Buenos Aires Transportation Tips by Gypsystravels
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Manuel Tienda Leon is a bus service (or shuttle) that provides transportation from the various airports (EZE and Jorge Newbery) to the city center as well as service between the two airports. At the EZE airport service is about every 1/2 hour and you can purchase your ticket at the booth after exiting customs. The price is about $40 ARS and the trip takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on traffic. Service runs every 30 minutes from 6:00-21:00 with a few more times with less frequency after 21:00.
At the Jorge Newbery Airport, Manuel Tienda has a desk located at the arrivals hall where you can purchase your tickets. The bus from Jorge Newbery runs every 1/2 hour from 8:30 to 20:00 (if you want to take the shuttle between airports make sure to take the ones that leave on the 1/2 hour). The ride can take about 10-30 minutes and will drop you off at either Retiro Bus Station or Manuel Tienda Terminal. The price for the shuttle from Jorge Newbery to the city center is about $9 ARS.
The good thing about this service is that if you are traveling alone, it can be your most economical alternative.
One of the many collectivos
I heard that there are over 146 different bus lines (collectivos) in Buenos Aires and it is quite evident as I saw so many different numbers that I felt confused and dizzy at times.
We actually used the collectivos more than I usually use when visiting a city as Ferni was sick for most of this trip. He had gotten a terrible cold and was quite exhausted from the heat most of the time, so we would hop on a collectivo.
Because there are so many different collectivo lines that it doesn't matter where in Buenos Aires you are going, the collectivo will get you there. Another added advantage is that the collectivos run all night where the subte runs until 11:00 pm.
When you board the collectivo let the driver know your destination and he will give you the price of the ride, You then put your change in the machine and it will print out a receipt. Don't worry if you don't have exact change, the machine will give you the difference.
Please also note that each line has its own stop, which it may share with another line and you will also find that there may be many stops in one street, so make sure to check that the stop you are waiting in has the colletivo line you want.
I noticed that within the city the average price was about $1.20 (un peso venti centavos). (11/08)
A very nice and clean airport, this was our gateway to Iguazu. We arrived for an early flight on LAN to the falls and we didn't wait too long at the check in counter. The agent was quite nice letting us know that our flight number and time had changed slightly, but that we were confirmed on the flight. He also tried to get us on an later flight from Iguazu Falls back to Buenos Aires, but said that the later flight would be too short of a connection time and he didn't recommend it, I am glad we listened to him for upon our return, the airport was packed and we got stuck in horrible traffic from this airport to Ezezia.
The airport had a few places to grab something to eat, a few duty free shops and security was a breeze.
The airport is much closer than Ezezia, about 15 minutes from the city center.
Phone: (54 11) 5480 6111
We had so much fun riding the Subte, although crowded and quite hot for lack of air conditioning, the Subte provided us with the best means of transportation in Buenos Aires from our hotel in Palermo to the surrounding areas. We did use the subte often. The stations are kept quite clean.
The price of a ride on the Subte is $1.10 pesos and you can interchange with the 5 lines. The subte is quite limited with few and far between stops.
The last trian to leave the beginning or end of the line leaves promptly at 11:00 pm, so make sure to have alternate means of transport. We didn't realize this the first night in Buenos Aires during our first visit and had to take a taxi back to the hotel.
Also note, they do no have or provide you with routing maps, so make sure to take a look at the few maps that are posted throughout the stations.
Luis our driver during our first trip
During my first visit to Buenos Aires we arranged with our hotel for a taxi to be waiting for us upon our arrival, so once exciting the customs area we were greeted by our taxi driver, Luis.
The ride to our hotel from Ezezia to Palermo was about 35 minutes long at a cost of $115 pesos. We had a pleasant ride while Luis was excited to tell us a little about Buenos Aires. He was a bit surprised and actually happy to hear we spoke Spanish so well.
On our second visit to Buenos Aires we just walked out of the arrivals hall and took a taxi from there. When you travel with at least one more person, the taxi makes more sense. The taxi ride to our hotel was about 30 minutes at a cost $95 pesos.
We also took a taxi from Jorge Newbury to Ezezia upon our return from Iguazu Falls at a cost of $160 pesos and the ride during peak rush hour on a Friday night was about 1 hour and 20 minutes long.
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Ezezia is the international airport in Buenos Aires and if you are arriving/departing on an international flight you will be transiting through here.
The airport is quite small for an international airport and there seems to be some on going construction, but I found it to be quite efficient as we actually breezed through customs on our arrival.
They have a pretty small duty free area where you can make last minute purchases, especially for their delicious wine as well as a VAT booth and the Departure tax booth.
My choice of airlines is American Airlines which has 2 daily non-stop service from JFK to EZE (incidently, only an hour apart from each other). The flight is a grueling 12 hour flight especially if you are flying in coach, but the flights are both evening flights, which makes it a bit easier on the body.
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