The Argentine Republic, the eighth largest country in the world, is a vast territory that stretches south down the American continent. As a result of its size and changing altitudes, the country's climate is varied and contains microclimates, but on the whole Argentina has three main climate types: warm, temperate and cold.
- Medical Insurance: It is recommended that students obtain medical insurance before they travel to Argentina. Some companies offer insurance specifically tailored to students. Please take the time to look around and review medical insurance options.
- Vaccinations: Specific vaccinations are not required for entry into Argentina. However, cholera and yellow fever vaccinations are required for students from countries where these diseases are endemic.
- Bring an identity document and a medical insurance card with you.
- Bring the contact details of the educational institution where you will study and the emergency numbers of the city you will be living in.
- Main emergency numbers in Argentina:
- *107 Ambulance and Emergency Medical Service (SAME)
- *911 Federal Police
- *100 Fire Service
- *134 To file a complaint
- *910 If you lose your cell phone, call this number to cancel the line and block the cell phone
- Remember to inform your educational institution of your whereabouts and movements. Stay connected using social media and e-mail.
- In the main cities, shops are usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shops on main shopping streets will stay open all day on Saturday.
- At shopping malls, opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., including weekends and many public holidays.
- For many services (mainly in restaurants) it is customary to leave a tip of 10% of the bill, but this is not mandatory and not usually included in the bill.
- Banksare open from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Some banks extend their opening hours to 4 p.m. for some operations.)
- Cash withdrawals and other transactions can be made at 24-hour ATMs.
City of Buenos Aires
- Airports: Read about airports in Argentina, their connections, schedules and services HERE.
- Long-distance trains: Argentina''s regional and long-distance rail services connect 12 provinces over 6,007km of track and 126 stations. For information on destinations and fares, see HERE and purchase your ticket HERE.
- Trains in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area: Metropolitan trains run on a total of 817km of track in this region. With a total of 305 stations, the six suburban lines carry more than a billion passengers every year, making it easier to travel through this the most populated area of the country. For more information on destinations and rates, see HERE.
- Long-distance buses: The main long-distance bus terminal is located in Retiro, in the city of Buenos Aires. For destinations and to purchase tickets, see HERE.
City of Buenos Aires
- Ecobici: The city of Buenos Aires is connected by 320km of bicycle paths, allowing safe bike travel across the city. A public bike sharing service is free of charge. For more information visit Ecobici.
- Subway: Operating hours are from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The fare is paid at the boarding station; there is a single fare regardless of travel distance. The eight subway lines are interconnected, so you can transfer from one line to another at no additional cost. For more information, visit SubteBA.
- Taxis: Taxis are a very common means to get around in all Argentine cities. Available taxis are noticeable by the red "LIBRE" ("FREE") sign on the windscreen, but you can also request a taxi by phone. Fares depend on the distance travelled, length of journey and time of day. With an initial fixed charge, additional charges are made for every 200m travelled or for every minute spent waiting. Night rates, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., are higher. There may be a surcharge when requesting a taxi by phone. For further information and details on rates, visit www.buenosaires.gob.ar/taxis
- Bus lines: Colectivos (buses) are a popular way to travel quickly and cheaply in the city of Buenos Aires. They run 24/7, although with lower frequency after midnight. Fares depend on the distance travelled, so when you board the bus you need to tell the driver where you are going. To use the local bus and subway system in the city of Buenos Aires, we recommend purchasing a pre-paid SUBE transit card, available in subway station ticket booths and many convenience stores. SUBE cards can also be charged at the places mentioned above.