I am taking a flight from Córdoba to Santiago de Chile, rather than a bus, which was tempting but I have ‘done’ long distance buses here in Argentina and I gather the flight is impressive too. I learnt that the airport bus, which is a new service in the city of Córdoba, stops in the plaza close to my hostel. Good.
First tip – ensure that the bus driver can see that you want that bus and that you are visible amongst all the other people who are waiting for other buses. I normally got to where such a bus starts but was persuaded of the convenience of the plaza stop. Hmm.
The driver screeched to a halt (well, it felt like that) and lowered the bus when he saw my bags (gracias). But I needed a travel card to use the bus. What is that about? Won’t this bus be used by lots of visitors to the city, who won’t usually have a travel card? It’s not a very big city.
Second tip – go with your instinct and get on the bus at its starting point, where the problem of the ticket would have been clear in time to get the necessary card. However, Argentinians are very friendly and flexible so the driver suggested that I ask one of the other passengers to click me in on their card. The passenger in the front seat duly obliged and I gave him the requisite cash. All sorted but I do think it’s a bit tourist un-friendly.