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Welcome to Argentina! The home of the Argentinian Peso (ARS). The Argentinian Peso is a very vulnerable currency. Here we give you the best tips on how safe exchange money in Buenos Aires, where to change your money and even sometimes make a profit!

We will talk about: ATM withdrawals, Exchange bureau’s, Calle Florida (black market), XOOM and Western Union, Creditcard and, paying directly in Dollar or Euro in stores.

TIP: don’t change your local (USD, EUR, …) money to Argentinian peso in your home country. The peso fluctuates hard during days, so you probably lose value even in a couple of days.

Read also: what is the best time to visit Argentina?

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The symbol for Argentinian Peso is familiar with the dollar sign: $. In Argentina, the shortcut for the US dollar is USD or U$S.

1. The best place to exchange money in Buenos Aires

In our application (iOS and Android), we give you daily updates on the best safe places to change your money in Buenos Aires. Find the best exchange office, updated daily. The app is free and available for iOS and Android. Disfruta! Download here and view the current exchange rate per office.

Important note: due to the currency controls in Argentina it also has effects on tourists. Without any problem you can exchange dollars or euro to Argentinian peso, but the other way there is a restriction. Do you have Argentinian peso left after your stay? You can only exchange maximum 100 dollars worth of pesos back to dollars or euro. This is per person.

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2. ATM Withdrawal

Don’t use an ATM! We mention ATM withdrawal in Buenos Aires at first because it’s the last we suggest to do. The withdrawal commission can get up to USD 10, bad exchange rates, and sometimes no money in the ATM. So, there are better ways to get Argentine peso. Using the ATM is not the best way to exchange money in Buenos Aires!

3. Exchange bureau

Is your local currency US Dollar (USD) or Euro (EUR), then you are lucky. Also, currencies such as the British Pound (GBP), Swiss Francs (CHF), New Zealand dollar (NZD), and others are very common to change into Argentine peso.

There are enough exchange bureaus available in Buenos Aires. Always take your passport with you when you’re going to the exchange bureau. It’s used that the exchange bureau will only accept banknotes higher than 20 USD or 20 Euro. Changing coins is not possible. Withdrawing money here is not available. Read the article for the best exchange places: “The best places to change your money in Argentinian peso, Dollar and Euro

We listed all the best places to change your money. Read our extra article

Tips when you go to the exchange bureau (Casas de Cambio in Spanish)

  • Don’t change immediately all your money. Are you staying longer than 3 weeks? Then change it by every 100 USD or EUR.
  • Don’t accept any extra fee or commission at the exchange bureaus. This is illegal by Argentinian law.
  • A rate that is 2 ARS under the current rate is acceptable. For example, the actual interbank rate is 60 ARS for 1 US dollar. If you can get 58 ARS for 1 US dollar, that’s fine. Go to some different exchange bureaus and compare them. You get the best rate during bank office hours. Check the current interbank rates on xe.com. Here are the best places to change your money.

4. The street Florida: black market

Not afraid of some negotiation? Then go to the pedestrian street “Florida” near the presidents’ house (Casa Rosada or Pink House in English). When you walk down the street you will hear people saying “Cambio, cambio”. These persons work for a bigger boss.

Changing dollars and euros is possible. Be in a strong position to negotiate. Don’t take the first one, but play them against each other. Once you accept a rate after negotiation they will guide you to a small office somewhere located near the street Florida.

It’s possible, once you arrive in the office, they start to negotiate again. Keep with the rate that they said outside. If not, just go outside again. Here you get probably the best rate. Sometimes higher than the actual rate.

Best place to exchange money in Buenos Aires
Coin and banknotes in Argentina (ARS)

5. XOOM and Western Union

Do you want to travel cashless to Argentina? Then there is XOOM and Western Union. You can send money to Argentina and pick it up on arrival at one of their offices in Buenos Aires. Western Union and XOOM have several offices in the city. Western Union works together with PagoFacil and XOOM with Cobroexpress. You will have the option where you want to pick up your money.

The rate at this moment is pretty good. Western Union almost offers the black market rate. The only thing that you need into account is the transaction fee. Both companies are around USD 25 per transaction. So, if you exchange 500 USD or more, XOOM and Western Union will be cheaper.

6. Credit card

Paying with a credit card (Mastercard and Visa) are widely accepted in the city and safe to use. Restaurants, bars, and supermarkets mostly accept your credit card for any amount. By April 1st, 2018 all stores have to accept card payment by the law, but often small kiosks, the bakery or newspaper store around the corner don’t.
Before going to a restaurant always ask if they accept your credit card or check the window for any signs.

7. Coto supermarket or other stores

A not very know way to change your Dollar or Euro to Argentinian peso is going to a Coto supermarket or other brand store (Havanna, Falabella, …). At the Coto supermarket go to the cashier lane and you will see a little announcement with the rate they will give you.

The system works as follows. You buy something small – for example, a little bottle of water. Thereafter, you go to the cashier and pay with your US Dollars or Euros. Use a note of 50 Euro/US Dollar or smaller notes. The cashier will give you Argentinian peso for spare change. Coto supermarket often gives a higher rate than the actual rate.

8. Top-up credit card

There are debit Mastercard- or Visa cards available such as Revolut. It is a top-up debit card. Revolut, for example, uses the interbank-rate that fluctuates during the day without any fee. A good way for travelers and residents without an Argentinian bank account. Check out more on their website.

Extra tip!

Have some cash with you. We mentioned that stores have to accept credit/debit card payments by law, however not every store is happy with it. Also when a store accepts card payments, it’s common that they will make a difference between paying cash or with a card. They will put two prices on the price tag. One in cash (cheaper) and one for card payments.

Get more tips that will save you more money: The best places to exchange your money in Argentinian peso. Read in our app. Download our app for free.

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Footnote: Secretsofbuenosaires.com is not responsible for any wrong information or problems that appear with payment by following one of these tips.

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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 we created this content for you. I hope you enjoy Buenos Aires as much as I do!

13 Comments

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  3. Alexander Ellison Reply

    Hi we have changed some money in the uk to dollars but they only gave us 10 and 20 dollar notes can this notes be exchanged for paso easily

  4. DanielLaurl Reply

    Many thanks for helping people get the information they need. Great stuff as usual. Keep up the good work!!!

  5. Thanks for your info.!! I’m cross-eyed reading all the reviews and wish I had found your site first! Would you suggest the grocery store as 1st choice then? Also, what are your thoughts on XOOM? I’ve read quite a few people mentioning it. Thanks! I’m leaving for Peru this coming Monday then Argentina.. would prefer not to be glued to the google and enjoy my trip))

    • Glenn Reply

      Hi Olivia, at this moment we suggest exchanging your money in Calle Florida. However, you will need to bring cash with you. The rate of XOOM is actually good and the fee is reasonable. Choose Cobroexpress as the place to pick-up your money. There are several stores in the capital city. Have a nice stay in Buenos Aires 🙂

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