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Driving and Public Transport

Argentina - Driving and Public Transport

Once you have moved to Argentina you will need to find a way to get around. In Buenos Aires this is relatively easy as the city has an excellent bus service covering the city as well as an underground train system. Most inhabitants of the city will make use of these public transport methods as during peak times, finding a parking space can be difficult and often expensive.

The bus system will vary for each city in Argentina. Some may have a fixed fare but in other cities prices will depend on the destination and length of journey. Some bus services run more expensive buses which offer air conditioning and a quicker journey and users will find there are a combination of private companies and state-run bus systems in each city. Suburban trains also operate in and out of the major cities, making it easier to commute.

Driving around Argentina is another option though it should be noted that roads in rural areas are often in very poor condition. There is a good network of main roads linking the cities. There are some regulations to be considered when driving in Argentina. The wearing of seatbelts is mandatory and the expressways are privately owned, so tolls are payable.

Obtaining an international driving license is a good idea prior to arriving in the country. These are valid for one year. If you intend to remain in Argentina for longer then you should take the Argentine driving test to obtain a local license. If you intend to buy a car within Argentina then you must first have the equivalent of a local social security number and have the necessary residency permits.

Care must be taken when driving in Argentina. The road safety record is not good as many drivers simply ignore speed limits and other driving regulations. They drive on the right hand side of the road and all drivers must be covered by insurance. In the event of an accident the procedures are similar to other parts of the world. You must obtain the relevant details from the third party, pass all details on to your own insurance and keep a file containing all correspondence until the claims are settled.

If you do need a car in Argentina, buying one will work out far cheaper than importing your own car, which will incur a duty of approximately 21%. It is worth noting though that transactions for cars are carried out in cash only, as credit cards are not accepted by dealers and very few will accept a bank transfer. And once you have purchased your car, as a foreigner, you are not allowed to take it out of the country.

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