Last July 27th, the government announced further fare increases for buses and trains operating in the City and the Greater Buenos Aires area. Transportation Minister Guillermo Dietrich indicated that minimum bus fares would increase in installments over the next three months, and the due date for the last hikes has gone into effect today.
Bus rides in Buenos Aires now have a minimum cost of AR$ 13, while train fares vary depending on the line.
Mitre, Sarmiento, and San Martín lines: AR $8.75.
Roca, Belgrano Sur, and Urquiza lines: AR$ 5.50
Belgrano Norte: AR$5
The devaluation and the rise of international oil prices automatically increased the subsidies to the sector, which the government is currently trying to reduce as part of its broader goal of lowering the fiscal deficit. When initially announcing the increases, Minister Dietrich highlighted the need to balance the distribution of subsidies around the country, saying that, for example, a person in Córdoba pays three times more than someone in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires.
This will be the fourth increase of the year. The others took place in February, April, and June. Overall, the three amounted to 60 percent. The minimum bus fare went from AR $6 to $8 in February, AR $9 in April, and AR $10 in June.