Bus Travel from Buenos Aires to Cordoba
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Oct 21, 2012 11:58 AM Last Post By: 2buffalo
Feb 26, 2012 11:24 PM
My question is: How reliable is bus travel? And how quickly can I get from the airport terminal in BA to the bus terminal? Is there a bus or train that takes me from one to the other or will I be navigating taxis or public transport?
Feb 27, 2012 3:09 AM
Feb 27, 2012 3:26 AM
3Travel from Ezeiza airport to the Bus terminal in Retiro takes about 45 minutes. There are no trains. You have the number 8 bus which costs 2.00 pesos but takes 2 hours. Taxis cost about 180 pesos. Manuel Tienda Leon buses cost 60 pesos and leave you one block from the bus terminal.
Ezeiza-Buenos Aires taxis (Click here)
Vans (Click here)
Feb 27, 2012 4:09 AM
The "Sheep" that get off the plane will just line-up at Global Exchange and will not even question whether a better rate is offered in the airport by any other bank (or whether another bank is even open to exchange money). On my flight that arrived at 3:30 a.m., I was the ONLY passenger who inquired about other banks in the airport, and I was the only passenger who walked to the other terminal to the Banco de la Nacion to change money at a good rate. The "Sheep" just lined-up and accepted the TERRIBLE RATE OF EXCHANGE at Global Exchange. Apparently they either did not care or were stupid.
Feb 27, 2012 1:21 PM
5How reliable is bus travel?
On various trips to Argentina, I traveled by bus from Buenos Aires to Catamarca, from Catamarca to Mendoza, from Iguazú to Tucumán, and some shorter routes as well, such as back and forth between Catamarca and Tucumán.
Only once were there any delays, and for good reason: On the trip from Buenos Aires to Catamarca, we traveled on a brand-new bus that was making the trip for the first time. A priest was there to bless the bus and the passengers, which caused a little delay, and then the townspeople in the first couple of towns where it made stops had little parties at their respective bus stops, treating passengers to things like empanadas and other light foods. We arrived at our destination a couple of hours late, but the very special trip was an enjoyable one.
Feb 27, 2012 6:14 PM
Another site you might want to check out is: ww.centraldepasajes.com.ar, which will give you an idea of the many buses heading from BA to Cordoba (a great city to visit!!!), their schedules and cost.
As others have previously stated, these buses are safe, and you should have a safe trip to Cordoba. One thing not mentioned was the bus station in BA, the Retiro. Yes, it is an easy walk of a few minutes from the airport bus....across a few large avenues. Once inside the Retiro, there is an information stand that will give you the number of the bus company's office you will take. All companies have offices on the second floor.
While waiting for your bus, be especially attentive to your surroundings, and the people who might come along. A smiling face, perhaps asking a simple question, might quickly lead to you losing a bag. A request for "una moneda" by a sad face, might lead to the same thing. The Retiro is not the safest place for the tired, uninformed, or naive individual. Being a robbery victim is not the best way to start a vacation!
Also, be sure to pick up some water and a snack for your trip. Buen viaje!
Feb 28, 2012 6:22 AM
7The easiest way to reach Retiro station from Ezeiza Airport would be by bus with Manuel Tienda Leon (manueltiendaleon.com.ar). The journey will cost ARS$60 and take approximately 45mins. You get a ticket relating to your bags put in the hold under the bus and someone checks the numbers before unloading the bags meaning that you won't need to worry about the safety of your luggage. The Manuel Tienda Leon drop-off is approximately a 10mins walk to Retiro Station. Just take care as Retiro Station and the area just outside the station does not feel like the safest area.
A bus ride from Buenos Aires Retiro Station will take approximately 10 hours in a comfortable coach that range from standard to sleepers. Meals are served on board, all have toilets and films are also shown during the trip. Several bus companies cover this route daily: General Urquiza; Plus Ultra; Nueva Chevallier; Empresa Gutierrez; Rutas del Norte; Expreso Que Bus; El Turista; El Practico; Betel; ENCON and Autotransportes. Prices range from AR$250 – AR$332 and tickets can be booked directly through the provider’s website or on the Omnilineas (http://www.omnilineas.com/) website which will give you all the prices and providers of the route.
If you aren't rushed for time, you can travel to Cordoba by Train. Taking the train from Buenos Aires Retiro Station to Cordoba’s Estacion Ferrocarril Mitre will take approximately 15hours and has departures on Mondays and Wednesdays only. There is a dining car and bar on board and sleeping carriages, however these get booked up extremely quickly so you will need to book early. Turista class is AR$30; Primera class is AR$50; Pullman is AR$90 and Camarote (2 people) is AR$300.
Rushed for time or just want to get to Cordoba quickly so you have more time to explore the city and to spend time with your friend, look into going by Plane. Cordoba is located 713km northwest of Buenos Aires which is approximately 1hr 20mins on a non-stop flight. Prices vary depending on when you travel. Check the airline websites for prices and timetables. The International airport of Cordoba name is Ingeniero A. Taravella however, it is more commonly known as Pajas Blancas (http://www.aa2000.com.ar/aeropuertosMapa.aspx?IdAero=9&Cul=es-ar). The airport is located only 11km away from the centre of the city of Cordoba and its IATA code is COR.
Four airlines fly this route daily:
LAN Chile (http://www.lan.com/es_ar/sitio_personas/index.html?otid=484272&s_cid=AR_GMN_GOOGLE_LAN-AR-NBRAN-REG-XXX-COUNTRY-XXX-XXX-XXX-COU-AR-AEROLINEA-BR-argentina-aerolinea&gclid=CIH51raj8K0CFZJX7AodB2EAtg)
I hope this helps and enjoy Cordoba!
Oct 21, 2012 11:58 AM
8Austral is part of Aerolineas. The referenced webpage is a bit confusing, but you can eventually get to Aerolineas to book tickets. Air tickets within Argentina are astronomically expensive for non-residents.
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