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Vacationer1 Dec 6th, 2007 10:23 PM

What taxi co in BA?
What is the best way go from EZE to Dtw hotels? What and how do we catch a cab. Should we be calling in radio cabs? Where should we change money once we land at the EZE airport?

drdawggy Dec 7th, 2007 06:00 AM

1. From the airport You may take either a private car (called a remis) or a taxi. Arrangements for either option are found in the arrival hall. As you exit customs you will enter an area that is blocked from the main reception area by a series of booths offering various services, including private cars. World Car, VIP and Manuel Tienda Leon. If you proceed beyond this area you will see a free standing white and blue booth in front of you where you can arrange a taxi. Here is the URL for this option: The price is 78pesos, slightly less than a remis.

2. Once you are in town, yes, take radio cabs. Although it is safer to phone in advance, I take radio cabs from the curb in town (never from the airport). Pay in small bills to avoid problems. If you do not speak Spanish, write down the address of your destination and hand it to the driver.

3. Exchange money at Banco de la Nacion at EZE airport. As you pick up your bags after they have been scanned in customs, look to your right where you will see teller booths. here is another entrance inside the main terminal. Banco de la Nacion offers a very good rate of exchange, the same as you will receive in town. Ignore the Global Exchange booths...they offer a terrible rate of exchange bordering on theft.

Vacationer1 Dec 7th, 2007 07:43 AM

Thanks drdawggy! Couple clarifications:
1) Is it better to do a remis from the airport than a taxi? Where would I arrange that and do you know how much the Remis charge? Which Remis co should I use?
2) Is there a specific co/tel number that you recommend to call in a radio taxi once you are in town?
3) Also, wanted to ask you if there was a private car/driver arrangement that we can make for a day trip to a Fiesta Gaucho.. We are 8 of us so instead of paying per person rates with a tour group, I was wondering if it would be more economical to go to Cina Cina or some other Fiesta Gaucho by doing a private transfer and buying tickets for the entrance at the Estancia itself. Thoughts?

Graziella5b Dec 7th, 2007 10:58 AM

I always takes remises from the airport, but I any of drdawggy suggestions is equally valid. I take a remise from Manuel Tienda Leon , and pay at the booth with my credit card. It maight be a few dollars more or less but this is how I do it.
Once in the city I ask the hotel to call for radio taxis for short drives or I call them my self I use Pidalo Taxi, or Alo Taxi or Premium Taxi. It is simple and easy to call them. Remises once you are in town are better for long drives and specially good if you have to go and return within the hour. In these cases, they charge you only one way and some 5 usa for each hour waiting. They chage fractions each 15 minutes.

Graziella5b Dec 9th, 2007 05:42 AM

To make things clearer, in Argentina, remises is a car with a driver. usually a nice car, usually with ac.
They charge by the kilometer, around 1.50 argentine money per kilometer. Plus tolls if any.
When it is round trip, they usually do not charge for the trip back, that is =0, but they charge aprox. $16 pesos per hour for the time they wait for you to come back.
The charge is every 15 minutes, that is $4 every 15'.
They are very good to go to the airport because if trafic is but and you are delayed they would stick to the kilometers charge.
Taxis keep the meter runing even if the taxi is hold up by traffic.
Taxis are better as a rule for short drives.

Remises must be called by phone. Radio taxis too, however if free they can be flagged. But for tourist it is not advisable. Always if possible call them this way a record is kept of the taxi that picked you up.

In Montevideo, Uruguay it is different, taxis for me are horrible because they have a partition made of thick glass between the driver and passangers which is a little claustrophobic. Remises charge by the hour which is good, you can hire one for one or two hours ,etc and go around, some companies although have a limit to the miles they go around in an hour .
I always call La Española for remises in Uruguay, they have no miles limit. However all remise companies in URuguay charge more when driving a pax to Carrasco Airport. Because it is located out of the city of Montevideo.
Hope this explains the situation. When you use often a remise company you can ask for a driver you like, if he or she is free they have no problem.

OwassoRon Dec 9th, 2007 08:39 AM

In response to your question concerning Fiesta Gaucho ranch. My wife were there in early November. We went on a Saturday. First, I highly recommend going. It is a beautiful area. We arranged our visit through a travel agent who was a few stores down the street from our hotel. They had the prices posted on the window. We went in and the man was very nice (he spoke very little English) but we managed well. I believe it was only 310 pesos for both of us. That translates to approximately $53 USD each person.

They send a bus (tour bus) to your hotel to pick you up. Our tour guide was a young man who was very personable and talked good English as well. He made the trip fun and educational.

Upon getting there you are handed cups of wine and empanadas (all you want). You get to walk around on your own for an hour or so then they have dinner.

Believe me the dinner and entertainment is worth three times the amount you paid. Again all the steak, chicken, sausage, salads and wine you can handle.

Best part when everything is over you hop back in to a nice comfortable bus that drops you off at the door of your hotel. I think it was like a 7 hour total day.

A must see in BA!!!

Have fun.


