Trains = Trenes, Buenos Aires
Five train stations serve BsAs, though trains mostly just go to the suburbs nowadays, though some do run to the Atlantic beach towns to the south and Rosario, to the north, as well. The Retiro Station sees over a million people pass through its doors on a daily basis and serves as a portal for tourists to head northwest to places like San Isidro and Tigre. Two other smaller train stations lie next door as well as the huge Terminal de Omnibus from which buses head out to destinations throughout Argentina and beyond.
The TBA train that goes from Tigre to Retiro -and viceversa- is my favourite means of transport in the city for several reasons:
1. Its the cheapest -a ticket from my home in Belgrano neighbourhood to Retiro, downtown -close to the Sheraton hotel and the Kilkenny pub, and the long distance bus station- only costs 0,50 cents.
2. The air conditioning -which makes a big difference to travelling by bus!.
3.The speed. It only takes 8 minutes instead of 30 like the subway or 40 like most buses.
Please bear in mind that the example given above is of a 2 stops trip. if u re travelling to tigre, which is further from retiro, the ticket costs more (still it costs less than 2 pesos)
and the time duration will increase.
:) Still its a very comfortable train and sometimes a group of traditional folk singers and musicians will get on ur wagon and start singing vidalitas, zambas or chacareras in exchange for a voluntary contribution.
:( The only disadvantages are that its the only train line with air conditioning, as all the others -the ones that dont go to tigre but to other places- are ot in good conditions at all.
So if ur destination is not any station between Retiro and Tigre, u might want to take a bus instead of riding the train, (or maybe not).
Heres a list of all the trains u can find in Bs As.:
TBA (Retiro y Once)
Trains to the suburbs: Tigre, Mitre and Jose L. Suarez.
Trains to the cities: San Pedro, Rosario and Lobos. phone: 4317-4447 / 8
Longer distance Trains to Rosario, Rio Hondo y Tucuman. phone: 4893-2244
Ferrobaires (Constituci?n y Retiro)
phone 0800-2228736 or 4305-5577 / 6088 or 4371-7045 / 46 / 47
Destinations from Constitucion station: Mar del Plata, Pinamar, Bolivar, Quequen, Tandil and Bahia Blanca.
Destinations from Retiro: Junin, Lincoln and Santa Rosa.
Metropolitano (Retiro y Constitucion)
Trains to Pilar, La Plata y Canuelas.
Constitucion Station, phone: 0800-222-8736
Retiro Train Station is a magnificent building, and it is one of the train stations of Buenos Aires. The trains do short journeys, inside the Province.
La Estación de Ferrocarriles Retiro es un edificio magnífico, y es una de las estaciones de trenes de Buenos Aires. Los trenes hacen trayectos cortos, dentro de la provincia.
Tren de la Costa is a fairly new train system that travels from the Mitre station to Tigre. First, take the subte at the Retiro station to Mitre. You will stop at Mitre. Here, you will purchase tickets for the Tren de la Costa. There is a whole separate wing in the Mitre/Maipu station. Mitre station is the same as the Maipu station. I was confused about this myself.
This is the scenic way to travel to Tigre, a town about an hour and a half outside of Buenos Aires. This train stops at 11 different stations, most of which are the wealthier suburbs of Buenos Aires. This newer train service is much nicer than the "normal" subte that you could take. It is also twice as expensive, about AR$12,00/person. You should get the ticket that allows you to get on and off as much as you want - boleto turistico. [price update: 1/7/07]
Estacion Retiro is the main train station of Buenos Aires and one of the city's great architectural gems. It really is reminiscent of one of Europe's great rail stations. In fact, it was designed by a British architect and opened in 1915. The main long distance bus station is located just next door and with these two options you can get to virtually anywhere in the region.
The station is located just below Plaza San Martin on Av. Ramos Miejia.
Another option is taking a train. I don't recommend it unless you want to go to the suburbs (Vicente Lopez, San Isidro, Tigre, etc). The train is pretty fast but it's not so safe, specially for tourists that are not familiared with the stations. If you take a train just act like you have done it before and you will probably be fine.
It's a refurbished train that starts at Maipu station til Delta. It goes through posh houses with very wide-open gardens.
You may hop on and hop off as many times as you want, with the $3 ticket (works in one way), $6 for both ways.
