Whether you are visiting Buenos Aires for just a few days or a few months, you won’t go wrong by taking the yellow bus, or officially the Buenos Aires Bus, as your first activity to get a feel of the city. It is a hop-on hop-off tour service on a double-decker bus organized by the city government.
Since its inauguration in 2010, the route has grown from 12 stops to 25 stops plus a separate extension of a 5-stop northern route. With the expansion of its fleet, the buses run much more frequently too at every 10-20 mins. The bus route covers all the must-see spots in the city and the whole tour lasts around 3-4 hours depending on traffic (we are in a busy city after all!). Audio guide in 10 different languages with headphones are also available on board, so you know what you are looking at when you are passing them by.
If you have the time to hop off, definitely get off to walk around and explore more. Even if you don’t, after this bus tour, you can check off, if not all, most of the attractions mentioned in your guide books. The roof is always off during good weather, and on a sunny day, it’s really a perfect way to cruise around town and get a tan. If you like the rain, or not, you don’t have to cancel your plan to take the yellow bus either because they will put the roof up. No uncomfortable poncho raincoat necessary.
Buenos Aires is a very walkable city but there are also a lot to cover (I know because I have entertained many visiting friends and family during the pre-yellow-bus era). So, whether you’re already or soon-to-be in town, check out the Buenos Aires bus, it’s an enjoyable way to get (re)acquainted with this beautiful city.