GENERAL INFO ABOUT BUENOS AIRES:
What to know before coming…
Currency: Legal currency is the Peso ($).
Local time: Argentina has -3 hs. difference with the GMT. This schedule is changed during the summer, delaying one hour the official time.
Weather: Average temperature 18 ºC. In winter temperature can be about 0 ºC and in summer 40 ºC (extreme temperatures, not averages). The weather is usually very wet.
Water: Buenos Aires water supply is drinkable.
Electricity: 220 volts y 50 Hertz. You should buy an adaptor for 110 volts electric machines.
Vaccination: no vaccines needed to enter the city.
DIALLING CODE TO BUENOS AIRES (DDI): (¿How can I call to Buenos Aires from other countries?)
Argentina Code: 54
Buenos Aires Code: 11
So to communicate to Buenos Aires you should dial (54) (11) local number
In case you need to talk to a cell phone, you should ask about special codes in your country.
DIALLING FROM BUENOS AIRES:
To call from Argentina to other countries, you must dial 00 country code city code number.
*You can call from public telephones with currency coins or with special phone cards you can buy in kiosks and locutorios. You can also call from this "locutorios", that are special stores to make phone calls.
*From 22.00 to 8.00 hs there is a special reduced rate.
USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS:
You can dial them free of charge from any public or home telephone, except the official hour (not free of charge).
|Official Hour (not free of charge)
||New Year´s Day
||Memory and Justice National Day
||Malvinas Soldiers Day
||May Revolution Day
||Gral. M. Belgrano Day -Flag Day
||Gral. José de San Martín Day
||Immaculate Conception Day
For more information see: http://www.mininterior.gov.ar/servicios/feriados.asp
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION INFO:
Here you have a summary of public transportation in Buenos Aires. For more info: www.xcolectivo.com.ar .
Bus average fare is between $1,40 and $2,00 and have to be paid only with currency coins in the bus, that´s why you should always keep some coins for it. If you get off in the Gran Buenos Aires area, price goes up , so it is better if you tell the driver where you are going so you know how much you should pay.
As Buenos Aires is a big city and there are multiple bus lines is good to have a Transport Guide (Guia T) to know how to move; you also can check in www.comoviajo.com what the better way to go is.
For more information about bus and other public transports see www.xcolectivo.com.ar.
There are 6 subway line and 1 premetro. There is only one fare of $1,10. You can buy subway card each time or one card for 10 travels or you may get a magnetic rechargeable card for any amount.
Subway schedule is variable. They are faster than buses but in peak hours they are very uncomfortable, and many times you have to wait for some subways to pass because they are crowd (between 8.00 to 10.00 and 17.00 to 19.00 hs). For more information visit www.subte.com.ar ; www.metrovias.com.ar
Railway minimum fare is $0,50, depending on travel distance.
For more information about lines and rail stations see www.ferrobaires.gba.gov.ar ; www.ferrovias.com.ar ; www.tbanet.com.ar
*IMPORTANT: If you see or are victim of any criminal action in subway or trains you can call *31416 from any phone to denounce it.
In Buenos Aires there are two airports, the International Airport of Ezeiza “Ministro Pistarini” (for International flights) and the Aeroparque “Jorge Newbery” for National flights and to Uruguay (Montevideo and Punta del Este). You can find much more information such as departures and landings in www.aa2000.com.ar .
You can cross "La Plata River" by Ferry to Uruguay to spend a day or more in Uruguay most touristic destinations (Colonia, Montevideo, Punta del Este, La Paloma). You will find promotions, fares and schedules visiting www.buquebus.com . You can also book by phone.
They are painted black and yellow and if the red light in the windscreen is on, they are available.
They are like taxis but without any special paint and belong to an agency that you should call to book one.
FOREIGN EXCHANGE INFO:
You can find many exchange stores in most neighborhoods, or you can exchange in many banks.
Exchanging hours are between 10 and 15 hs.
The "Banco Ciudad" has a branch exclusively for tourists also open on weekends to buy / sell dollars, euros and travelers checks. Located at Av. Cordoba 675 (Downtown), open hours: Monday from 10 to 18 hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10 to 17 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 to 18 hours. (www.bancociudad.com.ar )
To exchange money you need your passport.
You can find information on visas and requirements for entry and residence in Argentina in:
EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES INFO:
You can find Embassies and Consulates addresses and phone numbers in:
UNIVERSITY INSCRIPTIONS AND DEGREE EQUIVALENCES INFO:
You can find information about education in Argentina and what are the procedures and documentation necessary to come to study or to validate degrees in the following websites:
GLOBAL REFUND (Tax Free):
Argentina offers tax exemptions to tourists. At the airport, and on departure day, you may request to be refunded the Value Added Tax (VAT) paid for articles purchased in shops having a sign reading: TAX FREE. (only for purchases for more than $70 per receipt).
HEALTH CARE IN PUBLIC HOSPITALS:
You can go to public hospitals for any emergency, 24hs. The attention is free, although a small contribution can be asked by purchasing a bond to help the cooperative. You can find Hospital addresses in: http://www.buenosaires.gov.ar/areas/salud/sistemas_salud/index.php?idtema=1&idbarrio=&idcgp=&idtipo=&texto=&Buscar2=Buscar&redir=1