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Everything You Need To Know About Buenos Aires Public Transport System

Subte A: Oldest subte in the city. Still runs on the weekends. Photo by Thomas Hobbs (CC License)

I highly recommend you use public transport in Buenos Aires. Yes, it is far from perfect, but you will save tons of money. Plus, if you use the buses, you will get to see much more of the city and its people.

Buying and Charging Your SUBE

The first thing you need is a SUBE card. You don’t need to be a resident to use it. All you have to do is buy one for 20 pesos. In the following link you can find a map of all authorised sellers, and you can look places up near you:

http://www.sube.gob.ar/mapacentrosobtencion.aspx

Once you have the SUBE, you need to put some money in it. Authorised sellers can usually charge your card, but not always. You can charge it in the nearest Tube (Subte) station (they won’t give you a ticket so check they charge you correctly) or find a place near you here:

http://www.sube.gob.ar/centrossube.aspx

You can use your SUBE for buses in the City of Buenos Aires, as well as outside the city within what is called Gran Buenos Aires, trains, and of course, the subte.

Find How To Get There

The second thing you need is the Mapa Interactivo de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires Interactive Map). A great tool to know how to get to where you are going. There are also Android and Iphone apps available. Input the starting and finishing points, choose the chosen way of transportation (walk, bike, car and public transport, which includes subte and buses). You can select number of blocks you are willing to walk and if you want just bus, subte or train routes. It works only for the City of Buenos Aires, it doesn’t provide information on how to get to Avellaneda or Tigre, for example.

The Subte

The subte fare is pretty straightforward: 4.50 pesos each ticket. As long as you don’t exit the station, you can pretty much stay forever in there changing trains. Well, not forever, because the subte closes around 10.30/11 p.m., and it opens at 5/6 a.m. (it depends on the line). If you don’t have your SUBE, the fare is 5 pesos. There are discounts if you use more than 20 tickets in a month (more info here: http://www.buenosaires.gob.ar/subte/tarifas).

There are 6 subte lines: A, B, C, D, E and H. Here you have a map:

http://www.buenosaires.gob.ar/subte/mapa

The Buses

Bus fares are a bit more complicated. If you pay without the SUBE card, you need six pesos in coins. Yes, no bills accepted, the machines only take coins, and they don’t like 2 pesos coins… If you do have a SUBE, then:

0 to 3 km (remember in Buenos Aires one block is 100 metres, so 1 km equals 10 blocks, for example): 3 pesos

3 to 6 km: 3.25 pesos

6 to 12 km: 3.50 pesos

12 to 27 km: 4 pesos

You have to get on the bus, and tell the bus driver either the fare price you want to pay or the place you are getting off, and then approach your SUBE card to the machine, and voilà.

That is basically all you need to know. You are now ready to do Buenos Aires transport system like a porteño!

10 Amazing Tips for Freelancers to Boost Productivity

I’ve been where you are, sleeping too much and trying to work from the sofa in my pyjamas, and not getting much done.

Well, these tips might seem simple and basic, but trust me, they work. Of course, you might need to adapt them a bit. But better if you don’t!

  1. If you tend to oversleep, don’t try to get up at 8 in the morning. Try 9 or 10, and get OUT of the bed, and go to the bathroom without hesitation, no thinking.
  2. Get dressed immediately. Don’t linger around the house in your pyjamas. You have to work, so dress comfortably but with the same clothes you would wear out of the house.
  3. Make your bed. Yes, make it. You have done your first productive thing of the day, plus it makes your room look better, so you’ll feel better as well.
  4. Have breakfast. A cup of coffee, a glass of water, yoghurt, some fruit. Whatever you prefer, but eat or drink something.
  5. Now, turn on your computer or check your emails on your phone, or your calendar for appointments, whatever you need to do first to get started.
  6. Make a list of things you must do, and a list of things you could do that day. Of course, you will start with the must, but along the way you might realise not everything you though was necessary is, so be flexible, but don’t cheat. If you move a must to the could list, then check the coulds and see if you can get one or two done today.
  7. If you are distracted at home, go outside. Chose a cafe or a coworking space near your home (it has to be within walking distance, or bike), and go, at least two or three hours a day.
  8. Do some exercise. It doesn’t have to be something too athletic (I’m quite lazy myself). Walk to the cafe, bike there, go up some stairs, something. You spend lots of time in front of the computer, some exercise will do you good. Walk instead of taking the subway or a bus. If you are freelancing, you have the time. It clears your mind. If you are sporty, great, you already know what I am talking about.
  9. If you can do it, do it. Don’t overthink. If you think: “I should call so and so”, do it right then. And if you can’t do it (maybe it’s too early, or too late), I’m sure there’s something else you can do instead. Do your laundry, clean the dishes, send an email, change a light bulb, anything. “Do. Or do not. There is no try”, Yoda would say. I say, ‘Do. Or do’. No excuses: imagine yourself working in an office from 9 to 5 with a nasty boss and boring colleagues every day of your life. Good.
  10. Find other freelancers like you. Ask them what their routines are like, steal the tricks that you think might help you.

And if you are not getting a task done, maybe you should hire me to do it instead. Just Ask Vic!