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Submitted on Jul 22, 2020 Useful Info

How to visit Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires

  • Teatro Colón is the main opera hall in Buenos Aires, and is definitely one of the major attractions in Buenos Aires for both locals and visitors alike. Architecturally it's gorgeous, and it also attracts some of the top performers in the worldUser submitted photo of Teatro Colón
  • You can visit it in one of two ways: 1) get a guided tour, or 2) watch a performance at the theater
  • Guided tour: you can join one of the guided group tours offered by the theater to see its insides and learn about its history. These tours are available daily in both Spanish and English, although the English tours are much more limited in frequency. Here's some information about these tours:
  • Tour schedule: tours are offered daily (except January 1, May 1, and December 24, 25, 31). English tours are only offered at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Spanish tours are available from 9am to 5pm, every 15 minutes. They may cancel some of these tours from time to depending on the performance schedule
  • Tour duration: 50 minutes
  • Price: USD$20 per person (currently 1400 pesos). This price is for non-Argentinian residents (residents get 50% off this price). The price is also discounted by 20% daily between 9am and 11am, as well as 3:30pm and 5pm (these are all Spanish tours though)
  • You can buy the tour tickets online through the theater's website or in person at the box office. There is a limit of 34 people per group so if you're planning on doing the English tour, then it's best to reserve a spot ahead of time as these tours are usually completely booked on the day of the tour. Credit cards are accepted either online or in person
  • You cannot tour the theater by yourself. You must be part of a guided group tour. You can go into the lobby but anything beyond that you need to be on a tour
  • Watch a performance: I highly recommend watching a show at the theater, which is ranked one of the top in the world in terms of acoustics. Shows are most frequently scheduled in the evenings but there are also day-time performances
  • Price: admission cost for the performances vary by seat section and ranges from USD$30-$70 for normal seats to over $250 for the best seats in the theater
  • You can buy tickets in person at the box office or online through the theater's own website, which has the most up-to-date performance schedule and online checkout system. Credit cards are accepted either way
  • You should be at the theater a minimum of 30 minutes before the scheduled show start time
  • How to get to Teatro Colón:
  • The theater is located in a very central downtown location and can be easily accessed

  • It's located on a Subte (our subway/metro system) station, called Tribunales - Teatro Colón, located on line D of the Subte. So if you're located close to a Subte station, this is the best way to get to the theater. You will need a SUBE card to use the Subte system in Buenos Aires. I've written here in detail about how to take the Subte
  • Alternatively, taxis are cheap and plentiful in Buenos Aires. Uber is also popular here too. Either of these ways will only cost you USD$2-$4 to get to the theater from anywhere in Buenos Aires, so it's very cost effective. You can read here about how to get a taxi in BA
  • The box office is located on the southern side of the theater (on the Tucumán street; address is Tucumán 1171). This is where you need can buy your ticket for both the guided tour and performances
  • Dress code:
  • Guided tours: there's no dress code if you're just visiting it with the guided tours
  • Performance: the dress code is pretty lax even if you're going to see a show. Jeans and t-shirts are completely acceptable. However, avoid wearing shorts and flip flops, or anything that's too exposed