The Buenos Aires Hop-on Hop-off Bus

4:10 PM Sandra Gutrejde 6 Comments

The city of Buenos Aires offers this Hop-on Hop-off bus service since May 2nd, 2009, just like the ones existing in other big cities in the world like New York, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, London, San Francisco, Chicago or Toronto.
Every day six open top double decker buses, decorated with themes representative of the city, depart from Florida & Diagonal Norte every 20 minutes, from 9 am to 5 pm in winter and 9 am to 9 pm in summer.
The tourist bus of the city of Buenos Aires has extended its route, to include the Northern neighborhood of Belgrano. This new route will allow visitors to know one of the most beautiful areas of the city, including new attractions such as the Argentine Polo Field, the Palermo Hippodrome, Las Canitas, Solar de la Abadia Shopping Mall, Barrancas de Belgrano, China Town, Larreta Museum, among others. The Boca Juniors Stadium in La Boca neighborhood has also been added to the new bus route.
A specialized tour guide on board provides visitors with informative material about the city, and audio guide is available in Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, and French.
Tickets can be purchased at the tourist office of the city of Buenos Aires on Av. Pres. Roque Saenz Peña 728, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm; directly from the guide on the bus (cash Pesos only); or online through their website.

The prices are:

24 hour ticket:
Adults: $ 1700 Argentine pesos
Children 4-11: $ 700 Argentine pesos
Children under 4: Free
Disabled: Free
Family groups:
2 adults + 2 kids (between 4 and 11): $ 4000 Argentine Pesos
2 adults + 3 kids (between 4 and 11): $ 4500 Argentine Pesos

48 hour ticket:
Adults: $ 2200 Argentine Pesos
Children 4-11: $ 1000 Argentine Pesos
Children up to 4: Free
Disabled: Free

Visitors can hop on and off the bus at any of the stops. For those who stay on the bus, the complete loop lasts around 3 hours, depending on traffic.

The stops are marked by a yellow sign.

Blue/Red route: This route has 25 stops and takes about 3 hours 20 minutes. It starts in the heart of downtown Buenos Aires, a few meters from the Plaza de Mayo.
The buses run from 9 am to 9 pm, departing every 20 minutes.

0) Diagonal Norte (Av. Roque Saenz Peña & Florida)
1) Av. de Mayo (Av. de Mayo 853).
2) Congreso (Av. Rivadavia 1553).
3) Paseo de la Historieta (Av. Belgrano 380).
4) San Telmo (Av. Independencia 331).
5) Plaza Dorrego - San Telmo Market (Av. San Juan 350)
6) Usina del Arte (Caffarena 50)
7) Boca Juniors Stadium (Brandsen 805)
8) La Boca - Caminito (Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1959)
9) Costanera Sur (Tristan Achaval Rodriguez y Padre Migone)
10) Puerto Madero (Juana Manso and Macacha Güemes).
11) Rio de la Plata (Olga Cosetini 150)
12)  Galerías Pacifico (Av. Córdoba between San Martín and Reconquista).
13) Av. 9 de Julio (Carlos Pellegrini 955)
14) Plaza San Martín (Florida 1095 between pasaje Kavanagh and Ricardo Rojas).
15) Floralis Generica (Av. Figueroa Alcorta 2263)
16) MALBA (Salguero and Martín Coronado).
17) Plaza Italia (Av. Sarmiento 2600)
18) Palermo Soho I (Malabia 1861)
19) Distrito Arcos Shopping Mall (Paraguay 4950)
20) Bosques de Palermo (Av. Del Libertador 3876)
21) Spaniards' Monument (Av. Del Libertador 3260)
22) Fine Arts Museum (Av. Libertador and Pueyrredón)
23) Recoleta (Av. Pte. Manuel Quintana 555)
24) Teatro Colon (Cerrito 760)

Green Route: This route has 11 stops and takes about 1 hour 20 minutes. It begins at the Malba, and explores some of the parks and green areas in Buenos Aires, like  Palermo Woods, and some of the most important sites related to Argentine sports: the Campo Argentino de Polo stadium or the River Plate football stadium, known as “El Monumental”.
The buses run from 10 am to 6.30 pm, departing every 30 minutes.

1) MALBA (Salguero and Martín Coronado).
2) Planetario (Av. Sarmiento 4200)
3) Club de Pescadores (Av. Costanera Rafael Obligado. Est 2200)
4) Parque de la Memoria (Av. Costanera Rafael Obligado 7200)
5) El Monumental River Plate Stadium (River Museum) (Av. Figueroa Alcorta 7576)
6)  Chinatown (Av. Libertador and Juramento)
7) Palermo Polo Field (Av. del Libertador 3900)
8) Bosques de Palermo (Av. Del Libertador 3876)
9) Distrito Arcos II - Shopping Mall (Santa María de Oro 2204)
10) Palermo Soho II (Armenia 1894)
11) Spaniards' Monument (Av. Del Libertador 3260)

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  1. Anonymous4/09/2009

    It sounds a good idea for the tourista who is only there for a few days, but quite honestly it looks to me an expensive way to see only a small part of the city. For me the only way to really enjoy Buenos aires is to get out and walk.

  2. Thanks for the great info on the tour. Can one get on anywhere the bus stops or must one start at Florida: Diagonal Norte and Florida?

  3. Hi Debi
    Thanks for the comment. You can get on the bus and start the tour at any of the stops on the route. But I understand some of the stops are not very well marked and people have difficulty finding them.

  4. Debi has posted a very informative report about her ride on the hop-on hop-off bus she wanted to share:


  5. Its a shame for this company how their employees treat the guests on the bus. After looking long time for the stop no 8 we just saw that a bus came, we hurried there, it closed the door right when we came. We waited another 30 Minutes (total 1 hour now), the next bus came. We trusted that we can pay in the bus (like written on their website and on the sign at the bus stop). The escort guy refused to let us in the bus - we should buy tickets first (anywhere in the neighborhood, not to understand). We said that we waited already 1 hour in the hot sun (I am disabled in walking). With a stupid grin and no comment he closed the door and the bus disappeared. One hour wait to learn the bad behaviour of this employees. A shame for this company and the country how they treat their guests. We took a taxi - more convenient and much more cheaper.

  6. Thanks for the great info on the tour