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Submitted on Jul 18, 2020 Useful Info

Best way to get to Tigre from Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Tigre is a beautiful small holiday town located about 27km northwest of Buenos Aires. It's the center of Paraná Delta, known for its numerous rivers and historic mansions built by wealthy Argentines that wanted to get away from the chaos of Buenos Aires. It's a really popular day-trip and weekend getaway spot these days for locals, with lots of things to do there both outdoors (e.g. kayaking) and urban (restaurants, museums, historic tour, etc.)

  • Transportation there is super easy with many different options available. I'll talk in details about each of the main options below, but the Mitre train line is the overall best way to get to Tigre from Buenos Aires (see Option 1 below for very detailed instructions on how to take this train)
  • Other options include a scenic train called Tren de la Costa (meaning coastal train), bus and taxi, etc. I'll also talk about these options below


Option 1) Mitre Train Line: The best option

  • Mitre line is one of the many commuter trains that connect Buenos Aires with its surrounding area used by local residents for everyday life. It's the only line that goes to Tigre from BA. Here's the official route map of this line from the government website (as you can see there are several branches of the Mitre line, the bottom branch goes to Tigre):User submitted photo of Tigre
  • Where to board the train:
  • The Mitre line departs from Retiro Station, which is the largest train station in Buenos Aires and located very centrally (here to Google Maps link). Getting to Retiro Station from anywhere in BA is very easy by metro (line C or E) or taxi and is very cheap. One thing I would caution is that the area immediately surrounding and to the south of Retiro Station is not the safest part of town so I would not recommend walking to the station, but if you go to the station by metro or taxi you'll be ok. Metro takes you directly into the terminal so you don't have to walk outside. More details on safety here
  • When you're at the station, make sure to board the correct train since the Mitre line has multiple branches as you can see on the map. When you're at the station you need to look at the sign boards which will tell you which platform you need to go to for the correct train. Find the one that goes to "Tigre", like this:User submitted photo of Tigre
  • It makes additional stops in Buenos Aires, so you don't necessarily have to go to Retiro Station. Pick the closest train station to you to board. Here are all the stops it makes after Retiro: Belgrano C, Núñez, Vicente López, Olivos, La Lucila, Martínez, Acassuso, San Isidro, Beccar, Victoria, Virreyes, San Fernando, Carupá, Tigre. And here's a map of all these stations (click on the pin to see the name of the station):

  • Where to get off the train: this is easy. Take the train all the way to the final stop which is Tigre train station. You can see it on the map above
  • Tickets:
  • The train is extremely cheap. It currently costs 18.5 pesos ($0.26USD) each way if you pay by SUBE card, 37 pesos ($0.52USD) each way if you pay by cash. SUBE card is the reloadable transportation card you can use for all metro and buses in Buenos Aires and other major cities in Argentina, so it's highly recommended. More details about how to get the card can be found here. Keep in mind that this rate will likely increase a lot in the near future because our inflation is pretty bad here. But regardless of price increases the one-way fare should not cost you more than the equivalent of $1USD per person. You can find the latest fare information on the government website, specifically this page (go to the bottom of the page you will find a link to download labeled "Tarifas Retiro - Tigre"
  • In terms of how to buy the tickets, you can pay either cash or by SUBE card as I already mentioned above. You cannot by pay by credit card
  • Travel time: 56 minutes in each direction. This is slower than normal due to extra COVID-19 related precautions. Normally it takes about 45 minutes each way. No one knows when it'll go back to normal
  • Schedule:
  • Monday-Friday: first train leaves Retiro for Tigre at 6:32AM and last train leaves Retiro at 9:16PM. First train leaves Tigre for Retiro at 5:44AM and last train leaves Tigre at 8:08PM. In both directions the frequency is once every 16 minutes
  • Weekend and holidays: first train leaves Retiro for Tigre at 6:48AM and last train leaves Retiro at 9:16PM. First train leaves Tigre for Retiro at 5:44AM and last train leaves Tigre at 8:08PM. In both directions the frequency is once every 32 minutes
  • The schedule gets updated from time to time, so be sure to check the the official government website https://www.argentina.gob.ar for the most up-to-date schedule. This is the page that currently contains the the schedule for Mitre line Retiro-Tigre branch


