Let’s talk about public transport in Buenos Aires. How to get around in the city, where to buy a public transport card and how to use it. We will mention the bus, subway (metro system), and the suburban train in Buenos Aires. Read my other articles about to get around in the city with a bike or electric scooter.

Read also: how to use a taxi in Buenos Aires – tips and tricks

Private airport transfer Buenos Aires Ezeiza

Buenos Aires Public Transport in a Nutshell

How to use public transport in Buenos Aires?

  1. Buy a contactless SUBE-card in a metro station, kiosko or train station. (USD 1,60)
  2. Top up the card with cash money. This can be done where you bought the card or stores with a sign “Carga SUBE Aqui”.
  3. Take the bus, subway or suburban train. Say your destination to the bus driver. Not necessary when taking the subway or suburban train.
  4. Average price per ride: USD 0,35

Why should you use public transport in Buenos Aires?

We are not exaggerating when we say that you can get everywhere with public transport. Buenos Aires has a very extensive bus network supported by the metro. Also, it’s a cheap way to get around in Buenos Aires and you will come into more contact with local life.

Pay all your transfers with the SUBE-card (bus, subway and train)

The SUBE-card: where to buy it?

The SUBE card is the contactless reload card to use on all buses, trains, and subways in Buenos Aires. It’s not possible to pay cash to the driver!

You need to get a SUBE card before you want to use the bus or metro. Do you arrive at Ezeiza (EZE) International Airport? Great! But first, you will need some cash Argentinian pesos. In our article “the best places to change your money in Buenos Aires” I mention were to change it at Ezeiza airport. Afterward, head back to the arrival hall, and on your left side, you will see a kiosko where you can buy a SUBE card. The price is around USD 1,60.

At the same kiosko you will see a yellow machine with a touchscreen. Put your SUBE card on the reader and insert some peso bills.

Tip: Are you only getting around in Buenos Aires by public transport? Per day in the city, you will use around USD 1,80. So, top up enough for during your stay. It will save you time.

SUBE card Bus Buenos Aires Metro
SUBE-card Buenos Aires

The subway in Buenos Aires

The Buenos Aires underground system has 6 lines. With the metro, you will reach most of the popular attractions in the city. On weekdays the subway is operating from 5:30 in the morning until 23:30 at night. Saturdays the subway is operating 30 min longer until midnight, but on Sundays only from 8:00 until 22:30.

The subway has good connections to Palermo, Recoleta, and Microcentro (Plaza de Mayo-Presidential Palace).

Some tips when using the subway in Buenos Aires:

  • Carry your bag in front of your body. Be aware of pickpocketers.
  • Avoid using the metro between 07:30 – 09:00 and 17:00 – 18:30. (Rush hour)
  • There are persons in the subway trains that try to sell small things such as candy. They put in on your leg when seated. If you don’t want to buy it, just leave it. They will pick it up moments later or leave it on your seat. Or kindly say, “no thank you” when you see them coming.

Subway map of Buenos Aires Public Transport

Use the bus in Buenos Aires

Taking a bus in Buenos Aires is not more special than in another city. You will notice, everywhere you go, you will see a bus. The best thing is: you will never need to wait more than 10 minutes for a bus and the buses drive day and night!

First, you need the know bus line drives to your destination. We suggest downloading the “transit” app for your phone: https://transitapp.com. It’s the most complete app with live tracking. Get a local SIM-card in Buenos Aires. Read here where to buy a SIM-card. It’s handy and easy to use.

  1. Find the correct line to your destination
  2. Wait in line at the bus stop (a common thing to do in Argentina)
  3. Say to the bus driver your destination
  4. Scan your SUBE-card at the card reader terminal
Metro bus Public Transport Buenos Aires
Bus network in Buenos Aires

Suburban train in Buenos Aires

In Buenos Aires, there is also the suburban train network. The train is cheap and well-maintained.

Going to Tigre

You will need to take a suburban train when you want to go to Tigre.  The line is called “Mitre”. It will take you one hour to arrive in Tigre. The train departs in Retiro train station. First

Going to El Palomar airport

Also, the train will bring you to El Palomar airport. The hub for FlyBondi and JetSmart. Take the “San Martin” line up to your destination in around 45-50 minutes. Departing from Retiro train station.


My roots in Buenos Aires started as a tourist. After some great adventures in Argentina, I moved in 2017 to the metropolitan city of Buenos Aires. I felt a need for correct and honest information for tourists. That's why I love to write to you. Sharing my discoveries in Buenos Aires. I hope you enjoy the city as much as I do! Buenos Aires ❤️


  1. I believe that I need my passport to obtain a SUBE card. Is that true?

    • Hi Ian, I never had to give my passport nor a national ID to get a SUBE card. But keep it with you in case that the rules changed last minute.

  2. We will arrive Buenos Aires CruiseTerminal in a few days. Can you let us know where to get the SUBE card near the cruise terminal?

  3. It’s 2 January 2024 and I got one at first Kiosko I visited, next to Obelisco. Not sure if I got lucky or the problem is fixed!

    • Oh super to hear that! Will check some kiosko’s too. Thanks for letting me know. Enjoy your stay in Buenos Aires 🙂

  4. Thanks so much for your detailed info on this website, Glenn! I’ve been to BA and still have my SUBE from my 2019 trip. I’m visiting again with a friend in December ’23. If it’s hard to get the card since 2021, is it possible to load more money on my SUBE and use it with my friend?

      • Glad we can use the same SUBE card since it might be hard to get one for my friend after reading some other comments. Thanks for your help again!

  5. Went all over Bariloche and a few places in Buenos Aires and still can’t get my hands on a SUBE card. Any idea where to get one in Jan 2023?

    • Hi Rachel, since 2021 it is a problem to get a SUBE card. Even locals have problems.

    • Hi Glenn, could you confirm whether it’s still possible to get SUBE card at the airport? And if it’s not available what are the alternatives to use public transportation in BA?

      • Hi, at the airport it will be difficult to find. Last time there were SUBE cards available in the major train stations Retiro and Constitution. There are no alternatives to use the public transport as the sube card is required to enter the busses or underground.

  6. Hi, Glenn:
    Thank you for your effort and time to help the visitors! May God bless you!
    We will take a Celebrity cruise on 2/25/2023. We will be arriving at EZE airport on at 10:45a Saturday 2/25/23 via AA. Will you please provide the least expensive way or the best way to the Cruise terminal, Pureto NuevoTerminal De Pasajeros , Terminal 3 in details for us? Thank you very much!

    • Hi Susan, wishing you already an amazing cruise. You can book your transfer here and select “Buenos Aires Port”. That’s the only cruise terminal in Buenos Aires. A driver will wait for you in the arrival hall and guide you to the car. An easy transfer and not the most expensive. However, for me the most convenient one. 🙂

  7. Karen Chua Reply

    Extremely useful information, so far the most comprehensive available in one stop. Definitely helping me tons with my upcoming trip in October 2019! Cheers

    • Glenn Reply

      Thank you Karen! It’s a kind compliment. Enjoy your trip in October 😉

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