Buenos Aires is one of South America’s top destinations—in fact, it manages to top the list of popular tourist spots in the region year-on-year. It’s therefore no surprise that abundant digital resources are available for getting the most out of Argentina’s capital city.
Handy apps that cover all aspects of Buenos Aires life are readily available, whether you’re a tourist or new expat in the city. The following are 11 apps for making your stay easier and more enjoyable.
This app provides the best routes from one place to another, be it by public transportation (e.g., subway, bus, or train), car, or by foot, as well as estimated journey times. It’s free and available for Android/iOS devices and Windows Phones.
Guía Oleo is the most comprehensive guide of restaurants and bars in the city, with reviews by users and local patrons. The app is free and available for Android/iOS devices and Windows Phones.
The city of Buenos Aires provides free municipal wifi 24 hours a day from more than 381 points throughout the city. BA Wifi enables you to search for these public/free wifi hotspots provided by the city.
This app provides a comprehensive list of “porteño” slang regularly used in Buenos Aires. Each word has an explanation in English. It’s free and available for iOS/Android devices.
Municipal bicycle rentals are all the rage in big cities across the globe, and Buenos Aires is no exception. BA EcoBici let you do everything from checking nearby bike lanes to plan your route to finding bike rental/service establishments if you need to rent or repair your bike.
Home delivery is all the rage in Buenos Aires—be it for sushi, McDonald’s, or ice cream. This app lets you order from more than 1,000 of the best restaurants in Buenos Aires.
Similar to its cousin the Tango, Milonga is a traditional song and dance popular amongst Uruguayan and Argentine artists and dance enthusiasts. Hoy Milonga tells you where and when the best Milongas are taking place every night throughout the city.
You’re bound to use the Buenos Aires metro during your stay in Buenos Aires, referred to locally as “the subte.” This app allows you to check the subway maps, get useful route info, and receive notifications regarding any delays.
Simple to use and favored by locals, the Restorando app helps you find the latest good eats with great discounts. Hit “Cercanos a mi” (close to me) to bring up restaurants in your neighborhood. And for those traveling around Latin America, the app also features listings in Chile, Brazil, Mexico, and more.
Truco is a popular local card game that involves a lot of tricks—as its name implies—and is fairly complicated to learn, especially with limited Spanish skills. This app features an online multiplayer mode and three degrees of difficulty for getting you up to speed virtually.
Developed by Argentina’s Ministry of the Interior and Transportation, Trenes en vivo allows you to check train schedules as well as any delay notifications and announcements.
In short, South America’s most visited city can be an exhilarating—albeit daunting—travel experience, with over 400 years of history and culture. Fortunately, these 11 apps were designed help you get the most out of everything Buenos Aires has to offer.