Moving around Buenos Aires

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The best way to move around Buenos Aires is by Taxi. There are thousands of taxis in the streets at any hour. You can hail a taxi anywhere, not just at taxi stands. When you see a taxi with a red light on (Libre) in the windshield, it means it is available. Taxis are very inexpensive for tourists. You will never spend more than $10 - 15 usd if you travel within the city. There were several problems with unauthorized taxis that scammed tourists, so make sure you pick a taxi with the “Radio Taxi” sign, and the official stickers on the windshield. A taxi can accommodate up to four passengers. A tip is not required but you can leave some change if you had a good service.
There are hundreds of radio taxi companies which you can call from your hotel or apartment. If you are using a cell phone, you can call a radio taxi and they will pick you up wherever you are. Just make sure you have the correct address with door number and cross streets.
There´s an extra fee for requesting a taxi by phone.
A couple of reliable Radio Taxis companies which I usually call are:
Radio Taxi Pidalo: Tel: 4956-1200
Radio Taxi Premium: Tel: 5238-0000

Those planning to use the public transportation need to get a Sube Card. It can be obtained at any office of Correo Argentino, kiosks and other locations, just presenting a passport or ID and paying AR$ 25. The card can be charged with credit at determined kiosks (look for the "Se Carga Sube" sign), all lottery stores, or at any subway station, and then used at the automated machines on buses and for the subway and urban trains. The cost of a bus ticket is AR$ 6, 6.25, or 6.50, depending on the distance, and the Subway fare is AR$ 7.50.

There´s an extensive network of bus lines that covers the entire city and its suburbs. Each line is identified by a number.
Once you get on the bus, you tell the driver your destination. The driver will enter the fare in the machine, and then you tap the Sube card on the reader. One Sube card can be used by more than one person, just tap the card once for every traveler.
You get on the bus through the front door, and get off through the rear door. To let the driver know you want to get off, ring the bell located at the handrail near the rear door when approaching the desired stop.

There are 6 lines of Subtes (subway). One Subte ride costs AR$ 4.50, and is valid for a one way trip with connections. You just tap the Sube card on the reader located over the turnstiles (only upon entrance, not on exit), and the fare will be discounted from your card.
As in every crowded place, be very careful with your belongings when you travel on a subte. 
For maps and information about the subway, click here.

For transportation from Ezeiza Airport, the best and safest way is to hire a private "remise" car. You can contact me and I´ll make the arrangements for you with a reliable company. The cost of the trip from Ezeiza to the center of the city is around 60 US$ for two people.

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