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Moving to Buenos Aires

With its sultry tango, stunning European architecture and bustling urban centre, Buenos Aires has earned the affectionate nickname 'Paris of the South'. As Argentina's largest metropolitan area, this city is a hub of activity, attracting expats from all over the world. Home to nearly 3 million residents, Buenos Aires offers a rich blend of cultures and backgrounds that make it one of the most vibrant cities in South America.

For expats seeking adventure and excitement, moving to Buenos Aires is ideal. From the thriving nightlife to the rich cultural scene, this city offers non-stop action for those who want to experience all that Latin America has to offer. And for those with a passion for equestrian sports, Buenos Aires is also the polo capital of the region, drawing in sports enthusiasts from all over the world. With so much to see and do, it's no wonder that Buenos Aires has become such a popular destination for expats looking for something truly unique.

Living in Buenos Aires as an expat

Buenos Aires is the perfect city for night owls. Social life here is geared towards its vibrant nightlife, with dinner commonly eaten after 10pm. Theatre performances usually start around 9pm, and the last movie screening of the day typically begins after midnight. The locals love to party, but alcohol does not necessarily play a vital role in nightlife.

New arrivals accustomed to civic services normally found in Western Europe or the United States will be pleasantly surprised with the standard of services in Buenos Aires. This includes an efficient and easy-to-use public transport system and free healthcare for everyone, regardless of whether they are a resident or a visitor.

The only real downside to moving to Buenos Aires is how hard it is for expats to find well-paid jobs. Argentina's economy has been in flux for years. This has led to high inflation, high taxes, and wages that are low compared to more developed countries. Many expats either work for multinational companies or are self-employed, often working remotely.

Cost of living in Buenos Aires

While the cost of living in Buenos Aires is lower than in other major world capitals, the wages are also lower, and the fluctuating economy means high inflation rates. For expats earning in foreign currency, however, Buenos Aires may seem fairly affordable. Accommodation in the city can be expensive, depending greatly on the area or suburb, but everyday expenses are reasonable. With free public schooling and healthcare on offer, Buenos Aires can look rather inviting to expat families.

Expat families and children

There are plenty of schools in Buenos Aires that expat parents can choose between. While public schooling is free, classes are taught in Spanish. This could be a good option for young children, as they will pick up the language quickly and assimilate into the culture. For parents looking for English-medium schools, however, there are a number of excellent international schools in the city that teach curricula from around the world.

There is plenty for expat parents and children to see and do in Buenos Aires. Visiting the wild animal park, Temaiken Bioparque, is one such activity for the whole family to enjoy. There are also plenty of museums, restaurants, shopping centres, and theatres to visit, as well as annual culture events to attend.

Climate in Buenos Aires

With its tropical climate, Buenos Aires experiences hot, humid weather and plenty of rainfall in summer, while winter is cooler, but mild. Snow is rare in the city, although expats may find a day or two in winter where temperatures drop below freezing. 

Buenos Aires offers a high standard of living, a multitude of activities, a vibrant nightlife and excellent housing options in a wide variety of neighbourhoods (barrios). All of this is available at a great value for those arriving with dollars, euros or pounds. An effort to learn the language and culture will assist expats in feeling welcome in the city but, with all that's available to them, it's no wonder Buenos Aires has become an acclaimed expat hotspot.

Pros and cons of moving to Buenos Aires

Living in Buenos Aires has its upsides and downsides. The city is renowned for its lively atmosphere, offering endless entertainment options and activities to suit all tastes. There is plenty to see and do, including live music, tango shows, outdoor festivals and world-class museums and art galleries. Moreover, the city has a rich cultural heritage and a thriving gastronomic scene featuring delicious local and international cuisines. However, living in Buenos Aires can also be challenging due to its high population density, which often results in crowded streets, busy public transport and noise pollution. Additionally, the city has a reputation for being somewhat unsafe, with instances of pickpocketing and theft being quite common.

Below are some more of the positives and negatives that expats may experience when moving to Buenos Aires.

Lifestyle in Buenos Aires

+ PRO: Endless activities

Buenos Aires is a huge city and offers a million and one things to do, from attending events and festivals to visiting museums or nature reserves. Expats can spend months in Buenos Aires and still not take advantage of everything it offers. More traditional activities like tango classes are also on offer. There are also many great museums, tours, sights and cultural centres to visit. These are great places to take part in active, social or academic activities.

- CON: Loud and urban

As a big city, there is a lot of noise pollution from people and cars in Buenos Aires. Some areas and suburbs are more residential, but the streets of downtown Buenos Aires bustle with people going about their business every day. Although there are a few green areas in the neighbourhood of Palermo or near Puerto Madero, for the most part, Buenos Aires is not a green city. If expats are used to many tree-lined streets, they won't be found here. That said, a day trip to the nearby town of Tigre is great for a fix of fresh air.

Nightlife in Buenos Aires

+ PRO: Vibrant nightlife

It’s said that Buenos Aires has the best nightlife of any city in South America. There are so many options that anyone – young or old, straight or gay – can find their niche. There are also incredible restaurants and bars that offer exquisite food and drinks. Clubs, or boliches, are open late, and anyone can dance the night away. Milongas, or tango dance halls, are also running all night long and are great for those who want a more cultural night out.

- CON: Late nights

Argentines start their Saturday night around 1am, when other cities usually are winding down. It's great for those who like staying out until late, but not everyone wants to be out until 8am on a Sunday.

Expat community

+ PRO: Buenos Aires is HUGE

There is a large expat community in Buenos Aires. There are people of all ages from all over the world, and each is in Buenos Aires for a variety of reasons. Some are just out of college, others moved for work, and many retire in Buenos Aires.

- CON: May be difficult to integrate into the local community

For those looking for a city with few foreigners, Buenos Aires is not it. Although English is not spoken in most places, there are still many expats and even more tourists in most parts of the city. Just walking down any high street, one will hear other languages, especially English and Portuguese.

Safety in Buenos Aires

+ PRO: Safe neighbourhoods

Buenos Aires has certain safe neighbourhoods, especially just outside the city in Zona Norte or areas like Recoleta.

- CON: Petty crime

The economic instability has led to increased thefts and robberies in Buenos Aires. Always stay in the safer barrios. Don't carry large amounts of money or all your credit cards and important documents like passports when unnecessary. Pickpocketing is common on busy streets. Expats should therefore avoid wearing backpacks with visible and easily accessible zippers.

Cost of living in Buenos Aires

+ PRO: Cheap public transport

Public transport in Buenos Aires is extremely cheap for buses and the subway. This makes getting around relatively inexpensive. Other specialised services, such as spa or beauty treatments, are also cheaper than in most cities.

- CON: Expensive real estate

Real estate in Buenos Aires is quite expensive, especially for those who cannot sign a two-year lease, meaning that any foreigner looking for a short-term rental may pay more than they might expect.

The Argentinean economy

+ PRO: Good exchange rate

The Argentinian peso is weaker than the dollar or euro, making foreign savings and salaries go further.

