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Buses in Buenos Aires

The city’s above-ground transport system might look a mess—more than 200 crisscrossing bus lines, each with its own color and design, owned by a handful of competing companies, often with overlapping, seemingly random routes—but there are advantages to the madness. At least one colectivo—or bus—goes to every far-flung corner of the city, and many dozens service more central neighborhoods. At least one will stop right in front of your hotel, cruise past the Bosques de Palermo park, the shops of Recoleta, through downtown, and on to San Telmo. Armed with a LUMI or Guia T bus guide (available at any newsstand) and a one-peso coin (no bills are accepted), the city is yours—and unlike the Subte, you can actually watch it whiz by.

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