Useful data of Buenos Aires.
3. Temporary Housing
4. Tourist Seasons
5. Transportation fares
7. Meals fares
10. Electric power
11. To obtain information on the city
The climate of Buenos Aires is mild all year round. The mean annual
temperature is 18º C (64.4º F), making extremely hot and
cold days very infrequent. Thus, visitors can enjoy walking around
the city in any season.
July is the coldest month. Although frosts are rare, a woollen coat,
a jacket or an overcoat and a scarf will be required when going out.
In winter, cold is moderate during the day, but temperature considerably
drops at night.
In summer, the weather is hot and humid. Mornings are warm and during
midday and the first hours of the afternoon, the temperature rises.
At night, temperature goes down slightly, so people may wear light
clothes; coats are not needed.
Rains are more frequent in autumn and spring (from March to June and
from September to December, respectively). They are mild or last a
short time, thus activities are not hampered and people usually go
out with an umbrella or a raincoat.
In the sunny days of autumn and spring, mornings are slightly cold;
the temperature rises at midday and drops again at night.
The Argentine currency is the peso ($). There are
$ 100, $ 50, $ 20, $ 10, $ 5 and $ 2 notes, and 1, 0.50, 0.25, 0.10
and 0.05 cent coins.
The U.S. dollar is the most common foreign currency. Banks and casas
de cambio (currency exchange offices), where you must present your
passport, exchange foreign currency. Shops accept credit cards and
1 dollar = 3 pesos
Finding housing in Buenos Aires is not hard. There are a lot of options:
Hostels, Bed and Breakfasts, Guest Houses, Homestays and flatshares.
At our apartment share we offer temporary housing and rooms for rent
for long-medium stays in Buenos AIres
- Hostel in San Telmo
You may visit Buenos Aires all the year round. January (summer) is
the most tranquil month since many residents are on vacation, but
the cultural offer is still abundant and varied.
If you stay for several days, you may combine city tours with visits
to places around the city such as the Delta (of the Paraná
river), estancias (ranch houses), or Martín García island.
HOLIDAYS Banks, businesses and some shops close on holidays, but most
cinemas and theaters are open.
Generally, companies offering city tours and excursions do not suspend
If a holiday falls on Saturday or Sunday or between Tuesday and Friday,
it is generally transferred to the next or previous Monday.
Bus: $ 0.75 (minimum fare)
and $ 0.80, within city limits
Subway: $ 0.70 (flat fare)
Taxi: basic fare of $ 1.28 + 0.16 each 200 meters (220 yards). Average
trip lasting 8 minutes: $ 4 to $ 5.
Trains: $ 0.50 (minimum fare)
Remise (limo service) (from Ezeiza airport to the Obelisk, down town):
Minibus (from Ezeiza airport to the Obelisk): $ 19
Car rental per day: $ 90 to $ 200
1 litre of gasoline (0.2 gallons): $ 1.84
Ths fares could change with the city.
HOURS The time zone corresponds to GMT-3 and currently no change is
made in the summer months.
Activity in Buenos Aires starts in the first hours of the day and
extends until late at night. This city has lost the habit of siesta
a nap after midday -, which is still the custom in the interior
of the country.
Shops in Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Rosario and La Plata are open Monday
through Fridays, from 9 am to 8 pm, and Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm;
however, shops located in important avenues are open on Saturday afternoon.
In shopping centers, hours usually extend until 10 pm, including Saturdays
Banks in the main cities as Buenos Aires, Cordoba and Rosario open
at 10 am and close at 3 pm (some banks extend their closing time to
4 pm). Cash extractions and other transactions may be made in ATMs,
24 hours a day.
The hours in which porteños have their four meals are variable,
since this is accommodated according to their activities.
Breakfast is served between 7 and 10 in the morning. In coffee houses
and confiterías (patisseries), it is possible to find special
offers for the typical coffee and milk with medialunas (croissants),
both for breakfast and merienda (tea) time.
Pizza (8 servings): $ 5
to $ 20
Pasta: $ 5 to $ 20
Parrillada (barbecue) for two persons: from $ 15
Empanadas (small meat pies): from $ 1 (per unit)
Ice creams: from $ 2; 1 kilo (2.2 pounds) between $ 8 and $ 20
Tenedor libre (all-you-can-eat restaurants): from $ 12 (per person)
Breakfast at a confitería (patisserie): from $ 3.50
The official language is Spanish. Something to note is the use of
vos (you) instead of the Spanish tú for informal treatment,
and the use of che to address a person.
Currently, Buenos Aires receives tourists from varied nationalities
that come for different purposes. Some come to shop, others to enjoy
the night life and some others to taste the porteños bohemian
lifestyle. Also, there are those who engage in an educational tour
and want to study the Spanish language.
Several entities, academies, institutions and universities (among
them the language Laboratory at the University of Buenos Aires) teach
Spanish to foreign people, from beginner to advanced levels, or provide
specialization on a specific field.
The porteños easily understand persons who speak Italian and
Portuguese. Most people involved in tourist activities speak English.
Buenos Aires has always
been an open-door city. Its inhabitants are called porteños,
which makes reference to the fact that the city is a port. The inhabitant
of the province of Buenos Aires is called bonaerense.
Porteños are warm and hospitable: they usually invite tourists
for lunch or dinner at their homes and prepare typical food.
The characteristic infusion is the mate. It is prepared by pouring
warm water into a gourd, also called mate that contains yerba mate.
Some people add sugar, but most prefer "un amargo" (a mate
Electric power in Argentina
is 220 volt, 50-cycle alternating current. Power outlets have 2 cylindrical
holes or 2 flat holes with ground connection. It is convenient to
bring an adaptor for these outlets to use your electric devices without
11. To obtain
information on the city
There are three National
Tourist Information Centers, depending from the National Secretariat
1. Av. Santa Fe 883, ground floor.
Tel.: 4312 2232 / 5550 // 0800 555 0016.
2. Jorge Newbery airport, Costanera Norte
Tel.: 4771 0104
3. Ministro Pistarini International Airport, International terminal,
Ezeiza, Province of Buenos Aires.
Tel.: 4480 0224
If, during your visit, suffer some kind of abuse or discrimination,
communicate whit the Tourist Ombudsman, phone number: 4302 7816. To
contact personally, can go to Ave. Pedro de Mendoza 1835 ("Benito
Quinquela Martin" Museum) in the neighborhood of La Boca. From
Monday to Sunday, from 10 AM to 6 PM.
Source: Government of the
City of Buenos Aires, www.bue.gov.ar
Buenos Aires Housing
Accommodation in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Lodging in Homestay, Buenos Aires.