The official language is Spanish, but English is widely spoken and understood.
The Argentine currency and legal tender is the Argentine Peso (ARS).
For information on the exchange rate of the Argentine Peso vs. the US Dollar or the Euro, visit the Central Bank of the Argentine Republic website: www.bcra.gov.ar.
Banks and ATMs: safety tips
- Do not accept any kind of assistance from anyone trying to help you while conducting a transaction.
- Make sure you have your bank’s contact number at hand: If an ATM retains your debit card, you should immediately call your bank and cancel your card.
- While at the bank counter, do not display your cash withdrawn.
- Make sure you are not being followed after withdrawing cash from the bank or ATM. Also, while entering your ATM PIN code, cover the keypad.
Most shops and restaurants accept credit cards. The main credit cards accepted are Visa and MasterCard. American Express and Diners Club are less widely accepted.
Shops and restaurants usually accept checks but it is not a standard practice and it will be entirely up to the shop in question whether to accept or reject payments with check.
Banking hours for public attention are from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Downtown commercial shops are open 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Shopping Malls are open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
ATMs are operational 24/7.
In Argentina, tipping is not a standard practice and is not included in the check (it is voluntary and entirely up to you). However, if you receive a good attention and want to show your appreciation, it is customary to leave a tip (10% of the total amount to pay) to waiters at restaurants or cafes. It is also customary to tip bellboys at hotels, taxi drivers and even stylists and colorists.
Also, when ordering the check at a restaurant, you will see the category "cubierto” (cover service), under which there is a sum. Cubierto payment is not optional. Cubierto covers the charge for the service at the restaurant, including salt and pepper, a glass of water per person, and the traditional breadbasket.
Important note: diners under 12 years of age are exempt of paying cubierto charge.
Note: Bear in mind that cubierto payment and tips are two completely different things!
Argentina Time Zone: GMT -3.
Weather in Buenos Aires
The average weather in BA is mild all year round, which allows tourists to enjoy the city at any season. During September, mornings are slightly cool. Temperature mildly rises towards midday and drops towards the evening. During this time of the year, rains are usually drizzles or brief showers. The average minimum temperature is about 9.9 °C (49.82 °F), whereas the average maximum temperature is about 18.9 °C (66.02 °F).
Argentina Country Code: 54
BA Area Code: 11
Voltage in Argentina
The standard voltage in Argentina is 220 V, and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Regarding the type of power plugs in Argentina, there are two types: “C” and “I”. Type “C” corresponds to power plugs with two round pins, whereas the type “I” corresponds to plugs with three flat pins in a triangular pattern. While in the country, you will need to use a voltage converter and/or adapter with your electrical items. If you forgot to bring one with you, ask the hotel front desk clerk if the hotel can provide you one.
Designated smoking areas
Indoor smoking is banned by regulation in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.
Emergency Numbers in Argentina
101: Non-emergency number for the Police
100: Fire emergency
107: Emergency Ambulance - SAME
Tourist Assistance Center: Recoleta
Open every day 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Address: Avenida Quintana 596
The tourist assistance center is useful to get information and tips about the city and its local attractions. You can also buy your SUBE card to get around the city using the public transport.
Know more about the current guided tours at the City Government official website: https://turismo.buenosaires.gob.ar/en/article/guided-tours
Tourist Police Station
Address: Av. Corrientes 436
Neighborhood: San Nicolás
Lat: -34.603153 Long: -58.372961
Tel.: 0800 999 5000 / 4346 574