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In this page: Accommodation | Eating Out | Getting Around | Time and Time Difference | Climate | Electrical Standards and Measurement Systems | Paying | Speaking | Emergency Numbers | Communications

 

Accommodation

Rental
Rental of apartments from local individuals
VRBO Argentina Vacation Rentals
Guest houses
Equivalent to a bed and breakfast
Argentina BnB (Directory)
Estancias
Country house with outdoor activities (horse riding, fishing, hunting, etc.)
EstanciasArgentinas.com
Hotel Rules
Prices are per room and per night, taxes included (sometimes VAT is not included).
 

Price Indications

Economy Room 30 to 40 pesos
Medium Price Room 80 to 150 pesos
Good Quality Room over 200 pesos

Source: Lonely Planet

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Eating Out

Categories of Restaurant
 
  • Parilla
Traditional Argentine Restaurant. Beef is their specialty.
  • Foreign cuisine restaurants
Many Peruvian restaurants, also Mexican, Italian, French, etc.
  • Traditional restaurants
Specialties are pizzas, milanesas, empanadas,etc.
  • Cantinas
Popular fast food
Rules For Eating Out
In general, the prices displayed do not include the cover charge. In addition, it is customary to leave a tip of 10% of the bill.
 

Price Indications

Economy Meal 15 to 20 pesos
Medium Price Meal 30 to 60 pesos
Good Quality Meal over 80 pesos
 
Food Specialties
Beef is a staple in the Argentine diet. Bife de lomo, a thick and tender fillet, and bife de chorizo, a sirloin cooked in its own fat, are two popular examples. Beef is also eaten Gaucho style, with parilladas or asados (BBQs) where fillets, rib steaks, blood sausage, chorizo, sweetbreads, etc. are cooked over coals, and. Food portions in Argentina are enormous. The ideal accompaniment is chimichuri, an Argentine condiment made with 22 different herbs.

Other specialities include:
- Charcoal grilled lamb
- Ewe's milk cheeses
- Dulce de leche: a caramelised milk that can be spread onto bread, stuffed into chocolates or piled onto pancakes.
- Carbonada en Zapallo: squash stuffed with vegetables and beef (or fish, if in certain coastal regions).
- Alfajores de Cordoba: sandwich biscuits filled with dulce de leche and covered with chocolate or vanilla.
- Matambre: a traditional dish of rolled up beef with hard boiled egg. Served hot or cold, its name means 'kills hunger'.
- Rogel de Dulce de leche: millefeuille made with dulce de leche.
Drinks
There is a wide variety of Argentine wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Syrha.
Dietary Restrictions
Raw meat and horse flesh are banned from almost all traditional restaurants.
Table Manners
Meals in restaurants are always convivial and lively. Table manners observe the same codes of propriety as in Europe or the US, but in a lighter way. Empanadas, a local specialty, are now the only dish which is eaten with the fingers. At some dinners men may be on one side of the table and women on the other!

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Getting Around

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Recommendation
Traffic is very heavy in Buenos Aires, especially in the centre. Traffic lights are obeyed but the use of indicators is practically unknown. Be very careful of buses that force their way through and taxis that either drive very slowly (when empty) and at breakneck speed (when taken).

Parking in Buenos Aires is practically impossible. It is recommended to use public transport (bus, train, metro) or a taxi.

Using taxis is recommended; there are plenty of them in Buenos Aires and they are cheap (the average fare is 15 pesos). Illegal taxis are a problem, especially at the airport. Be sure to flag down radio taxis or a private car service called 'remise'.
Maps of Urban Networks
Buenos Aires Subway Map
Urban Transport Agencies
All types of transport in Argentina
Find an Itinerary
Interactive map of the city of Buenos Aires
Taxi Companies
Taxi company (Taxi premium)
Taxi company (Radio taxi)
Taxi company (Deplata radio taxi)
 

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Buenos Aires - Jorge Newbery (AEP) 3 km / 2 miles USD 2-3 / 10-20 min PES 0.70 / 10-20 min - Available
Buenos Aires - Ezeiza Intl (EZE) 35 km / 21 miles USD 15 / 30-45 min USD 2 / 90-120 min - Available
 

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Recommendation
There is practically no long distance train network, though Greater Buenos Aires is served by a good network of suburban trains. Outside of this area, buses are the preferred means of public transport.