- CON: Frequently fluctuating economy

The economic situation in Argentina is constantly changing, meaning there is a high inflation rate and prices fluctuate from one month to the next. It does not affect those with foreign earnings as much, but if an expat is working in Buenos Aires and being paid in the Argentine peso, the buying power of their salary will change constantly. This makes it hard to save money and do financial planning. Argentinians are used to this and save their money in US dollars to keep it from devaluing.

Healthcare in Buenos Aires

+ PRO: High-quality private healthcare

Private hospitals and insurance companies in Buenos Aires are of excellent quality and readily available. They are also more affordable compared to those in other countries such as the US. Companies must provide health insurance for their workers, and most policies cover everything from hospital visits to various prescription drugs. Buenos Aires is also an increasingly popular destination for medical tourism, with many foreigners travelling to the city for plastic surgery.

- CON: Crowded public hospitals and long waiting lists

Although public hospitals are free, they tend to be quite busy, and most people have to wait hours to be seen by a doctor. In addition, not all public hospitals have access to modern technology.

Working in Buenos Aires

Expats looking to find work in Buenos Aires can look forward to a relatively fast-paced environment and bustling metropolis. This city is home to the highest population density in the country. There are many opportunities, but expats who only speak English may have a tough go of it – the language of business in Argentina is predominantly Spanish. For employees being relocated by a larger corporation, visas are usually dealt with by their employer. In either case, see Visas for Argentina for more details.

Though years of economic struggle gave a slight roughness and edginess to the city, this 'Paris of the South' retains a fair amount of elegance and European influence. This is a characteristic that makes living and working in Buenos Aires unlike any other destination in the world. The cost of living in Buenos Aires is quite high, but expats who earn a stronger currency will be able to live comfortably.

Job market in Buenos Aires

While there's been an improvement in recent years, Covid-19 has caused further problems for an already fragile economy. Unemployment is rife and social struggle and political frustration are highly visible.

Expat positions in large multinationals, such as the banking industry, oil and gas, and IT, are well established in Buenos Aires. The tourism, agriculture and creative industries have also been thriving in recent years. Many expats teach English and offer services such as business translations, web business management and design. Anything that only requires internet and a laptop seems to be the bread and butter of many foreigners vying for a place under the Argentinian sun.

Additionally, due to relatively low local salaries, Buenos Aires seems to be an outsourcing hub. If an expat can speak another foreign language (and of course add the knowledge of native-level English) the call centre industry presents opportunities. Expats need to be aware, however, that they will be competing with well-versed Argentinians working in this industry.

Lastly, as an entrepreneur or businessperson, expats could consider Buenos Aires as a low-capital start-up location. Labour is widely available and not as expensive as in Europe or the US. There are opportunities everywhere, but working around bureaucracy and general 'system failure' can be crippling. Getting started in Buenos Aires is definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Finding a job in Buenos Aires

For expats, being fluent or near fluent in Spanish will determine the kind of opportunities available when looking for work in Buenos Aires. With no knowledge of Spanish, options will be limited and daily survival in Buenos Aires will be fairly difficult. That said, there are still jobs and companies that cater specifically to foreigners.

The best route to finding a job is by being transferred to the Argentinian branch of one’s current workplace. Another advisable option is applying for jobs at international or multinational companies based in Buenos Aires.

Expats trying to find a job in Buenos Aires are advised to visit the city before relocating to determine if it is indeed a place they could enjoy living in long term. Research and networking should start early on through expat groups, forums, playgroups and family days. These are great places to make new friends in similar circumstances. It is also important to keep in mind that who you know goes a long way in Argentina. Never be afraid to make use of connections to get a job.

Work culture in Buenos Aires

Formal or first-time meetings start with a handshake for both women and men. Friends or colleagues who know each other well usually greet with a kiss on the cheek.

The pace of business in Argentina feels slower than in the US or Europe and email response rates follow suit. For urgent emails, expats can follow up their email with a phone call or in person. Expats should be punctual for business appointments, but be prepared to wait 30 minutes or so for associates. Meetings tend to follow a more relaxed pace, with more time devoted to socialising and building relationships.

Dressing well is important in Argentina, with suits and ties common in more formal industries like finance. Argentinian women are generally elegant and well-dressed, whereas men who work in less formal environments like advertising or design prefer not to wear ties. Men with long hairstyles are also common.

Typical business hours in Buenos Aires are Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm. Executives may work long hours, occasionally as late as 10pm. Siestas are not much of a feature in Buenos Aires as they are in rural Argentina, although the lunch break may be longer than expats are used to. In general, conducting business in Buenos Aires is similar to any large European city.

Cost of Living in Buenos Aires

The cost of living in Buenos Aires is above average compared to many large cities, due in part to the country's economic instability. Buenos Aires is a vibrant and lively city that offers a unique blend of European and South American culture. For expats, the cost of living in Buenos Aires can vary depending on their lifestyle, preferences and expectations.

Buenos Aires ranked 114th out of 227 cities in the 2022 Mercer Cost of Living Survey, placing it as more expensive than Wellington and Belfast but cheaper than Vancouver and Canberra.

Cost of accommodation in Buenos Aires

Accommodation in Buenos Aires can be one of the biggest expenses for expats. The cost of renting an apartment can vary significantly depending on the area or suburb, size and amenities. Expats can find apartments ranging from modern high-rises to older buildings with traditional architecture.

Some neighbourhoods, such as Palermo and Recoleta, are considered upscale and more expensive, while others, such as San Telmo and Almagro, are more affordable. Expats should be aware that if they choose to rent in Argentina they will pay much more than what a local would.

They will be required to provide a few months’ rent in advance and will also need a guarantor. New arrivals needn't worry about utilities, as electricity is relatively inexpensive and heavily subsidised.

Cost of transport in Buenos Aires

Public transport in Buenos Aires is extensive and affordable. The city's public transport system, including buses, subways and trains, can be affordable for daily commuting. However, taxis and ride-sharing services can be more expensive, especially during rush hour or at night.

Argentina no longer has its own automobile industry, making cars very expensive in the country as the import tax is up to 35 percent. That said, expats will find that there are excellent quality second-hand cars available.

Cost of education in Buenos Aires

The cost of education in Buenos Aires can be a significant expense, especially for those seeking private or international schooling options. Public schools in Argentina are free of charge and available to all residents, but they are taught in Spanish, which may be a barrier for expat children who are not fluent in the language.

Private schools can be a more viable option for expat families, as many offer bilingual education in English and Spanish or other languages. International schools in Buenos Aires are another option for expat families, offering education in English or other languages and often following international curricula such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme.

Cost of groceries in Buenos Aires

The cost of groceries in Buenos Aires for expats can be affordable, especially if they shop at local markets and prioritise locally-produced goods. Local markets, known as ferias, offer fresh produce and meat at lower prices than supermarkets, but they may be less convenient and have more limited hours of operation. Supermarkets, on the other hand, offer a wider selection of products, including imported goods, and may offer delivery services for added convenience.