Option 2) Tren de la Costa Train Line: The "scenic" option but I don't recommend it

  • Another way to get to Tigre and the one that many tourists use is the Tren de la Costa line. Strictly speaking you're taking 2 trains: the first one is a commuter train to get you to the start of Tren de la Costa, and the second one is Tren de la Costa itself. The main difference of this train compared to Option 1 is that this train goes along the coast and through some cute towns. Personally I don't recommend it because I think the scenery is way overhyped. Even thought it's closer to the coast than Option 1, but you only really see the water like once the entire time. The scenery is very normal in my opinion, but you can take a look at the reviews to see if you think it's worth the extra time and price
  • How to take Tren de la Costa to Tigre: as mentioned above there are two steps
  1. Take Mitre line to Bartolomé Mitre station: this is the same Mitre line as Option 1, but it's a different branch that does not go to Tigre, but instead ends at Bartolomé Mitre station (located here). The train also departs from Retiro Station in Buenos Aires. Here's the route map and I've circled the destination you need to go to:User submitted photo of TigreThe train makes additional stops in Buenos Aires after departing from Retiro, so you don't necessarily have to go to Retiro Station to take the train. The stops it makes after Retiro are Caranza, Belgrano R, Saavedra, J.B. Justo, Florida, Cetrángolo, and finally Bartolomé Mitre. When you're boarding the train at the departure station, make sure to check the signage board to see that you're taking the train to "Mitre" since the Mitre line has multiple branches each going to a different final destinationUser submitted photo of Tigre
  2. Take Tren de la Costa to Delta: once you get off the Mitre line at Bartolomé Mitre, cross the bridge over the main road to get yourself to Maipú station, which is the departing station of Tren de la Costa. There will be signs pointing you to "Tren de la Costa" so it's very easy to navigate. User submitted photo of TigreThen take Tren de la Costa all the way to its final station, which is Delta station. It will make stops along the way, and some of them have cool shops and User submitted photo of Tigre
  • Tickets: you have to pay two separate fares because there are two trains you're taking
  • Ticket on Mitre line from Retiro to Bartolomé Mitre is 15.5 pesos ($0.22USD) with SUBE and 37 pesos ($0.44USD) by cash
  • Ticket on Tren de la Costa from Maipú to Delta station is 42 pesos ($0.6USD) with SUBE and 84 pesos ($1.2USD) by cash for non Argentinian residents. 50% less for Argentinian residents
  • Overall much more expensive than the Mitre Tigre line I detailed in Option 1, but still very cheap
  • Again, keep in mind that the peso prices will likely increase very rapidly, multiple times a year. So always check the government's website to get the latest information. However, in USD terms the price should not more more than USD$2-$3 per person each way
  • Travel time: total travel time is 70-100 minutes each way
  • Retiro -> Bartolomé Mitre: 37 minutes
  • Change train: 10-30 minutes
  • Bartolomé Mitre -> Delta: 25 minutes
  • Schedule:
  • Mitre Line Retiro -> Bartolomé Mitre
  • Monday-Friday: first train leaves Retiro for Bartolomé Mitre at 6:37AM and last train leaves Retiro at 7:36PM. First train leaves Bartolomé Mitre for Retiro at 7:22AM and last train leaves Bartolomé Mitre at 8:22PM. In both directions the frequency is once every hour
  • Weekend and holidays: first train leaves Retiro for Bartolomé Mitre at 6:43AM and last train leaves Retiro at 7:43PM. First train leaves Bartolomé Mitre for Retiro at 7:36AM and last train leaves Bartolomé Mitre at 8:36PM. In both directions the train frequency is every hour
  • Tren de la Costa Bartolomé Mitre -> Delta
  • Monday-Friday: first train leaves Bartolomé Mitre for Delta at 7:25AM and last train leaves Bartolomé Mitre at 8:57PM. First train leaves Delta for Bartolomé Mitre at 6:53AM and last train leaves Delta at 8:23PM. In both directions the frequency is once every 61-65 minutes
  • Weekend and holidays: first train leaves Bartolomé Mitre for Delta at 8:28AM and last train leaves Bartolomé Mitre at 9:10PM. First train leaves Delta for Bartolomé Mitre at 7:55AM and last train leaves Delta at 8:37PM. In both directions the frequency is once every 58-65 minutes
  • The schedule gets updated regularly, so check the the official government website https://www.argentina.gob.ar for the most up-to-date schedule. This page has the schedule for Retiro -> Bartolomé Mitre (step 1) and this is the page that currently has Tren de la Costa schedule (step 2)


