Learn how using a combo of travel money products may be the best way to pay your way around Argentina.
At one end of the Argentine scale, you have Buenos Aires with its street art, nightlife and foodie offering. At the other end, there are sky-spearing mountain ranges and glaciers.
Argentina is a chalk and cheese country, and that rings true when it comes to paying for things along your travels. See why we recommend a combination of travel-friendly cards and cash.
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ATMs are readily available in cities, large towns and tourist resorts, so you can get cash easily in these areas. Plus, most hotels, big restaurants and large shops accept credit and debit cards.
If you're travelling away from big cities, though, you'll need plenty of Argentine pesos at your disposal. Traveller's cheques aren't widely used in the country, so this is a no-go option.
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What's the Argentine currency?
The Argentine peso (ARS/$) is the national currency of Argentina. The peso is subdivided into centavos, which are distributed as coins, and there are 100 centavos in a peso. These coins come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavos. There are also 1 and 2 peso coins as well as 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 peso notes.
For the last few years, exchange rates have fluctuated quite a bit, hovering around 7 pesos to $1 back in 2015 and dropping down to 28 pesos per $1 in 2018.
Travel money tips for Argentina
- If you have to pay a fee per withdrawal, keep in mind Argentine ATMs impose limits on the amount you can withdraw in one go. Limits can sometimes be as low as $100 a time.
- ATMs can sometimes run out of money, so don't pass up the opportunity to withdraw cash if you are running low.
- Never accept an offer to exchange money from a person on the street. They'll probably offer better exchange rates, but it won't be as safe as the official method.
- A few scams regarding fake money take place in Argentina. They're not rife, but it's helpful to ensure you know how to spot a fake note before you travel.
- US dollars are also accepted in several areas across Argentina, and you can be easily exchange dollars for pesos across the country.