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Buenos Aires is in car rental price band: 7/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)
General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Buenos Aires?
No. Car rental is expensive by global standards.
Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Buenos Aires between the peak and the off peak season?
5/10 (0 = stable prices)
Driving score: 2/10
Non car score:6/10
(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)
General comment -
The Argentinian capital is a vast sprawling metropolis which also has an extensive underground system, together with a wide network of buses. There is simply no great advantage in having a hire car to visit the city of Buenos Aires itself, and if you plan to visit the popular tourist resorts around Punto del Este in neighbouring Uruguay, then this is much easier to do by ferry.
Another popular excursion from Buenos Aires is to visit Iguazu Falls, which is at the triangular border between Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. However our recommendation here would be to take a coach (allow up to 24 hours), an organised bus tour, or alternatively, to fly.
The sheer richness of cultural attractions in Buenos Aires could no doubt keep the visitor busy for weeks, because this is one of South America’s greatest cities, although a few too many late nights might need to be counterbalanced with some rural escapades!
However, the most spectacular scenery that Argentina has to offer really is nowhere near Buenos Aires, and anyone planning a road trip around Argentina will soon start to realise that the country is deceptively large. Naturally, because it’s the main international gateway, Buenos Aires might be an obvious choice for starting such a road trip, but if you are short of time, then the chances are that you will want to fly somewhere further west or south first.
Therefore, our advice is that one is there is really isn’t the sort of destination where a rental car would be useful.
Why? Visiting Buenos Aires using a hire car
Why do you need a car in Buenos Aires ?
• A car would be useful if you want to start a long Argentinian road trip in Buenos Aires.
Why not? Visiting Buenos Aires without a car
Why don't you need a car in Buenos Aires ?
- A car is of little use in the city of Buenos Aires itself.
• The city is congested, and one of the largest in South America. It will be easier to get around by bus.
• Commuter rail and metro services are also widespread.
• For many other places in Argentina, it would be better to take an internal flight first, and look at car hire options at the destination.
Ratings: How does Buenos Aires compare?
Is it worth hiring a car in Buenos Aires? TBC
This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Buenos Aires, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.
How does this compare if:
You are travelling:
Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc
Does car rental make sense on different budgets?
Do you need to hire a car in Buenos Aires? TBC
This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Buenos Aires (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".
Should you rent a car in Buenos Aires? TBC
This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good.
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Hiring | Driving | Parking
Trains | Buses | Local travel
Car hire basics:
Public transportation basics:
Regular bus services: YES
Coach (inter-city): YES
High Speed Rail:
Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):
As you start ....
Does Buenos Aires airport have a direct rail link?
(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No
Has our advice for Buenos Aires car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?
2017 - 2
2019 - 3
2021 - 6
Average score - 4
Do you or don't you need a car in Buenos Aires ?