around Buenos Aires

Metro's Corrientes Station; source: Wikimedia Commons
Buenos Aires is an easily walkable city, but if you're going a little farther or are strapped for time, navigating the transportation system can be extremely easy. Transportation in Buenos Aires is known for being accessible and inexpensive. For everything else, there are plenty of taxis and car rental services in the city.


The SUBTE (metro) system makes transportation in Buenos Aires easy. It is the fastest way to reach your destination, but like other major cities, it can get a little hot and crowded during rush hour.

The six lines are connected to the main avenues and railway/bus stations, converging in the downtown of the city's main hotel and area attractions. Maps can be obtained through the subway windows and show lines in different colors. You can pay with cash, change or buy a SUBTE card in all subway stations, some booths and/or kiosks.


Metrobus is a transport system that runs 24/7, 365 days of the year. Currently there are two services running, the "Avenida Juan B. Justo METROBUS" connecting the northwest of the city and the "METROBUS July 9", which crosses downtown, connecting the south and north of Buenos Aires. Tickets can be bought on the bus ($1.50) or be more expensive if you're paying in change.


The “collective" is a quick alternative to traveling the capital. More than 180 lines run through the city and connect with the localities of Buenos Aires.

The service runs regularly, but expect traffic jams downtown. Make sure to have exact change - drivers do not take bills.


Street taxis are numerous, though remises (call taxis) are more secure, since an established company sends them out. Remises look like regular cars but don't have meters. Most hotels and restaurants will call a remise for you.

Otherwise, official taxis are easily identifiable by their black-and-yellow paint jobs and are usually marked by a roof light and license number printed on the doors.

Official drivers display their license on their dashboard or on the back of their seat; write down the taxi's number and agency telephone in case of problems or forgotten items.

The meter should always be used and the fare ticks upwards about every two blocks when the vehicle is moving (or even when stuck in traffic). Drivers do not expect a big tip, but it's customary to let them keep small change.

Like most big cities, taxis looking for passengers will have a red light lit on the upper right corner of their windshield.

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Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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February 17, 2020
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