Basic staples such as bread, rice and beans can be inexpensive, while meat and dairy products may be more expensive. Imported goods, such as cheese and wine, may also be pricier than local products.

Cost of healthcare in Buenos Aires

Public healthcare in Argentina is free of charge and available to all residents, but the quality of care may vary and waiting times for appointments can be long – this is largely true of healthcare in Buenos Aires too. The city has a good public healthcare system, but expats may prefer private healthcare for better quality and faster service. Many expats find health insurance in Argentina to be inexpensive, and general healthcare costs for things like visits to the doctor, hospital stays and non-prescription medicines are modest.

Cost of entertainment and eating out in Buenos Aires

Eating out can be very affordable, with a wide range of restaurants and cafés offering local and international cuisine. Expats can enjoy traditional Argentinean dishes, such as empanadas, asado and mate, as well as international cuisine, such as sushi and pizza. However, cooking at home can also be affordable, with fresh produce and meat available at local markets and supermarkets.

The cost of entertainment in Buenos Aires can vary depending on the type of activity and venue. Expats can enjoy a wide range of cultural and entertainment options in the city, including museums, theatres, art galleries, live music and sports events. To save money on entertainment in Buenos Aires, expats can also take advantage of free outdoor activities, such as visiting the many parks and plazas in the city, exploring the street art scene and attending public events and festivals.

Some top attractions and things to see in Buenos Aires include the iconic Recoleta Cemetery, the colourful Caminito street in La Boca, the historic Teatro Colón and the lively tango shows and milongas. Throughout the year, there are also many annual events and festivals, such as the Carnival, the Buenos Aires International Book Fair and the Tango Festival and World Cup.

Cost of living in Buenos Aires chart

Prices may vary depending on location and service provider. The table below is based on average prices for March 2023.

Accommodation (monthly rent)

Three-bedroom apartment in the city centre

ARS 119,000

Three-bedroom apartment outside the city centre

ARS 87,000

One-bedroom apartment in the city centre

ARS 61,000

One-bedroom apartment outside the city centre

ARS 45,000

Food and drink

Dozen eggs

ARS 500

Milk (1 litre)

ARS 260

Rice (1kg)

ARS 172

Loaf of white bread

ARS 260

Chicken breasts (1kg)

ARS 1,280

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)

ARS 780

Eating out

Three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant

ARS 5,700

Big Mac meal

ARS 1,920

Coca-Cola (330ml)

ARS 201


ARS 340

Bottle of beer (local)

ARS 390


Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)

ARS 57

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)

ARS 3,500

Basic utilities (average per month for a standard household)

ARS 11,700


Taxi rate/km

ARS 99

City-centre public transport fare

ARS 29

Gasoline (per litre)

ARS 19

Accommodation in Buenos Aires

Accommodation in Buenos Aires is plentiful, ranging from serviced apartments and short-term rentals to villas available for purchase. Most expats who move to Buenos Aires prefer renting accommodation near the city centre. Expats who are in Argentina for longer, however, often decide to buy property.

Most expats choose to live in the upmarket, more expensive areas of Buenos Aires, so those wanting to live near other expats may have to come to terms with high rental prices.

Areas and suburbs in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires offers a variety of areas and suburbs that cater to expats seeking a comfortable and culturally diverse lifestyle. Buenos Aires is a city of contrasts, and each neighbourhood has its unique flavour, making it an exciting place for expats to explore and find their perfect home. The most popular suburbs of Buenos Aires for expats are Palermo, Recoleta, Belgrano and San Telmo.

Palermo is known for its trendy cafés, restaurants and boutiques. Its tree-lined streets and parks offer a peaceful retreat from the bustling city, while its nightlife is a magnet for young professionals. On the other hand, Recoleta is a more upscale option, home to high-end boutiques and gourmet restaurants. This neighbourhood boasts stunning architecture, including the famous Recoleta Cemetery, and is known for its cultural offerings, such as the Museum of Fine Arts. For those seeking a family-friendly atmosphere, Belgrano offers spacious apartments and houses, excellent schools and a relaxed atmosphere. With its leafy streets, green spaces and proximity to the city centre, Belgrano is a sought-after destination for expats with children.

Read more about the Best Areas and Suburbs for Expats in Buenos Aires.

Types of accommodation in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires offers a variety of accommodation options for expats, ranging from traditional apartments to unique and quirky options.

One unique type of accommodation is the casa chorizo. These houses are typically long and narrow, with rooms arranged linearly with a connecting patio on one of the long sides. They were built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to accommodate growing families in a relatively small amount of space. Casa chorizo houses typically feature traditional architectural details such as wrought-iron balconies, wooden shutters and decorative mouldings.

PH (propiedad horizontal) apartments are a type of condominium unique to Buenos Aires and other parts of Argentina. These apartments were initially conceived as a way of subdividing large houses or mansions into smaller, more affordable apartments, but they are popular, with many modern buildings being constructed in this way. PH buildings typically feature high ceilings, large windows and a central courtyard or garden shared by the residents. Each apartment in a PH building has its own private entrance from the street, and residents own their individual units but share ownership of the common areas.

Other popular options include modern apartments in high-rise buildings, shared apartments and short-term rentals such as Airbnb. With such a range of accommodation types, expats will find a home that suits their preferences and budget in Buenos Aires.

Finding accommodation in Buenos Aires

Expats should do some research on accommodation before moving to Buenos Aires. Finding accommodation in the city can be easy thanks to the availability of online resources, newspaper classifieds and real-estate agents. Still, expats should put in the time and effort to do their own research and stay vigilant of scams.

Airbnb has become a popular website for short-term rentals. Other good sources for listings are La Nacion and Clarin, both of which are daily newspapers in Argentina. Online platforms such as MercadoLibre and ZonaProp are popular for finding apartments and houses for rent, while Facebook groups and local classifieds can also be valuable resources.

Despite these resources, the best way for expats to find long-term accommodation in Buenos Aires is often through an estate agent. Estate agents have access to the best listings and can help expats secure accommodation, whether to purchase or rent. For expats who do not speak Spanish, having the assistance of an estate agent can also be very useful.

Renting accommodation in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city that attracts a lot of expats and students. When it comes to the rental market in Buenos Aires, expats should be prepared for some differences compared to other countries. One of the most notable differences is that leases are typically signed for two years, with the possibility of renewal.

Prospective tenants in Buenos Aires may need to provide references and undergo background checks to verify their reliability and trustworthiness.

Making an application

Landlords typically require a guarantor, known as a garantía, who must be a resident of Buenos Aires and provide proof of income. This can be a challenge for expats who do not have a local network, but some services can provide a guarantor for a fee. Another difference is that many properties come unfurnished, so expats should be prepared to invest in furniture and appliances if necessary.

Leases and deposits

Long-term leases typically last for up to 10 years but are usually for two years. Early termination can result in financial penalties, and landlords may have different policies regarding pets in their rental properties.

Landlords in Buenos Aires typically require tenants to pay one month's rent upfront and a security deposit equal to one month's rent. Guarantors or additional deposits may be required for long-term leases.

