Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires

Visitor Information

Traveling to Buenos Aires

By Air

Like many big cities, Buenos Aires has more than one airport: Ministro Pistarini International Airport, usually called Ezeiza (EZE), and Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP). Ezeiza is the main airport for international flights outside of South America. It is about 45 minutes to 1.5 hours away from the city, referred to as Capital Federal. Connections from neighboring South American countries usually use Aeroparque Jorge Newbery.

By Rail

Buenos Aires is the hub for six different railway lines, for both city and long-distance travel. Lines are run by private companies and cover the north, south, and west of Buenos Aires, and other destinations in Argentina.

Tickets are sold at stations, and both notes and coins are accepted. Some lines use prepaid cards as well, known as Sube. These cards can be purchased and recharged at train stations and in metro stations.

Airport Transfers

Tienda Leon offers coaches from both airports into the city, they also have private cars.

There are numerous yellow-and-black taxis; be sure to request that the meter is flagged when you get in. A taxi from Ezeiza costs around US $50-80 to the center of Buenos Aires. Look for a radio taxi, which is licensed and registered.

There are also remis, which are unofficial taxis. They are often used by hotels as they offer a flat rate and are usually reliable.

At the arrivals lounge there are plenty of reliable transfer companies and airport taxis. Remember to agree on a fare before you begin your ride.

Traveling around Buenos Aires

By Taxi

Taxis are the easiest way to get around the city. For rides within Buenos Aires, we recommend you download the Cabify app. To request a taxi by phone, call Taxi Premium (+54 11 4374 6666 or +54 11 5238 0000), a service used by many top hotels. Uber is also available.

By Metro

The Buenos Aires metro, called the Subte, is the fastest, cheapest way to get around. Pick up maps of the metro and bus lines from tourist offices and most hotels. Six lines connect commercial, tourist, and residential areas of the city. 

By Train

Within the city, the Mitre line is the safest and most reliable. Lines to avoid are Roca and San Martin.

By Bus

Buenos Aires has about 140 bus lines that run 24 hours a day; the fare is between 10-12 pesos, depending on the distance traveled; however, you will need to use a preloaded fare card (Sube) to board.

By Bicycle

With an extensive network of bicycle lanes that connect many neighborhoods, the city is easily traversable by bike. The city provides free, yellow Ecobicis, and several private companies rent them. Look for the Red de Ciclovías Protegidas map at tourism kiosks.

By Ferry

Visitors arriving from Uruguay or flying into Montevideo can easily transfer to Buenos Aires by ferry. The main companies, Buquebus and Colonia Express, operate multiple ferries per day.

Travel Apps

Cómo Llego is the official municipal app to help you get around the city, offering step-by-step instructions, including estimated times, fares, distances, and interactive maps for taxis, buses, bikes, and more. 

Moovit is an app that can be used to plan your journey and get detailed directions from your current address, a popular location, or any major public transport station. You can view detailed routes on a map and see bus and train timetables, arrival times, and service alerts.

Helpful Travel Tips

To ensure your security and comfort during Art Basel Cities Week, please be aware of the following and prepare accordingly:

Safety in Buenos Aires

  • Buenos Aires is generally safe, but as with any big city, watch out for pickpocketing and petty crime. Remain alert at all times, particularly in the areas of San Telmo, La Boca, and Retiro.
  • In La Boca, please stay on the main streets and avoid wearing flashy jewelry and be mindful when using your phone in the street.
  • Generally, at night, walk on well-lit, busy streets and use licensed taxis to get around.
  • Public hospitals are open 24 hours a day and attend patients free of charge.
  • If you encounter any trouble, contact the tourist police at +54 9 11 5050 3293 / 9260. For emergencies, dial 911.
  • Before you travel, consult the advisories posted by your home country’s embassy or consulate to learn of specific risks.

Helpful tips

  • Tip with cash: it cannot be added on credit cards in most places. Anything from 10% to 15% is customary.
  • Keep cash handy as many places, including taxis, do not accept cards.
  • Drivers will ask you to provide the cross street for your destination, rather than the address.
  • Buy a prepaid SUBE electronic fare card for public transport, available at underground stations, Tourist Assistance Centers, and various corner shops.
  • Tourist Assistance Centers can be found throughout the city. To view all locations click here

Dining, Nightlife & Shopping

From traditional parrillas to speakeasy-style boîtes and from storied cobblers to hip clothiers, Buenos Aires offers a wide range of sophisticated dining, nightlife, and shopping options. 

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