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Buenos Aires to London by bus?

That’ll be a return bus ticket from Palermo to Islington please…

Red London bus in the Palermo parks, Buenos Aires

Fear not, you didn’t miss the news about a new transatlantic bridge from Argentina to England. Let’s face it, structural considerations aside, it’ll never happen.

So, if there isn’t a running bus route from Palermo to Islington, then what’s a traditional old red double-decker London bus doing in Palermo, Buenos Aires, of all places? Read on…

No one knows!

After a quick phone call to the cellphone number posted on the side of the bus (it’s for sale), no details have been revealed. The man on the other end of the line recounts that the bus has been in Buenos Aires for many years, since before he joined the company that’s now selling it. Other than that, he didn’t know too much about it’s background). It was uncovered that during its time in Buenos Aires, the bus has mostly been used for filming adverts or movies that need to look like they are set in London, and for other assorted events.

London Bus for Sale in Buenos Aires

In fact, it will cost you a pretty peso if you wish to purchase this fine specimen of British automotive history. The bus is listed as 110,000 pesos (about US$37,000, or approximately 18,500 of the Queen’s British Pounds), and you can drive it away today. Just think of the fun you could have racing it against the crazy colectivos in Buenos Aires.

UPDATE: If there really are any interested parties out there, you’re out of luck. **The bus is no longer there, and it appears that it has been sold.**

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2 Responses to “Buenos Aires to London by bus?”

  1. Dalila on June 14th, 2007 8:29 pm

    Hi Alan, check this out http://www.lanacion.com.ar/Archivo/nota.asp?nota_id=906438
    Nice post about Colonia. I love Uruguay.
    Saludos

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  2. Alan Patrick on June 17th, 2007 10:50 pm

    Thanks for the nice comment Dalila, I love Uruguay too 🙂

    That article you linked to is interesting, thanks, I had not heard about this before.

    To be honest, I hate this sort of thing. To me, why take a “tourist bus” when you can get a free map from a tourist information office, and then go the same places on your own either by walking (BA, after all, is a great walking city), or public transport, or even taxis if need be – generally this will cost less, and be a more “authentic” experience – i.e. not being accompanied by hoardes of other tourists wherever you go.

    Or if you need more help, hire a guide. We don´t cost that much!

    I´m all for extra options, but I guess this option is just not for me. Though maybe I´m a more independent traveller than the average person.

    I like this part of the article

    “…los ómnibus, con guía y folletería turística a bordo, circularán lentamente por la ciudad con la intención de que los turistas puedan tomar fotografías…”

    wow, the colectivos and taxi drivers are going to love getting stuck behind these! 🙂

    Thanks again for the link Dalila – it´ll at least be interesting to see how these tourist buses work out here in Buenos Aires.

    Cheers,

    Alan

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