Sube card and use in subway and bus.
- 25 pesos to buy at the till at an entrance to the underground.
- they charge it as you buy it. So we paid 100 pesos and got 75 pesos top-up.
- there are yellow self service top-up kiosks and they are in Spanish only. But not difficult to understand and do the top-up using pesos bank notes.
- the card is blue colour, credit card size, with magnetic stripe and with text SUBE.
- one ride in metro (subway, underground) costs approx 7.50 pesos.
- we also had to recharge (top-up) our Sube card in Retiro Omnibus terminal and there was only a blue machine taking bank notes and we didn't get how to use it. After watching few people with the same problem as us, we finally saw someone who knew how to use it. There is a small wide hole where you put your sube card in and leave it there. It is not tight, it is kind of freely inserted in, feels like broken. But that's correct. Then the machine recognises your card. All sube card readers are slow. In metro, in buses, at the tills, at the top-up machines. Not like in London. You need to be patient and wait until it beeps or shows something on the screen.
You can buy one card for more people. If you travel together. As the underground has gates to get in, touch with the card and wait until it displays your charge and then allows you in. If you do it too quickly, it errors. I always touched, got in, waited behind and touched for my wife to get in too.
- in bus, you need to board using the front door and tell the driver where you are going and then touch with the card. After the charge is displayed on the screen with the touch machine. And again, you can just say dos boletos and touch for your friend too.
Bus rides using public transport in Buenos Aires are confusing. If you don't know when is your stop, you can easily miss it, as we did. The buses often stop only on request. So when getting off, press one of the buttons on bars. And if you want to catch a bus, wave on it at the bus stop.