Visas: Generally not required for US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and most Western European citizens. However, Americans, Canadians and Australians must pay a significant 'reciprocity fee' to enter Argentina. Most foreigners receive a 90-day visa upon arrival.
Local transportation: The best way to get around is by public transportation. Buenos Aires has an amazing network of busses and subways which you can use to quickly travel around the city. SUBE cards are rechargeable, magnetised cards that are needed to travel on buses, subte (underground metro) and trains in the city and province of Buenos Aires. They can also be used for paying motorway tolls ('peajes'). Cards can be purchased from post offices and some "kioskos" (corner shops selling confectionary and tobacco) for $25 pesos. The SUBE website has a map of vendors. Cards can be recharged in all subte stations and at many National Lottery outlets and kioscos in the city.
Known locally as ‘colectivos’ or ‘bondis’, buses are the cheapest way to get around the city. Over180 bus lines run regularly, with reduced frequency at night. Bus fares within the city range between AR$6 and $6.50 and must be paid with a rechargeable SUBE card. For information (in English) on how to get to your destination on city buses, check out this onlineroute planner.
The subte (underground train network) is the quickest way to get around the city. Four líneas (lines), A, B, D and E, run in parallel from the centre to the western and northern outskirts, while línea C runs north–south and connects the two major train stations of Retiro and Constitución. Línea H, the newest line, runs from Las Heras Avenue south to Hospitales. Trains operate from 5am to around 10:30pm Monday to Saturday and 8am to around 10pm Sunday and holidays, so don’t rely on the Subte to get you home after dinner.
BA is awash with licensed black and yellow taxis, and in busy areas you are unlikely to wait more than a couple of minutes for one. Licensed taxis run on meters, and tariffs are exclusively in pesos (ARS $). Fares rise by 20% at night. Not all taxi drivers carry change for $100 peso notes, and it is therefore recommended that you take small change with you or check first with the taxi driver if he/she has change.
Where to buy a SIM card: The three telcos in Argentina are Personal, Movistar and Claro. Local SIM cards/chips for your mobile phone can be bought from any mobile phone store and cost around $50 ARS. Once the number is activated, which is instantly, you can charge your new number on any kiosk around the city. You will see signs with a legend like ("Cargamos Personal/Movistar/Claro").
Popular areas: Microcentro, San Telmo, La Boca, Palermo, Belgrano, Puerto Madero, Tribunales
Popular food: Asado (beef/steak barbeque), Empanadas, Alfajores (classic sweet snack), Helado (similar to gelato), Pizza
Things not to do: Don't forget to tip at restaurants. Tips are not part of the "servicio de mesa" and should be added separately (around 10%).
Buenos Aires is renowned for its unique mixture of European and North American influences while being true to it's South American heritage. The city is laced with shopping streets, and restaurants of different cuisines can be easily found in BA. Expect a vibrant nightlife where restaurants open at 9am and bars/clubs are opened til dawn. This is a city that never sleeps! A trip to Buenos Aires is not complete without some sort of experience of the Tango, the national dance of Argentina. La Boca is famous for Tango and you can often catch glimpses of Tango dancers practicing in the streets.
Women digital nomads will find that Argentina is a relatively safe country to travel alone. Argentina’s men have a reputation for freely expressing their appreciation for women passing by on the street, but it is much more likely that a single female traveler will suffer minor harassment in public places — or petty theft— than an outright sexual assault. Be especially careful at night, and stay away from squares. The most frequent incidents of crime involve distraction theft, bag and cellphone snatching.
Buenos Aires is a hotspot for expats and one of the most popular meeting points in the region for location-independent entrepreneurs from all around the world. You’ll find many digital nomads here, especially between the months of October and April. The city has great internet connectivty, and has over 250 free WiFi hotspots in the city, including on Subte and Metrobus networks.
BA is broken up into 40 neighbourhoods, or barrios, although realistically you would only consider living in the 16 that are closest to the city centre. The three most popular choices are Palermo, San Telmo and Recoleta as these are centrally based, but are safer and more stylish than say Boca.
The best time to visit Buenos Aires is from April-June (fall) or from September-December (spring). January and February is Buenos Aires' summertime and peak tourist season, and crowds as well as hotel room rates start to swell. While this season remains a popular time to visit, temperatures often rise into the 90s and a muggy heat hangs in the air.
Coworking Spaces in Buenos Aires
Cafes with wifi
Don't want to work at a coworking space? Check out these cafes with wifi instead.