a VirtualTourist member from Bridgend
I read an account of where to go to change your money in the airport but I can't find it again. They were giving directions to a booth. Is the dollar accepted widely?
You have the official web page of the Airport
You have Banco Nacion (National Bank) at TERMINAL "A"
+54 11 5480-5336. open 365 x 24 hs.
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Unless you plan on buying something special in the airport you really do not need to exchange any dollars or british pounds in the airport for Argentine pesos. At least this was the case with US dollars not long ago. As you may have read the Argentine currency has undergone several devaluations making the peso less valuable against other major currencies such as the pound and the dollar. if you really feel you need some Argentine pesos there are ATM's at the airport. They do to provide for instructions in English. However I have not used them so I cannot vouch for the rate.
If you are planning on taking a taxicab directly from the airport most of the cabs will let you pay in dollars.
Once you get downtown ask your hotel where to exchange your pounds or dollars at the "blue rate." This is the best exchange rate. It will normally be the rate at banks and ATM's. You will see many people on the streets of BA offering to exchange your currency for pesos. Avoid these folks.
I also recommend that once you out of the airport that you pay for items in cash rather than credit cards. Many credit cards use the "official rate" to post charges as opposed to the "blue rate"
Here is a little source I found that will help you understand the different exchange rates offered in Argentina. Hope it helps. Buenos Aires is a wonderful place;
i am told now that bank atm's offer exchange at the official rate not the blue rate. As a general rule bring as much us dollars or british pounds as you feel comfortable with taking on the plane. The best exchange rates now seem to be available if you have the dollar or pound in your possession.
Friends... remember that the "blue market" it´s illegal in Argentina, and you can go to jail. And to talk about the price is like to discuss publicly about the cocaine price.
I don´t like the goverment policies with the restrictions for to buy or sell dollars, but it´s the law.
I think we shouldn´t encourage people to do illegal things, even if looks like "small illegal things".
Vicki I believe the best way to handle money in most countries is to bring along your ATM card
..take money only when you need it, and get the best rates...
less and less exchange offices out there these days because of ATM machines
Thank you all very much for your advice. Do you know if any of the hotels offer a shuttle service from the airport to their hotel?
Best wishes, Vicki
Usually you should take a Remisse (a car with chofer). OR, go to the Tienda Leon stand for a shuttle to the city center and or ask if they can left you in your hotel.
I would like to thank everyone who took the time to answer all my questions on Buenos Aires my brother and I are senior citizens and we don't want to be seen as doddering old people. Thank you everyone.