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Transportation in Argentina

Trains, tramways (with trams), executive long-distance busses, railways (with trains), taxis, commuter trains, subways (Subte in Buenos Aires), ferries (Boquebus & others), Remises (private taxi service) and airports (with airplanes); there are many ways to get around while visiting or living in Argentina.

Puerto Madero Tramway in Buenos Aires.

Bus Service

Long-distance busses are how most travelers – and Argentines – travel throughout the country. Fast, efficient and with basic food service on-board or a restaurant stop for longer journeys – they are much cheaper than traveling by plane and usually enjoyable.

Local public transport consists of colectivos (also called ‘micros’) – older models that take short journeys through a town or city. You can often flag these down depending on the location and asked to be dropped-off at stops outside of marked bus stops.

There is a Hop On Hop Off tourist bus in Buenos Aires that has 12 stops over approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. You can jump off at a location then show your ticket to the next bus that comes around and hop back on to visit another district (barrio).

Train Service

A convenient, low-cost way to travel if your destination is on a route. Long-distance trains such those running from Buenos Aires to Tucuman have dining and sleeping cars which can make overnight journeys much more pleasant.

Subte Station at Retiro Bus Station in Buenos Aires

Other areas that can be reached via train travel from the capital are: Rosario, Rojas, Mar del Plata, and Bahia Blanca.

Tren Patagonico runs from Viedma to San Carlos de Bariloche. Irregular service, view the offical website for information: Tren Patagonico

Take note: all train services and routes have not been created equal. On some lines – such as the run from BA to Mar del Plata – coach class seating may lack heating and be unbearably chilly during winter months. For more information with schedule & pricing read: Trains from Buenos Aires to Mar Del Plata

Ferrocentral is the private-owned rail company that provides service (day and overnight) from Buenos Aires Retiro Station to areas in northern Argentina such as Rosario, Cordoba and Tucuman

Ferrobaires is a public railway company operating train service throughout the Buenos Aires province such as to Tigre, Argentina. You can catch these trains from one the three main train stations in Buenos Aires: Retiro, Constitucion, and Once.

Click on the link to read the article: Border Crossing – Tigre, Argentina to Carmelo, Uruguay.

Subterráneo de Buenos Aires (or Subte) is an underground rail system (subway) serving Buenos Aires. To view an online map of its routes and stations – click here.

Ferry Service

There is passenger and vehicle ferry service from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay and Montevideo, Uruguay (the capital) by Boquebus, Cacciola and Ferrytur. The trip takes 1 hour on the hydrofoil to Colonia and 3 hours on the regular ferry.

The fast boat to Montevideo takes 3 hours; 5 hours for the less expensive slower journey.

There is ferry and connecting bus service to Montevideo and to Punta del Este, Uruguay that both take approximately 5 hours.

Freight Train in Salta Province

Retiro Bus Terminal in Buenos Aires

Taxis

You can easily spot a ‘Radio Taxi’ – they are black and yellow in the Capital, and white with blue lettering in the Provinces. They are the safest option for taxi service, especially in the capital. Airport taxis in Buenos Aires are white and blue.

There are few problems with taking taxis in Argentina. Just be sure to have small bills to pay the driver.

Local privately-owned taxis called Remises (hired car and driver) are a very convenient and low-priced way to get around (or get your groceries home from the almacén (warehouse or grocery store). You need to either call the dispatcher or walk to the street-front office with a “Remise” sign in the window nearest you. You cannot flag them down on the street.

Airports
The main entry into the country by air is Ministro Pistarini International Airport (IATA: EZE ICAO: SAEZ). It is commonly called Ezeiza airport. The airport in Buenos Aires serving domestic routes is Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (IATA: AEP ICAO: SABE). Say “Aeroparque” to any taxi or bus driver and they will know exactly where you are going.

The third largest airport in Argentina is Ingeniero Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport in Cordoba. The fourth largest is The San Carlos de Bariloche International Airport in Bariloche.

To view complete list of airports in Argentina click here.

Car Rental

Car rental agencies are in all major cities and towns. You can rent one-way to a destination, but will be charged a per-mile drop-off fee that is often as much as the trip itself. Two companies with locations throughout the country are: Avis – website in Spanish-only – and Hertz.

Drivers must be at least 21 years old, have a valid Driver´s License and Credit Card. You can also use an Internation Driver´s Permit, available for puchase online. “Officially” you are suppose to always carry a copy of the license issued in your home country with your IDP but it is highly unlikely an Argentine police officer will ask to see it.

The average rate for a standard car per day is between $60 and $100 depending on size. Be forwarned – Argentinians love to drive fast and traffic fatalities are the major cause of death for persons visiting the country.

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