Read Accommodation in Argentina for more on renting accommodation and the rental process in the country.


Tenants in Buenos Aires need to set up water, gas, and electricity accounts with the relevant companies, and some may require a deposit. Bin collection and rubbish disposal are typically the responsibility of the local municipality.

There are several utility companies in Buenos Aires, including Aguas y Saneamientos Argentinos (AySA) for water and sewage, Metrogas for natural gas, and Edenor and Edesur for electricity. These companies have online portals that allow customers to set up accounts, pay bills and manage their services online.

Customers must provide their identification documents, proof of address, and sometimes a deposit to set up utility services. Some companies may require a contract to be signed, while others may offer services on a pay-as-you-go basis. It is advisable to check each company's specific requirements to ensure a smooth process.

Areas and suburbs in Buenos Aires

The best places to live in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a city with a unique character and atmosphere that is reflected in its various areas and suburbs, known as barrios. Each barrio is shaped by its history, culture and community. For instance, Recoleta is known for its elegant architecture and affluent residents, while San Telmo is renowned for its vibrant street life, tango culture and antique markets. Palermo, on the other hand, is a popular barrio for its trendy restaurants, bars and nightlife, as well as its parks and green spaces. Meanwhile, Belgrano is a residential barrio that is popular among families and retirees for its quiet streets, tree-lined avenues and proximity to public transport.

When considering where to live in Buenos Aires, expats should take into account their lifestyle preferences, budget and proximity to work, schools and amenities. Living in the city centre may be more convenient for those who work in the financial or commercial districts, but it can also be more expensive and noisy. On the other hand, living in the suburbs may offer a more relaxed and affordable lifestyle, with access to parks, shops and schools. Furthermore, the city's efficient public transport system, which includes buses, subways and trains, makes it easy to commute to different parts of the city even from the suburbs.

Below is a list of some of the most popular areas for expats in Buenos Aires.

Family-friendly areas in Buenos Aires

Family-friendly areas in Buenos Aires


Named after Manuel Belgrano, the creator of the Argentinian flag, Belgrano is a tranquil oasis in the heart of bustling Buenos Aires. This large barrio is home to several lush green parks and gardens, including the peaceful Barrancas de Belgrano and the sprawling Parque de la Ciudad. Belgrano also boasts a strong British influence, with many Victorian-era homes and schools such as the Buenos Aires English High School. In addition to its peaceful surroundings, the barrio is also known for its vibrant restaurant and café scene, particularly in the commercial areas of Belgrano C and Belgrano R. The sidewalks in Belgrano are lined with restaurants and cafés, particularly in the more commercial areas. There are also plenty of football clubs and tennis courts in the area.


The largest barrio in Buenos Aires, Palermo is a vibrant and fashionable area with something for everyone. From the tranquil Japanese Garden to the lively Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood districts, there is always something to see and do in Palermo. The barrio is also home to several world-class museums and galleries, including the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) and the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo.

While Palermo is one of the more expensive barrios in Buenos Aires, its beautiful parks and gardens make it a popular choice for expats with families. There is plenty of accommodation available for rental or purchase in Palermo because of its size, so this is a good place for expats to start their search for accommodation in Buenos Aires.


Located in the heart of Buenos Aires, Caballito is a vibrant and affordable barrio with plenty of character. Expats living in the area will find that most parts of the city are easily accessible. The primary attraction of Caballito is that it’s a lot cheaper than places such as Palermo, it's full of character, and isn’t too far from the action. All in all, it’s great value for money.

The barrio also boasts some of the city's most popular museums and galleries, including the historic Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales and the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Buenos Aires (MACBA). Caballito is also known for its beautiful parks and plazas, including the expansive Parque Centenario and the picturesque Plaza Irlanda. Expats living in the surrounding apartments will therefore still be able to get their fill of the great outdoors.

Puerto Madero

Once a port, Puerto Madero wasn't always a desirable area of Buenos Aires. However, after the old warehouses were revamped into trendy apartments, the entire district underwent a significant change. Nowadays, Puerto Madero is one of the most modern and sought-after areas in Buenos Aires, making it a perfect place for expat families. The area is also known to be the most Westernised area of the city, with American restaurants and shops dotted around the suburb. Many government buildings are located here, making it an attractive place to live for expats working in the public sector.

Expats can rent or purchase a high-rise apartment overlooking the river and enjoy the beauty of the docks and nature reserve. Puerto Madero has a selection of outdoor venues for summer concerts. Residents can walk along the boardwalk and enjoy cafés right on the river with the best views Buenos Aires has to offer.


Expats who live in Recoleta will see why Buenos Aires is known as the 'Paris of the South'. With its Parisian architecture, cafés and restaurants, expats might think they're in Europe rather than South America. Recoleta is one of the most upscale and pricey barrios in Buenos Aires, boasting plenty of green open spaces, high-end restaurants and buzzing nightlife.

Expats will find high-standard accommodation in Recoleta, but it comes at a cost. With plenty of space in the barrio, those who prefer a garden can opt for a house, while apartments with nearby parks are available for others. Recoleta is not too far from the downtown area of Buenos Aires, making it a perfect spot for expats who prefer a more peaceful lifestyle while still being close to the action.

San Isidro

San Isidro is an ideal suburb for expats who desire a serene living environment outside the city. Located about half an hour away by train from Buenos Aires, this exclusive barrio boasts proximity to the Tigre Delta and various upmarket amenities, such as sailing clubs. That said, the area's exclusivity comes at a high cost, and expats who choose to reside here should budget accordingly for a large stately home.

Areas for young professional expats in Buenos Aires

Areas for young professional expats in Buenos Aires

Las Cañitas

If expats are looking for a quiet daytime atmosphere that transforms into a lively nightlife, Las Cañitas could be the perfect place for them. During the day, its narrow streets are mostly traffic-free, but at night, the area comes to life with a wide variety of entertainment options.

As a subdivision of Palermo, Las Cañitas is known for being one of the safest areas in Buenos Aires, thanks in part to the military training base located there. There are many upmarket and antique shops in this area, as well as a diverse selection of bars and restaurants. There is also a large shopping centre that caters for every need. Expats living in Las Cañitas will have plenty of options for entertainment and leisure.

Plaza San Martín

Plaza San Martín is the 'downtown' area of Buenos Aires. While it may not be the most residential barrio, expats who choose to live here will be fascinated by its rich history. Many of Buenos Aires' most significant historical sites and monuments are located in this part of the city. This barrio is also home to Florida Street, a famous pedestrian shopping street in Buenos Aires. Owing to its popularity as a tourist destination, prices in this area may be higher than in other parts of the city.

San Telmo

San Telmo, one of the older and more traditional barrios of Buenos Aires, is characterised by its Bohemian atmosphere and the abundance of markets and antique shops. Although high-rise apartments are scarce in the area, expats can still find quality accommodation in colonial-style houses along the cobblestoned streets.

