Whether you’re going to be in BsAs for a short or long time, you should learn how to use the public transportation system. It’s a lot cheaper than taking taxis and it’s really accessible, but it can be a little confusing to manage at first. So here are a few tips to help you figure out the system.
You have a couple of options to choose from – Colectivos (buses) or the Subte (metro/subway).
1) You have to flag down the buses here. They are not going to automatically stop unless they see that someone actually needs it. There’s no need to go crazy, just stick your arm out when you see them coming your way.
2) Know where you are going. When you get on the bus you’re going to have to tell the driver where you will be getting off.
3) Study a map and keep your eyes peeled. No one calls out the stops and the street signs here can be found either on the side of a building, a street corner post, or not at all. This can be a little frustrating, so I recommend looking at google maps before hand and taking note of landmarks near your desired stop – that way you’re covered.
4) You have to push the button to get off. As stated above, they aren’t going to stop unless they have to.
1) There are six different lines for the subte. The subte is fast, efficient, and dependable. You can find the hours of operation and maps here. Annnd fun fact for all you trivia heads – It’s also the oldest subway line in South America. 🙂
2) If you’re going to take the Subte sans Sube card, you will have to buy a ticket, in either bills or monedas (coins), which means standing in line – aka it’s time-consuming.
Sube Card is like a “metro card” – it’s the size of a credit card and you can use it for both the Colectivos and Subte. I HIGHLY, highly, suggest you get one. Using a sube card will save you time and money in the long run. If you don’t have a sube card, you’ll have to pay in monedas to take the Colectivos, and monedas can be hard to come by. Keep in mind, Colectivos don’t accept the 2 peso coin. AKA, just get a Sube card (card = tarjeta).
You can put money on your Sube card at any kiosko that has the “sube card” logo. They are EVERYWHERE, trust me. This website will help you find an office where you can get a Sube card near you. You will need some form of identification – so your passport, or a copy of it will suffice. You can put money on your card once you get it which is pretty convenient.
How will you know which lines/buses to take? Well you can buy a bus map book if you like the feeling of flipping through pages, squinting your eyes to see the fine print ooooorrrrrr you can go HERE: I swear – this will make your life sooooooo much easier. My life literally changed when my housemate showed me this site! This is the ONLY map/resource you’ll need. Put in your starting and ending point and it will give you directions – provide alternate routes etc. It literally spells it out for you.
Lastly, it’s always a good idea to mindful of your things. If you’re wearing a backpack – wear it in front (don’t worry everyone does it), and keep your purses zipped and in front of you/on your lap. Nothing can will ruin your day like being robbed.
Now that you know all of the above you will be navigating the city like a pro. 🙂 No need for thanks – but if you feel so inclined I like chocolate, wine, and cash never hurt anyone ;).
Now, go, explore!!!!!!
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