I found Buenos Aires a very expensive city, at least for my standard, but I must admit taxis were not expensive and above all, they always used the meter without the need of any request from me.
I was told to use only radio taxis because they are supposed to be safer, I did so but I must amitt that non radio taxis never stopped when I tried to take one.
I paid 240 pesos to go from airport to city centre and 200 on the way back, it seems taxis in Argentina costs more from airport because therem they have to pay the parking, this is why you have different prices betwen going to airport and leaving from airport.
Sometimes I get the feeling that taxis outnumber private autos 10 to 1. Actually, the figure is probably higher. But it does sure make flagging one down very convenient. Even if you don't know Spanish very well, a few simple phrases and a knowledge of where you're actually going is all you need. The important this is to make sure you flag down a taxi with the yellow writing on both doors as they are whats called "Radio Taxix". Writing on the front doors doesn't cut it, as they are independant contractors, and are said to be less safe.
If you are staying at a hotel, you can have the front desk clerk or concierge call one, or you can just go to the closest busy street and wait 30 seconds. And if you're a woman travelling solo, then I would advise this -- especially at night. But generally speaking, taxis are a safe and very cheap way to travel.
Listed here is the number for "Radio Taxi Premium" a company I have used on occasion: 5238-0000. You can also call a driver by the name of German: 15-4079-4270 (cell). He's very friendly and speaks English and works for that company. If you need to hire a driver that speakes English to take you outside the city, then I can recommend him without reservation. Just call him a couple of hours before you're ready to take your trip.
Another interesting chap is Rodolfo A. Cutufia. He seems to be some sort of local legend in Buenso Aires. He's had numerous newspaper articles written about him and even has his own web site. He talks non-stop even if you don't understand him and before you leave, he'll request you write something in his guestbook. He'll also hand you a 2 page flyer full of quotes and sayings.
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.
if you arrive in jorge newbery airport
walk to departure entrance where taxis dropping off passengers, there you can take the cabs
take a look for the radio taxi...they are easy to recognized as it shown "radio taxi " they are cheaper than the regular cab for about 20 ars to city center
There can be times when it seems as though there are more of the ubiquitous black and yellow taxis on the streets of Buenos Aires than any other sort of car - and then it rains, and they all disappear as if by magic - or they sail past you, their passengers snug and dry whilst you're left out there in the rain.
Rainy days aside, hailing a taxi in the street is easy. Just be sure to check that the cab that stops for you is a Radio Cab (they all have the name of the company they work for on the side). If there's no name, thery're not part of a registered group and you should definitely avoid them - it's these unaffiliated taxis that are most likely to be the rogues. If an unregistered cab stops for you, just say no and walk on - another, registered taxi won't be far behind.
If you're comfortable with your first taxi, ask him for a card and call his company if and when you want a taxi. Otherwise, you can ask your hotel or the restaurant you're in to call you one.
So that's taxi. What's a remise?
It's a hired car and driver, booked through a remise office. They're the best way to get to and from the airports and useful for times when you need to be certain your car will arrive on time as they can be booked ahead. There are remise offices at the airports and you can ask your hotel to book one for you.
Happily, our taxi rarely exceeded 10 pesos (approximately $3.00) on any ride.. The exception was our trip to Senior Tango because we were caught in a long line of traffic inching its way through the city.
There are thousands of the so called ‘Radio Taxis’, all black and yellow painted and a lighted sign on the roof. These are the official taxis in Buenos Aires and the safest and taking one of these will never be a problem.
(The others do not and some people have problems with these if you do not know what the price should be and how to get to where you are going. You might encounter a quick meter or get a needless very long tour to get to your destination).
Sometimes Radio Taxi's are waiting on taxi ranks or you can hail one which is driving along.
It is a great way to visit the tourist sights in Buenos Aires, which sometimes are far away from each other.
- Taxis are (very) cheap and drivers don’t expect a tip, we just let them keep the change to the next peso.
- Radio Taxis use meters, which start at 2 pesos.
- Try to pay with small notes, otherwise it may happen they don’t have change (enough).
