Buses arround Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
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)
Buses are a good way of transportation.
You can buy a "guia T" at any news paper's kiosco. It has the detail of the traject of every bus of the capital city.
You must know that you can pay only with sube card or coins, the machine gives u change from coins but notes are not accepted at all. If you don't have sube card or coins, the bus driver will ask you to go down...
The average cost of a ticket is $3,25 with sube card and $6,50 with coins (argentina pesos).
Los colectivos son un buen medio de transporte. Podes comprar la guia T en cualquier kiosco de diarios y revistas. esta guia tiene los recorridos de todos los colectivos de la capital.
En los colectivos se puede pagar solo con la tarjeta sube o con monedas. La maquina da cambio de monedas ,pero no acepta billetes, Si no tenes la sube o monedas, el chofer seguramente te pida que bajes.
El promedio del boleto es de $3,25 con la sube y de $6,50 en monedas (pesos argentinos).
The city of Buenos Aires offers this Hop-on Hop-off bus service since May 2nd, 2009, just like the ones existing in other big cities in the world like New York, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, London, San Francisco, Chicago or Toronto.
Every day six open top double decker buses, decorated with themes representative of the city, depart from Florida & Diagonal Norte every half hour, from 9 am to 5 pm in winter and 8.40 am to 9 pm in summer.
A specialized tour guide on board provides visitors with informative material about the city in Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, and French.
Tickets can be purchased at the tourist offices of the city of Buenos Aires (Plaza Roberto Arlt, Esmeralda between Rivadavia and Perón; or Av. Quintana between Ayacucho and Junín), directly on the bus (except on weekends), or online through their website.
The prices are:
24 hour ticket:
Adults: $ 120 Argentine pesos Adults: $ 120 Argentine pesos
Children 4-12: $ 60 Argentine pesos
Children up to 4: Free
48 hour ticket:
Adults: $ 160 Argentine Pesos
It's February 27th 2010 and bus rides are pretty cheap in Capital Federal (Buenos Aires city), AR$ 1.10 (about US$ 0.25). Don't forget to bring the exact amount in coins to ride the bus.
Getting from the beautiful Recoleta Cemetery to San Telmo can be tricky, especially because the subway system doesn't reach one of the most famous neighborhoods of the city, Recoleta.
Luckily, the bus system is very efficient and this little book found at the "kioskos" (newsstands) is very easy to red and pocket-sized, and you'll find your way home after 3 minutes digging in it.
The "GUIA T - de Bolsillo" costs only AR$ 5.00 very well spent.
The buses run 24 hours a day and takes you to the places where the subte can't and where it isn't advisable to walk to on your own. It costs around 1,20 ARP (January 2010) for an one way journey. However, BA is known for its high congestion of traffic and there's a high chance of being stuck in traffic and end up getting to your destination later than anticipated.
There are more than 120 lines of Colectivos, that includes around 16,000 buses that transport people in Capital federal and Gran Buenos aires.
Most line buses are available 24x7 - 24 hs 7 days a week! (there are some lines that don't work at night)
Cost: if you will make a short trip (less thatn 60 blocks) it will cost you $arg 0.90 if it's more than 60 blocks the cost is $arg 1.00. If you go outside Capital Federal to the grand buenos aires, prices are from $arg 1.00 to $arg 1.50 aprox
Most Common buses:
line 152 - from La boca (capital federal) to Olivos (gran buenos aires
line 12 - from palermo - Barraca
line 106 - from liniers - Retiro
Remember that you have to use Coins to travel in buses! there is a ticket machine on the bus where you have to insert the coins (you have to tell the bus driver where you are going or the amount you are paying, like saying: Un peso, or Noventa (for 0.90) before inserting the coins on the machine)
extra tip: Each bus line has a Stop every 2 blocks!!
Great and very inexpensive way to get around B.A. Make sure to buy a "Guia T" to get yourself oriented. WARNING: As of january 2008, you must have coins (1 peso) to board the bus. Small change is hard to come by, so save your 1 pesos and other change if you plan on riding the bus.
The most wonderful thing about Buenos Aires Transportation is that the machine provides CHANGE! Isn’t that great news? Most rides are 75 to 80 centavos. The buses run 24 hours too, although with less frequency in the wee hours.
Compare this to most public transportations in major cities, like London, which stop by mid-night or so. Indeed, Buenos Aires is the city that never sleeps.
The slight problem to the ticketing machine is that one needs to drop in the coins one by one and can be quite a delay when there is a crowd.
An impressive local bus network run up and down all the city... you have to look to the front and located in wich direction you are ...so you will know if its the right bus or not... just for the origin and the final point....the main buses starts on the main avenues or squares so its not hard to take it ..the fee is 0.70 also....
The best important thing is that you will need COINS ...its the sole chance to buy the ticket because the driver dont charge it ...there is a machine.....you have to tell to the driver where you want to go and release the machine with the fee...0.70 this is usefull if you go outside the city (quilmes, Avellaneda....) ..in other case is just 0.70....so keep well the coins and use to pay with bank notes in order to receive them as change
The most common transportation in buenos aires are by bus for argentinians are called COLECTIVOS. they are faster and only pick up people at the bus stop. of course that is a bit complicated to know their stops and you definitely need to ask a lot to the people about a number of bus. but as i told you argentinians are really helpful and they will tell you exactely where to get one.
also, i think is important to mention that you only can pay into coins. if you have a bill you will not be able to pay and of course to move. the price for the fare is 80cents...if you have 1peso no problem the machine is automatic and you will receive your change inmediately.
