FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Buenos Aires

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Buenos Aires each year. The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday)

March/April: Holy Week (national holiday)

As a strongly Catholic country, Argentina observes the week before Easter as the most sacred in the calendar. There are many joyful celebrations of the Resurrection throughout Buenos Aires and a large number of baptisms are held on Easter Weekend.

April 2: Malvinas Veterans' Day (Día de la Malvinas, national holiday observed on the closest Monday)

A number of remembrance ceremonies and demonstrations are held each year to commemorate Argentina's brief occupation of the Falkland Islands (named the Islas Malvinas by Spain), which began on this day in 1982, honouring the servicemen who fell during the ensuing conflict with the United Kingdom. By June of this same year, Argentina had been defeated by the British, who thus retained control of the Falklands as an overseas territory.

May 1: Labour Day (national holiday)

May 25: Revolution Day (national holiday)

Commemorates the May Revolution, which brought the first autonomous Argentine government into power on this day in 1810, thus setting in motion the process that resulted in the formal declaration of independence from Spain six years later. The Plaza de Mayo, one of Buenos Aires' most important landmarks, is named for this historical event and remains the focus of festivities: military parades, official ceremonies, live music and dance shows.

July 9: Independence Day (national holiday)

Commemorates the formal declaration of independence from Spain on this day in 1816. Highlights include official ceremonies, military parades and fireworks.

August 15: Assumption Day (national holiday)

October 12: Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural (national holiday)

Respect for cultural diversity is the driving force behind Argentina's modern festivities paying tribute to the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus in 1492, celebrating the many cultures coexisting within the country, with the aim of promoting historical reflection and intercultural dialogue. Parades with indigenous peoples in traditional dress, singing and dancing fill the streets of the Argentinian capital each year on this day.

December 25 : Christmas (national)

CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires has a humid subtropical climate. Winters are usually very mild, but can occasionally see freezing temperatures, particularly in July. Summer temperatures are high and the humidity can sometimes be stifling. The pampero, a cold and dry wind from the Andes, and the sudestada, a warmer and more humid south-easterly wind that blows up the Río de la Plata, frequently sweep through the city.

Month Min. Average Temperature Max. Average Temperature Average Rains Best Time to Travel
January 20/68 30/86 119/4.7 Not the best period to go
February 19/66 29/84 117/4.6 Not the best period to go
March 17/63 26/79 134/5.3 Not the best period to go
April 13/55 23/73 97/3.8 Good period to go Good period to go
May 10/50 19/66 73/2.9 Good period to go Good period to go
June 8/46 16/61 62/2.4 Good period to go Good period to go
July 8/46 15/59 66/2.6 Good period to go Good period to go
August 8/46 17/63 69/2.7 Good period to go Good period to go
September 10/50 19/66 73/2.9 Not the best period to go
October 13/55 22/72 119/4.7 Not the best period to go
November 15/59 25/77 108/4.3 Not the best period to go
December 18/64 28/82 105/4.1 Not the best period to go

Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport

Also known as Ezeiza International Airport, Buenos Aires' Ministro Pistarini International Airport is located about 22 kilometres (14 miles) south-east of the city centre.

  • Three terminals:
    • Terminal A
    • Terminal B (Air France)
    • Terminal C (Air France)

Getting from the airport to Buenos Aires and back
  • By car
    • Accessible via Autopista Teniente General Pablo Ricchieri.
    • There are two large parking facilities at the airport: a parking garage linked to Terminal A and a parking lot adjacent to Terminals B and C (free for the first 15 minutes, then ARS 45 per hour and ARS 225 or ARS 250 per day).
    • Several car rental companies have counters in the arrivals hall of Terminal A.
  • By bus
    • Bus 8 connects the airport with Plaza de Mayo in central Buenos Aires every 30 minutes, leaving from a stop just outside the arrivals hall at Terminal B. The trip takes about 2 hours and the fare is ARS 9, but payment on this bus must be made by swiping a Sube smart card (see the “Useful tips” section below), which can only be purchased in the city, not at the airport (it may be possible to offer another rider cash to swipe you aboard with their card).
  • By shuttle bus
    • Shuttle buses operated by Tienda Léon leave the airport every 30 minutes for the bus company's main office in central Buenos Aires (Avenida Madero 1299). The trip takes about 50 minutes and the fare is ARS 160 each way.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are available at the ranks outside the terminals, but the price must be negotiated beforehand and most drivers do not speak English. The trip to central Buenos Aires takes about 40 minutes and costs around ARS 450. Prepaid taxis, called remises, can be booked at the designated booths in the arrivals hall. Fares are about 30 percent higher than those charged by taxis picked up at the ranks, but some of the companies operating remises offer a 20 percent discount coupon for the return to the airport.
  • Services : shops, bars and restaurants, Internet access (Wi-Fi) available in the airport.
  • Telephone : +54 (0)11 5480 2500
  • Website : http://www.aa2000.com.ar

GETTING AROUND Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires offers a range of safe, efficient and fast public transport options to make getting around the city a breeze. Bus, underground or taxi – the choice is yours!

