HOW DO I GET THERE?
Aerolíneas Argentinas. Other companies flying in Argentina: Iberia, Southern Winds / Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, American Airlines, British Airways, KLM / Varig, Lufthansa y United Airlines, among others; from Buenos Aires with a local flight to Patagonia with the following airline companies: Southern Winds, Aerolineas Argentinas, American Falcon, etc.
Approximate flying times:
Madrid - Buenos Aires: 11:30 hours.
Mexico D.F. - Buenos Aires: 9:35 hours.
New York - Buenos Aires: 14:15 hours.
Ezeiza International Airport "Ministro Pistarini" (EZE) is located 50 km from Buenos Aires. There is a shuttle service to the city operating every 30 minutes between 05.00 and 23.00 hs. (journeys takes 45 minutes).
One may also take a taxi which should be hired inside the airport. There are banks, restaurants, exchange bureaus, duty free shops and car rental services.
For domestic flights there is also a shuttle service to Jorge Newbery Airport, locally known as "Aeroparque".
Domestic flights departing from Buenos Aires (Aeroparque Jorge Newbery) and Córdoba (Pajas Blancas) are carried out by Aerolíneas Argentinas, Austral, LAPA, Southernwinds (SW) and other smaller companies. These airlines offer a 30 day pass ("Pase Visite Argentina") containing 4 to 8 vouchers for domestic flights.
How much is the Airport Tax?
International flights: there are cash-points at the different terminals where you will have to pay U$S 18 per passenger (VAT free).
Regional flights: there are cash-points at the different terminals where you will have to pay U$S 8 per passenger (VAT free).
Domestic Flights: ticket fares may or may not include Airport Tax, including $ 5 plus VAT and Security Tax (Argentine Air Force) $ 1. should there be any inconvenience, please contact the airline.
The main ports are Buenos Aires, Quequén and Bahía Blanca. There are ferry services on Paraná River, from Paraguay, and ferries connecting Buenos Aires and Montevideo (Uruguay).
The main international route connects Buenos Aires and Asunción (Paraguay). There are also direct connections to Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay.
Long-distance domestic services have been considerably reduced, however some suburban lines have considerably improved (e.g. Retiro-Tigre, in Buenos Aires).
The national railway net is considered to be the most extensive in the world, with nearly 43000 km of rails.
There are three possible classes: air conditioning, first class and second class.
There are restaurant services and sleeping-wagons for the first class night services.
The six main routes starting from Buenos Aires are:
There are special fares with different types of passes.
- Buenos Aires - Rosario (with a connection to Tucumán and Jujuy via Córdoba; and a second connection to Tucumán and Jujuy via La Banda, Santiago del Estero).
- Buenos Aires - Rojas.
- Buenos Aires - Santa Rosa.
- Buenos Aires - Mar del Plata.
- Buenos Aires - Las Flores - Quequén Necochea.
- Buenos Aires - Bahía Blanca (with a connection to San Carlos de Bariloche).
Argentina has a road net of approximately 217762 km; out of which, about 156789 are in very good conditions. The roads connecting with Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile are well kept.
There are daily bus services to the neighboring countries as well as connections to the whole country. The Bus Station in Buenos Aires is located right next to the Train Station in Retiro.
Motorways charge tolls.
Some unpaved rural roads may be impossible to use in the rainy season.
For long-distance trips, buses are , in general, more reliable than trains.
Cars have the steering wheel on the left and people drive on the right-hand side of the road.
Car rental: there are many car rental agencies all over the country.
Urban buses, locally known as "colectivos", run in Buenos Aires 24 hours a day and are really cheap. Tickets are paid with coins only, and on the bus.
Fares depend on the distance, so one should mention one's destination to the bus driver. .
In Mendoza, Rosario and other cities you must pay by means of a Magnetic Card, which may be purchased in "kiosks" and small shops.
All the cities in the country offer good urban bus services.