The chaotic city streets have not been friendly to cyclists, but this is slowly beginning to change. A new initiative by the city government has expanded the network of bicycle-only lanes, and there are now more than a dozen stations that provide free bike rentals; you only need to present your DNI or passport and a bill or certificate verifying your home address. To see an updated map of bike-friendly roads and rental stations, visit http://mejorenbici.buenosaires.gob.ar/.
There are also many tour groups in the city who will organize cycling excursions, such a s Lan & Kramer Bike Tours (http://www.biketours.com.ar/ing/index.html) who offer guided tours of the city. Prices start at about US$15 a day for the rental alone.
Three ferry operators in Buenos Aires offer services back and forth from Uruguay. All three have trips to Colonia, Montevideo, and Punta del Este, but be sure to check the schedules and buy your tickets ahead of time, especially for weekend travel as the seats fill up quickly with people wanting to have a reprieve from the city and tourists who want to update their visa status with a border hop. Prices for round-trip tickets start around AR$200 during the week, and rise to $250 on the weekends.
- Buquebus http://www.buquebus.com
- Seacat http://www.seacatcolonia.com
- Colonia Express http://www.coloniaexpress.com
If you are seeking another option for traveling around Argentina besides flying, a great choice are the buses that take people all across the country. These buses (called ‘omnibuses’ or ‘micros’) are the most frequently used and least expensive alternative. There are dozens of companies operating out of the main Retiro Omnibus station that service all the provinces of the country, including the furthest south of Ushuaia, and bordering countries like Chile and Paraguay. Most trips are overnight, while others heading all the way north or south can take 2 or 3 days. Fortunately, the seats on these buses are accommodating. The most basic service called semi-cama, comes with seats that recline 150º, while coche cama seats recline 160º and the most luxurious, ejecutivos, have fully reclining seats. Meal service usually consists of dinner and a small breakfast with coffee, and the bus makes several stops along the way, a few of which they’ll allow you off to stretch your legs out a bit. The bathrooms on these double-decker buses aren’t great, but they are functioning and about the size of an airplane bathroom.
The best way to choose a company is by visiting the Omnibus website below, seeing which omnibus companies service the ares you wish to visit, then going directly to that company’s website for updated schedules and rates.
- Terminal de Ombibus Retiro http://www.tebasa.com.ar