Subway = Subte, Buenos Aires
The city has a metro network ("subte", short form of "tren subterraneo", which means "underground train"). It is very efficient and you can save a lot of time by using it
It is also very cheap (1.10 pesos for any combination) however, the Subte will be incredibly crowded during peak hour and depending on where you are catching it from, you may have to miss several trains in a row before there is space for you
The subte runs approximately from 5AM to 10PM, except on Sundays, when service starts at 8AM.
Many subte stations have interesting murals, tiles and artwork. Transferring between lines is indicated by combination signs.
You can buy reusable tickets and add credit on them which can be used for several trips saving you from having to always go to the cashier to purchase individual tickets. Tickets are not swiped upon exiting stations, therefore you may use one magnetic stripe ticket for more than one traveler, as long as it has the required number of fares.
The current network comprises six underground lines, labelled "A" to "E" and "H" which all converge to the downtown area and connect to the main bus and train terminals.
The A line is a destination on its own because of the old wooden carriages. It was built in 1913 making it the the oldest metro system in Latin America, the Southern Hemisphere, and the entire Spanish-speaking world.
In the southeast branch (the E line), the service is extended by a trainway known as premetro, but beware, it goes to some of the least secure places in the city. Premetro is 0.60 pesos, or 0.70 with a Subte Transfer.
The Subte (subterraneo - underground) is the subway/metro in Buenos Aires. It has 7 lines and many stations intersect in the downtown area (be aware that even if an intersection has 2-3 lines joining together, each line has a separate station with a different name within that intersection). Tickets are cheap and though it can be crowded at times, it's an easy mode of transportation, especially if you're going downtown.
Sometimes, people will try to sell you things on the metro - guidebooks, pens, etc. They'll give one to each person they see and if you don't want to buy it, simply give it back. I've never had to deal with angry or pushy vendors, so it's no big deal if you don't want to buy their stuff.
As Argentina is historically a Catholic country, you'll even find Marian shrines in some of the stations, where people leave flowers.
This needs to be updated:
There are now 6 subway lines:
A- generally running up and down Rivadavia
B- generally running up and down Corrientes
C- generally running up and down 9 de Julio
D- generally running up and down Santa Fe
E- generally running up and down Independencia
H- half completed and operational, extending to Recoleta cemetery area
Cost is now $2.50 pesos
Still quite inexpensive and easy way to get around the city
There are 5 lines in Buenos Aires: A, B, C, D and E. It will take you to almost every place in downtown and surrounding areas. The cost is 0.70 cents (pesos). There are signs everywhere, so you can't get lost.
The service is quite good, although kind of hot in the warm seasons. Click on the link below to see a map of it.
As all tourist know the subway is the most quick way to go to any place, and in BA the cheapest too!!!
We got 5 diferent lines:
1)"A": from Plaza de mayo to Primera Junta (Caballito Neighborhood), this is the best because connect you with all the other 4 lines.
2)"B": From L.N Alem to F. Lacroze
3)"C": From Retiro to Constitucion
4)"D": From the downtown to Belgrano Neighborhood
5)"E": From Downtown to Flores
The Cost: $ 0,70
A lot of the sights, particularly in the centre, are within walking distance. However, to reach some barrios, especially the northern ones in the city, it's best using the buses or Subte.
The subte runs from 5.30 am to 10.30 pm and costs 1,10 ARP (January 2010). There are six lines and usually you can waiting up to 10 mins for a train.
It's worth riding on Line C for the nostalgic stations and wooden carriage trains (See photos)
Buenos Aires should have the oldest metro in South America. It looks if they still use these old wagons made of wood from 1913, at least on Linea A. These line is one of the 5 metro lines in Bs As (just read there is also a so called ‘premetro’). Four are going to/from the city centre to/from several suburbs and one is more or less connecting these four lines.
The ‘Subte’ is very cheap (1.10 pesos for one ride, doesn’t matter how long), fast and runs very frequent (every 4 or 5 minutes a new train will arrive). Tickets can be bought at a ticket office or a machine. It is possible to buy tickets ('subtepass') for 1, 2, 5, 10 or 30 journeys.
The train stations are well marked on the walls, so you will not get lost. Most of the main tourist sights can be reached by the ‘Subte’, eventually in combination with a taxi.
More information, frequencies, fares and a map of the lines on the (English/Spanish) website of Metrovias.
