Good news! You will no longer have to pay ridiculous surcharges or walk to your nearest post office in order to buy a SUBE card for your visiting relative. Starting next week, the Single Electronic Ticket System (SUBE), which is a plastic card and the only means to pay for most public transport in Buenos Aires, will now be on sale in the ticket offices of the subway network for 25 pesos.
Since December, the SUBE has been the only payment method for buses and, since May, for the subway as well. This meant you needed to have a card but it was often far from easy to find a place that sold them, especially for tourists who don’t know the city too well.
Even though the government vowed to crack down on people overcharging for the SUBE, abuses were common. Selling them at the subway ticket offices should end the practice and make it much easier for temporary visitors to Buenos Aires to get around. A win for everybody! Well, except kiosqueros but you’ll forgive us if we don’t shed a tear.