Buenos Aires’ transportation network offers a variety of means for getting around due its large and growing population–the result of periodic migration from parts of Greater Buenos Aires (45% live in the provinces but work in the capital city). It is a diverse network which is conditioned to these particularities.
Buses are called “colectivos’ here, a porteño invention. The word ‘omnibus’ was substituted long ago for one that expresses the allusion to the shared means of transport.
Public transport by excellence (disposing of 180 lines), the bus system follows diverse itineraries, many of them connecting the capital with Greater Buenos Aires, though operating without a fixed schedule, albeit with a pronouncedly less frequent nocturnal service.
The subway is the most used means of transportation as it extends throughout the city and is the quickest way to get about.
There are six running lines (although new ones are expected): A, B, C, D, E, H. Some of them provide the possibility to transfer between the lines.
There is also what is called the “Premetro,” which runs above ground.
The subway has a fixed schedule: daily from 5 AM to 10:30 PM, except on holidays and Sundays when the service is shorter, running between 8 AM and 10 PM.
The railroad network disposes of the following railroad lines:
Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, General Bartolomé Mitre, General Manuel Belgrano, General Roca, General San Martín, and General Urquiza. These lines arrive in the city at one of four terminals: Estación Retiro, Constitución, Once y Federico Lacroze.
For a personal means of transport, the city has taxis, distinguishable by their black and yellow colors. They are called “Radiotaxis” and provide an additional security benefit as they can be solicited by telephone.
REMISES (Private cars)
These are also private vehicles. However, their rates are not regulated by any state entity. It is therefore necessary to preliminarily specify one’s destination in order to determine the price of the potential trip.
Auto rental is available for personal and temporary use by those requiring independence when getting around.
“Aliscafos” and Ferries, destined for Uruguay (Montevideo and Colonia), North Dock depart from “Benito Quinquela Martín” Dock “C,” the maritime terminal of Buenos Aires’ port.
Within the city proper, the Jorge Newberry Airpark handles only domestic flights, with the exception of a few to Uruguay and Paraguay.
The Ezeiza Airport is the international airport. It is located 40 km from the city in Greater Buenos Aires (here mentioned as it is a means of access to the city of Buenos Aires).
Of the city’s six motorways, three are freeways (Dellepiane, 9 de julio Sur y Presidente Héctor J. Cámpora) while the others (25 de mayo, Perito Moreno y Arturo Illia) are toll roads.
* Bus terminals
The two long and medium distance bus terminals are situated in the Retiro and Liniers neighborhoods, with the former being considered the most important one as it is from Retiro that omnibuses destined for bordering countries depart.
Buses: Within the city varies between $.90 and $1
Subways: Fixed fare, $.90
Trains: $.65 (minimum fare)
Taxis: Initial fare, $3.10 and an additional $0.31 every 200m.
Remises (from the Ezeiza airport to the center) $60
Daily Auto Rental Rate: from $100 up front
Source: 365 Info Buenos Aires