Over the weekends, San Telmo becomes one of the city's most vibrant nightlife spots. The local bars and tango hotspots are known to draw crowds from all over Buenos Aires. This makes the area an exciting place to call home, but expats should be aware that this also attracts a significant amount of opportunistic and petty crime.

Villa Crespo

Villa Crespo is also well known for its Bohemian atmosphere and attracts many young expats. It is right on the border of the Palermo barrio, and expats living in Villa Crespo are just a short walk or taxi ride away from several parks and wooded areas. There are also plenty of bars and restaurants in the suburb for residents to enjoy, as well as some unique galleries and art installations.

Healthcare in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires offers an exceptional healthcare system where expats can access public and private hospitals. Public hospitals are open 24/7 and free for all, including foreigners, but long waiting times can be expected. While private hospitals are considerably cheaper than those in most expats' home countries, offering top-notch medical facilities, and many doctors are bilingual.

At public hospitals in Buenos Aires, locals and expats can benefit from well-trained doctors, although long waiting times are often a reality. Moreover, tourists and expats can benefit from free emergency care. On the other hand, there are numerous outstanding private clinics in Buenos Aires, where many doctors have trained abroad, and most can speak English or at least have some basic English skills. Furthermore, Buenos Aires has specialised German and British hospitals, such as the British Hospital, which offers various healthcare plans to its patients.

Buenos Aires has also become a popular destination for cosmetic surgery, where the procedures are performed by professional doctors at a fraction of the cost of those in the US and most European countries. This has made the city increasingly popular among expats seeking affordable and high-quality cosmetic surgery procedures, further boosting Buenos Aires' outstanding reputation in the medical tourism industry.

Read more about Healthcare and Health Insurance for expats in Argentina

Below are some of the most popular hospitals in Buenos Aires for expats:

Hospitals in Buenos Aires

British Hospital

Address: Pedriel 74, 1280AEB

Hospital Alemán

Address: Av Pueyrredon 1640, C1118AAT 

Hospital General de Agudos Dr. Teodoro Alvarez

Address: Dr. Juan Felipe Aranguren 2701, C1406FWYCABA 

Hospital Italiano

Address: Juan D. Perón 4190, C1199ABH

Education and Schools in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina, is known for its excellent educational system that offers numerous options for parents who want to provide quality education to their children. There are many schools in Buenos Aires and its suburbs that cater to different educational approaches, such as Montessori, Waldorf and traditional schools, among others. Expats who are new to the city often opt to send their children to private or international schools. This is mainly because public schools in Buenos Aires use Spanish as the primary language of instruction, which could be a challenge for non-native speakers.

Private schools in Buenos Aires are known for their rigorous academic curriculum as well as their emphasis on extracurricular activities, such as sports, music and arts. They often offer smaller class sizes, individual attention and bilingual or multilingual instruction. International schools, on the other hand, follow the curriculum of another country, such as the United States or the United Kingdom. These schools offer a global perspective and attract families who are moving frequently or want their children to have an international education. Overall, expats in Buenos Aires have a range of educational options that cater to their preferences, needs, and budget, making it easier for them to settle down in the city.

Public schools in Buenos Aires

While free public schooling is provided to all children in Buenos Aires, the Argentine public education system faces some challenges. Public schools in the city have been underfunded in recent years, and as a result, resources are stretched thin. This has led to a decrease in the quality of schooling and the overall educational infrastructure.

Expats who choose to send their children to public schools in Buenos Aires should also be aware of the language barrier, as Spanish is the primary language of instruction. This can be a great opportunity for children to learn the local language and assimilate into the culture, but it can also be a challenge for non-Spanish-speaking children to keep up with their peers academically.

Ultimately, while the public education system in Buenos Aires may present some challenges, expats who are willing to work with the system and help their children adjust to the language and culture can provide their children with a valuable and rewarding educational experience.

Private schools in Buenos Aires

Private schools in Buenos Aires are popular among expat parents, because many of them offer a bilingual curriculum that caters to both Spanish- and English-speaking students. This means that children can continue to develop their English language skills while also learning Spanish. However, it's worth noting that a bilingual curriculum may lead to a longer school day, as classes are typically conducted in Spanish in the mornings and English in the afternoons. The longer day may be challenging for younger children, but many private schools offer after-school care and activities to help families manage their schedules.

Most private schools in Buenos Aires are affiliated with the Catholic Church and charge high fees. In addition to tuition, parents may also need to pay for extras such as books, uniforms and stationery, which can add up to a significant cost. It's important for expat parents to consider these additional expenses when choosing a private school.

Competition for places at top private schools in Buenos Aires can also be high, so parents should plan well in advance and be prepared to apply to several schools to increase their chances of securing a place for their child. That said, many expat parents find that private schools in Buenos Aires provide an excellent education and a valuable cultural experience for their children.

International schools in Buenos Aires

There are also a number of well-respected international schools in Buenos Aires that follow European or American curricula. Some of these also offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma.

Space can be limited at international schools in Buenos Aires, and expat parents need to plan well ahead if wanting a place for their child at the school of their choice. International schools provide world-class education and support for their students, and fees can be expensive. Those moving to the city as part of a corporate relocation should factor this into any contract negotiations before committing to the move.

See our reviews on the best International Schools in Buenos Aires.

Special-needs education in Buenos Aires

By federal law, all schools must accept children with disabilities. There’s a new push for inclusion programmes in many schools, trying to incorporate children with all different types of abilities. Unfortunately, public schools aren't always receptive to accepting children with special needs.

Parents of children with special needs should therefore consider international or private schools, and it's advisable to contact the schools to find out what options are available.

Tutors in Buenos Aires

Expats can find private home or online tutors for their children through registered online tutor companies. Apprentus and TeacherOn are two such companies. These tutors can help children adjust to the new curriculum, to learning in Spanish, or offer school support for students struggling in any of their classes.

International Schools in Buenos Aires

For expat parents living in Buenos Aires, sending their children to an international school is often the preferred option, as public schools in the city typically use Spanish as the language of instruction. International schools in Buenos Aires provide a great option for expat parents looking for an institution that follows the curriculum of their home country for their children. These schools offer a variety of options, such as bilingual, trilingual or English-only programmes, as well as curricula from around the world, such as American, British, French, German or International Baccalaureate (IB), among others.

Many international schools in Buenos Aires have excellent reputations for providing high-quality education and preparing their students for university and beyond. These schools typically have smaller class sizes, a more personalised approach to learning and a strong emphasis on extracurricular activities and community involvement. In addition, international schools can provide a sense of community and support for expat families, as they offer opportunities to connect with other families from similar cultural backgrounds.

Below are some of the most popular international schools in Buenos Aires.

International schools in Buenos Aires


Buenos Aires International Christian Academy (BAICA)

Buenos Aires International Christian Academy (BAICA) is a highly respected international school in San Fernando, Buenos Aires. With a diverse student body, BAICA offers a dual-curriculum programme featuring both the American and Argentine curricula. BAICA's rigorous Spanish courses ensure that students become fluent bilingual speakers. The school prepares students for college entrance procedures and offers Advanced Placement Programmes. BAICA's personal attention and responsibility to students make it an inclusive, challenging and supportive environment, which is reflected in its high standards and exceptional graduates.

