A colorfully marked map makes it easy getting around the six Buenos Aires metro lines. (Click image to enlarge or print.)
the various barrios of Buenos Aires is much simpler for visitors
with a basic knowledge of the city's public transportation systems.
Brightly-colored buses are ubiquitous, but the routes aren't clearly
marked and exact change is needed for fares. By far, the simplest
form of public transportation is the Subte,
(pronounced soob-tay) an underground metro system that covers the main barrios of Buenos
Buenos Aires Subte station opened on December 1, 1913, making
it the first underground mass-transit system in the entire Southern
Management of the Subte switched hands several times
throughout the twentieth century, and in 1994, the system was
privatized. Today, the stations are owned by Subterráneos
de Buenos Aires S.E., a government agency, and operations are
run by Metrovías S.A., a private contractor.
contains six underground lines labeled "A" to "E"
and "H," each associated with a different color.
(light blue) runs from Plaza de Mayo to Carabobo and stops at
various points along Avenida de Mayo and Avenida Rivadavia.
(red) goes from L. N. Alem to de Los Incas/Parque Chas. It runs
along Avenida Corrientes, one of Buenos Aires' main thoroughfares,
from the Microcentro up through the barrio of Almagro to Palermo.
(blue) goes from Plaza Constitución to Retiro, Buenos
Aires' main train station. It runs along Avenida 9 de Julio,
the widest street in the world, from San Telmo through the Microcentro
(green) is a popular line, covering the main sections of Belgrano,
Palermo, and Recoleta. It starts at Congreso de Tucumán
and ends at the Catedral station.
(purple) runs from Plaza de los Virreyes to Bolivar station.
It is less frequented than the other lines, and most of its
stations are located in residential areas.
(yellow) goes from Once to Caseros. It has the fewest stations
and is intended primarily for locals.
Subte is relatively simple. Stations are marked aboveground by
large signs indicating the line and direction of the trains. Be
sure to check the direction you'll need to take to your intended
destination before you enter the station; many Subte entrances
are for one direction only.
is $1.10, which allows for transfers at exchange points. Purchase
a single-use or multi-use ticket (called a SubtePass) at the boleteria
(ticket office) located in the station. Beware that many boleterias
don't take large bills and may ask you for exact change for your
fare. Insert your ticket into the turnstile card reader to gain
entry to the platform. If you purchased a multi-use ticket, the
number of remaining rides will flash on the reader.
lines run about every three to six minutes from 5 a.m. to 11:45
p.m. Expect delays; they are a common gripe among locals. All
in all, however, the Subte runs remarkably smoothly for a system
with such history.
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