- A lot of the drivers don’t speak English, so have an address or map to point out where you want to go.
These are a different kind of official taxis. They don’t use meters, but have a fixed price, depending on the length of the taxi ride. We often used a remise, when travelling to/from the airports.
For a remise you have to call one of the companies (or your hotel or restaurant will do this for you), but you can also walk into one of the offices ('remiserias'), which we found everywhere in Buenos Aires. In the arrival halls of the airports are also offices of remise companies.
Taking a taxi in this Capital is cheap, about 50.000 cars as taxi, colored in black and yellow are crossing around the city, and most of them are equipped with a meter. An abolute must to control the rates.
A ride from El Congreso to La Boca will cost you max.10 Peso ( 2.5 euro) this devided by the
number of passengers, really cheap, but oké , you will be riding in a Peugeot, not a luxery car like a Honda (Haha)
We had heard all the horror stories about the cabs and being ripped off in BA. We didn't experience this. Lucky? Good? Rumors not true? I dont know. But we used radio taxi's many times at all hours and didn't have any problems. Closest was one guy wanted to sell us a tour. But we chose to get out near where we were and that ended that.
For the price of taking the subway in London or Paris, you can take a taxi in Buenos Aires. Most taxi rides I took cost about $2. There are taxis everywhere, so it never takes too long to find one.
I must warn fellow travelers, however, that some taxi rides in Buenos Aires are nerve-wrecking. One of the taxis got into a traffic accident immediately after I got into the car.
35,000 of these Radio Taxis around BA so no problem man. They start out the meter at 2 pesos ( thats only 66 cents). You can go a long ways for 4 bucks! The subway iand the buses are only about 25 cents if your not in a hurry and want to save a few pennies , however the subway will not take you everywhere in this big city. I felt very safe in this city!
Carry peso coins for bus though.
Only take the officaly liscened taxis in BA. The RADIO TAXI only, they are easy to spot black with a yellow top and signs on the doors. They are almost always easy to find and if you are smart you will take them. A ride in a nonoffical taxi can easily cost double that of an offical one. Many peoblems have been observed with unoffical taxi drivers other than high rates if you refous to pay they may take the money you owe them and then some.
The taxi drivers drive like they were grand prix drivers, maybe because they want us to remember of great champion Juan Manuel Fangio….
…Well, but anyway, the taxi is the best option of transportation in Buenos Aires. From Recoleta to Palermo Viejo it costs something like 8 pesos (less than 3 dollars today)…
Don’t worry about buses or metro’s schedules, take a taxi in BA, I strongly recommend it!!!
Easiest and safest way is to get one from a radio taxi.Ask from the hotel where u staying or restaurants or shops to get one for you.It will arrive 5-10 minutes max.
These are trusted radiotaxis,so the fare will be stated exactly on the meter (starts at 1.60)
Most of the taxidrivers DO NOT speak english,so be ready with the addresses or ask the ppl who call for the taxi to tell them where you are going.
Hailing a taxi from the street is also not a problem.Just be careful as they say there are unlicensed ones operated by some mobs and they rob the ppl.As far as my experience goes,most of them are good ones.Just look for some licensed signs on the taxi!
Prices vary with places but considerably cheap.
But avoid peak hours.Traffic is quite bad!
Just a note to anyone feeling a little apprehensive about getting around B.A. My husband and I just returned from a weeklong trip in October, 2005. Before traveling there, we were quite concerned about our means of getting around the city since my husband is not a bus/subway rider. We usually take taxis. However, there were so many warnings about being careful who you choose to ride with. BUT, please put your mind at ease. Although we did not use the subway, called Subte, nor the public busses (both I understand are VERY inexpensive), we did use their taxi service, the RADIOTAXI, every day. Be sure the vehicles, which are yellow and black, have the words RADIOTAXI on the door and you will not have anything to worry about. Also, the dollar/peso ratio makes even the taxi rides very inexpensive. When you start your taxi journey, the meter will read $1.80 pesos. That's less than $1.00 U.S. The ratio is $3.00 peso to $1.00 U.S.