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Buenos Aires, Argentina » City Info » Travel Tips

Buenos Aires is the most important and capital city of Argentina, which is also known as the ‘Paris of South America’. Travel and leisure is the main highlight of this desirable city of Argentina. This Latin city is full of ancient buildings and its parks that reflect the style of the Italian, French and Spaniards. Nothing is missing in this city, as it offers a wide range of historical attractions for art lovers, cultural events, modern skyscrapers, natural landscapes and a vibrant nightlife.

  • Tipping
Like other South American cities, tipping is not compulsory or added to the bill. Typically, around 10 – 15 % tipping is expected if someone is seriously giving good service. If payment is done by credit card then tipping is expected by cash itself as there are no other provisions or service charges added to restaurant/bar bills. Normally, taxi drivers do not expect any tip unless they are offering some extra services like helping to carry bags into hotels or at airports etc.
  • Safety
Buenos Aires is considered a safe city as the crime rate is quite low. To be on the safe side, in such a big metropolitan city, it is always good to be aware of the surroundings and take precautions. Common petty thieves, bag snatchers and pick-pocketers usually attract the famous tourist places and therefore it is always good to be alert while exploring this city. It is considerably safe to explore this beautiful city by using radio taxis, throughout the day and night, which are also affordable.

Few security tips:

  1. Avoid travelling alone and if possible take guidance of local friends while roaming the streets especially at night.
  2. It is advisable to avoid unnecessary exposure of valuable and expensive items in crowded areas.
  3. Be alert from gangs of people who operate together to distract attention in order to grab wallets or mobile phones.
  4. Take care of your belongings especially in the subway.
  5. Keep credit cards, extra cash, and passports secure.
  6. Avoid eye contact or helping beggars on the streets.
  7. Do not expose items like expensive cameras that can grab the attention of thieves.
  8. For security reasons, it is a good to take out money from the ATM machines that are placed inside buildings, banks or shopping centres.
  9. Before leaving hotels do ask which areas should be avoided especially at night, for example areas like La Boca.
  • Smoking
Smoking is strictly prohibited on public transportation like taxis, trains and buses. There is also a restriction from smoking in public areas like theatres, grounds and food processing places. Additionally, there is a new law to ban smoking completely in bars, restaurants and public spaces but it is not usually followed by many of the local people. Bars that are covered in more than 100 sq m area are allowed to keep a separate smoking area.
  • When to Travel
This city is located in the southern hemisphere and falls under the humid subtropical climate zone. Summer season starts from the month of December whereas winter starts from June. Both summer and winter seasons can be extreme sometimes i.e. hot and humid summers and cold winters. Snowfall is not expected but rainfall is expected at any time of the year. Normally tourists prefer the winter season, as it is rarely extremely cold. The best time to travel to this city is from July to September.
Spring: September to December.
Summer: December to March.
Autumn: March to July.
  • City Transport
Different means of transportation available in the city are buses, taxis, trains, and cars for rent.
All major attractions in the city are connected via the bus network and locally it is known as 'Colectivos'. The most cheapest and safest option is the bus as it has the cheapest fare than any other transport system. A little more expensive is the express bus network called ‘Diferencial’, which is also available and takes fewer stops till its destination. Taxis are easily available almost at every place but there is one more desirable transport option called 'Remises'. These are similar to taxis but the price of the trip is pre-arranged. Another reliable option is the subway system, which covers the center and outskirts of the city. There are four main terminals available for the train system that connects the Capital Federal with the suburbs and the rest of the country.
  • Emergency Numbers
Calling Code+54
City Code11
Fire Department:100
Ambulance / Medical Emergency:107
Police (emergency):101
Tourism information Line:+54 11 4313-0187
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