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Adrogué is located 23 km south of the City of Buenos Aires. With slightly more than 30,000 inhabitants, it stands out as a distinguished residential area, with numerous cobbled streets, lush trees and several squares. In addition, it has an important commercial center, with a variety of shops and bank entities, and a shopping mall.
The best seasons of the year to visit Adrogué are the spring and the summer, because the the city looks really green. The lush trees cast some sort of an arcade over the streets, which makes a beautiful picture. The stillness and peacefulness of the city are an ideal contrast for the chaotic downtown.
Adrogué is not a common tourist destination, but it's worth a visit. The place is safe, but traveling to and from downtown after midnight is just not nice.
Getting in by train is the easiest way to make your way to Adrogué if you're coming from the City of Buenos Aires. From the Constitución train station, you should take a train going either to stations Glew or Alejandro Korn (normally leaving from either platform 4 or 5). You can get from Downtown Buenos Aires to Constitución using the C line of the subway (subte).
A one-way ticket from Constitución to Adrogué costs ARS 0.70 (about USD 0.20) and a return ticket costs ARS 1.40 (about USD 0.40).
The trip from Constitución to Adrogué takes 28 minutes (it may take longer in the rush hour). Adrogué is the ninth station from Constitución. The order of the stations is: Constitución - Hipólito Yrigoyen - Avellaneda - Gerli - Lanús - Remedios de Escalada - Banfield - Lomas de Zamora - Temperley - Adrogué.
The first train from Constitución to either Glew or Alejandro Korn leaves at around 5 am and the last train from Adrogué to Constitución leaves at around midnight.
It is not recommended to travel by train as it is usually crowded, and security and cleanliness on the coaches are poor.
Buses in Argentina are called colectivos. The bus will usually take longer than the train because it makes more detours. However, this will depend on the traffic. The advantage is that buses normally run around the clock.
Near Constitución station you can take any bus 79 except the one which goes to San José (it takes a different route and don't make it to Adrogué).
From Correo Central, close to the Pink House, you can take bus 74.
Bus 160 will also take you to Adrogué from Ciudad Universitaria (UBA campus), Palermo or Jorge Newbery Airport (Aeroparque).
In all cases, you should ask the driver to tell you where to get off.
The ticket costs ARS 1.35 (about USD 0.40) and can only be paid with coins (no banknotes!). Remember to get some before taking the bus.
Getting to Adrogué by bus may take from 1h15min to 1h30min.
Vans are often called Combis in Argentina. There is a private Combi service traversing from Teatro Colón in the City of Buenos Aires to Adrogué and beyond. The trip usually costs ARS 9.00 (about USD 2.25) and is by far the most comfortable way to travel.
The trip takes about 1h, and may take up to 1h30min during rush hours. It is also possible to reserve your place in advance. - Adrogue Bus (Shuttle Company): 4293-5309
A taxi from the City of Buenos Aires (from the Obelisk, for example) to Adrogué costs about ARS 80 (about USD 20). This is a good option if you're visiting Adrogué in a group of 3 or 4 people. The trip may take from 50 minutes to 1h15min depending on traffic conditions.
You can go from the Obelisco in Buenos Aires to Adrogué taking 9 de Julio avenue to the south, then 9 de Julio Sur freeway, and taking Pavón/Yrigoyen avenue. Adrogué starts approximately at 12.500 Yrigoyen avenue.
If you are interested in architecture, you'll like the houses in Adrogué. Some nice-looking houses are on Seguí street, for example.
Some of Adrogué's earliest residences are still preserved. They were usually built in French, Italian or English style, and they served as summer houses for many of Buenos Aires wealthiest families between 1870 and 1930. Some of the best examples are the Adrogué Tennis Club, former residence of city founder Esteban Adrogué (Macías & Sánchez streets), the St. Michael's School (Uriburu street & St. Michael's alley)and the former Aráoz Castex residence (Seguí & Avellaneda streets), among others.
There are many parks and squares. Some squares are actually rotaries. The main square is Plaza Brown. The town hall, the curch of Saint Gabriel, and a religious school (Colegio del Carmen) are located opposite to it. Connected to it by diagonals are the Bynnon, Espora, Cerreti and Bouchard squares. The square next to the train station is Plaza San Martín.
In the commercial area there's the so-called House of Culture (Casa de la Cultura), with different expositions and plays.
The Boulevard shopping mall is located in Adrogué. You can get there with bus 318 (will leave you close to it) or by taxi (remise).
The restaurants are located in or close to the commercial center, which in turn is located a few meters east of the train station. All of them offer good service, good-quality food and fair prices. Some of the most renowned restaurants are:
All the restaurants also serve drinks and work as bars. There are also many pubs and bars like La Maja, Bernie's, Franz, Cándida, Havanna, Satchmo's, La Bikina, La Colorada and more. There are also a few tea houses.