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Flights to Buenos Aires

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DCA
Washington Ronald Reagan
from $635.00
EZE
Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini

Getting around by air

BA is Argentina’s international gateway and easily accessible from North America, Europe and Australasia, as well as most other capital cities in South America. Aerolíneas Argentinas is the country's main airline, but smaller Argentine airlines are in constant flux and come and go very frequently. Even airline offices will often move. Always check current travel information during your tenure here.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com.

Ezeiza

Almost all international flights arrive at Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza airport (EZE; officially Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini), about 35km south of the center. Ezeiza is a modern airport with decent services like ATMs, restaurants, bookstore, pharmacy, duty-free shops and a small post office. There’s also a Telecentro locutorio (open 24 hours) with telephone cabins and internet access, near Farmacity and McDonald's. Wi-fi is available at La Pausa Restaurant, past gate 9 upstairs and in Terminal C.

Flight information is available in English and Spanish.

Ezeiza Arrival & Departure Tips

  • Citizens from some countries have to pay a reciprocity fee (tasa de reciprocidad) before arriving in Argentina; ideally you'll be reminded of this when you buy your airplane ticket. This fee is equal to what Argentines are charged for visas to visit those countries. You'll need to pay this fee online via credit card; see www.migraciones.gov.ar/accesibleingles and click on 'Pay your Reciprocity Rate' on the left column.

These fees are US$100 for Australians (good for one year), US$160 for Americans (good for 10 years) and US$75 for Canadians (per entry – sucks, eh? Or go for the US$150, good-for-five-years option). You'll need to prepay this fee before entering Argentina via other airports, borders or ports (that means you, cruise ship passengers) too, or you might be turned around.

  • To change money at Ezeiza, don’t use a cambio (exchange house) there – their rates are generally bad. Better rates are found at the local bank branch; after exiting customs, pass the rows of transport booths, go outside the doors into the reception hall and make a U-turn to the right to find Banco de la Nación’s small office. Its rates are identical to downtown offices, there’s an ATM and it’s open 24 hours, though long lines are common. There are other ATMs at Ezeiza.
  • There’s a tourist information booth just beyond the city's Taxi Ezeiza stand.
  • When leaving Buenos Aires, get to Ezeiza at least two to three hours before your international flight out; security and immigration lines can be long (and be aware that traffic is often bad getting to Ezeiza; it can take an hour or more). Also, even when you get past main security there may be bag checks at the gate, and neither food nor liquids may be allowed onto airplanes. Eat and drink up before boarding.

Bus

If you’re alone, the best way to and from Ezeiza is taking a shuttle with transfer companies such as Manuel Tienda León. You’ll see its stand immediately as you exit customs, in the transport ‘lobby’ area. Frequent shuttles cost AR$80 to AR$95 per person to the city center, run all day and night and take 40 to 60 minutes, depending on traffic. They’ll deposit you either at the MTL office (from where you can take a taxi) or at some limited central addresses.

Another shuttle service, directed at independent travelers, is Hostel Shuttle. Check the website for prices, schedules and drop-off destinations (only at certain hostels), and try to book ahead. You can also try www.minibusezeiza.com.ar.

If you’re really on a penny-pinching budget, take public bus 8, which costs AR$6 and can take up to two hours to reach the Plaza de Mayo area. Catch it outside the Aerolíneas Argentinas terminal (Terminal B), a 200m walk from the international terminal. You’ll need coins; there’s a Banco de la Nación just outside customs.

Chauffeur-Driven Car

For a special treat, reserve a luxury car from Silver Star Car; you’ll be driven by native English speakers to the destination of your choice (US$150). There are car-rental booths at Ezeiza, but we do not recommend renting a car for your stay in Buenos Aires.

Taxi

If taking a taxi, avoid MTL’s overpriced taxi service. Instead, go past the transport ‘lobby’ area outside customs, walk past the taxi touts, and you’ll see the freestanding city taxi stand (with a blue sign saying Taxi Ezeiza). In late 2013 it charged AR$270 to the center. Note that if you pre-arrange your taxi back to Ezeiza after your stay in BA, the rate can be 20% cheaper (this is due to airport and taxi regulations); your taxi driver might remind you about this fact.

Aeroparque

Most domestic flights use Aeroparque airport, a short distance from downtown Buenos Aires.

Bus

Manuel Tienda León does hourly transfers from Ezeiza to Aeroparque for AR$95. To get from Aeroparque to the center, take public bus 33 or 45 (don’t cross the street; take them going south). MTL also has shuttles to the center for AR$30.

Taxi

A taxi to the center costs around AR$80.