Argentinian Transportation System
Rent a Car service: This service is offered in a wide scope of cities and it can be paid in cash or by credit card. If wanting to rent a car, the driving license currently in force in Argentina as well as the driver´s identity document or passport are to be submitted.
Short-distance buses: They run in urban areas- within a city- or at an interurban level-therefore connecting several districts.They are the most widely used means of transportation. As to their cost, they are inexpensive and the fare varies according to the city where buses are taken and the distance to be covered. Coins, tokens, or magnetic cards are used as means of payment.
As to the latter two, they must be bought at stores having entered into an agreement in order to sell them. With respect to buses timetables and distances, they are to be found out in every city - some cities sell guides providing this information and in others such information may be checked in the timetable grids displayed at the ticket office. This kind of transportation system provides the so-called special bus service. These buses run on a less frequent basis and their fares are higher.
However, there are advantages to taking special buses: passengers may travel sitting, and these buses offer a central heating service in winter and air conditioning in summer time.
Long-distance buses: They are taken aiming at covering long distances within the country and to travel to neighboring countries. As to the ticket fare, it varies according to the bus company, the type of service offered and the distance to be covered.
Tickets are usually paid in cash and some bus companies also accept credit cards. With respect to bus tickets, they may be bought at buses terminals, travel agencies or on the internet. As to requirements to be complied, passengers are to submit an identity document or passport when buying a bus ticket.
Mini buses: They are taken to cover interurban distances. Their fare depends both on the company hired and on the distance to be covered. As a matter of fact, this service is usually offered to travel from airports or suburban areas to cities.
“Remise” Service: This service is hired for short and long-distance trips. With respect to the “remise” fare, it varies according to the city where the service is offered and the distance to be covered. As to the way to get a “remise”, this service is always hired through a “remise” office.
Subway service: This transportation system is used to commute in the City of Buenos Aires, and it is, in fact, the most frequently chosen means of transportation, if aiming at traveling fast. The different subway lines actually extend all over the city´s strategic spots.
They charge a flat rate and tickets can be bought at every station ticket office. This means of transportation provides two ways of travelling: travelers may use the “subtepass” magnetic card, which is to be paid in cash, or the “subtecard” magnetic card, which may be charged by using a credit card. As to their timetable, subways always run from:
- Monday through Saturday from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.
- Sundays from 8:00 am to 10 pm.
Taxi service: Taxis may be hailed right on the street or passengers may phone a radio taxi agency in order to request one. As to the taxi fares, they vary depending on the city where taxis are taken and the distance to be covered. Fares are paid in cash, though some agencies offer their clients the possibility of using this service for a certain period of time and paying for all trips taken later as agreed upon.
Train Service: It is an inexpensive and popular means of transportation used to cover urban, interurban and long-distance journeys. Fares and timetables vary in terms of the city where trains are taken, the type of service offered and the distance covered.
Trolebús: It is an electrical bus being driven in the cities of Córdoba, Rosario and Mendoza. Passengers are charged low fares and they comprise practically the same urban distances as those covered by urban buses.