Extra-long weekend in Argentina: here’s what’s open

Many financial services will be shut and public transport will operate with reduced hours, but most museums and theaters will remain open

This week, many services will be closed or working shorter hours on Thursday and Friday because of the public holidays. June 20 is Flag Day (Día de la Bandera), which commemorates the anniversary of the death of Manuel Belgrano. June 21 is what’s known as a feriado puente — a public holiday to bridge the gap between the national holiday and the weekend.

Here’s what you need to know about what will be operating, when, over those dates.

Bank opening hours in Argentina

This week, banks are only attending clients in person on Tuesday and Wednesday. Normal activity will be resumed on Monday, June 24. Cash points will continue to operate 24 hours a day for withdrawals and other simple operations — but it’s a good idea to run your banking errands before the long weekend starts to avoid inconvenience. Cash points in Argentina often run out of cash early on weekends.

Certain Western Union locations, on the other hand, will remain open over the long weekend and branches within places like Carrefour and Walmart will operate during their usual hours.

Select central branches will follow these hours on the public holidays and their regular weekend schedule on Saturday and Sunday. Note that branches close completely on Sundays.

  • Av. Cordoba 1591 (Recoleta), 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
  • Cordoba 4917 (Palermo), 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
  • Güemes 4471 (Palermo), 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
  • Ciudad De La Paz 2602, (Belgrano), 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
  • Vidt 2116 (Palermo), 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
  • Cerrito 134 (San Nicolas), 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
  • Viamonte 522 (San Nicolas), 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
  • Islas Galapagos 2727 (Retiro), 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
  • Sarmiento 884  (Tandil), 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 12 De Octubre 3134 (Mar Del Plata), 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • San Martin 61 (Chivilcoy), 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

Buying and selling dollars

You can buy and sell foreign currency until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19. Foreign currency markets are closed on Thursday and Friday. Normal service will be resumed on Monday. 

Savers can create fixed-term deposits until 9 p.m. on Wednesday. The market will re-open on Monday.

Investors can buy and sell bonds and shares until 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Public transport over the long weekend

Trains and the Buenos Aires subway and premetro system will be operating with hours similar to their Sunday timetable. This means they may start later and finish earlier, so if you have an early start or a late finish, take note. You can check train times on the government’s website here and the subway timetable here

Bus timetables depend on the company that operates them. Most lines will be operating, but with reduced service.

Museums, cinemas and theaters

Many major museums, cinemas and theaters will be open over the long weekend — so if you have cultural plans over the weekend, adelante!

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