TRANSPORTATION AROUND THE CITY: INTRO TAXIS
Buenos Aires it's a big cosmopolitan city and as such, it's got several options to travel around.
Even though Taxis are a cheap option, I personally recommend you do give the public transportation a try and indulge yourself in the experience of traveling like a local!
It's fun, you will meet more people than just sitting at the back of a taxi and even if you get lost you'll take advantage of ending up in places you never even imagined!
It must sound like a crazy idea to spend your holidays stuck in traffic, but I was able to travel around without too much hassle as long as I stayed away from rush hour! I think that catching a “colectivo” or a “subte” betwen 1000 and 1500 and after 2000 shouldn't be too bad.
Do bare in mind that Argentinean transport workers are popular for their strikes. If you are waiting for the subte more than 10 minutes or all the buses are overcrowded and show people hanging from their doors, it's time t o go for a walk or hail a cab!
Speaking of cabs (If at the end my article doesn't make up your mind about taking advantage of public transportation) they are indeed a very cheap option. You can pretty much cross the whole city in less than 45 minutes and for less than US$7.
The minimum fare it's US$3 and I really doubt you would ever pay more than US$10 (As long as you stay within the city)
I would always try to take taxis with the “radio taxi” sign on their doors. This means they work for an agency where they are registered. They take journeys that the agency assigns to them but they are also allowed to work on their own, taking passengers in between the journeys the agency sends.
The other cabs, are also supposed to be registered but you never know...better safe than sorry, hm?
It is indeed always best to call your cab. You will need the telephone number of the place you are taking the cab from (a mobile number would do) and they will even confirm the number on the cab and model and make of the vehicle!
If you are in a restaurant, feel free to ask your server to get you a cab. Seriously, it's not hassle and it's done a lot! They would be happy to help you!
Most agencies are able to send you a cab within 10- 15 minutes (Unless it's a public holiday or chrismas or NYE!) . No worries, when you call they will also be able to let you know what's the estimated time for the taxi to pick you up.
I am writing down the most popular and reliable agencies for you. Some of their operators even speak English. They are all open 24 hours.
RADIO TAXI PREMIUM 5238-0000
RADIO TAXI BOCA 5252-1212
FREE TAX 4943- 2003
RADIO TAXI 2001 4901-9911
Don't be afraid of taking cabs. MOST OF THE TIMES, nothing happens. yes, there are stories of visitors being ripped off or taken to the wrong place. Just make sure where you are going by checking both your departure and arrival addresses (you can find a good interactive map at the city's website: http://www.bue.gov.ar”) and stick to the popular areas. [more]