Biking is an excellent way to see Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires is a flat, pretty city, so peddle power is a fast and easy way to get around town.
There’s a good reason that so many Buenos Aires food delivery services and couriers get around by bike — it’s often the fastest mode of transport in a sometimes cluttered city that can get chocked with traffic.
While no one would recommend mimicking the bike delivers’ behavior, hopping up onto sidewalks to avoid traffic congestion and sending pedestrians scurrying out of the way, or riding nonchalantly the wrong way down a one-way street.
But everyone agrees, bikes means less traffic and less pollution for everyone.
Bike Lanes & Cycling Safety
The number of bike commuters in Buenos Aires has increased exponentially in recent years, as the city government created bike lanes covering 130km through the city and even set up a bike sharing program called EcoBici.
During the pandemic, Buenos Aires’ need for more biking infrastructure became apparent, as many were relying on bike messengers and home deliver of groceries and meals.
In 2020 the city approved 17km of additional lanes connecting the neighborhoods of Villa Crespo and Chacarita with Microcentro (downtown).
Thanks to these efforts, biking is safer than ever in Buenos Aires.
With the city encouraging biking with the bike sharing program and bike lanes throughout the city, bike tours have become a popular way for visitors to become acquainted with Buenos Aires in a more intimate way.
Hotels are getting on the bike bandwagon as well, such as ‘Ecohotel’ Casa Calma which provides cool-looking bamboo bicycles for guests.
Digital nomads might want to purchase a used bike if staying for a while.
A used playera (cruiser bike) will cost about US$80.
Best Bike Tours in Buenos Aires
If you’re only in town for a short while and want to check out the city on two wheels, taking a bike tour in English or Spanish provides a fun and economical way to be guided through the city.
Four-hour tours take place twice a day and conducted using the cool-looking playeras (‘cruisers’) bikes seen around town. Helmets are provided.
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Both tours are pretty easy going, so those who are a bit out of shape don’t need to worry they will be left behind.
Bikes are permitted on the train to Tigre from central Buenos Aires
Upon return to the mainland, take a leisurely ride by local attractions, including a visit to the Puerto de Frutas.
• Reservations recommended
⇒ Check out all the Buenos Aires bike tours
⇒ The five-star reviewed premium bike tour with lunch promises visitors many of the city’s highlights:
- Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Forest)
- Avenida del Libertador – swanky main corridor with bike lanes
- Palermo Chico area
- Facultad de Derecho, UBA – Historic Building of the Buenos Aires Law School
- Floralis Generica – a public art piece that is a flower that opens and closes with the sun
- Yerba Mate tasting stop
- Microcentro – downtown Buenos Aires
- Plaza de Mayo
- Puerto Madero – the newest, shiniest area in Buenos Aires
- Costanera Sur – the old riverside
- Lunch at a traditional food truck
- La Boca and Caminito – open air street museum
- La Bombonera – Boca Juniors Soccer Stadium
- San Telmo – one of the oldest areas in BA
- Plaza Dorrego – a famous square for its bars and street market
- Recoleta – Buenos Aires’ old money neighborhood
- Recoleta Cemetery – one of the world’s most historic cemeteries