Like many of the South American countries Argentina is huge, and so the majority of visitors to Buenos Aires travel by plane into the city, rather then spending days on the road trying to get there. Once you are inside Buenos Aires travel becomes much easier as this is a forward thinking, modern city, and the internal transport systems are well maintained and reliable. If you are staying in the downtown area you can easily walk to most of the local sights, and there are also plenty of cheap buses, trams and taxis. In addition to this Buenos Aires has a subway system, which is a quick and easy way of getting around if you are already familiar with the city.


If you are travelling to Buenos Aires at peak times, it is a good idea to book your transport to and from the airport in advance, as it can be difficult trying to find a taxi, or squeeze on public transport with all of your luggage.

A lot of people use the bus system in Buenos Aires, as it is cheap and reliable (most trips cost no more than AR$1), but it can seem a little complex and overwhelming to visitors. There are literally hundreds of city bus routes, so it is a good idea to by a Guia T (sold in newspaper shops), which lists all the routes and bus numbers. A good deal of the buses run 24hrs a day, but you must have change in your pocket as the drivers will not accept bills. If you want to take an out of town trip on a bus there is a large central bus station, which is very busy with enough space for 75 buses to stop at once. The main building is over three floors and there is an information booth to help you plan your trip, as well as cafes, shops and restaurants.


The tram system was set up in 2007 and currently it only has four stops, but it a gentle, relaxing way to travel along the Puerto Madero district and only costs AR$1. City officials are planning to extend the route out to Constitución in the near future.

Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and hosts the main international airport which takes the scheduled flights from Europe, Asia and other South American countries. It can be confusing booking flights with internal airlines as they often change names and logos as they are constantly being bought out or taken over. The main airport is Ezeiza, which is very modern and has plenty of facilities such as cash machines, shops and also an Internet café.

Buenos Aires is a vibrant place and full of the hot blooded Latin American spirit, so driving in the city is not for the faint hearted. In fact it can be a nerve racking experience altogether, as people drive recklessly and aggressively, ignoring traffic signals and stopping wherever and whenever they feel like it. Buses seem particular willful, using their size to dominate the road and cut across the traffic, and the pedestrians leap boldly into the road expecting you to stop in time to avoid running them over. Some of the roads are in a terrible state, with potholes and broken curbs, and you will find parking in the busy districts almost impossible. Unless you have a particular need for a car it is easier and usually much cheaper to use the public transport instead.


The train and subway systems are well organized and reliable, but they are mainly used by commuters traveling in from the suburbs and nearby provinces to get to and from work. Consequently they are heavily congested at rush hour, and not really suitable for visitors who are not familiar with the system, as it can be almost impossible to work out where you need to go in all the crowds and confusion.



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