Notes and coins
In Buenos Aires, you'll find 1, 2, 5, and 10 Argentine peso coins, and coins of 25 and 50 cents. 25 and 50 cent coins used to be in circulation, but they have disappeared. On one side of the latest issue of coins you'll find different species of trees native to Argentina.
There are notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1000 pesos, and have important monuments and natural landscapes of the country printed on them.
Card or cash?
In places further outside the city centre, or in small independent shops, you may be asked to pay in cash or they may require a minimum spend to pay by card.
Where to exchange money
The best option to obtain Argentine pesos is to exchange euros or dollars at the exchange offices once in Buenos Aires. There are many official exchange offices in the capital and you can also get pesos in banks.
At the airport, exchange offices offer a less favourable rate, so our recommendation is to change money in the city centre or only exchange a small amount if you need money to get to the city.
On the streets of downtown Buenos Aires, you'll see people offering “dólar blue” (blue dollar), an unofficial currency exchange which is usually quite favourable.
Please bear in mind that you'll have to show your passport to change money in most of the banks and official exchange offices in Buenos Aires.
100 ARS (US$ 0.70)