The cheapest way to travel insie the city!!! Buenos Aires has so many bus lines, with so many destinations that I still have to use my bus guide to travel with it.... but is the best way to travel inside the city (avoid it in the rush hour!!!)
The avenues and streets of Buenos Aires are very long ones, long distances everytime you need to do something in the city, that is why the subway system is so important, but there are lots of buses in town, and they are very useful when you have to use short distances, and above all after 10pm when there is no subway!
this is my brother Mariano and his girlfriend Luli, we were going to his Father's House for s typical argentinean barbecue.
SEPT - SECOND WEEK - 2005
Although cabs can be cheap, I HIGHLY reccommend taking buses to explore. This way, you can get to travel the same way porteños do. It's a great way to see areas of the city you might otherwise miss. Even if you get lost, someone will be able to help you get where you need to go. Some things to take into consideration: Make sure you flag the bus down, even though you're standing at a stop. Most stops service more than one bus route, and if a bus comes by a stop and sees that no one is raising their hands, IT WILL NOT STOP (unless of course, someone ON the bus is getting off at that stop). If you're not sure where to get off, ask the bus driver (who may or may not be helpful).
At first, the system of finding where to get on and where to get off seems confusing. Pick up a "Guia Lumi" at a kiosco, and that will help. And don't be afraid to ask people if they know which bus line will take you where you want to go.
Linea 152 - Runs from Olivos to La Boca
Route: Ida: Warnes y Capitán Bermúdez, Av. Maipú, Av. Cabildo, Av. Santa Fe, Esmeralda, Av.del Libertador, Leandro N. Alem, Paseo Colón, Almirante Brown hasta Pedro de Mendoza 1600 (Terminal La Boca)
Regreso: Pedro de Mendoza 1600, Almirante Brown, Suárez, Necochea, Benito Pérez Gáldoz, Almirante Brown, Paseo Colón, Leandro N. Alem, San Martín, Madero, Dr.Ramos Mejía, Maipú, Arenales, Suipacha, Marcelo T.de Alvear, Gallo, Güemes, Serrano, Rotonda Circular de Plaza Italia, Av.Santa Fe, Av. Cabildo, Av. Maipú, Carlos Gardel, Warnes hasta José Ingenieros 3318 (Terminal Olivos)
As I said, buses are not as fast as the subway (that's pretty obvious) but, on the other hand it's a better way to see the city while you travel.
There are hundreds of lines that travel across the city and the suburbs and it is imposible for a tourist to get to know well the system but it is very helpful to know at least the route of a few buses that run all over downtown.
Some lines that will probably stop near your hotel:
Linea 60 - Runs from Constitucion to Tigre/Escobar
Route: Ida: De Guanahani 720 por Guanahani, Aristobulo del Valle, Herrera, Av. Suarez, Av. Montes de Oca, su continuacion Bernardo de Irigoyen, Av. Juan de Garay, Salta, Humberto 1º, Pte. Luis Saenz Peña, Av. De Mayo, su continuacion Av. Rivadavia, Av. Callao, Lavalle, Ayacucho, Av. Gral Las Heras, calzada circular de Plaza Italia, Av. Santa Fe, Av. Luis Maria Campos, Virrey del Pino, Av. Virrey Vertiz, Juramento, Av. Cabildo, Puente Saavedra, Av. Maipu su continuacion Av. Santa Fe, su continuacion Av. Centenario, Quintana, Av. Del Libertador, Colon, Constitucion, Alte. Brown, Av. Daniel M. Cazon, Gral. B. Mitre, Cnel. Morales, Gral. B. Mitre, Gral. San Martin (Estacion Tigre) su continuacion por Gral. San Martin, Gral Lavalle, Paseo Victorica, Padre Castañeda, Maipu, Dr. Casareto, Williams, Paseo Victorica, Liniers, Saldias hasta Pirovano.
Regreso: Por Pirovano, Paseo Victorica, Williams, Dr. Casareto, Maipu, Alsina, Emilio Mitre, Paseo Victorica, Gral. Lavalle, Gral. San Martin, Gral. B. Mitre, Cnel. Morales, Gral. B. Mitre, Av. Daniel M. Cazon, Colon, Pte. Gral. Juan D. Peron, Av. Centenario su continuacion Av. Santa Fe, su continuacion Av. Maipu, Puente Saavedra, Av. Cabildo, Juramento, Av. Virrey Vertiz, Av. Luis M. Campos, Av. Santa Fe, calzada circular de Plaza Italia, Av. Gral. Las Heras, Junin, Av. Corrientes, Rodriguez Peña, Av. Rivadavia, Solis, H. Yrigoyen, Santiago del Estero, Brasil, Gral Hornos, Dr. E. Finochietto, Guanahani hasta el nº 420.