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Argentinian and American including AP
Ages: 3 to 18


Goethe-Schule is a prestigious international school for expats in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Established in 1897, Goethe-Schule is a member of the German School Association (AEG) and receives support from the German government. The school focuses on German language teaching and follows both the Argentine and German curricula. It is the only school in the country that offers the German International Baccalaureate. As an accredited member of the German School Abroad Network, Goethe-Schule is committed to academic excellence and cultural exchange.

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: German and Argentinian
Ages: 2 to 18

St Andrew's Scots School

Founded in 1838, St Andrew's Scots School is an international school in Buenos Aires that offers a fully bilingual education to approximately 2,000 students from diverse backgrounds. The school's founders sought to integrate their Christian faith with academic distinction, and today, the curriculum prepares students for seven IGCSE exams in Year 10 and an International Baccalaureate diploma in their final year. The ongoing Campus San Andrés project will consolidate all teaching onto one site, creating a true educational community.

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Argentinian, British (Cambridge IGCSE) and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 18

St George's College North

St George’s College North is a highly respected independent school in Buenos Aires, offering a first-class bilingual education for both local and international students. Founded in 1898, St George's College North combines tradition with innovation to deliver an integrated curriculum, which includes the Cambridge IGCSE and the IB Diploma examinations. With a personalised approach to learning and an extensive tutor and pastoral system, St George’s College aims to bring out the full potential of each student through a well-rounded education that includes sports, music, the arts, outdoor pursuits, leadership and community service.

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: Argentinian, British (Cambridge IGCSE) and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 2 to 18

Lincoln School

Asociación Escuelas Lincoln, the American International School of Buenos Aires, offers a world-class education for students of all nationalities from preschool to Grade 12. With a curriculum that integrates Argentinian, American and International Baccalaureate programmes, students are provided with a unique learning experience that prepares them to be ethical and confident global citizens. Lincoln School is a non-profit organisation, accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the International Baccalaureate. With a focus on inquiry-based learning, student support services, strong arts programmes, and an emphasis on physical, social and emotional well-being, Lincoln School is a top choice for expats seeking a high-quality education for their children in Buenos Aires.

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: American, Argentinian and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 4 to 18


Northlands is a renowned co-educational, bilingual IB World School that provides an innovative and caring learning environment for expat students. With more than 100 years of experience, the school's mission is to unlock the full potential of each student by instilling a sense of moral values, integrity and respect for different cultures and religions. Northlands offers state-of-the-art technology, personal and social education programmes, and focuses on healthy lifestyle choices. Graduates are engaged global citizens who achieve their personal best, equipped to make responsible choices in life.

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate and British (Cambridge IGCSE)
Ages: 2 to 18

Lifestyle in Buenos Aires

Argentina is famous for having the best steak, tango and leather in the world, and Buenos Aires is no exception. Expats will have no problem finding a restaurant to suit their taste and a shop to suit their budget.

The large expat population in Buenos Aires is mostly concentrated in Palermo, a trendy and upscale barrio with plenty of shops, restaurants and nightlife options. It's also worth exploring other areas to experience more of the local culture and meet new people. Some quirky bars and cafés popular with locals include La Catedral, El Federal and Café Tortoni.

Keep in mind that everything happens a bit later in Buenos Aires. Locals rarely have dinner before 10pm, and most clubs don't open until 1am. Expats should be prepared to be out until the early hours of the morning.

Shopping in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires' most famous shopping districts are Palermo Soho and Recoleta. This is where expats will find many trendy cafés, designer shops and outdoor markets.

For those who prefer shopping malls, there are several options. Offering hundreds of shops and restaurants, Alto Palermo Shopping Mall is one of the largest malls in the city and even boasts a cinema. Galerías Pacífico is another popular shopping mall in Buenos Aires.

There are shopping malls and supermarkets in Buenos Aires open every day of the week. Smaller shops outside of shopping malls may close earlier and are often not open on Sundays. Buenos Aires also has plenty of 24-hour convenience stores.

Outlet shopping

Outlet shopping is another option for expats in Buenos Aires. The main outlet shops can be found on Avenue Córdoba and in the Aguirre district of Villa Crespo. These shops are known to offer international designer brands at discounted prices.

Speciality shopping districts

When looking for something more specific it is good to know that Buenos Aires is divided up into areas where certain items are sold. For example, there is an area where expats can find leather, another for electronics and another for imported foods.

China Town in Belgrano is the best place for expats to find exotic foods and spices. This is also where expats can get their hands on peanut butter, something that is not readily available in Buenos Aires.

There are also some great flea markets in Buenos Aires, with Mercado de San Telmo being one of the largest. The market has an eclectic mix of goods. Expats who have the patience to browse will be able to find some amazing deals there.

For leather, expats should visit Calle Murillo in Villa Crespo. This is the main leather district of Buenos Aires, and expats who visit it will be amazed by the quality and variety of leather items available.

Eating out in Buenos Aires

It will not take long for expats to realise that having dinner at 10pm or later is the norm in Buenos Aires. Eating this late can cause some culture shock at first, but new arrivals will be relieved to know that there is no shortage of excellent restaurants in Buenos Aires that will make dinner well worth the wait.

The most popular area for good restaurants in Buenos Aires is Palermo, specifically Palermo Soho. There is also a wide range of international dining options available, such as Korean, Chinese, Thai and American. And though Argentinian cuisine is mainly focused on meat, expats who enjoy a vegetarian diet will be happy to hear that the city has seen a boom in vegetarian and plant-based restaurants.

Nightlife in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires has a bustling nightlife scene. Porteños (Buenos Aires locals) like to stay out late, and clubs are usually open until sunrise. Clubs in Buenos Aires are known as boliches and are typically busy from around 2am to 7am every night of the week. Interestingly, Buenos Aires does not have a big drinking culture, so things tend to remain civilised.

Expats who like to go out dancing should join their favourite clubs' mailing lists. This allows them free entry and other special discounts.

For those not interested in staying out until the wee hours, there is no need to fret. Expats wanting to start socialising a bit earlier in the evening will find several Irish bars and pubs in Reconquista. This is where many people go for a drink after work.

Sports and outdoor activities in Buenos Aires

Expats in Buenos Aires can enjoy a diverse selection of outdoor activities. As it is a coastal city, water sports such as sailing, fishing and kayaking are popular among locals and foreigners alike. Horse riding is also popular and there are many riding trails in the areas around the city. Argentina Polo Day is a popular annual event which attracts tourists from around the world.

Nature enthusiasts moving to Buenos Aires will have access to the unspoilt natural landscapes of the many national parks and pristine botanical gardens in and around the city. Expats can also make use of the extensive network of running paths and circuits within Buenos Aires' many parks. Beaches, golf courses and public swimming pools are all easily accessible. All of these options offer a brief but welcome escape from the bustle of the city.

