During the first half of the 20th century, the tram system was the everyday public transportation to commute in Buenos Aires city. They were slowly replaced by subway and colectivos (buses) over the years, and finally stopped running in 1961. Fortunately, a small piece of this history still exists today. Thanks to La Asociación Amigos del Tranvía, they have rescued and restored a few tram cars. Not only that, since November 15, 1980 they have put them back on the streets and have been offering free tram rides on weekends and public holidays.
The tram ride leaves every 20 minutes from the tram stop at Emilio Mitre 500 (cross street José Bonifacio) in Caballito and will take you through a circuit of 20 blocks around the neighborhood. Not only the traditional motorman and the guard will be present to keep the trip authentic, a knowledgeable guide will also be on board to give you a run down on the tram history.
If you’d like to experience this nostalgia of the old Buenos Aires, simply hop onto the subte (subway), and then either get off at station Primera Junta on Línea A (7 blocks from tram stop) or station Emilio Mitre on Línea E (3 blocks from tram stop). Their operating hours are:
March to November
Saturdays 4pm – 7:30pm
Sundays 10am – 1pm, 4pm – 7:30pm
Public holidays 4pm – 7:30pm
December to February
Saturdays 5pm – 8:30pm
Sundays 10am – 1pm, 5pm – 8:30pm
Public holidays 5pm – 8:30pm