Handy Info Buenos Aires

Just some general information about Buenos Aires that is handy to know!

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General information about Buenos Aires

Currency:                                                                   By pesos argentines ($)
Country code (phone):                                            +54
City code (phone):                                                    +0054
In case of emergency (phone number):               911
Electricity:                                                                 220-240 volt

Typical of Buenos Aires
– Barbecue
– City Center
– Old Town
– Palermo Shops
– City tour Bares

ATM services in Buenos Aires

The banks in Buenos Aires are open from Monday to Friday from 10:00-15:00. In Argentine, there is a difference between two types of banks: Cajas de ahorros (savings banks) and Bancos (regular bank).

If there is a Maestro logo on your debit card, and that is almost always the case, you can withdraw cash at ATMs with the same logo 24 hours a day. Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in Barcelona.

In Argentine it is customary to leave a tip in taxis, restaurants, hotels and bars. A usual gift is a tip of 5 – 10% on the price. Be aware that sometimes a service fee is included in the price. Restaurants will then mention that the cost for “servicio” is included.

Safety in Buenos Aires

Despite the large size and the differences between rich and poor, Buenos Aires is not so safe. Especially if you are not near the tourist part of the city. There are too many pickpockets, and people who want to sell services, tours and excursions. Try to avoid that and always go to a physical place where you can check that they are official.

Please note that you still have to keep an eye on your possessions, especially in the busier areas such as metro stations and major shopping streets. Tourists are often a easy prey and can form a willing target for pickpockets and scam.

Post office services in Buenos Aires

The post offices in Buenos Aires are open from Monday to Friday from 08:30-19:30 h. On Saturday morning the post offices usually open from 09:30-13:30.

Would you like to post a card? For stamps and maps, you can also start looking for a kiosko shop. You can post in the yellow buses scattered around the city.

Public holidays of Buenos Aires

Most shops and banks closed on public holidays. The public holidays of Buenos Aires are:

Date Holiday
01.01.xxxx           New Year’s Day
16.02.xxxx   Carnaval
24.03.xxxx Memory day
02.04.xxxx   Remember Malvinas war   
01.05.xxxx Labor day    
25.05.xxxx Revolution Day   
09.07.xxxx Independence Day
12.10.xxxx Race Day
08.12.xxxx Immaculate Conception
25.12.xxxx   Christmas Day
31.12.xxxx New Year’s Eve

How late do the stores open and close?

Most shops in Buenos Aires are open from Monday to Sunday from 10:00-21:00. A number of shops in the city centre close at 22:00. They are open ALL day.

The restaurants are often open for lunch between 13:00 h-16:00 h. and for dinner from 20:00-23:00. In Buenos Aires it is usual to eat around 22:00, so always you are going to find some place to eat open, so many catering establishments often have wider opening hours, in particular for the tourists.

Most bars are already open around 17:00 and close at 03:00. When you choose for a night ‘ clubbing ‘ the Buenos Aires nightlife starts rather late. Most nightclubs start to get full around 02:00 or 03:00. The Advantage is that they often stay open longer and finish late in the morning.