Train booking in advance BA-Cordoba
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Oct 7, 2012 2:51 AM Last Post By: Mato211
Oct 3, 2012 2:31 AM
Train booking in advance BA-CordobaHi folks!
I´m going to visit Argentina for the first time in the middle of november and want to take the train from BA to Cordoba ( http://www.ferrocentralsa.com.ar ) and head to Bolivia (I love it!!!) with stopover in Salta. The guys at the information and our hotel stuff told us that there is now way to reserve any ticket in advance. You have to go to the counter at Retiro and pay the tickets cash. Is there really no agency or anything else where we can book the tickets from Europe, because we arrive in BA on saturday and want to take the train on monday. I´m afraid there won´t be any tickets left if I we go there on monday, especially for camarote.
Thanks for your answers.
So long, Mato
Oct 3, 2012 6:59 AM
Oct 3, 2012 2:38 PM
2Hey Mato you were advised correctly-unless you're actually in BA and at the ticket counter, you can't buy the tickets too much in advance. maybe a week or two. you'd think that, for a fee, a local travel agency or hostel employee could do it for you. I took that train 4 years ago, through Cordoba to Tucuman, and it's a great way to meet locals especially if you carry a deck of cards or bottle of wine/whiskey with you.
In Buenos Aires, try to hit "LaBomba del Tiempo", at 1930 on Mondays-it's a happy,groovy, good-vibe drum circle that attracts hundreds in a converted warehouse(half indoor, half outdoor). The address is Centro Cultural Konex, 3131 Sarmiento. You can check it out on Youtube. Good Luck! Jon
Oct 6, 2012 3:48 PM
I lived for a year in Cordoba and neither I nor my Argentinian husband (who lived there for 15 years) have ever come across anybody who took the train. I have no doubt it is possible as you already have the information but it is apparently primarily a goods train and so schedules, comfort and reliability may not be great!
However if you are set on trying it, you shouldn't be too worried - if you have a problem, there are loads of loads of (reliable and comfortable) buses leaving Retiro bus terminal for Cordoba all day and it is usually no problem booking one on the day - although sometimes the most comfortable (cama or suite) seats sell out. There are a couple of bus companies that can be reserved online in advance if you change your mind, like andesmar. Good luck and have a good trip.
Oct 6, 2012 3:53 PM
Oct 7, 2012 2:51 AM
5Thanks for your quick answers!
I heard about in what conditions the trains in South America are, but I really enjoy travelling by train and it shouldn´t be less comfortable than in India ;-) And I know about the really great overland buses in SA when I was in Peru and Bolivia two years ago - better than every bus in Europe! And of course we are planning our tour with a lots of bus trips, this is way I´m trying to make some trips by train if possible, like Villazon to Tupiza in Bolivia.
So, I will try to catch the train from BA to Cordoba. Otherwise we´ll take the bus.
Thanks a lot for the answers. And if we stay longer in BA we´ll visit La Bomba del Tiempo ;-)
So long, Mato
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