The city’s orange bikes are free and the green scooters have a comparable price to those in other countries in the region.
Buenos Aires now offers two new options for moving through the city. The first is the new public bike system run by Itau, the Brazilian company that’s also responsible for city bikes in Rio de Janeiro and Santiago, Chile. It’s free, with 400 stations across the 48 neighborhoods of the city. Foreigners can download the BA Ecobici app (you’ll need a credit card, but just to confirm your identity) to see where stations are located and bike availability. Argentines and residents have another option, one that doesn’t require a credit card. You’ll need to be over 18 years old, but you can add minors to your account. For more information, check their website.
On weekdays, you can take out a bike for 1 hour, and on weekends and holidays for 2 hours. If you go over the time limit, you won’t be able to use the bikes for 2 days. A simple way around this is to leave your bike in a station before time runs out, then wait 5 minutes and request another one.
Originally from San Francisco, a second option to reduce pollution and traffic is the electric scooter, which has arrived in Argentina through the company Grin. Grin plans on setting up more than 500 stations throughout Buenos Aires, outside bars, restaurants and gyms. For now they’re only in Las Cañitas, Palermo and Recoleta, but soon they’ll be in Microcentro as well.
To use the scooters, download the Grin Scooters app and add your information and credit card. When you’d like to use a scooter, use your phone to scan a QR code and unlock it (for AR$15). Each minute of use costs AR$8. So if you ride around for 10 minutes, your card will be charged AR$95.