Option 3) Bus: Don't recommend it

  • Bus 60 (called Colectivo 60 locally) stops at numerous places in Buenos Aires, including the plaza in front of Constitución train station, La Boca, Palermo, and then goes all the way to Tigre
  • This bus takes a very long time to travel, at least 100 minutes and frequently over 2 hours. So I don't advise taking this bus
  • Fare is about USD$0.5 per passenger
  • To find where to board the bus, you can either ask a local for help, or use a local public transportation app. The one I recommend is called Transitapp, which has live location for buses and I checked that you can find bus 60 information on it. Here's Transitapp' website. You can read more about how to take buses in Buenos Aires here
  • I don't recommend this option because it takes a long time and it's very confusing to navigate the bus system in Buenos Aires. You'll end up spending tons of time just finding the bus stop, and then the bus itself takes so long. You will most likely spend half a day to to get to Tigre this way. Compared to the train you won't be saving much money either


Option 4) Taxi: Convenient but expensive

  • This is not a common way to travel to Tigre but it's completely doable. You can call or flag a taxi in Buenos Aires and ask them to take you to Tigre. You can also use Uber or Cabify app to get a car as well
  • The cost will be USD$12-$16 each way (as of July 2020 it's about 850-1,200 pesos but due to inflation the price in pesos will likely rise rapidly in the near future, so budget in USD instead of pesos). If you have a small group or have lots of luggage then this is probably the best option to get to Tigre
  • Travel time will be 30-40 minutes each way, although if you hit traffic in BA it can take over an hour to get there
  • Taxis are plentiful in Buenos Aires at any time of the day. Getting a taxi is easy and you can read more about how to hail one off the street. Unless you're using Uber/Cabify which is linked to your credit card, regular taxis are paid by cash pesos only


Other Options for Consideration

  • So I've listed the four most common way to get to Tigre from Buenos Aires, but there are other options too, really just depend on what your budget and time is
  • Boat: this is actually quite expensive and pretty much is a tour and used exclusively by tourists. The boat is operated by a company called Sturla Viajes (https://www.sturlaviajes.tur.ar/), departing from Puerto Madero in BA at 10AM for Tigre and returns from Tigre at 4PM everyday. The boat ride on Rio de la Plata takes 2 hours to get to Tigre (and 2 hours to get back), and once in Tigre you will have free time to wander around and explore. It costs about USD$50 per person for round trip ticket (at the time of writing equivalent to 3390 pesos). Getting to Puerto Madero I recommend by taxi (which will cost you just a few USD from anywhere in Buenos Aires), because it is located in a not-so-good area of the city close to Retiro train station. The advantage of this option is that it's very scenic as you ride up the river, and is also relatively hassle free. The downside is obviously the high cost. Check the latest information as well as book this from Sturla Viajes' website I listed above
  • Guided tours: you can book onto one of many guided tours from Buenos Aires to Tigre. There will be lots of tours offered in English as well as other languages because Tigre is a pretty popular attraction. The tours will pick you up from your hotel in Buenos Aires in a van, and will take care of all logistics to and from Tigre, plus all the guided activities you'll do. This is the ultimate convenience. But it's also the costliest. Tours are typically for half day (approximately 5 hours) or full day. Half day tours cost USD$60-$70 per person, and full day tours cost USD$120-$160 per person, if booked online. If you find a local travel agency in Buenos Aires it will be 20-30% cheaper, but it's more work for you. There are lots of websites you can use to book online, like Viator and GetYourGuide. On these sites if you go to the page for "Tigre" you will find lots of options departing from Buenos Aires. Some of these tours are also cycling tours, where you bike with your group from Buenos Aires to Tigre along the river Rio de la Plata