Top Mobile Apps for Travelers in Buenos Aires

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Technology has made travel all the easier, and there are a great variety of very useful mobile apps to help us when we are in a new city. Below, we’ve selected a few of those that we think are practical for people travelling to Buenos Aires.

Language

If you need a Spanish app, of course Google Translate is the most immediate option, however, we recommend Porteño Spanish  which will help you with the language and the local lingo.

Also, if you’re learning Spanish, or any other language, Hello Talk allows you to connect with native speakers to practice.

Money

Two useful apps while travelling anywhere are XE Currency, for exchange rates, and ATM Hunter, to help you find the closest ATM.

Transport

There are many apps to help you around the city in terms of transport. Como LLego offers you transport options and directions for getting from one place to the next, BA Subte  is the local subway app, Trenes en Vivo is a useful app for those who travel by train and lets you know at what time the next trains are coming in, Easy Taxi is an international Taxi app that also works in Buenos Aires for calling cabs, BA EcoBici lets you know where you can find public city bikes and bike paths.

City Guides

International city guides are available from Trip Advisor that offers offline city guides, including one for Buenos Aires, from Travel Guides by Triposo and a GPS guide by Digi Guide.

Dining, Wine-ing, Dancing

Guía Oleo and Restorando are two apps that offer restaurant listings and reviews that will help you pick out the best places to stop for a bite and make reservations.

Otherwise, try CookApp for closed door dinner options.

Argentina Wine App, in English, and Vinomanos, in Spanish, are two wine apps that specialize in Argentine wine and are useful to pick out and discover some of the best local bottles.

Hoy-Milonga is an app for Tango enthusiasts that want to know when and where the BA milongas are taking place.

LightOut is BA’s nightlife app for those that like to dance till dawn.

 

 

 

Buenos Aires Transport System

Buenos Aires is a large city and can be intimidating for visitors to move around in, however, the city streets are visibly named and numbered and the bus system can be understood with a little help from a Guia T, available at any newspaper stand. Below is a small guide with tips to help you out with the city’s transport system.

Taxis

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Taxis in Buenos Aires are black with a yellow roof. You can hail them from the street or call a taxi company to have one pick you up (the safest method).  Available cabs have a red light on their window on and once inside they have a digital clock that shows the amount of money you have to pay. During the day the initial meter is 7.30 pesos and then 73cents/200 meters, at night the initial meter is 8.70 pesos and then 87c/200m.  If you’re going to the outskirts of the city (provincia), keep in mind that they may charge you extra for the return since they’re not allowed to pick up passengers outside of Capital Federal. An alternative option in the outskirts is to take a remis, which are private cars that you can ask for in a remiseria. They don’t charge the return and work with different rates.

Subway

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The city has a pretty extensive metro (subte) system, which is very practical and will take you quickly across the city. Subway rush hours can be daunting though (8-9am and 6-8pm) so avoid them if you don’t like the idea of being squashed in a crowd, also, always beware of pickpockets. A copy of the subway map is available here, and subway timetables here.

Buses or colectivos

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Buenos Aires has a very large network of buses identified by number and color. Tickets can be bought with coins and fares will depend on the bus line and distance but usually range between 1.10 – 2.00 pesos. When you get on the bus (after hailing with your hand at the corresponding bus stop) let the bus driver know the street you’re getting off on and then he will enter the amount in the ticket machine. Most buses stop every 2-3 blocks and you have to ring the bell by the back door to announce that you want the bus to stop. Basic bus protocol is: respect the line at the bus stop, be willing to offer your seat to pregnant women, adults with very small children, older people and people with handicaps.

Now, how to know which bus to take? There are two ways, through the Internet or with the Guia T or Guía Filcar which can be purchased for around 10 pesos at any newspaper stand. In the Guias, first look for the street and approximate numbering of your location on the street list. There you will find a map and grid number. Go to the map and on the grid you will find all the buses that pass through the area. Then look for the street and numbering of the place you are going to, locate the map and grid and find which bus numbers coincide. Finally go to the back of the Guía and look for the bus number where its route will be detailed.

Online there is also a webpage www.comoviajo.com that helps you find the best transport to get to your destination. To find the best public transport option click on the left hand corner where it says “En Colectivo, Tren o Subte.” There you will be asked to introduce the address where you are parting from. First it will ask you for calle (street name), Altura o Esquina (numbering or cornering street), Provincia and Localidad (Anywhere in the city center is always Capital Federal). Click on Siguiente Paso and introduce the same information for your destination. Finally, the webpage will ask you how many blocks you’re willing to walk (¿cuantas cuadras estas dispuesto a caminar?) and what you prefer (¿que preferis?) which usually just gives you one option- the quickest (ir de la forma mas rapido). When you press continue you will get a few possible results with where to get on, where to get off and duration of the ride.

Trains

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Traveling by train is a quick option to get around in the city and there are two lines, Mitre and Sarmiento.  The Mitre has branches from Retiro train station to the north of Buenos Aires and has a train line that also goes to Rosario, and the Sarmiento line goes to the West and South from the terminal in Once. More information on timetables and routes here.

Next to the Retiro train station is also the long distance bus terminal.