How safe is Buenos Aires safe to travel? One of the concerns when you’re planning your trip. Out of experience, I can say that Argentina is one of the safest countries in South America. I live in Buenos Aires for several years and I give you here all the info if Buenos Aires is safe to travel to. I made a map (see page bottom of the page).

Read also: most common scams and safety when taking a taxi in Buenos Aires

How safe is Buenos Aires?

The U.S. Department of State gives Argentina a level 1 “Exercise normal precautions”.

In general, I can say that Buenos Aires is safe for tourists in the daytime. Of course, take precautions as you would do in every other city that you don’t know. There are pickpocketers active in the streets and in the subway.

General Safety Rules in Buenos Aires

  • Don’t use your phone on public transport. The highest risk of robberies.
  • Don’t use your phone or camera when waiting at a bus stop or near a train station.
  • Wear your bag on the front side of your body on the street and in the metro. It’s also much handier in an area that is crowded.
  • Put your phone, camera, … back in your bag if you don’t use it.
  • Don’t put anything in your back pockets.
Buenos Aires Police Safe Safety
You will see many police officers on the streets. The city invests a lot in safety.

Common practice: The motochorros 

Robberies involving motorcycles often occur in Buenos Aires. It’s the most frequent way for thieves to work in Buenos Aires. The thieves operate with two. One jumps off the motorcycle and steals your belongings and they are away before you know. Mostly violently.

Therefore, keep your eyes on the motorcycles driving around in the city. Especially on intersections.

One of the hotspots for motochorros is on Sunday during the Feria de San Telmo. It’s crowded near the intersections and motochorros are liking that kind of area.

Areas to avoid:

Shanty towns of Buenos Aires

There are some areas that you have to avoid as a tourist in Buenos Aires! Don’t go near the shanty towns around the train station Retiro. Because they are dangerous.

Pickpocketers are very active in that area. Be aware when you walk around any train station. Constitution and Retiro. If you want to go to Tigre, you need to take the train departing from Retiro. Just keep all your belongings close to you and walk straight to the train station. The most important thing to know when asking ‘is Buenos Aires safe”.

I had my own experience there. I was walking to the main post office which is located near Retiro. I was followed by a guy but my friend next to me was aware and looked all the time the guy into the eyes. To let him know that he saw him.

La Boca during the night

You probably want to visit La Boca. In the daytime, you will see a lot of tourists going there and it’s pretty safe. No problem will occur if you take your precautions. Also, the tourist police will be there. If you have any questions. :-). However, don’t visit La Boca if the sun is under.

I suggest you take a bus or taxi straight to the tourist point El Caminito or Boca Juniors stadium. Walking from another neighborhood in Buenos Aires to La Boca is not our favorite route.

Is Buenos Aires safe
Here below I show you 6″is Buenos Aires safe” map. This map is purely illustrative and it’s not based on statistics. The area colored in red is a “don’t go area”. Orange is “go in only in the daytime and directly to the point”. The purple area is the domestic airport in Buenos Aires.

9th of July Avenue

The 9th of July Avenue is the widest street in Buenos Aires and it gives pickpocketers a lot of movement and escape routes. Therefore, keep your belongings closer to you when you are around 9 de Julio Avenue.

Is public transport in Buenos Aires safe?

Taking a bus or metro in Buenos Aires is pretty easy and in general safe.

However, don’t use your phone or any other electronics when you’re taking the bus or subway. Thieves run up the bus when it stops and opens the back doors. Especially when you’re sitting next to a door. They jump in and out of the bus in less than 2 seconds.

Water safe to drink in Buenos Aires

Years I drink tap water in Buenos Aires. It’s just fine. But, if you head to rural areas, I suggest taking bottled water.

Emergency numbers in Argentina

Police: 911 (except in Cordoba, Mendoza, Iguazu, Tucuman, and Tierra del Fuego provinces, in which you need to dial 101 for emergency services)
Medical emergency (Ambulance): 107
Tourist Police (English): +54 9 11 5050 3293 (Whatsapp available)

If you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died). Then call the national emergency numbers and your embassy in Argentina.

U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires: +54 (11) 5777-4354
Canada Embassy: +54 (11) 4808-1000
U.K. Embassy: +54 (11) 4808-2200
Citizens of the European Union can contact any EU-member embassy in case of emergency. (Ireland: +54(11)4808-5700, Belgium: +15 4414 4589, …)


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 went to BsAs in 2018. My first experience (because I had no SIM card yet in my iPhone) was being ripped off by the taxi driver on the way to the hotel from the national airport (because I came from Chile & then Bariloche, ARG): He took a roundabout route that I could only confirm once I was at the hotel and could look on the map at some of the streets/intersections I had noticed and at how I was struck he was coming to the hotel from the back (I had been in BsAs in 2009 and so had a sense of the city). So, yes, he got an extra $5-10, but he and other cab drivers will lose much more in the future because I won’t use them again. Nor, given some of other reports I’ve read recently on other sites, about the muggings that have taken place, will I return for the 2-3 months I had planned on living there starting this month because of the good exchange rate. If in the future I read that the government actually cracks down on taxi thiefs and other thugs, in a sincere attempt to draw back tourists and long-term visitors, I may reconsider. Now, I’ll just go stay in Chile or other non-SA countries that are safer. You don’t need to go to ARG to see Patagonia, the only part that really interests me now. Chile gives equally good experience there and at least was much safer in 2018.

  2. Elena Andersn Reply

    Just returned from my other home, Buenos Aires. I have never had such a wonderful weather like November, December and the first part of January
    Transportation: safest and cheapest is Cabify. Very simple to use. You download the app to your phone and set up where are you leaving from. where are you going. You pay nothing. The entire transaction is done by credit card. Thet send you the plate number, make and color of car, driver’s phone and a photo, if available. A few minutes after the trip is finished, you get a receipt and if you want you can go into their web and check your account. Great service!

  3. Jonny Kustow Reply

    Can you recommend a couple of top quality segway tours in BA? We find this an amazing way to get to see a city! Hope to hear from you. Regards, Jonny Kustow

  4. Duke Taylor Reply

    and the purple areas in the map? y disculpe, las zonas coloradas en morado, eso qué? gracias/ Mahalo

    • Editor Reply

      Dear D, the purple color comes from Google Maps as airport indication. (Aeroparque Jorge Newbery). Regards.

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