How to move in Buenos Aires

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Public transport

Last update prices May 2017

Buenos Aires has a very large public transportation system that works quite well. It has 180 bus lines, 6 subway lines (combinable among them) 7 urban and interurban rail lines.
We can add the  free bicycles offered by the Government of the City of Buenos Aires and its network of “bicisendas” (bike paths); more than 40,000 taxis also add to the transportation opportunities.

How to find an address

Although there is Google Maps with updated information about Buenos Aires, the government of the City of Buenos Aires has an app that provides information on what is the best option in public transport to move in Buenos Aires, just to locate two points to go, application will show you the best option with tour on the included map.
The website is “Mapa Interactivo Buenos Aires”
Find the app for your phone as “Cómo Llego” (How to get there)

SUBE CARD

For the use of buses, trains and subways it is necessary to use a prepaid magnetic card to pay per travel. The SUBE card can be purchased at over 4000 stalls in the city. Until very few years ago you must use coins, but during those last years it was very hard to get coins and that did nothing but add the stress to the trip.

In addition, the SUBE card can be used in many cities in the interior of Argentina, so if you are on the plan to go  traveling through Argentina after having taken your Spanish classes in CASA Spanish in Buenos Aires, you can take and use the same method to use in another public transportation.

The SUBE card has a cost of AR $ 25. (U $ D 1.80.-) Cards can be purchased at all subway stations and train terminals, in addition there are many kiosks and lottery shops where you can buy it, and in some cases be able to charge money to use it. Depending on the use you can charge around AR$ 100 a week would be enough, but if you forgot to load or did not find a place do it, don’t be alarmed, they all have a reserve fund of 20 AR $ that can be recharged in your next money addition.

BUS (Colectivo)

The cost of a bus trip is estimated between 6 and 6.75 AR$ (around 0.40 US$ – April 2017) depending of the route.

Buses stops every 200/400 meters and run from 5am to 2am. Some works all night depending on your destination.

SUBWAY (Subte)

A trip in “Subte” costs AR$ 7.50 (0.50 U$D)
The subways works from 5am to 11pm (new time schedule – May 2017)

TRAIN (Tren)

The train trip costs between 4 and 6 AR$ depends on the distance.

Trains run from 5am until 11.30pm generally (can vary each line).

Metrobus

CASA Spanish School is just meters away from El Metrobús which is a system of exclusive lanes for buses (colectivos, in Spanish, in Rioplatense), can be defined as lanes for fast transit buses. It works along the entire 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the city and “the world” (say the Argentines) which allows a quick access from various neighborhoods of Buenos Aires.

If you decide to live or spend your stay in the neighborhoods of Palermo, Belgrano or Nuñez, or even live north of the Federal Capital (as it is called the city of Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina) you can use the train line Mitre and travel more than 11 kilometers in just 20 minutes. The Mitre Railway Station is 10 minutes walking distance to our school in the Retiro neighborhood.

Bikes

Ecobici is also for those who are in Buenos Aires and want to know it in a sustainable, healthy and safe way.

The City of Buenos Aires is one of the tourist destinations most chosen by travelers from all over the world. This is due to its varied cultural offer, its imposing buildings of European style and its many activities and events specially designed for foreign visitors.

Buenos Aires, with 48 neighborhoods, is an extensive city that deserves to be visited in its totality by all who visit it. For this reason, the Public Transportation System in Bicycles has also been seen in Buenos Aires, a different way of knowing the attractions of the city.
You can take the bicycles in the Ecobici stands set in almost all the city of Buenos Aires
If you’re a tourist in town, you can now use the Public Bicycle Sharing System to get to know the City in a different way. The service is free of charge and is available 24 h.

How to register to use the service Sign up free for Ecobici online or in person:

Online: Register as a user or download the BA Ecobici app on your cellphone. (You will only have to attach your scanned ID onto the system).
In Person: Request an appointment on buenosaires.gob.ar/turno or calling 147. Go to the communal office and present your ID.

In addition, you can rent bikes or even if you are staying for a longer time you can buy a “used bike” and then sell it or give it away.

A good way to get to know the city is by bike and it is best to go with someone who knows everything about the city. You can do one of the bike tours like the ones we offer at school. (ask us)

Taxis

Regarding to the taxis, we recommend to use whenever possible, to go to radio taxis, since they belong to a larger fleet where taxis are not autonomous and are better identified. They are more secure and when making a claim is easier since their data is verified and controlled.
There is an “Easy Taxi” app and it is the best thing to use that service.
Taxi fares are exclusively in Argentine pesos. The fare consists of $ 23.20 at the time of departure and $ 2.32 for each 200 meters of route or minute of waiting in case the vehicle is stopped. Trips outside the City of Buenos Aires, without return in the same taxi, can receive a surcharge for the route that the vehicle must make to return to the City.
Between 22:00 and 06:00 a night rate is charged with a 20% increase in the value of the trip.
You can report defaults by calling 147, to the tourist assistance line: 0800-999-2838 or by mail to: taxis@buenosaires.gob.ar

TIP TO SAVE YOUR “PESOS”

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Shopping economically in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is famous for shopping latest fashion clothes. You can find outstanding leather products and jewellery. Palermo is is the most trendy part of Buenos Aires but, what if your budget is limited for one reason or another to save your pesos grab a friend with you and head towards Calle Avellaneda in Flores and Floresta. There you can find the same clothes and accessories than in Palermo boutiques with the difference that you will pay half of the price.

The epicentre of shopping is located on Avellaneda and Nazca, where you’ll find locals hoarding clothing and accessories at wholesale prices. Stores sell the items “por mayor”, for retailers. The majority of the stores will display in the window if it is “por mayor”, which indicates the minimum number of articles you have to buy (generally from 3 to 6 items min.).  Other stores, may have two prices – one for retailers and one for ordinary shoppers like us. Remember to ask if you can combine your shopping cart with different products. In many stores you don’t have to select the same model of the piece of clothing.

These stores are open from Monday – Friday from 8/8.30 – 6pm and Saturday from 8.30 – 2pm.  Since this place is visited by the masses, try to get there early to avoid some of the crowd.

And remember ONLY CASH. Why? Because THIS IS ARGENTINA 😉

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You can go shopping after your spanish class and take advantage of the offers with a classmate. From school you can take the subway (line C + A) or the bus lines 5 or 99.

From different neighborhoods of Buenos Aires you can take the  Subway Line “A”. Bus lines: 132, 106, 99, 141, 92, 63, 113, 133.
The trip takes between 35 and 55 minutes.

Check the site Mapa Buenos Aires or download the app “Como Llego” to your cellphone.

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