Practical Information Buenos Aires

Important things to know for your trip to Buenos Aires

  1. BRING CASH

In Argentina, cash is king. Given the several financial problems in the last decades, Argentinians make most of their daily transactions in cash. Many places don’t take credit cards and unfortunately there are very high commissions for taking cash out of the ATM. This is quite annoying for travellers visiting our country who are usually used to pay everything with credit card or just take cash out of the ATM.  Many places take credit cards, such as hotels or big stores obviously, but you have to know that many restaurants, small shops or services such as taxis, vendors, etc. won’t have a system for credit card payments.

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How to behave like a local in Buenos Aires

  1. INFORMALITY IS THE RULE.

Argentines are very open people and like chatting a lot. It is normal to engage in conversation when buying something, taking a cab or any situation. It is common for people that you just met to tell you things about their family, friends or are willing to hear about your feelings, thoughts or whatever you want to share with them. While in some countries this can be rude, in Argentina it is very normal. Just take it easy and know it is not mandatory to share back!

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Where to Stay in Buenos Aires

Where to Stay in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is overwhelmingly big, so as you are planning your visit, you might feel a bit confused as regards where to stay. If you want to stay in safe and easy-to-get neighborhoods that are near the main attractions of the city, this post has been written for you.

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Getting to Buenos Aires from the Airport

In Buenos Aires you will find two different airports. One for the international flights, Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini; and the other one for domestic and regional flights, Jorge Newbery Aeroparque (Brasil, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina). This last airport is located in the city, but Ezeiza is located 30km from BA and its accessibility is a bit more complex. This is why we are going to review a few options you can take to arrive to the city.

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How to Get Around Buenos Aires

Public Transport

The very first thing you need to do is get a SUBE card. What is it? Well, this plastic thing. sube-sistema

You will need this magnetic card to pay for all public transport in BA. Without it you will not be able to pay, so getting this card is vital if you want to take a bus or the metro.

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How to get the SUBE card

We were used to pay tickets with coins because the ticket used to cost less than $1 (argentine peso), but nowadays coins are useless because of the devaluation, the government decided to install a new system to pay transportation in the city. This is when the SUBE card was invented, a card to pay buses, subways, trains and even highway tolls.

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