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How to Move Around Buenos Aires During the G20

The main takeaway: no public transport at all this weekend.

By | [email protected] | November 26, 2018 1:55pm

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several months, the G20 Leader’s Summit will be coming to Buenos Aires next weekend. With over 15,000 people expected to be arriving for the weekend, the city is going to be absolutely rammed. The talks will take place on Friday, November 30th and Sunday, December 1st; before, during, and after this, security will be on crazy high-alert, and you might find that things aren’t running as smoothly as they usually are (relatively speaking, of course).

Check out this map to give you a general idea of what will be happening (and not happening) this weekend.

Security Minister Patricia Bullrich and Transport Minister Guillermo Dietrich, along with G20 summit coordinator Hernán Lombardi, released a statement containing the details of how next weekends summit will affect us all. They have also said close to 22,000 troops will be operating throughout the city to guarantee safety of both the world leaders and plebes like us.

So what sort of havoc will the G20 wreak?

Public Transport

On both November 30th and December 1st, no trains will be running whatsoever. This includes all of the main stations, with Retiro, Once, and Constitución remaining closed for the duration of the weekend. Don’t try taking any bus, combi or Subte on Friday or Saturday, as these won’t be running either.

In theory, they should be running on Thursday as normal with only a few routes “shortened,” but avoiding the Subte on Thursday afternoon is advised. Essentially, the main message here is avoid any train or Subte at all costs next weekend. Services will all resume on Sunday, December 2nd, apart from the Mitre line, which won’t resume services again until 12 AM on Monday.

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All Subte lines will be closed on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st. On Thursday, the B and H Lines will have some, but very limited, access between 3 PM and 11:59 PM.

Subte Buenos Aires (Photo Via: Constuar.com)

Buses

Urban buses will be in operation this weekend; however their routes will be restricted by the security operation between Av. Independencia, Av. Entre Ríos / Callao, Av. Las Heras, Av. Sarmiento, Av. Figueroa Alcorta and La Pampa from Thursday, November 29th at 9 PM to Sunday, December 2nd at 12 AM.

Airports

Aeroparque metropolitan airport will only be operating for important personnel and flights related to the summit. Therefore, it will be inaccessible from Thursday, November 29th at 3 PM to Saturday, December 1st at 10 PM. Furthermore, El Palomar will also be totally out of action. The only hope is Ezeiza, which will continue to run normally, and, reassuringly, a special protocol will be implemented to try and avoid disruption and keep things running as smoothly as possible, especially for commercial flights.

Photo Via: AirportBuenosAires.com

Access to Capital Federal from Buenos Aires

This will be completely restricted throughout the weekend, so if you were planning a trip to Capital Federal later this week, it might be better to reschedule for some other time (obvi).

Minister Bullrich has also said that the restrictions won’t just affect those trying to get in and out of the Capital, but will actually spread to all of these areas: Retiro; Av. 9 de Julio between Av. Santa Fe and Av. Belgrano; Recoleta, Palermo, and Puerto Madero.

Highway Access

The Illia highway will also be closed southbound from 3 PM on Thursday, November 29th until 10 PM on Saturday, December 1st. It will be closed northbound from 3 PM on Thursday. The Costanera area will also be closed from 3 PM on Thursday until Saturday, December 1st at 10 PM. So if you’re craving a choripán from one of the carritos along the river, you’ll have to wait.

Photo Via: Ronenbekerman

Ports

Also, sailors beware, the port will be completely closed from Thursday, November 29th to 12 AM on Sunday, December 2nd. If you were hoping for a last-minute jaunt to Uruguay, the Buquebus terminal will be closed from Thursday at 9 PM until Sunday at 12 AM.

Bus Terminal

The Retiro Bus Terminal will also be closed from 3 PM on Thursday, November 29th until 3 PM on Sunday, December 2nd. Bus lines that will reach the Dellepiane terminal: 7, 46, 50, 56, 101, 107 and 193.

Basically, you’ll have to avoid public transport at all costs this weekend. If there were ever an ideal excuse to Netflix and chill, G20 might just have handed it to you.

UPDATE: G20 Roadblocks in San Isidro

Another area that will be affected will be San Isidro, which will be hosting a dinner between the spouses of the world leaders on Friday, meaning that from 07:00 to 16:00, transit through several arteries inside the barrio will be restricted. For further information, including a map of the streets affected, click here.