SUBE cards are credit card sized cards that allow you to board public transportation in Buenos Aires without the need for a paper ticket. It is rumored that transportation subsidies will be declined to those who do not have a SUBE card later this year, although no firm plan has been announced.
*Update: Those without a Sube card no longer receive subsidized bus fares. The old smart card, the monodero card is discontinued.
• How to get the SUBE card
To obtain the SUBE card, head to one of the 200 citywide locations that stocks them including Correo Argentino, OCA and Andreani post offices. You will need to bring your ID (either a national identity card or passport), fill in a short form, and pay $
• How to Charge the SUBE Card
The SUBE cards can be charged at subway stations and other places that display the SUBE sign, usually kiosks. Simply hand over the amount you want to charge up, put your card on the reader and wait for your credit to be uploaded. Check here to find a list of place in your area to charge your card.
• What to do if you Lose your SUBE Card?
If you lose your SUBE card, you need to report it, or you will lose your credit and won’t be able to get a new one. This can be done online. There is a $10 charge to report a card lost, stolen or broken for the first time. Any subsequent replacement cards cost $17.
—by Rosie Hilder