Maybe you’re wondering if it’s worth the price to take the Buenos Aires city tour bus also known as the hop on hop off bus Buenos Aires. You see the yellow and red double-deck buses driving in the city and pretty tempting to sit on the upper deck in the sun. Hop on hop off!
The tours of hop on hop off bus Buenos Aires
There are 2 companies that provide hop on hop off bus tours in Buenos Aires. The yellow tourist bus by “Buenos Aires Bus” and the red double-deck busses by “Grayline”. You can choose based on budget and route.
Both busses are a hop on hop off system. It means you can start wherever you want, hop off and start again at the stop of your choice. When you take the sightseeing city bus you will see most of Buenos Aires.
Both busses the yellow bus from Buenos Aires bus and the red from Grayline do have stops at Recoleta, the Teatro Colón, Avenida de Mayo, the Plaza del Congreso, Parque Lezama, Boca Juniors’ La Bombonera stadium, La Boca, the Puente de la Mujer and the Reserva Ecológica.
Exclusively for Secrets of Buenos Aires readers I made a map of the bus routes.
Which hop on hop off bus should I take?
There is a difference in the routes between the yellow and red bus lines. For example, the yellow bus has a stop in Palermo Soho and runs to the National Congress of Argentina.
If you want to visit the River Plate stadium, the red bus line is the one to take.
There are small differences in route throughout the route, but they both have stops at the most famous places.
Where to start and buy tickets for the city sightseeing bus?
It’s possible to buy your tickets online on Buenos Aires Bus and Grayline. For your comfort, buy your tickets for the hop on hop off bus online and start wherever you want in Buenos Aires. The ticket is 24h or 48h valid from the moment you hop on for the first time on your tour.
The Buenos Aires tour bus operates every day from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
The hop on hop off bus Buenos Aires: worth the money?
Depending on what type of tourist you are, it’s an easy way to discover the city.
Buenos Aires bus 24h: 6000 ARS or approx. USD 40
Grayline Buenos Aires city bus: USD 35
The quality of the audio system is moderate with a choice of up to 10 languages (Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, and Arabic). The seats are plastic but quite comfortable. A pair of small disposable earphones are provided by the company. The rooftop of the bus is divided into two parts: an open area and one cabin in front with air conditioning.
Buy ticket for the hop on hop off bus
If you want to buy a ticket for the Buenos Aires bus, you have two options.
One, you head to the main office at Florida 948 and buy the ticket there.
Second, you can buy your ticket online in advance. i strongly suggest buying the hop on hop off Buenos Aires bus ticket on their website and not third-party websites. On the website of the bus company, you can print the ticket and hop on everywhere you want.
When you buy the ticket on a third-party website, you need to go to the main office to turn the mobile pass into a paper one. Strange, but it’s like that?
For the Grayline city bus, you can buy your ticket online here.
- Don’t forget to put on a sun protector in spring and summer if you sit on the upper deck. It can be hot and sunny.
- Buy your tickets online here for the Buenos Aires tour bus.
- Take advantage of the hop-on and hop-off. Stop at some museums or places
I rate it a 3,5 star on 5. Taking a public bus will get you everywhere but the upper-deck has its advantages.