Facts of Argentina

Facts of Argentina

Read more about vaccinations, climate, transport, price levels and more in connection with your trip to Argentina.

  • Language: Spanish
  • Capital: Buenos Aires
  • Population: 43, 4 mill.
  • Religion: Catholicism
  • Currency: Peso
  • Surface: 2 780 400 km2
Time difference

The time difference between Sweden and Argentina varies, depending on whether it is summer or winter time. S

winter time – 5 hours
Winter time – 4 hours

Transport in Argentina

Bus The
buses in Argentina are of a high standard. All buses have air conditioning.

Flights
On our round trips in Argentina and South America, we often fly longer distances with domestic flights. Prior to such flights, the Swedish tour guide informs about the time of departure and what applies at check-in at the airport.

Price level in Argentina

The price level in Argentina is generally lower than in Sweden. A main course with accessories costs around SEK 100. When it comes to pocket money, we know from experience that you can manage on around SEK 180 per day. If you want to include drinks in that amount, you should expect an additional SEK 70-90 per day per person.

Tip

On our travels, you come into contact with everyday life and the country’s customs and usages. There may be certain conditions that you do not like or that you are not used to, such as tipping. In many countries, the system of tips is more organized than we Swedes are used to and there is an expectation that local guides and drivers will receive a certain amount of tips during the journey. We enter an amount in our travel program so that you can count on this when you make up your travel budget at home. The price of the trip does not include the cost of tips as you decide how much you want to give during the trip. The system of tips can be said to be part of the culture you visit and which you should therefore follow and respect. In Argentina, tips are widely accepted in the tourism industry. It is normal for a traveler to pay tips to bus drivers, local guides,

As a first-time traveler to Argentina, it can be tricky to know how much you leave to different people. But with a couple of pesos, you get far! In practice, it is possible to arrange for the tour guide to collect money for the entire trip and ensure that the right people get what they need. We would like to emphasize that it is of course voluntary to tip, even if it is common practice.

In restaurants etc. is the main rule that you pay 10-15% in tips. Ask the tour guide if you are unsure.

Currency and credit cards

The Argentine currency is called the Argentine peso (ARS) (1 peso = 100 centavos). The best currency to bring is otherwise USD, it can be exchanged for pesos everywhere. MasterCard, Visa, Diners and American Express can be used as payment cards at most major hotels and in some stores. It is not always possible to withdraw money at ATMs with these cards.

We do not recommend that you bring traveler’s checks, as you pay high fees when redeeming them.

Electricity

Argentina has 220 volts. Normally, the withdrawals are as in Sweden, but there may be different other variants. You should therefore bring an adapter set with different options.

Telephone and internet

According to allcitycodes, the international country code for Argentina is + 54. It is expensive to call home from Argentina, so you should check with your mobile operator regarding coverage and rates for calls from Argentina.

Internet cafés are now available in most cities, but we know from experience that it can be difficult to visit such places other than during your own time or completed daytime programs. Most hotels in Argentina have Internet service, but expect slower connection compared to home. Some hotels charge extra for this.

Drinking water and hygiene

Hotels and larger restaurants usually meet modern / western standards. Out in the city and in the country, you can count on going to so-called pedal toilets, and that there is often a lack of toilet paper. The standard of public toilets or in the countryside can thus be relatively primitive. Bring your own toilet paper, intimate napkins and perhaps hand sanitizer (available at Swedish pharmacies, for example), so you will not be as dependent on access to water.

You should not drink tap water, buy bottled water instead.

Customs and traditions

When visiting museums and churches, it is important to wear clothes that cover the arms and legs.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited during all flights and bus transport. Smoking is not allowed indoors in public places, except in specially designated smoking rooms.

Facts of Argentina