Every day, through the neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, miles of taxis, bus lines of different colors, seven railway lines and six metro lines circulate, making the Argentine capital one of the largest cities in the world. Here more than twelve million people live together, moving every day, from end to end of this great urban conglomerate, from their homes to their jobs and vice versa. So that you do not get lost in this immensity of transport we bring you a mini-guide to move like a Buenos Aires by law, through the city of Buenos Aires and its surroundings.
El Sistema Único de Boleto EThe Single Ticket electronic System, are rechargeable cards for the payment of all public transport in the city of Buenos Aires (Buses, Trains, Tolls and the Subway) and many of the large city in the interior of the country such as Bahía Blanca, Tierra del Fuego, Corrientes, San Juan and Mar del Plata. The cards can be purchased and recharged at Kiosks or at the ticket offices of the Railways and Subway stations.
In addition to using this card there is a discount system called “RedSube” where we will obtain a series of automatic discounts. On a trip of up to 2 hours you can make about 5 transfers between trains, subways and buses and you will only pay 50% of the ticket on the second transfer and 75% from the third.
The buses or Bondis, as they are affectionately nicknamed by Buenos Aires to urban buses, are the main means of transport in the city and the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires. In total there are about 136 bus lines with several branches each, which connect the different neighborhoods of the city and the towns of Greater Buenos Aires.
Each line has its own color that characterizes it and differentiates it from the others, many of these groups still maintain the filleted classics in their painting, an artistic style very typical of the Río de la Plata.
The buses are integrated into the city’s metrobus system, circulating on exclusive lanes on the most important avenues such as the mythical July 9. This speeds up traffic and shortens passenger travel times.
In case you never got on one, we tell you that each group has a designated stop every two blocks, and the rate varies depending on where you are going, so when you get on you have to tell the driver your destination and he will mark the rate. The cost of the minimum ticket is about $ 18 pesos and the maximum is around $ 23.
About seven railway lines arrive in the city of Buenos Aires that connect it with the peripheral cities of Greater Buenos Aires and with the long-distance trains that travel to the interior of the country.
Roca Railroad: It has its head in the Constitution terminal and connects with the southern zone of the great Buenos Aires, including the city of La Plata, Avellaneda, Quilmes, Lomas de Zamora, Ezeiza and Chascomús among many others. The Plaza Constitución station serves as a transshipment center for several bus lines and subway line C.
Miter Railway: This line belonging to the national network of the Bartolomé Miter Railroad, serves between the Retiro stations, in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of the same name, and the stations of Zárate, Capilla del Señor and Bartolomé Miter, José León Suárez and Tigre in the north and northwest of the Greater Buenos Aires It comprises a total of 55 stations, departing from the City of Buenos Aires and crossing the San Isidro, Vicente López, San Fernando, Tigre, San Martín, Escobar, Pilar, Exaltación de la Cruz, Zárate and Campana parties.
San Martin Railway: This line has its head in retirement and runs through the northwest area of the City of Buenos Aires and the Buenos Aires suburbs. Uniting the capital with different cities such as Pilar, Junín, Hurlingham and José C. Paz.
Sarmiento Railway: The Sarmiento line has its head at Station Once, in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Balvanera, to Moreno, Lobos and Mercedes stations in the west of Greater Buenos Aires.
North and South Belgrano Railway: The Belgrano railway has two independent passenger services, the North Line, with headland at the Retiro terminal station and with final destination in the Buenos Aires town of Villa Rosa. And the south line, which begins at the Buenos Aires station, south of the city of Buenos Aires and ends at the Matanza y Merlo party, in the west of the conurbano.
Urquiza Railroad:This line provides passenger services between Federico Lacroze stations, located in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Chacarita, and General Lemos station, in the Buenos Aires town of San Miguel.
Costa Train: This light train runs parallel to the river in the northern part of Greater Buenos Aires between the Avenida Maipú stations, located in the town of Olivos and Delta, in Tigre. There are 11 stations in total and each of them has a special charm, with coffee shops, shops and mini shopping centers.
The subway is the name that the Buenos Aires metro system receives. Currently there are about six lines that transport thousands of passengers every day below the streets of the city, in addition to a gauge line, a light rail per surface that connects the neighborhoods of Flores and Lugano.
In addition to being an effective means of transport to get around the city, its stations are worth seeing, becoming a tourist walk by itself, especially those of the A line, the oldest in Latin America and is one of the oldest in the world.
Of course, if you want to do this underground tour, we recommend that you do it during the weekends or after peak hours. The subte It operates from 05:00 AM in the morning until 10:00 PM, and each ticket costs ARS $ 21 (approximately $ 0.50).
These black cars with a yellow hood are an icon of the city and one of the largest and most efficient in the region with more than 37 thousand cars that serve every day. Their drivers are known as “tacheros” and can be the best tour guide in the city. Politics, football or religion, are just some of the topics of conversation of favorites, which can make your trip, a little more entertaining or a real talkative nightmare. A single topic is forbidden to play when you travel, and it is Uber, the direct competition of taxis, a novelty not very well received by taxi drivers.
In recent years the use of bicycles as a means of transport experienced a strong increase, especially due to the construction of the bicisendas, which cross all the neighborhoods of the city and there are about 180 kilometers in total. In addition, the city government implemented the plan called EcoBici, a free bicycle loan system that operates 24 hours a day. To use it you have to download the app of the program and register with a credit card as a guarantee. After finishing the process you will receive an email and you can withdraw your bicycles for free at any of the automatic stands.
The metropolitan area of Buenos Aires has three commercial airports: the Jorge Newbery Airport, located within the same city, the Minister Pistarini International Airport, located in Ezeiza and the Palomar airport, dedicated exclusively to low cost flights.
Aeroparque and Palomar receives mainly domestic flights and some from neighboring countries. Ezeiza instead concentrates the majority of international traffic and intercontinental flights. Of these three airports, only the Palomar airport has rail connectivity, the other two can only be reached by taxi or bus.
From Jorge Newbery Airport to the center: Bus lines 37, Line 45 and Line 160.
From the Aeroparque del Palomar to the center: Bus lines 53 and Line 182.By train from the El Palomar station of the San Martín railway.
From the Ezeiza Airpark to the center: Line 8 and Line 51 buses.In addition, several local bus lines operate that connect the airport with the Ezeiza station of the Roca railway and from there you can reach the Constitution terminal in a one-hour trip.