Seven airline companies share the market, the two main ones being Aerolineas Argentina - Austral and LAN. Links between the capital and the main provincial towns are frequent, although flights linking the various provincial towns with each other are less available.

Rail Companies
Buenos Aires Subway
 

Airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Aerolineas Argentina - Austral Major Yes Yes
LADE Major Yes No

You Can Consult The EU Air Safety List. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

 
 
 

Travelling By Yourself

Recommendation
Roads are generally asphalted and in good condition on main roads. It is advised to fill up your car as soon as possible, especially in Patagonia, as the country regularly has petrol shortages. Take care when driving on Argentine roads; many have only two lanes.
Driver's License
A foreign driver's license is recognized for car rental if you have a tourist visa. .
Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
You must be at least 21 and have had your driver's license for more than 2 years.
Rental Agencies
Hertz Argentine
Avis Argentine
Alamo Argentine
Tolls or Taxes
Tolls on national roads
Road Maps
Argentine Road Network
Find an Itinerary
Google Maps: Argentina
Traffic Conditions Online
Traffic in Buenos Aires
Parking Facilities
Many parking lots in the city center. There are plenty of places and you pay by the hour or by the day.
 

Rules of the Road

Minimum Driving Age
17
Side of the Road For Driving
Right
Speed Limits
110 on roads, 60 on main thoroughfares (avenues in the big cities), 40 in town
Safety Belts
Compulsory. You are also required to drive with your headlights on low beam.
Permitted Amount of Alcohol in the Blood
0.5 g/l

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Time and Time Difference

Current Local Time
It is %T:%M %A In Buenos Aires
Summer Time
Summer time is from January to March.
 

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

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Climate

 
Type of Climate
The climate varies enormously depending on whether you are in the south (Ushuaïa with its polar climate) or in the north (with its equatorial climate). Average temperatures in Buenos Aires range from 17°C to 29°C in January and from 5°C to 14°C in June. 
For Further Information
Argentine Meteorological Service
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

 

Climate

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Electrical Standards and Measurement Systems

System of Measurement Used
Metric system
Unit of Measurement of Temperature
Degree Celsius (ºC)
 

Use our service Measurement Converter.

 
Electricity
 
  • Voltage
230V
  • Frequency
50Hz
Type of Telephone Socket
US RJ-11 phone plug
DVD Zoning
Zone 4

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Paying

Domestic Currency
Argentine Peso
ISO Code
ARS
To Obtain Domestic Currency
The parity established between the Argentine peso (ARS) and the U.S. dollar in April 1991 was abolished in December 2015. Visitors are advised to take dollars in cash with them, though it is possible to withdraw local currency in all towns.
Possible Means of Payment
U.S. dollars and euros are an accepted means of payment in shops. The use of credit cards is quite common.
 

To Find a Cash Machine Where You Need, Use the ATM locator

 

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Speaking

Official Language
Spanish is the national language of Argentina.
Other Languages Spoken
Part of the population understands and/or speaks English and Italian. Though the official language of Argentina is Spanish, many indigenous languages are still in use.
Business Language
Depending on the type of company, geographical location and sector of activity, it may be possible to conduct business in English. Otherwise, the business language is Spanish.
Free Translation Tools
Promt: Online Translator : Words text and webpage translation
Google Translate : Word, text and webpage translation

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Emergency Numbers

Emergency Medical Services 107
Police 911
Firemen 100

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Communications

Quality of Communications
The means of communication in Argentina are extensive and cover the whole country.
Telephone Codes
To Make a Call From Argentina, Dial 00
To Make a Call to in Argentina, Dial +54
Number of Digits of National Telephone Numbers
11

0 + number of the region + other figures

Mobile Telephone Standards
GSM, GPRS, 3G
National Mobile Phone Operators
Personal, Movistar, Telmex (in Spanish), Claro (CTI)
 

Availability of Internet

Internet Suffix
.com.ar
National Internet Access Providers
Telecom, Speedy
Access in Public Places
Cyber cafes (locutorios) are everywhere in town. Some places have a Wi-Fi connection.
Access in Hotels
Allowing for exceptions, only hotels in big cities are connected to Internet.

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