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How to Travel on a Budget in Argentina

Public transportation is actually a convenient and affordable option for traveling in Argentina

By Jerry NelsonPublished 3 months ago 4 min read
How to Travel on a Budget in Argentina
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Argentina is a beautiful and diverse country that offers travelers the opportunity to experience breathtaking landscapes, vibrant cities, and rich culture. While many people may think that renting a car or hiring a private driver is the best way to get around, public transportation is actually a convenient and affordable option for traveling in Argentina. In this article, we'll provide tips on how to travel Argentina using only public transport.

Research your route

Before you start your trip, it's important to research your route and plan your itinerary. Argentina has an extensive public transportation network, including buses, trains, and subways, so you'll need to know which mode of transport to take and where to catch it. Use online resources like Google Maps or Moovit to plan your route and check schedules.

Buy a SUBE card

The SUBE card is a rechargeable smart card that can be used to pay for public transportation in most major cities in Argentina, including Buenos Aires, Córdoba, and Mendoza. You can purchase a SUBE card at any kiosk, post office, or subway station, and it costs around 90 Argentine pesos (less than $1 USD). Once you have your card, you can add credit to it at any kiosk or online.

Take the bus

Buses are the most common form of public transportation in Argentina and they are a great way to get around the country. Long-distance buses are comfortable and affordable, with many companies offering overnight buses that include reclining seats and on-board meals. For shorter trips, local buses are also a convenient option. Make sure to check the route and schedule before boarding and have your SUBE card ready to pay for your fare.

Ride the train

Argentina's train system is not as extensive as its bus network, but it's still a great way to travel between cities. The most popular routes are the Tren a las Nubes, which runs from Salta to the Andes, and the Tren de la Costa, which runs from Buenos Aires to Tigre. Train tickets can be purchased online or at the station, and you'll need to show your ID or passport to board.

Use the subway

If you're traveling in Buenos Aires, the subway is a quick and easy way to get around the city. The subway, or "subte," has six lines that cover most of the city and is open from 5 am to 11 pm. You can purchase a single-use ticket or use your SUBE card to pay for your fare. Make sure to keep your belongings close and be aware of pickpockets, especially during rush hour.

Consider alternative modes of transport

In addition to buses, trains, and subways, Argentina also offers other modes of public transportation, such as trams and ferries. Trams are mainly found in Buenos Aires and are a charming way to explore the city's historic neighborhoods. Ferries are a popular way to travel to Uruguay or Chile, with regular service from Buenos Aires and other coastal cities.

Traveling Argentina using only public transport is not only affordable but also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and experience the country like a local. With some research and preparation, you can explore Argentina's stunning landscapes and vibrant cities without breaking the bank.

Jerry Nelson is an American writer living the expat life in Buenos Aires. Some of the adventures Jerry has enjoyed, he jumped into the ocean from the flight deck of an aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Aden, cut off a goat's balls as part of a mating ritual in Indonesia, raced a NASCAR around the oval in Charlotte, created a small coin purse out of live Tarantulas in Australia's outback, spent six-weeks with the Sinaloa cartel along the U.S./Mexican border and sailed a 16th century schooner through the sound and into the open ocean.

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Jerry Nelson is an American writer living the expat life in Argentina and winner of the Revi 2021 Reader Award.

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