Scarlett Dec 9th, 2007 09:22 AM

Your hotel can arrange the Remiss that picks you up at the airport. They will tell you the price , it is a flat rate..and you just look for the man with the card with your name on it when you leave the customs area. Dr Dawggy and Graziella say- walk out the doors of customs and there to your left is the "kiosk" of VIP Remiss...they are great..took great care of us with a lot of heavy luggage and a frazzled large dog and his people :)

Whenever you see a taxi on the street with a light box on the can feel good about flagging them down.( in the window on the windshield will be a little lit sign that says LIBRE..this means they are free and you should signal to them..if that light is not on, they will ignore you so don't feel bad when that happens lol)
We live here and use all the taxis and with our without the Radio Taxi sign, they have been fine.
You are lucky if you get one with A/C so be prepared for that :(

My husband breaks his large bills as soon as he gets them, anywhere he can. Taxis will not take large bills usually..a lot of places prefer smaller bills so try to keep breaking the big bills when you get them.

Scarlett Dec 9th, 2007 09:26 AM

A sidenote...we take taxis every day, all over the city. We have not had any problems at all..we enjoy most of our taxi drivers..yesterday is a good example, I recognised Eric Clapton on the CD he had playing so he started talking music with us and changing the CDs .. a very pleasant ride :)

But last night coming home from Paseo Alcorte..we had our first Drunk Taxi driver lol.
He was a very careful slow drunk driver, although I did feel that he needed propping up a few times..but he yelled at us the whole time..not in anger..just making sure we could hear him since our Spanish is still not
It was actually hilarious but in many ways, typical of something new and unexpected happening every day in Buenos Aires ((L))

Vacationer1 Dec 16th, 2007 09:34 AM

OwassoRon, I was curious as to which Estancia you went to for the Fiesta Gaucho trip?

Magellan_5 May 10th, 2008 08:33 AM

Hi - I'm searching threads for the answers to my taxi questions, so I'm taking this one to the top to tag on to it. I might also tack it on to my "last minute questions for BA trip" thread if no one sees this.

**Most of the threads that I see say that you can "have your hotel" call a radio taxi for you once you're in town in BA. However, I'll be staying in an apartment that has no concierge or front desk, and I won't have a cell phone when I go out.

Assuming that I don't want to hail a cab on the street alone (for safety reasons), my question is this: <b>is it ok to go into a business/restaurant and ask them to call a radio cab for you?</b>

Thank you!

Scarlett May 10th, 2008 09:17 AM

Hi Magellan,
We stayed in an apt when we arrived here this last time and we always just waved down a taxi in the street in front of the building.
Calling a radio cab can be difficult if you don't speak Spanish also :)

Yes, you can ask any restaurant that you are in or a store to call a Radio Taxi but you can also just stand on the curb and flag one down.
If you are feeling insecure at night , ask someone but everyone just waves them down on the street, no worries about safety.

They have the light box on their roof and will say Radio Taxi on the doors.
There seem to be more taxis than cars here so don't worry about finding one :)
(Taxi Prices go up to $3.80 pesos..I think in June)

Magellan_5 May 10th, 2008 09:35 AM

Hi Scarlett - Great - thanks! This is really helpful information. I <i>am</i> a little nervous about making phone calls actually. My Spanish is decent here in San Francisco (and, alone in my living room, I sound great! LOL!) but once I get jetlagged and confused upon arrival in a foriegn country, I tend to only remember 4 or 5 words: bathroom, beer, shoes, money, and food :D Thanks again.

Scarlett May 10th, 2008 12:46 PM

Oh Magellan, I am learning every day here and I think I am forgetting how to speak English now...not that I speak Spanish but now I don't speak English either lol
I did thank the waiter today in French LOL

My husband said that you should just get here and see how you feel about this whole taxi thing and do what is comfortable for you...he is just full of common sense, this man! :)

Magellan_5 May 10th, 2008 02:46 PM

ah - I totally get the French thing. I went to Spain last year for 2 weeks, and although I spoke decent Spanish, my 7 years of (very bad) French kept popping up constantly at first at the strangest moments.

The good thing was that after the first week in Spain, I was able to actually <i>give</i> directions to a native Spanish speaker <i>in Spanish</i> without even thinking about it - and they actually understood me! It may have been due to the (bastante grande) pitcher of sangria I'd consumed beforehand (lack of inhibition=smoother linguistic flow) but I still marvel at that miraculous event.... Anyway, thanks to your husband as well for the advice. - Cheers - M

avrooster May 10th, 2008 03:12 PM

We also have &quot;sangr&iacute;a&quot; here, as well as &quot;cleric&oacute;&quot; (white wine), so you should do fine here, M! LOL!!!

Magellan_5 May 10th, 2008 03:49 PM

LOL! ((d))

Scarlett May 10th, 2008 04:14 PM

If I had only known what my Spanish lessons were missing!! Muchas gracias ((D))

avrooster May 10th, 2008 04:31 PM

BTW, M, since you obviously know how to use and spell &quot;bastante grande&quot;, I think you should stop worrying about the language barrier, as it just ain't there!!! LOL!!!

AndrewDavid May 10th, 2008 04:54 PM

i worried that my more recent studies in italian had submerged my spanish, but we weren't 5 minutes in the remis from EZE than it all came flooding back.

My husband barely speaks a word, but when i let him out alone in Bs As he always came back safe and sound.

Have great time in a wonderful, friendly city and cease worrying about those ubiquitous taxis!!!!


drdawggy May 10th, 2008 06:35 PM

I speak bastante bien after a bastante grande bottle of malbec....but I doubt I will ever have the courage to tackle &quot;ubiquitous taxis&quot; en espa&ntilde;ol....

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