By bus

City buses, called colectivos, are the most popular mode of transport in Buenos Aires. With a stop about every eighth of a mile, the city's bus network is particularly extensive and efficient. Some of these stops are indicated only by a small sign posted on a tree showing the bus number. Payment is made aboard the bus, in cash (exact fare in coins only) or by swiping a Sube fare card (see the “Useful tips” section below). A single ticket costs ARS 5.00 (ARS 4.50 if purchased using a Sube card).

By underground

Buenos Aires' underground rail system, locally known as Subte, is very convenient, but its six lines (A, B, C, D, E and H) only cover a portion of the city. The Subte is certainly the easiest way to get around if you are not venturing beyond the city centre. Most trains run every 3 to 6 minutes from 5 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Tickets may be purchased singly or as passes valid for multiple trips. One ride on the Subte costs ARS 5.00 when purchased singly and a Subtepass containing 20 rides is available for ARS 85.00.

Useful tip:
The rechargeable Sube card, which costs ARS 25.00 and can be used to pay for fares on the city's buses as well as the Subte trains, is a very convenient option if you will be using public transport frequently during your stay. Hundreds of locations throughout the city sell these cards, including the major post offices and many shops. All fares are discounted when purchased with the Sube card, with progressively lower fares as the number of trips increases in the same month: 1 to 20 rides cost ARS 4.50 each, 21 to 30 rides cost ARS 3.60 each, 31 to 40 rides cost ARS 3.15 each, and 41 or more rides cost ARS 2.70 each.

By commuter rail

In addition to the Subte system, there are seven railway lines that pass through the main train stations in Buenos Aires, which can be useful when you need to cross the city. The stations to remember are Retiro for northbound travel and Constitución to head south, while both Frederico Lacroze and Once are for destinations in the west. A single ticket costs about ARS 10.

By taxi

Taxis are a relatively inexpensive way to get around Buenos Aires. They seem to be everywhere, which is not surprising when you realize that the official size of the fleet is 38,500 cabs! Taxis are black with a yellow roof and a short trip in the city centre costs between ARS 20 and ARS 30. This includes the initial charge, which is about ARS 15.

Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Buenos Aires, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.

Buenos Aires Ciudad

The city's official tourism authority offers practical information and many useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

Tourist information centres

At various locations throughout the city, Buenos Aires Ciudad operates tourist information centres where you can obtain information and recommendations for visiting the city and its surrounding area. The main addresses for these centres are listed below.

  • CIT Florida : Florida 50
  • CIT Plaza Roberto Arlt : Esmeralda 26
  • CIT Plaza San Martín : Corner of Florida and Marcelo T. de Alvear
  • CIT Puerto Madero : Juana Manuela Gorriti (Dique 4) 200
  • CIT Recoleta : Av. Quintana 596
  • CIT Retiro : Bus Station, Office 83

Medical information

See your doctor before you travel.

Hospital stays are very expensive in Buenos Aires and foreign visitors are required to pay for any medical treatment in full before being seen by any medical staff. It is therefore recommended to take out insurance before you leave home covering any possible expenses for hospital stays in Argentina.

Vaccinations

Booster doses of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio vaccines are mandatory for visitors to Argentina.
In addition, the following vaccines are recommended :

  • hepatitis A and typhoid

For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

Water

Tap water is safe to drink in Buenos Aires.

Administrative formalities

For stays of less than three months, citizens and nationals of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Argentina: Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Holy See (Vatican City), Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay.

For further information, visit the website of the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
https://www.mrecic.gov.ar/asistencia-consular/guia-práctica-para-el-turista-argentino-en-el-exterior

Essential phrases

Good to know

00 54
+ phone number without the 0 (calls to Buenos Aires)
-11 : 00
of time difference with
Singapore

Banks
Usually open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Government Offices
Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
220 V / 50 Hz

And what about tipping?
In Buenos Aires, leaving a tip, which is called a propina, is not required but always appreciated. In bars and restaurants, it is customary to tip between 10 and 15 percent, unless a service charge is already included in the bill. It is also normal practice to give hotel bellboys a few pesos and to round up the fares for taxi drivers.