Argentinians are sports-loving people. Buenos Aires is home to world-class sports stadiums for local and international sports fixtures and events. Porteños also take great pride in their local soccer and rugby teams. As such, going to a local game is a must for anyone looking for an authentic Argentine experience.

See and Do in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a vibrant and bustling city with a rich cultural history that offers a diverse range of experiences to both visitors and expats alike. The city's European roots are undeniable, with its architecture, food and culture heavily influenced by its founders' heritage. However, Buenos Aires has also developed a unique identity of its own, fusing European, Latin American and indigenous cultures into a fascinating melting pot that is truly captivating.

From strolling along the charming streets of San Telmo to exploring the world-renowned art galleries and museums, Buenos Aires offers a wealth of cultural experiences. Visitors can immerse themselves in the city's passionate tango scene or cheer on their favourite soccer team at one of the many stadiums. Whether one is a foodie, a history buff, or an art lover, there is plenty to see and do in Buenos Aires for people from all walks of life.

Popular attractions in Buenos Aires

Casa Rosada

Casa Rosada is not just a presidential palace but also an iconic symbol of Argentinian history. Built in the late 1800s, the mansion is known for its distinctive pink hue and the balcony that Eva Perón used to address the crowds below. Today, visitors can take guided tours of the palace to learn more about its history and significance.

Floralis Generica

Floralis Generica is a large stainless-steel sculpture on the Plaza de las Naciones Unidas (United Nations Square) in Recoleta, Buenos Aires. It was created by Argentinian architect Eduardo Catalano who gifted it to the city. This sculpture is an enormous flower. Its six petals open at 8am each morning and close at sunset. The petals also closed in high winds to protect the sculpture.

Temaiken Bioparque

Temaiken Bioparque is a wild animal park on the outskirts of Buenos Aires and is a great activity for children and adults alike. The park has an aquarium and plenty of exotic animals that live in enclosures that mimic their natural habitats. The park works to conserve endangered species and ecosystems and runs an education programme for conservation that provides 15,000 scholarships per year. The park also attempts to teach its visitors ways that they can get involved in protecting the environment and its animal life. It's only about a 40-minute taxi ride from the city, and it's also possible to get there by bus.

Teatro Colón

Teatro Colón is a magnificent theatre located in the heart of Buenos Aires. Built in 1908, the theatre has hosted many of the world's greatest opera singers, ballet dancers and orchestras. With its stunning architecture, luxurious interior and excellent acoustics, Teatro Colón is considered one of the best opera houses in the world.

Recoleta Cemetery

Recoleta Cemetery is a fascinating historical site that features the tombs of many famous Argentinians, including Eva Perón. Established in 1822, the cemetery covers over 14 acres and contains more than 6,400 mausoleums, crypts and tombs. The ornate statues, elaborate mausoleums and beautiful gardens make it a popular tourist attraction.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

The National Museum of Fine Arts is a world-class museum located in Buenos Aires. It houses a vast collection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from Argentina and around the world. Some highlights of the museum's collection include works by Argentine artists such as Xul Solar, Antonio Berni and Benito Quinquela Martín, and pieces by international masters such as Rembrandt, Renoir and Van Gogh.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Named National Geographic's most beautiful bookshop in the world, El Ateneo Grand Splendid is a former theatre in Buenos Aires. The building retains many of its original features, including the balconies, boxes and stage, making it a unique and beautiful place to browse for books. It's also a great spot to enjoy a coffee or tea while soaking up the ambience of the historic building.

La Boca

La Boca is a colourful and vibrant barrio located in the south of Buenos Aires. It is known for its brightly painted houses, street art and tango culture. The barrio's most famous street, Caminito, is lined with restaurants, bars and shops selling handicrafts and souvenirs. It's a great place to take a stroll, soak up some culture, and enjoy some local food and drink. However, it's also important to note that the area can be quite crowded and busy, so visitors should be aware of their surroundings.

San Telmo

Barrio de San Telmo is the oldest neighbourhood in Buenos Aires and is a popular tourist site. It is home to tango dancers and flea markets. Expats can visit the Plaza Dorrego to watch some tango dancing and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Boca Juniors soccer game

Anyone living in Buenos Aires must experience the chaos that is a Boca Juniors soccer game at least once. The games are held at the Estadio Alberto J. Armando stadium, more commonly known as La Bombonera. Expats will find that the fans' enthusiasm shames other spectator sports. The best Boca Juniors game to watch is the Superclasico when they play their arch-rivals, River Plate. The atmosphere is energetic and intense – heaven for any soccer fan.

What's On in Buenos Aires

Expats moving to Buenos Aires will find no shortage of events throughout the year. Of these, cultural and sporting events are the most common. Adults and children alike will surely discover something they enjoy in this vibrant city.

Below we list some of the best annual events in Buenos Aires that expats shouldn't miss.

Annual events in Buenos Aires

Lollapalooza Argentina (March)

Lollapalooza is an international music festival that takes place every year in the San Isidro barrio of Buenos Aires. It attracts music artists and fans from all over the world. The festival certainly is one of the biggest annual events for many young people in Buenos Aires.

The Buenos Aires Independent International Film Festival (April)

This exciting event showcases international independent films. It also presents the work of Argentine filmmakers to an international audience. The festival is ten days long and attracts many big names in the film industry.

Aniversario de la Revolución de Mayo (May)

This festival is the celebration of the 1810 revolution in Argentina. The festivities begin at midnight on 24 May when crowds gather in front of the Cabildo (a museum commemorating the revolution). People gather again on the evening of the 25th for another patriotic rendition of the Argentinian anthem.

Exposición Rural (July/August)

Exposición Rural is an important two-week farm fair in Buenos Aires that any animal lover will enjoy. The main attractions are the bulls, but lambs, pigs and other animals also feature, and there are also petting zoos and animal shows. Expats can enjoy the gaucho stunts that are performed and join in on the folklore nights with some genuine Argentinian cowboys.

Buenos Aires Tango Festival (August)

This is the world's most important tango festival. It's no surprise that it is in Buenos Aires, the birthplace of the tango. The festival is nine days long, giving expats plenty of time to take in all there is to see. There are tango shows, free dancing lessons, exhibitions, a dance-off on Avenida Corrientes and plenty of other sights and sounds to enjoy.

ArteBA (September)

ArteBA is a week-long art fair in Buenos Aires. This is one of the most popular cultural events in Latin America. The festival features the work of artists from all over the world. It attracts thousands of artists, collectors, galleries and punters.

Maratón de Buenos Aires (October)

The marathon takes place in the city centre, where competitors will run through some of the city's most emblematic, historic and symbolic sites. These include the Obelisk, the Cabildo, the Teatro Colón, the Plaza de Mayo, the Casa Rosada, the Tres de Febrero park, and the barrios of La Boca and Puerto Madero. This is a great way for active expats to get involved and experience another side of Buenos Aires. For the less athletically inclined, there is a fun run. There is also a 2.5-mile (4km) race for children.

