Getting There -- You can reach La Plata by car, bus, or train. The highway, simply known as the Autopista, that begins at the southern end of Avenida 9 de Julio in Buenos Aires connects the capital to La Plata. By car, the trip takes 45 minutes to an hour. Buses between Buenos Aires and La Plata leave the capital from Retiro and arrive at the La Plata Terminal de Omnibus at the intersections of Diagonal 74 and avenidas 4 and 42 (tel. 221/421-0992). The main company serving La Plata is Costera Metropolitana, which also owns Chevallier (tel. 0800/222-6565). The ride can last from 1 to 2 hours, depending on traffic or whether the bus is a local or an Autopista express. Buses generally run about every 10 minutes, and tickets are roughly $5 (£3.40) round-trip. A train also connects La Plata with Buenos Aires from Constitución, in the southern part of the capital, with Estación La Plata at the intersection of avenidas 1 and 44. Ticket prices are similar to bus fares. Trains run about every 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the day, and take about an hour and 20 minutes. However, the trains connecting La Plata and Buenos Aires have a high pickpocketing rate, and I don't recommend them for visitors. In Buenos Aires, call tel. 11/1959-0800 for train tickets; in La Plata, call tel. 221/423-2575.
Visitor Information -- There are two Centros de Información Turística in La Plata. One is in the Terminal de Omnibus, at the intersections of Diagonal 74 and avenidas 4 and 42, open daily 9am to 5pm (tel. 221/427-3198). The main center, open only on weekdays from 9am to 5pm, is in a building called the Palacio Campodónico, at the intersection of Diagonal 79 and avenidas 5 and 56 (tel. 221/422-9764). You can also visit www.laplata.gov.ar for more information about the city.
Getting Around -- La Plata is a relatively compact city, and most of what you'll want to see will be about a 15-minute walk from either the train or bus station. However, you may want to take a taxi to a few points in the suburbs, including the República de los Niños amusement park. Cabs are easy to find at the bus and train stations and all over town, but if you need to call one, try the 24-hour company Remises Horizonte (tel. 221/453-2800). La Plata's streets are numbered according to a grid pattern with overlaying diagonals. Depending on the map or the person with whom you are speaking, the streets are either calles or avenidas, and the terms are used interchangeably, which can become confusing. The saving grace is that no street number is used twice for streets and avenues (as in 8th St. and Eighth Ave. in Manhattan). Portions of Calle 8 are now a pedestrianized shopping street -- a good place to stop for ice cream or a drink at any of the numerous cafes in the vicinity.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.