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Buenos Aires Guide
What are Buenos Aires' most famous landmarks and monuments?
Plaza de Mayo
The Plaza de Mayo has played an important part in Buenos Aires' history. It was the stage for the country's uprising against Spanish rule in 1810, and it's where the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo vigils are held. With much of the two-block plaza pedestrianised, the best way for travellers to explore the area is with a walking tour. After you’ve bought your return flights to Buenos Aires, you can start researching tours that will take you past important landmarks such as Casa Rosada, Avenida de Mayo, and Cafe Tortoni.
The Recoleta Cemetery
The Recoleta Cemetery is a popular landmark that travellers buying flights to Buenos Aires make a point to visit. Its elaborate mausoleums are the final resting places for famous Argentines, such as Eva Peron and the Dorrego-Ortiz Basualdo family. After you've explored the crypts, you can visit the nearby public gardens, cafes and craft shops.
The Colon Theatre
If you're a lover of theatre, attend a performance at the stunning Colon Theatre. Travellers buying return flights to Buenos Aires can watch world-class opera, ballet and classical music performances. For an in-depth look into the building and its history, you can sign up for a guided tour. It also includes a behind the scenes look into the theatre's costume-making and set-building.
When is the best time to visit Buenos Aires?
April to June
April to June is one of the best times to book return flights to Buenos Aires. It's one of the city's shoulder seasons, and you'll find smaller crowds at top attractions. While the daytime temperatures are pleasant, you'll need to pack a few warm layers for sightseeing around Buenos Aires. You can also plan your trip around festivals such as the May Revolution and the International Decorative Art Fair.
July to August
July to August is winter in Argentina and is a good time to pick up cheap flights to Buenos Aires. The chilly weather means that most tourists stay away, and hotels tend to lower their rates for the low season slump. If you can handle the cold temperatures, buy your tickets to Buenos Aires in August and attend the Buenos Aires Tango Festival.
September to December
Spring is the city's second shoulder season, and cheap flights to Buenos Aires can be easier to find for these travel dates. Other perks of a holiday now is that the summer crowds haven’t arrived and you can see more than 1,000 colourful roses at the Rose Garden Walk. If you're a wine lover, book your flights to Buenos Aires to coincide with the Wine Fair. It's usually held in September each year and is a celebration of Argentina's award-winning wine industry.
December to MarchThe summer months (December to March) is high season in Buenos Aires. The weather is hot, and the top attractions are full of tourists. Some of the top events include the National Festival of the Calf and the Buenos Aires Fashion Week. If you want to buy your airfare to Buenos Aires over this period, book several months in advance.
What is the best way to get around Buenos Aires?
Subway: The subway is a cheap and fast way to get around Buenos Aires. A one-way fare usually costs 8.35 to 9.10 ARS (about 20 cents). If you want to use the service, you’ll need to buy a SUBE rechargeable travel card. Keep in mind that it’s not possible to purchase one from Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) when your flights to Buenos Aires arrive. You’ll have to go to a subway station in the city or one of the Tourist Assistance Centres.
Bus: The bus is an affordable way for travellers buying tickets to Buenos Aires to explore the city on a budget. The service runs 24 hours a day and has extensive routes across the city.
Taxi: If you want to save time getting from Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) to your hotel, you can take a cab. Once you're in the city, you can hail a taxi from the curb or use a mobile app called BA Taxi. Fares around Buenos Aires cost between 200 to 275 ARS ($4.89 to $6.72 AUD).
Bicycle: Keep your transportation costs down with the city's free 24-hour public bike share service.
What should I know before visiting Buenos Aires?
Stay for three days
When buying your flights to Buenos Aires, aim to spend at least three to five days in the city if you're planning to explore other parts of Argentina. With so many attractions to see and neighbourhoods to explore, there is more than enough to keep your itinerary full.
The Spanish is different
If you’re planning to purchase airfare to Buenos Aires to practise your Spanish, you might be surprised to find there’s more of a language barrier than expected upon landing. An influx of immigrants arrived in Argentina throughout the 19th century and the impact of this multicultural influence saw a change in the way the Spanish language was spoken. There is a noticeable Italian influence, and some of the changes you’ll hear include vos instead of tu.
The standard tip in Buenos Aires is 10% of the bill. However, if you feel the service was exceptional, you’re welcome to tip more. You’ll also need to pay for the tip in cash, as it’s not possible to put it on credit card.
Best time to visit Buenos Aires
When is The Best Time to Visit Buenos Aires?
The best time to visit Buenos Aires is during its two shoulder seasons. From April to June (autumn) and September to December (spring), you'll find mild temperatures, few crowds and reasonable hotel prices. So you'll be able to avoid long lines at the city's attractions and pick up deals on tours, accommodation and cheap flights.
The most popular time to visit is during the city's summer months. January to February is the Buenos Aires peak tourist season, and as the temperatures start to rise so do the hotel rates. While there are loads of free events during this time, the summer crowds are thick, and the city's attractions will be bursting with people. To make sure you get a decent price on your accommodation during this time, book several months in advance.
Off season is from June to August. During Buenos Aires winter months, the days are rainy with low temperatures and few tourists. Despite the chilly weather, most attractions remain open so you'll have the city to yourself if you can brave the cold. There's also the popular Buenos Aires Tango Festival in August which will warm you up and is a fantastic cultural experience.
Airports in Buenos Aires
Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Airport
Aeroparque Jorge Newbery is 2 km from downtown Buenos Aires. It's the main hub for domestic flights in the country as well as to South American destinations like Uruguay, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay.
Ezeiza Partido International Airport
Ezeiza Partido International Airport, also known as Ministro Pistarini, is 22 km from the city centre. It's the country's largest international airport and serves as a hub for Aerolíneas Argentinas and LATAM Argentina. It's considered the most important airport in Argentina and handles more than 70% of the country's international air traffic.
Getting To and From Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Taxis from the airport into the city are affordable. The ride should cost you ARS 50 to ARS 120 and take about 15-30 minutes depending on your final destination.
Several bus routes pass Aeroparque Jorge Newbery. If you are unsure which line to take, use ComoLlego, the city's public transport website. It will tell you which bus is the most convenient to take. However, buses are usually crowded, so if you have a lot of luggage, this won't be the best choice.
Another option is to take the Manuel Tiendo Leon shuttle bus. It leaves the airport every hour and will drop you off at their terminal in the city. From here you'll need to switch to a taxi to get to your final destination.