Gran Premio Nacional (November)

This event is Argentina's most important annual horse race. It is the perfect opportunity for expats who enjoyed going to the races in their home countries to have some fun. The event dates back to 1884. When looking for a good excuse to dress up and rub shoulders with Argentina's rich and famous, one doesn't need to look further than this event.

Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival (November)

Expats who enjoy a bit of culture shouldn't miss the Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival. Both international and local musicians take part in the festival at various theatres and venues throughout the city. Some of the main venues include the Recoleta Cultural Centre, the Coliseo Theatre, the National Library and various jazz clubs in Buenos Aires.

LGBT Pride Week and Parade (November)

As one of the most LGBT-friendly Latin American cities, Buenos Aires hosts its biggest celebration of diversity each year in November. Events take place at various venues, culminating in the parade that runs every year. The parade runs along one of the city's most important avenues, Avenida de Mayo. Starting from the Casa Rosada, or 'pink house', parade-goers then march to the National Congress building. The event continues outside the Congress with speeches, music and dancing. The festivities tend to last into the evening and then continue afterwards in buses, trains, bars and nightclubs.

Argentine Open Polo Tournament (November/December)

Polo is a huge part of Argentinian culture. This has led to the country producing some of the world's best polo players and horses. The Argentinian Open Polo Tournament dates back to 1893. It is the fifth-oldest polo tournament in the world. It is held at the massive Campo Argentino de Polo in Palermo. Here expats can sit outside, take advantage of the summer weather and enjoy the glamorous sporting event. To get the full experience, one can even attend one of the many parties held afterwards.

Getting Around in Buenos Aires

Expats will find getting around Buenos Aires and navigating the city incredibly simple. Public transport in Buenos Aires is excellent and inexpensive. The city boasts the oldest subway system in South America, but although the buses and the subway (subte) are efficient, they can be overcrowded during rush hour.

Buenos Aires uses a grid system. This means the city is divided into numbered blocks, and most streets are one-way, with parallel streets going in the opposite direction. This makes giving taxi drivers instructions quite simple. Expats just have to provide the names of the two intersecting streets closest to their desired destination.

Public transport in Buenos Aires

There is a limit to the number of bus, train and subway trips that can be paid for with cash, and expats are encouraged to get a prepaid card called a SUBE. This can be bought at subway stations, Tourist Assistance Centres and at corner shops (kioskos), and can be recharged with credit and swiped when getting onto a bus, train or the subway. The card can run a limited deficit before requiring recharging, which comes in handy at night or on Sundays when most kioskos are closed.


Buenos Aires has an extensive system bus route system that goes everywhere in the city. Buses are known locally as colectivos and run throughout the city and into the suburbs. The Metrobus is a rapid-transit bus with dedicated bus lanes on several of the city's main arteries to cut journey times. Some of the newer Metrobus stops have free WiFi access.

Buses run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This makes the bus one of the best night travel options.

When expats board buses in Buenos Aires, they should tell the driver their destination and the driver will work out the fare. Expats who know the correct fare can just tell the bus driver how much they will pay when they board the bus. After the driver punches the amount into the machine, they can swipe their SUBE card.

Some buses travel into the suburbs surrounding Buenos Aires, but the fares are slightly higher, and they don't run as often as the city buses.


The train is a good option for reaching neighbourhoods further from the centre or visiting destinations in Buenos Aires Province. Several suburban commuter train lines run from the city centre to the suburbs and nearby provinces.

The primary railway stations in Buenos Aires are Retiro, Constitucion, and Frederico Lacroze. Trains are an economical option when travelling. Tickets can be purchased at the stations using the SUBE card, and expats can take the subway or a bus into the city centre from any of these stations.


The subway (subte) is an efficient and inexpensive way to get to Buenos Aires. That said, it does become crowded and chaotic during peak traffic hours. It has five lines labelled 'A' to 'E', and the sixth line is 'H'.

Trains generally run frequently, so commuters don't have to wait long, but operational hours can vary, with the subte running for shorter hours on Sundays and public holidays. Expats can also use the SUBE card to pay for subway fares.

Expats looking for a detailed map of the network can visit the subte website. Stations and trains also have free WiFi access. 

Taxis in Buenos Aires

There are thousands of taxis in Buenos Aires. The most common taxis are black with yellow roofs. They can be flagged down directly when standing on the right-hand side of the street. Taxis are available when the libre (free) sign is lit on the windscreen.

It's possible to hail a taxi off the street or ask someone at a hotel or restaurant to call one. BA Taxi, an app rolled out by the government, can also order a regular taxi. Expats should always insist that the driver turns on the meter to avoid being overcharged, and the driver's information should be clearly displayed on the back of the taxi. Expats should also try to have the exact change when travelling in taxis, as drivers often don't have change or may be tempted to short-change when handed large bills.

Private-hire taxis called remises can be booked in advance through agencies. They are slightly more expensive than taxis but are usually safer.

The Argentine taxi industry has fiercely fought the arrival of ride-sharing apps such as Uber, and the legality of these apps remains in constant flux, and even when the services are legal they can draw the ire of locals. Cabify is an alternative that uses licensed taxi drivers and provides many of the conveniences of ride-sharing apps.

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Driving in Buenos Aires

Driving in Buenos Aires can be chaotic. The traffic is heavy and frustrating for inexperienced expats. Those living in the city with access to the public transport network should avoid driving altogether. Expats who can't avoid driving should do so defensively, as local driving behaviour can be erratic and aggressive.

Extensive expressways go from Buenos Aires to most of the country and are well-maintained, but expats may find unpaved roads beyond this. That said, most of the roads in Argentina are paved and in relatively good condition. Many of the major highways out of Buenos Aires have been extended and now link to most of Argentina's major cities.

To drive in Argentina, expats must possess an International Driving Permit and a national driving licence from their home country. Expats should also ensure that they have their vehicle's registration, green card (tarjeta verde), and tax and insurance documents in the car, as traffic police will request to see these if they pull anyone over.

Cycling in Buenos Aires

For years, the Argentinian government has been prioritising cycling in the city, and it has recently paid off as Buenos Aires is now among the most bike-friendly cities in the world. Buenos Aires has more than 186 miles (300km) of cycle lanes covering 30 neighbourhoods and a public bicycle system called BA EcoBici with more than 3,000 bicycles available throughout the city. This system is open to residents and visitors alike.

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Walking in Buenos Aires

Walking is a good way to get around in Buenos Aires during the day, but expats should avoid walking in certain city sections after dark. Expats who walk around Buenos Aires will find it difficult to get lost because of the grid-like layout of the streets. Walking is also an excellent way to avoid the frustrations of traffic and public transport during peak hours.

There is plenty to see and do while walking around Buenos Aires, as many of the streets are lined with shops and cafés. There are also pedestrian walkways, such as Calle Florida, which runs from Plaza San Martín to Plaza de Mayo. Expats walking along here will cross another pedestrian walkway called Lavalle, which will take them to Plaza de la República and the Obelisk.