Buenos Aires Transportation Tips by Dabs
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There are two airports in Buenos Aires so make sure you know which one you are flying in and out of.
The international airport Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini (EZE) is 26 miles outside of Buenos Aires, allow 45 minutes to an hour to get to/from the airport. We flew United Airlines direct back to Chicago out of this airport, be sure to also allow plenty of time to get through the line at the airport. Also, there is a departure tax that has to be paid at the airport, we paid $18 US per person and airport personnel said it is currently never added to anyone's tickets. We were upgraded to Economy Plus both coming and going, Friendly Skies indeed!
The other airport for domestic flights and flights to Uruaguay, Jorge Newbery Airport, is very close to the city right along the River, I was amazed at how fast we got to our hotel, only around 15 minutes. Very easy to get through, of course, we didn't have to clear customs here. There is an ATM in the airport which dispensed both pesos and USD.
We had drivers included in our package but I've read that you should use radio taxis to and from the airport, slightly more expensive but reliable and less of a chance of getting ripped off.
There's absolutely no need to rent a car in Buenos Aires, first of all you can get anywhere you need to go that you can't travel on foot via subte (subway), bus or taxi and second of all, the drivers seem to view stoplights as suggestions and lane dividers are frequently straddled and new lanes formed at every opportunity. And I swear the drivers are revving their engines at passing pedestrians, the second the light turns yellow and the drivers are off and running!
I found Buenos Aires to be a wonderful place to walk, there are several pedestrian only shopping streets, lots of places to grab a slice of pizza, a scoop of ice cream or an alfajore, not to mention lots of interesting architecture that you'd only see when walking. I'm quite sure we traveled almost every street in central Buenos Aires at least once! (which helps explain why I didn't gain more weight than I did!!!)
Type: Car/Motor Home
Although the subway lines can be inconvenient for a lot of places, we used it several times during our 4 days in Buenos Aires, to get out to the Botanic Gardens in Palermo, to get to Congress and once just to ride the old fashioned wooden cars that are still running on Line A.
The cost is 70 pesos per ride (about 25 cents), we were able to transfer lines without having to pay again.
Some of the stations on Line A only have access going in one direction and at least one stop had different street access if you were going one direction or the other. So check the signs before heading into the station.
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