For about 30 cents, you can't go wrong! The subte is not only the cheapest form of entertainment, it's a pretty good way to get around. It may not be as connected as Paris, London, or NYC, but it can still get you where you want to go. Just leave extra time at rush hours.
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.
It may not be not the most streamlined subway system in the world, but certainly the best way to get to many areas of the city, Buenos Aires metro system is cheap (a single fare covers the whole system), efficient and reliable. It's also well used and quite safe, though all the usual advice about pickpockets and bag dippers applies.
Most of the sights of the city are within walking distance of each other, one way or another, but unless you're very organized you're bound to find yourself wanting to get from Point A to Point D or P at some stage - the subte's probably the way to do it.
There are six main lines (A, B, C, D, E and H), all starting from downtown, a bit like the prongs of a fork, so you may have to come quite a way back along one line before you can move out along the "prong" youy need. The trains are fast though and they run every 4 or 5 minutes, so there's never long to wait.
Avoiding rush hour's best if possible - that's 7:30 and 9 in the morning, 6 and 7:30 at the end of the day.
The A line is a city attraction in its own right. The first metro line in Latin America it still has its original 1913 wooden cars and some beautiful tiled panels and decoration on the stations.
Taking the subte (subway) is a fast, cheap and reliable way of getting around and seeing Buenos Aires. Though many of the main city sights are within walking distance of the centre, there a couple of places for which you'll need to use public transport, and at 0.70 pesos a trip (as of Sep 2007), it´s hard to beat the subte for value. There are five subway lines in all, which is not very much for a city the size of Buenos Aires and which don´t cover Boca or much of Recoleta, for example.
using the subway it's my favourite way of travelling around buenos aires city, it's a shame that we only have 6 metro lines, and they most of the stations are near the downtown....
anyway, if i can go by metro, that's my choisse, even if it's summer, because it's fastter and cheaper than bus!
we call "subte" to the metro, and you have to get a "subtepass" a metro pass to get into it.
it only cost $arg 0.90 for a trip (buuu up to 2007 it cost 0.70)
the most confortables metro lines are the " B line", the " D line" and the newest one, inaugurated last year the " H line".
The " A line " it's the oldest one and some wagons are from 1930, and you have to open de doors manually.
The " C line" goes from the southest neighborhood " constitucion" to the north " retiro", there is always a lot of people at this metro line, so my recommendation, don't use it during weekdays, there are some robs so yoy have to be carefull
the " E line" doesn't have anything interested, just that pass nearby my home, so i always take it!
The B line goes to the Abasto shopping mall, corrientes y callao st, obelisco (carlos pelegrini station), puerto madero
the D line goes to Palermo, cabildo y juramento st (there are a lot of shops), buenos aires cathedral and alto palermo shopping
the A line goes to the national Congress and plaza de mayo
The subway fare in Buenos Aires is very inexpensive(About 25 cents US). Try riding line A. The rail cars are wooden and the car doors have to be open manually. Beware the peak hours(4-5pm) when the subway cars become sardine-packed!
For tourists, the subte is a great way to get around. Just make sure that you know beforehand where you are and where you are going. The different lines are colour coded and use the final station to tell you in which direction it's going.
Find out on a map beforehand all the information, becuase once you're down in the system of tunnels, it's not really a good place to start fiddling about with a map. A one way ticket is somewhat less than 1 peso (70 centavos if I remember correctly). Buying a 10 (just say "diez, por favor" and hand them a 10 peso bill) ticket is useful if you're planning to travel a bit.
Insert the ticket into the automatic turnstile, take back the ticket and go for the color/name of end station ("catedral" for example).
Once inside the train there are many minimaps in the train where you can see how many station you have to pass.
Which station you're currently in or about to arrive to is normally shown on a digital display, or you might have to peek out the window when coming to a stop.
I would say that it's a safe,quick and quite clean way to travel, but avoid the subte during rush hours, notably around 8 in the morning and 5-6 in the evening, because it tends to be a bit crowded.
The ‘Subte’ or Metro System does not appear to be very well-designed.
Lines ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘D’ and ‘E’ start from Plaza de Mayo before radiating out in different directions. If one wants to switch from one line to another, one has to return all the way to Plaza de Mayo and change from there.
Line ‘A’ is the oldest underground in South America. The trains there are made of wood.