Getting Here and Around in Tigre and the Paraná Delta

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Getting Here and Around

The cheapest way of getting to Tigre by train is on the suburban commuter train from Estación Retiro to the central Estación Tigre. There are about four departures an hour on the Ramal Tigre (Tigre Branch) of the Línea Mitre; round-trip tickets costs 2.70 pesos. Alternatively, take the slick, tourist-oriented Tren de la Costa. It meanders through some of Buenos Aires' most-fashionable northern suburbs and along the riverbank, stopping at nine stations before arriving at Estación Delta, near the Río Luján and Puerto de Frutos market. It starts halfway between Buenos Aires and Tigre, so you'll have to first take Línea Mitre, Ramal Mitre from Retiro to Estación Mitre, where you can change to the Tren de la Costa's Maipú Station. Round-trip fare is 24 pesos. The center of Tigre is small enough to walk around easily, but there are taxis outside both train stations.

The most comfortable—though touristy—way to travel the delta's waterways is aboard the two-story catamarans that leave from docks on the Luján River, inside the Puerto de Frutos market. Rio Tur does two-hour round-trips, which cost 40 pesos and leave weekends on the hour 11–7 December through March and 11–5 April through November and on weekdays at noon, 1, 2, and 4 pm year-round. The last boat of the day usually catches the sunset.

The low-slung wooden lanchas colectivas (boat buses) are the cheaper and more authentic way to explore the waterways; locals use them to get around the delta. These leave from the Estación Fluvial (Boat Station), on the other side of the roundabout from Estación Tigre, the main train station. The main transport company for the delta is Interisleña, which serves all of the Primera Sección, the closest islands to the Tigre. One-way tickets start at 17 pesos. Líneas Delta Argentino uses similar boats but is tourism-oriented—one- and three-hour trips cost 20 and 30 pesos. Vessels leave every hour or two on weekends, but usually don't operate midweek. Buy tickets from Booth 6, opposite the jetty. Touts offering private boat trips loiter outside the Tigre tourist board offices at the train and boat stations, but it's best to stick with recognized companies. As the boats leave the delta, they pass the magnificent turn-of-the-20th-century buildings of Tigre's heyday and colorfully painted houses built on stilts to protect them from floods.

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