Travel Difficulties Don’t Have To Ruin Buenos Aires!
I’ve worried that the beautiful photos and interesting stories I’ve posted here on the blog and on Instagram may entice people to visit Buenos Aires without knowing the full story. On Instagram, our trip has looked like pure fun and exploration but, believe me, we have had some real travel difficulties here that you should know.
Knowledge is power, especially in Buenos Aires!
Transportation Travel Difficulties
UBER: Things To Know Before Summoning One
Uber is common in Buenos Aires but it is not legal. You won’t run into any problems using them but there are things to keep in mind:
Tipping is completely optional. A 10% tip for taxis and restaurants is greatly appreciated.
Cabify: The Legal Alternative to Uber
IMPORTANT: To pay for your rides, you need to connect a PayPal account.
BUS and METRO: Things To Know
You can go into debt on your SUBE card! This is a unique idea. If you don’t have cash for refill your card, you can still ride! You can go up to 50 pesos in debt! Below, you can see that we went 42 pesos in debt.
Money Travel Difficulty: ATMs
Argentine pesos are written with the $ symbol. If they’re referring to dollars, they usually write it as U$S
All technology and real estate is priced in U$S. When people buy real estate in Argentina, it’s in cash! They bring a suitcase full of dollars!
Making Long Distance Phone Calls
Every restaurant and coffee shop In Buenos Aires has free wifi, but you have to ask for the password.
Restaurants: Cleanliness Problem
Many restaurants close at 4pm and re-open at 8pm
There is a lot to love about Buenos Aires. If you come, I want you to love it as much as we do. I think clear expectations will help you enjoy your stay!