Taxis, Buenos Aires
Forget anything you have read about ripoff taxis in Buenos Aires...if you stick with the yellow/black radio taxis you are more than fine. I don't know how you would miss them..they are ALL over the city and extremely reliable and the cheapest cabs we have ever been in anywhere in the world. BA is a huge city and it never cost us more that USD$3-4 to go from on end of the city to the other. The drivers were very courteous, they acutally got out and opened the door for us. Don't even think about renting a car to get around..the taxis are far cheaper and they know their way around. Most of them really like being an impromtu tour guide as the Portenos have great pride in their city.
When I arrived back in the States (I flew into Dulles in Washington, D.C.) I was talking with an older American couple who had just returned on the same flight with me. The gentleman made a joke saying, "The only problem with Buenos Aires is that it's so difficult to find a taxi." Yeah right! I've never seen a city with so many taxis. I swear there are more taxis on the road than all the rest of the automobiles combined (I counted!! LOL). Just walk outside and stick your hand out and you shouldn't have any trouble. All of the cabs are black and yellow and easy to spot and are relatively cheap. I rode all the way across town from Recoleta to La Boca and it was only about 6 pesos. The cab drivers are friendly and some are talkative, but don't expect any English. One interesting observation that I made was that many of the taxi drivers have crosses hanging from the rear view mirror and many with cross themselves as they pass by certain churches in town. Then again, they'll curse out another driver if they get cut off!
Tipping usually involved rounding the centavos up to the next peso. For example, if the meter reads 4.55, just give him 5 pesos and he will be grateful.
I paid 28 pesos from the International Airport to my hotel in La Recoleta.
Going by taxi is a more expensive form of around-town transport. You will be charged for the DURATION of the trip as well as the distance. In other words, if you get caught in a traffic jam, you will be charged more. Furthermore, not all taxi drivers are honest. There will be some in the airport terminal who browbeat weary travelers for taxi services. A good diversion from that would be to feign illness at the stomach. If the crooked drivers think you're going to toss your cookies in their cab, they'll avoid you like the plague. Get a real cab from the lady at the information desk.
Take Cabs or Taxis. First of all, they are cheap... 2nd of all, they are fast. BUT - Do Be Careful! You would probably prefer to have a "called cab" - "remis" is what I hear them call it. Have a Taxi Called for you, and then proceed to get in and go around BsAs. If you hail down the Random Taxi on the street, and if you don't know where you are going, they may take you for a LONG ride and it's gonna cost you some. I've heard worse stories from "hailed down cabs" : The cab driver can take you to a bad area where your cab could be 'hijacked' and all your stuff stolen. That would be a drag. So, again, have a cab called for you. Save time and stress!!!
Buenos Aires has very accessible taxi system , they seem to be everywhere and it is the most economical way to get around fast within the city.. ricoleta to palermo 5 pesos, to san telmo 5 pesos.. even taking somebody home all the way to Juramiento and back was less than 10 pesos..
the taxi drivers are prompt and very courteous and they dont expect a tip and even a small tip is accepted graciously.
Compared to the taxi drivers of big and small towns of USA, these guys are angels
Taxis are all over Buenos Aires. You won't have trouble finding one. However very few taxis are driven by with fake licences and may be in combination with thieves to steal you. To be honest this is not common at all, but it does happen so i would recommend to call a radiotaxi or take a remis (unsigned taxis that you can call), they can call one for you at your hotel.
Os táxis são muitos, baratos, mas os argentinos sempre nos alertam sobre eles. Dica, só pegar Radio Taxi (está escrito na porta e capota).
Ao sair de um bar à noite, peça para chamarem um.
Cuidado com o papo deles: ao ir para a estação Retiro com destino ao Tigre, o motorista nos disse que o trem da Costa não começava aí, e sim na estação Mitre, bem longe. Isto é verdade, mas não toda: você pode ir de trem normal até lá.
Resultado: fomos no táxi mesmo, o que teria sido ruim se não fosse tão barato e constituir-se esse caminho num passeio muito interessante, que não teríamos feito de outra forma (eu até recomendo).
The Cab Driver! Like in so many other places the cab drivers are the secret knowledge of the Buenos Aires. Ask them to help and friendly - like Argentineans mostly are - they will help you. The entrance to Buenos Aires = a cab driver!
Taxis aren't expensive. Here's one that gives you 10% discount off the meter price (make sure you ask them):
On Time 4961-2111
It seems to be recommended to call a taxi and not get one from the street.
Taxis are easy to find in Buenos Aires, and not too expensive either. If you're in a busy or highly populated area, just hail one as they drive past. The cars are black with a yellow top.
Taxis can be hailed down in the street. However, it is strongly advised for safety reasons to pre book radio taxis for your journey including round trips and ensure that the meters are switched on.
Taxis are suprisingly cheap throughout Argentina. Do hot hesitate to hail one. Also, tipping is not expected, but round up to the closest Peso.
I used taxis everywhere within the city of Buenos Aires as they are cheap and plentiful and accessible.