Subway = Subte, Buenos Aires
The Subte in Buenos Aires is quite old and dirty but it does get around to a number of places so can be useful to know about in advance. You do miss seeing the scenery of Buenos Aires when you go underground but I would recommend at least one trip on the train to see what it is like. I was amazed at the station in San Jose where the escalator was an antique wooden one! Never seen that before!
Buenos Aires has 5 main subway lanes ..really crowded at rush hours and recall a speciall eye to your belongs....The most dangerous stations after sunset are Constitucion so dark outside and amidst a park really suggestable to walk alone with no clear destination..Also retiro is not a good place...who knows what could expect there !
The green line goes up to the more posh neighbourhoods in the city where all is quiet and no problem could be report..red and light blue as well...
Move inside the subway is easy and cheap ...each ticket costs just 0.70 centavos so its nothing coverting it in euros and all the conexions are well indicated on the walls
All the routes starts from Plaza de mayo or surroundings so its a good point for those who are lost at the first moment...you know that if you take the subway in a wrong direction at last you will be in the original point ...plaza de mayo
Besides into the wagon a voice and a scroll screen shows the next station and connexions
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.
to get on in this kind of transportation was really nice to me. it was the first time that i travelled on the subway. as you understand it was so interesting to me. ok, i know that i had more time than the people who really need to get to a meeting or something like that. they are faster, cheaper. actually, i knew 5 lines from A, B, C, D, F, E...and i heard that are building 2 more lines.
to go one way it only costs 70cents
There are 5 lines of Subway or SUBTE they call it for you to travel around in the city.
Most of the tourist attractions can be reached by the oldest Line A or Line B, the rest will connect u with places with less tourist which is of course good,like buying leather products at Ave Raul Scalabrini Ortiz.
A one way journey anywhere will cost you 70centavos (about USD 25cents)
You can buy the subtepass for 10 viajes (10 travels) for the price of 7 pesos. (thats 70cent times 10) if you wish to use the Subte frequently so u dont have to queue to buy the tickets later.
Buenos Aires subway system is not extensive but still useful. Trips from Retiro station south to San Telmo can save time and walking. What makes it even more attractive is the presence of old-fashioned cars with windows constantly open - a bit like the old tramways of Rio and their Portuguese counterparts. This might be slightly disturbing for those who are new or unaccustomed to subway travel. At the same time the lovers of the specific metro smell, typical for any subway tunnel on Earth, can be enjoyed to its fullest extend. Attention – in some sections, especially along the Avenida de Mayo one is not able to change directions without surfacing and hence using another ticket.
Make time to take a trip on Subte A - most of the carriages date back to 1912 and it feels like you've slipped into an Indiana Jones movie! Very atmospheric with wooden seats, old style electric lamps and mirrors. But be warned it has a habit of breaking down.
The rest of the subway system is up to date and runs from 5am-10pm Mon-Sat and 8am-10pm on Sunday. There are four parallel lines each running down one of the big avenues. A fifth line (line C) runs across the others and is the only way they connect meaning that some trips are better done by taxi or bus. A sixth line (H) which will make more connections is due to open in 2005.
You can buy a single journey, but if you are going to rely on it it's cheaper to buy a multiple journey magnetic card.
The alternative is to use the one of the many buses (colectivos) that thunder through the city. There are 140 lines - and although the buses are frequent it can be a bit confusing working out where they go. The solution is to buy one of the bus guides on sale at a newspaper kiosk - or just ask one of the many porteños who rely on the service,
NB Unlike the subte you'll have to pay in coins when you get on the bus slotting them into the machine next to the driver.
The subte is the city's efficient and very cheap subway system. It has 5 lines right now, A-E, and there are plans for expanding it. Right now, there are many neighborhoods that it doesn't reach, but in that case, just take the bus. This is probably the cheapest and fastest way to get around the city, as long as there is a stop close to your destination. It costs only $.70 (about $.25 US) for a one-way fare.
Click the link below for a good map of the subte. Other info on the system can be found elsewhere on the Metrovias website (this is the company that operates the subte).
Going around Buenos Aires is not so difficult.
The subway lines are all around the city, the call it the Subtle.
In the Subtle stations you'll find some stores and probably you can get a a map of the system (or in any newsstand).
The ticket (they call it "ficha" /'fee.sha/) , is very cheap, less than 1 Peso.
Linea D - The most important line in the city. It runs along Avenida Cabildo/Avenida Santa Fe/ Avenida Cordoba and Avenida Roque Saenz Peña.
It starts on the corner of Avenida Cabildo y Avenida Congreso and it ends on the corner of Avenida Roque Saenz Peña and Avenida Rivadavia.
After our Saturday night at Cafe Tortini, we were a bit late getting underway on Sunday morning. It was about 11 AM by the time we had finished breakfast and began the 5-block walk down Av. Callao to the 'Callao' station of the 'D' subway line (shown as Green on the city map). We were headed a fair distance this morning, for the area of magnificent parks near the Botanical Gardens, Zoo and also not far from Jorge Newbery Airport.
As Lonely Planet says, this British-designed subway system is the oldest in South America, having begun operations in 1913. The 'A' line is particularly antique and worth a look, but we did not get a chance to use it. I was planning to do so when we returned to the city on our last day but, because they were having rotating labour strikes, I decided to give it a miss. At a ticket price of US$0.70 each, this is the way to go if you want to save money! The 'D' line is equipped with modern and clean cars and it whisked us along quite nicely.
When we were purchasing our tickets, a local Doctor of French/Italian decent came over to give us a few clues. We ended up having a nice conversation with him in broken French as we stood in the subway carriage until we reached our stop at Scalabrini/Ortez streets.
It was a bit of surprise as we emerged from our underground world to see the wet streets and gutters running with water. The first sign of rain we had seen since arriving in the city 3 days earlier!
Although the old 'A' subway (Subte) line offers the most romantic trip, with it's tiled stations and wooden trains, we were quite happy with the decorations in the more modern 'D' line.
Here, at the Scalbrini/Ortez station, we were treated to this very nice fresco as we emerged from the train!
There are 5 subways lines wich integrate the whole network.
Is possible to get the touristic spots by subway, there are a map that help you to know what of them you have to take.
The cost is U$ 0.25 and is faster and safer than other transportation.
Train and local buses are quite poor... no comfortable at all! I didn't felt very secure travelling with them (be really careful if you travel by train!), but there are VERY cheap! Minimun fee was 70 cents of "peso" (£1= AR $5)
There is tube services around Buenos Aires which is cheap as well and good service.
The Subte is the best way to travel quicky from one place to another in Buenos Aires.
The network counts five lines : A, B, C, D and E going into all directions and at their beginning building a frame around the micro-centro of the city. The frequency is about 4-5 minutes all day long.
The subte is thus very practical but is interesting also for other aspects!
The linea A and C have kept their old wagons from the beginning of the century (respectively 1913 and 1930) with wooden seats and warm little lights!
The decoration of the walls is also exceptionnal : all stations have mosaic peintures with different topics : tango dancers, the city, the working portenos,...
And last but not least, the metro stations are equiped with TV diffusing infos, videos clips and advertising!
The only problem is that there are no metros anymore after 11pm...