Buenos Aires Transportation
Photograph by Greg Roden.
Getting around in Buenos Aires can be entertaining, stressful, eye opening, necessary, and difficult at times. But it can also be a great way to see and experience this great city. Here you can learn more about transportation in Buenos Aires; including information on getting a flight to Buenos Aires, how to get to and from the airports, taking taxis, buses, trains, subways, renting a car or motorhome and more.
There are two main airports in Buenos Aires: Aeropuerto Ministro Pistarini International airport (for all international flights), more commonly known as Ezeiza (EZE) and the Areoparque Jorge Newbery National airport (APE), known simply as the Aeroparque used for all domestic flights in Argentina as well as to other South American destinations. Find out more on getting to and from the airports and how to get the cheapest flights to and from Buenos Aires.
There are more than 40,000 taxis in the city of Buenos Aires and, like in most major urban areas, visitors and locals alike usually just step out of their hotel or Buenos Aires apartment and an empty cab, identifiable by a lighted red sign that says libre (free) will usually pass by within minutes if not seconds. Many taxi drivers in Buenos Aires speak little to no English but don't be shy as they are accustomed to working with visitors that speak little or no Spanish.
Buenos Aires buses, or colectivos as they are known locally, are one of the best ways to get around in Buenos Aires for those on a budget or those who just want to experience the Real Buenos Aires lifestyle. For trips outside of Buenos Aires, there are long distance buses known as micros or omnis that depart from Retiro bus terminal or terminal de omnibus for destinations throughout greater Argentina.
The subway or subte as it is called here in Buenos Aires experience ranges from modern and clean trains to antique cars that feel as though they could splinter to pieces at any moment. With all its charm, the subte is a fast, cheap and convenient way to cruise around the city, avoiding those ugly street-level traffic jams.
Driving in Buenos Aires is for the adventurous and experienced driver. Renting a car for the ultimate road trip can be one of the best ways to travel around Argentina. Find out more about where to rent a car, driving in Argentina, as well as special rental deals with top companies like Avis and Hertz.