Buenos Aires: how to get there and transport
Right-hand traffic prevails in Argentina.
In order to avoid trouble with the police or even the courts, one should strictly adhere to the traffic regulations in force in the country. The accident rate in Argentina is much higher than in Germany. The maximum speeds shown can of course be reduced or increased by means of traffic signs. Regardless of the information given here, it is advisable to obtain detailed information from the ADAC, the AvD or the traffic clubs in the country concerned.
Maximum speeds in built-up areas
: in built-up areas there is a speed limit of 50 km / h
Rural roads: on rural roads there is a speed limit of 100 km / h
Motorways: on highways there is a speed limit of 100 km / h
per mille limit The maximum permitted blood alcohol level for drivers of motor vehicles is 0.5 per mille.
Renting a car and refueling
Diesel fuel is considerably cheaper than in Germany. And petrol is also a little cheaper than in Europe. If you want to rent a car in Buenos Aires as featured on proexchangerates, you have to be over 21 years old and have a credit card. A national driver’s license is sufficient for driving in Argentina, but it is not a bad idea to apply for an international driver’s license to be on the safe side.
Aeropuerto Internacional Ezeiza
The international airport is about 35 kilometers east of the city center. Shuttle buses, public buses or taxis can be used to get into the city.
Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
The airport mainly handles domestic flights. It is located a few kilometers west of the city center and can also be reached by shuttle buses, public buses or taxis.
Terminal de Ómnibus de Retiro
Avenida Antártida Argentina y Calle 10
From the bus station, coaches travel to all parts of the country and abroad. It is connected to the metro and easy to reach.
There are four train stations in the city that serve different parts of the country and destinations abroad. They all have a subway connection and are easy to reach:
Avenida Libertador y Avenida Dr. Ramos Mejía
Avenida Caseros y Lima
Avenida Pueyrredón y Bartolomé Miter
Estación Federico Lacroze
Avenida Federico Lacroze y Avenida Corrientes
The Buenos Aires subway (“Subte”) is the oldest in South America. It runs on five lines, is cheap and fast. It operates between 5:30 am and 10:30 pm.
In Buenos Aires there are around 18,000 city buses (“colectivos”) on over 100 routes. The line network is not transparent and the buses are loud and full. However, they are cheap, handle a large part of the local public transport and are essential for the city.
The taxis in Buenos Aires are black and yellow and usually drive with the taximeter switched on. You should be careful with price agreements before you start your journey, they are usually used as a rip-off. There are countless taxis in the city, so that they can usually be hailed from the edge of the road without any problems. However, some companies also offer taxi calls.
Boat and ferry
From the port in the southeast of the city, ferries and speedboats run to Montevideo and Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay. Cruise ships from all over the world dock at the “Terminal de Cruceros Benito Quinquela Martín”, from which thousands of tourists flock to the city, especially between November and April.
Buenos Aires: special features, festivals and events
Buenos Aires is a huge city. Between the 1920s and 1930s, the urban area expanded immensely. A large area of the surrounding flat pampas was divided into a chessboard shape and then built on.
The blocks in this gigantic development plan were 125 by 125 meters. Seen from the air, a seemingly endless sea of chessboard-shaped blocks appears today, stretching far into the plain of the surrounding area.
The result of this development plan are streets of superlatives, such as the 35 km long Avenida Rivadavia, whose house numbers go beyond 16,000, and the 120 meter wide Avenida de 9 de Julio, which is the widest street in the world.
Buenos Aires coffee houses
The city’s old cafés exude a special charm to this day, which one should expose oneself to. The best known is the Café Tortoni, founded in 1858 on Avenida de Mayo 825.
This is where tango singer Carlos Gardel, tennis player Gabriela Sabatini and politician Hillary Clinton had their coffee, along with many others.
Anyone visiting Argentina must definitely try an Argentine steak. Best in a Parrilla – a grill restaurant – with one or more glasses of Malbec red wine.
It should be mentioned that the first refrigerated ship crossed the Atlantic in 1877, making it possible to export beef to Europe on a large scale.
We recommend, for example, the Bife de Lomo, the Bife de Chorizo or Colita de Cuadril. Delicious grilled cheese (Provoleta), potato and pumpkin puree and salads are also offered. And for dessert, flan with dulce de leche.
Celebrations and events
Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Buenos Aires (BAFICI) – April
The international festival of independent film is held annually and is one of the most important film festivals in the country. Website: www.bafici.gov.ar
Feria Internacional del Libro – April – May
The international book fair, which has been held annually since 1975, is the world’s most important book exhibition in Spanish. It is one of the five most important book fairs in the world. Over a period of three weeks, over 1.2 million visitors visited the fair in 2005. Website: www.el-libro.com.ar
Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires
An international theater festival has been held every two years since 1997. Numerous productions from home and abroad ensure an extensive program in the theater-loving city. Website: www.festivaldeteatroba.com.ar
Festival Internacional del Tango
Every year in the first few months of the year, the international tango festival takes place in different places in the city.
Campeonato Mundial de Tango
Every year the world championship is held in the capital of tango.
Festival Pepsi Music
In the second half of the year there is an annual music festival with around 100 national and international bands.
This electronic music festival, one of the most important in the world, is also celebrated in the second half of the year. Website: www.creamfieldsba.com.ar