In Buenos Aires people use buses or colectivos, or take the subway. You can find out about the different lines and where they go in the transportation guides. We recommend that foreign students buy a Guía-T guide in which one can find maps for all the streets and avenues, showing the various modes of transportation (colectivos, subways, and taxis). The City Government runs an interactive page, also available as an App at http://www.buenosaires.gob.ar/aplicacionesmoviles/ba-como-llego that is also very useful for planning bus/train/subway trips.
Colectivos: Bus service is very convenient, with frequent service on popular routes. Bus stops are situated every two blocks and are posted. You must have a rechargeable SUBE card to pay for the bus fare –the local staff will help you acquire one during orientation.
Subway: This type of transportation is also very efficient and is the fastest way to get around Buenos Aires. The subway has about 150 stations that are part of the system and cover about one-half of the city. You will also need a SUBE card to use the subway system.
Taxis: For taxis, it is good to know the route you will be taking, as well as an estimate of the cost. A surcharge is made for each item of luggage, fares between 10:00 pm and 8:00 am within city limits, and, if the taxi goes out of the city, the fare will include the cost of the return to the city. The safest and most reliable option is to use a radio taxi or a remise. There are many companies offering this service; we suggest you ask your host family for the phone number of the company they use.
Bus lines are divided into corridors, each of them is associated with a color and a letter. There are trolleybuses, too (A, B, and C), and a Diferencial line (D). Regular bus fare is 5.30 pesos (about 80 cents) and Diferencial bus fare is 8.20 pesos ($1.60). You will pay with a special bus card, which you will acquire during orientation.
There are also interurbanos which serve the suburbs of the city. They charge according to the distance to the destination terminal. Prices vary from about $2 to Villa Carlos Paz up to $4 to the peripheral suburbs of Jesús María and Cosquín.
The Sierras de Córdoba, the hill region west of the city, is the second most popular tourist destination in Argentina, and the nearest resorts are only 20km away from the city, making it possible to travel within the province of Córdoba and get away from the city bustle during the weekends.
Extensive bus services operate in Montevideo and the suburbs. There are flat fares for the central area and suburban services. Tickets cost 36 pesos and you must keep your ticket for inspection. You can also obtain a local bus card that will allow you to ride the bus for 29 pesos. Bus routes and schedules can be found on Montevideo’s municipal website here: http://www.montevideo.gub.uy/aplicacion/como-ir. Metered taxis are available in all cities and from the airport. Drivers carry a list of fares. A surcharge is made for each item of baggage and fares between midnight and 6:00 am within city limits. Taxis may be hired by the hour at an agreed-upon rate.
Travel between sites
If you plan to visit another city in which the Schools in Argentina and Uruguay operate, you can get in touch with the local staff and use their homestay network. Some houses that work with our program do have additional rooms that visiting students may rent for about $20 per night.
Uruguay students: If you plan to travel to Argentina, you will need to pay the reciprocity fee prior to departure. This applies to arrival at any port of entry, including by boat.
**PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RECIPROCITY FEE FOR U.S. CITIZENS HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Travel outside the host country
If you plan to travel to other countries, be advised that regulations vary and may change at very short notice. In some cases a visa and inoculations may be required. Consult a travel agent for current procedures. Visas are currently required for travel to Brazil and Bolivia, and all travelers should check the embassy website for details.
Hitchhiking as a mode of transportation anywhere in Latin America is strongly discouraged as a matter of College policy. The practice is regarded by security officials to be extremely unsafe and is often illegal. Buses and trains provide a low-cost, safe alternative.
Travel guides such as South America on a Shoestring (Lonely Planet), Backpacking in Chile & Argentina (Bradt Pub./Hunter’s Pub.), South American Handbook, or Fodor’s Guides contain useful travel information.