You can get to Maipu station by TBA Mitre Line towards Mitre (not J.L.Suarez nor Carupa)
When you get to Mitre Station, just go up the escalators, and you'll cross Maipu Avenue through a bridge. Take 2 minutes to watch the traffic, or maybe 10 and have a warm cup of coffee (if winter), or a cold drink (if summer)
San Isidro is my favourtie stop, it has nice shops, and great cafés where you can spent pleasant times with your friends and you can enjoy all over the neighborhood with its charming green square, and you can make funny walkings in the streets by the Rio de La Plata river, I was pictures right in the rails of Tren de la Costa. I was there with my chilean friend and very dear one, Mariano, the Second, and he took that picture when I was using his classes, it was me playing the INTELLIGENT TYPE! :)
You will love to see San Isidro, and the is FREDDO over there!!!!!! :)
For those who does not know what it is, it is the most famous icecream store of Buenos Aires!
Travelling by train in Buenos Aires is not so important for tourists. Most of the rail lines are connecting suburbs of Buenos Aires (and some cities in nearby provinces) with one of the railway stations in or nearby the city centre. Train transportation can be useful if you are accommodated close to on of the stations.
We had a B&B in Vicente Lopez, on walking distance from the station. We used often the ‘Tigre Line’ to/from Retiro Railway Station. Specially during rush hours the trains are more or less overcrowded.
As all kinds of (public) transportation the train tickets are remarkable cheap; varying from 80 cents till about 1,35 pesos, depending on the length of the train ride. We paid 80 cents for a one way ticket to the city centre.
It is possible to buy tickets from a machine or at a ticket office in the railway stations.
Linea Mitre is operated by TBA and runs also the line to Tigre, perhaps the most important rail line for tourists. This line offers an easy access to the town of Tigre for a day trip from Buenos Aires. A one way ticket from Retiro to Tigre costs 1,35 pesos.
More info: www.tbanet.com.ar
Tren de la Costa
'Train of the Coast' is running between the stations Maipu (Mitre) and Delta (Tigre), passing a couple of places along the coast of the Rio de la Plata. Among them San Isidro with a shopping mall. An one way Tourist Ticket is 12 pesos.
More info: www.trendelacosta.com.ar
There are 4 trains terminal in the city, the big one is Retiro, and the trais are being renewed, this picture shows you exactly how they are changing, it was taken in Tigre Station, the new trains are being changed slowly, the Linea Mitre are the one who is getting new trains;)
SEPTEMBER - FIRST WEEK 2005
this is the oldest train line in the city, it is not used anymore for the massive public, but it is for sure a great option for safe and cool tourism in the neighborhhods of Buenos Aires. The TREN DE LA COSTA is a modern and panoramic train which goes through the villages by the river, and you can stop in everystation to walk around the luxurious streets of the wealthiest districts of the town such as Anchorena, Martinez, San Isidro and it ends in the Delta of Tigre.
The first station is Maypu, you can easily reach it when you go to the Train Station MITRE.
Sept - FIRST WEEK - 2005
Buenos Aires has an excellent train system serving all over the suburbs of the capital and the gran Buenos Aires, which here they call it as Provincias. You can reach Tigre by train easily and all the major provincias of San Isidro, martinez, all of them are served by the Linea Mitre. And the central station has a lovely english style, very well built and gorgeous! It is called Retiro!
At the website you have maps of the trains.
The Mitre train is very safe and it's ok, it's the one I use every day to go to work. And it's the same you must take to go to Tigre (which is a one day trip that I recommend you to do in a sunny day).
If you are staying for a while you can take a 15says or a monthly ticket (abono is how we call the ticket that you can use for 15 days or for a hole month).
En la pagina web hay mapa de los trenes.
El Mitre es seguro y esta bastante bien, es el que tomo todos los dias para ir a trabajar; y es el mismo que tienen que tomar para ir a Tigre (que es una excursion de un dia que recomiendo para un dia de sol),
Si se van aquedar por mucho tiempo, se pueden sacar abonos mensuales o quincenales.
THE TRAIN, The best for middle long distances. Preferably take only the TBA lines because the other lines go to places where turists shouldn´t go at all.
You can see the schedules at www.tbanet.com.ar
Longer distance Trains to Rosario, Rio Hondo y Tucuman.
Not highly recommendable... very uncomfartable and not much faster or more expensive than the better equipped buses...
never been on it, but heard only about bad experiences...