Each barrio or neighbourhood in Buenos Aires is around the same size as an average European city making it a difficult city to walk around, and an expensive city to drive around. After living there for a few months, I quickly learnt that getting the hang of the public transport system would make my commute to work each day (from Palermo Hollywood to Recoleta) less tedious. Only, that is easier said than done.
For anyone brave enough to put their life in the hands of a Porteño boy-racer come bus driver, (with the average age of around 25) there’s no point standing at a bus stop without a SUBE card or you won’t get past the door. Although sneaking on buses is notoriously easy throughout Latin America, Buenos Aires as a city is generally more economically and socially advanced and problems like these have been eradicated in this European-like capital. A SUBE card can be bought from any underground metro station or kiosk shops found down every other side street (the cards can also be loaded with money here).
Once you have your SUBE card, the next hurdle is understanding which bus to get.
One of the best apps I have ever come across whilst travelling is BA Cómo Llego, which works in the same way as Citymapper in London. It’s free to download and will get you from door-to-door with an ETA that adjusts relative to the traffic. If only this app existed in every capital city!
If the prospect of using public transport in a foreign country is still unsettling, or you’re staggering back from a night out in Palermo Soho, the Easy Taxi app is Argentina’s answer to Uber. A safe and relatively cheap alternative to flagging down a taxi on the widest avenue in the world, 9 de Julio.