Although crowded (and we mean packed) during rush hour, the public transportation in Buenos Aires is very useful. There are several means of transportation, including the subway (subte), trains, buses (colectivos) and taxis. The subte network is not very large but is easy to handle and reaches most tourist attractions of the city. There is a large range of bus routes that can get you anywhere. Below we highlight a few recommendations to visit in the city by public transportation and how to get there from our Say Hueque Tours office in Palermo Soho.
Plaza Serrano – Plaza Serrano may be one of the dearest day and night spots for tourists. Located in Palermo Soho, its cobblestone streets are full of charming shops and boutiques as well as clubs and bars. Plaza Serrano is walking distance from Say Hueque Tours. When leaving our office, turn right and walk for about 5-7 on Calle Thames and turn left on Calle Honduras. In one block you will be at Plaza Serrano! If you prefer to take a bus, the 55 stops right outside of Say Hueque Tours and can take you down Thames.
U.S. Embassy – The U.S. Embassy is often an important stop for tourists and expats living in Buenos Aires and it is luckily situated not far from Say Hueque Tours. When leaving our office, turn left and walk on Thames for about 4 blocks. Cross Avenida Santa Fe and Plaza Italia and you will soon be on Avenida Sarmiento. The U.S. Embassy is to your left on Avenida Sarmiento. If you prefer to take the bus, 34, 36 and 161 can also get you there.
Cementerio de Recoleta (Recoleta Cemetery) – The Recoleta Cemetery is a must-see for people visiting Buenos Aires. When you leave our Say Hueque Tours office in Palermo Soho, take a left and walk 4 blocks to Avenida Santa Fe. From there, you can take Line D of the Subte down to Catedral and get off at Pueyrredon station. Once you get off the subte, walk about 7-8 blocks north on Avenida Pueyrredon and Cementerio de Recoleta will be on your right. If you are visiting during the weekend, make sure to stop by Plaza Francia as well for some local market shopping.
Barrio Chino (Chinatown) – If you want to get to Barrio Chino, it is quite easy as it is the last stop in Belgrano for several buses. You can get onto the 55 bus right outside of our office up to its last stop. You can also take a subte. When you leave our Say Hueque Tours office in Palermo Soho, take a left and walk 4 blocks to Avenida Santa Fe. From there, you can take the Subte D up to Congreso de Tucuman and get off at Juramento. Barrio Chino is about 6 blocks from there.
Casa Rosada (Pink House) – Casa Rosada, the White House of Argentina, is located in El Centro. Although it is quite far from Say Hueque Tours in Palermo Soho, it is really easy to get to. When you leave our office, take a left and walk 4 blocks to Avenida Santa Fe. From there, you can take the Subte D down to Catedral and get off at the last stop, Estacion Catedral. The Subte D will literally leave you right by Plaza de Mayo, which is in front of Casa Rosada.
Caminito – Caminito is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Buenos Aires. The easiest way to get to Caminito is by taxi so hail a Radio Taxi if possible. If you prefer to take public transportation, you can take colectivo 29 or 152 from Palermo Soho near our Say Hueque Tours office, but we highly recommend taking a taxi.
The “Guia T de Bolsillo” is a fabulous pocket-sized guide that you can buy at a newsstand, or kiosko, for $15 pesos. The Guia T is published annually and includes all the information you need. It will provide you with a map of all of Capital Federal and can get you anywhere by bus or train. It also highlights places such as embassies, parks, plazas and places to shop. You can search by street names, by a map view of all of the neighborhoods in Buenos Aires or by bus or subte routes. The back of the guide also has a list of theaters, cemeteries, bookstores and other places around the city.
There are two ways of paying for public transportation in Buenos Aires. One way is to pay with coins, or monedas, which will cost more. Another way to pay is with a SUBE card, which is more cost-effective if you plan to be here for some time. You can get a SUBE card at an office called Correo Argentino after showing your passport for about $20 pesos. It will save you about 1-2 pesos per ride (with monedas, a ride may cost around $3 pesos but with a SUBE card, it will cost around $1.60 pesos) and you can refill it at any subte.
Be aware that people here stand in line to the right of the bus stop and that buses do not automatically stop when they see passengers waiting. You must also hold your palm out to signal the bus to stop. Once on the bus, you can either tell the driver your destination so that he can program in the fare or the price it will cost you to get to your destination. If you want to bus driver to tell you when he reaches your destination, say, “Me avisas cuando lleguemos a _____?” and put your location in the blank. Drivers are often very understanding with tourists and willing to help.
While in Buenos Aires, try to visit Linea A. It is not a priority but if you have extra time on your hands, it is an interesting visit. Built in 1912, Linea A is the oldest metro in all of Latin America.
If you are hailing a taxi, look out for the ones that say “Radio Taxi.” The base fare will start at around $12 pesos.
If you are looking to go to the airport, try to schedule a remise beforehand as it will be more cost-effective than taking a taxi. Hotels and restaurants can call either one for you. If you are really looking to save money, the 8 bus will get you to Ezeiza from Congreso.
For more information on tours in Buenos Aires, contact Say Hueque Tours and visit our website.