General Travel Tips Buenos Aires
Upon arrival in Buenos Aires the best way to get from the Ezeiza airport to your destination is by taking a shuttle with a transfer company. You will find multiple company stands in the lobby directly after you exit customs, in the transport lobby area. If you are on a budget you can take public bus 8, but be warned it can take up to 2 hours or more to reach your final destination. If you decide to take a taxi, walk past the transport area outside customs, where the overpriced MTL taxi´s are located and make your way towards the blue sign saying Taxi Ezeiza, you will get a fairer price here. Once you’re in the city, getting around is quite easy by bus or subte (the local subway). Buenos Aires has a large, complex bus system and you pay a very small price for single trips or get a subte card if you plan on staying longer. You are able to buy single tickets at any of the local subte terminals. For more information visit www.sube.gob.ar
There are some general safety tips everyone should be aware of when traveling in Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is really a big city, and just like any other big city there is crime. Always be aware of pickpockets on the subway or crowded buses. Do not keep valuables, including your phone, in open pockets. Do not flash around expensive things such as an iPhone when you’re on public transportation or out on the street, be discreet.
In general it is better to carry around smaller bills if you can because stores always ask for smaller bills and don’t always carry change for larger notes. It is also good to carry around smaller bills when using taxis because sometimes when you don´t pay with exact change, they try and pay you back with fake bills. This is not always the case but it has been known to happen.When exchanging money you will get the best exchange rate at a cava. Ask your hostel or hotel for a good cava, a not-so-official money-changing place that will usually give you a better rate than a bank or official cambio. If possible, go with a native Spanish speaker to make the process easier and to make sure you don’t get ripped off.
In Buenos Aires you can generally find decent priced hostels, hotels, or B&Bs. A great website to check out if you plan on staying in a hostel is http://www.hostelworld.com. It includes guest reviews, ratings, and a variety of hostels throughout Buenos Aires. There are multiple barrios (neighborhoods) throughout the city that are great to stay in, depending on your preference. One neighborhood that I would not recommend is La Boca, considering it is not the safest of areas for tourist. Some great neighborhoods that have a variety of places to stay are Recoleta, Palermo, San Telmo, The Center, and Puerto Madero.