Most international flights arrive at Buenos Aires’ Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini, about 35km south of the Center. Ezeiza is a modern airport with ATMs, restaurants, a pharmacy and duty-free shops.
Ezeiza Arrival & Departure Tips
- Canadian passport holders have to pay a reciprocity fee of US$100 before arriving in Argentina; ideally you'll be reminded of this when you buy your plane ticket. You'll need to pay this fee online with a credit card before arriving in Argentina; see www.migraciones.gov.ar and click on 'tourism fees' ('tasa de reciprocidad'). At the time of research, the reciprocity fees for US and Australian citizens had been revoked, but always seek up-to-date advice before travelling.
- There’s a tourist information booth immediately after passing through customs.
- When departing 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.
If you’re traveling alone, the best option is to catch a shuttle with a transfer company such as Manuel Tienda León. You’ll see its stand immediately as you exit customs, in the transportation ‘lobby’ area. Frequent shuttles cost AR$240 per person to the Center, run all day and night, and take 40 to 60 minutes, depending on traffic. They’ll deposit you at the MTL office in Retiro (from where you can take a taxi).
Another service is ArBus, which stops in the city center, Retiro and Palermo (AR$200 per person).
A shuttle service directed at independent travelers, is Hostel Shuttle. Check the website for schedules and drop-off destinations (only certain hostels), and try to book ahead.
For a special treat, reserve a luxury car from Silver Star Transport; you’ll be driven by native English speakers to the destination of your choice.
To catch a taxi, go past the transportation ‘lobby’ area immediately outside customs, walk past the taxi touts, and you’ll see the freestanding city taxi stand (with a blue sign saying Taxi Ezeiza.
Most domestic flights arrive at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery airport, a short distance from downtown Buenos Aires.
A taxi to the Center costs around AR$160.
There’s a regular ferry service to/from Colonia and Montevideo, both in Uruguay. Buquebus and Seacat ferries leave from the same terminal in Puerto Madero. The terminal is a 15-minute walk from Alem Subte station on Línea B.
Colonia Express is the cheapest company but has limited departures; book online in advance for the best prices. Its terminal is in an industrial neighborhood near La Boca; take a taxi.
Retiro Bus Terminal
Buenos Aires' modern Retiro bus terminal is 400m long and has bays for 75 buses. The bottom floor is for cargo shipments and luggage storage, the top for purchasing tickets, and the middle for everything else.
There’s an information booth that provides general bus information and schedules, plus a tourist office near Puente 3 on the main floor, on the same level as bus bay 36. Other services include ATMs, telephone offices (some with internet access), cafes and many small stores. There's also a booth where you can buy a SUBE card.
You can buy a ticket to practically anywhere in Argentina and departures are fairly frequent to the most popular destinations. You can buy tickets online using the booking services Omnilíneas or Plataforma 10 (www.plataforma10.com.ar), or from the bus company's website (depending on your route).
Retiro is connected to the local bus system, but you'll need a SUBE card to use it. There's also a nearby Subte station (Retiro, on Línea C). To find out the best public-transport options check http://comollego.ba.gob.ar.
Be careful wandering around looking lost with your phone out in and around the bus station, as this area is a hot spot for petty crime.
Various remise (call-taxi) booths are also available; the one near bay 54 is open 24 hours. If you're arriving into Buenos Aires at night this is your best transport option.
Car & Motorcycle
In Argentina, vehicles drive on the right. At unmarked intersections the vehicle approaching on the right has priority (at least in theory), but the car that reaches the junction first will usually keep going straight. Bus drivers tend to use their vehicle's size to their advantage – be prepared to give way!
If you drive in Argentina – especially in your own car – it may be worth joining the Automóvil Club Argentino, which has many nationwide offices. ACA recognizes members of overseas affiliates, such as the American Automobile Association (AAA), and often grants them similar privileges, including discounts on maps, accommodations, camping, tours and other services.
If you want to rent a car, expect to pay US$30 to US$50 or more per day. International chains can be more expensive than local rental agencies; call around. You’ll need to be at least 21 years of age and have a valid driver’s license; having an international driver’s license isn't a bad idea, though you don’t necessarily need one. A credit card and passport are also necessary.
For motorcycle rentals, head to Motocare. You must be at least 25 years of age; bring your own helmet and riding gear. Crossing into Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil is possible.
There is a limited train service connecting Buenos Aires with nearby provinces. Book ahead; tickets often sell out in advance.
- The northern suburbs including San Isidro and Tigre are served by Línea Mitre trains from Retiro.
- Trains to Rosario, Córdoba and Tucumán also depart from Retiro; see www.sofse.gob.ar.
- The southern suburbs and La Plata are served by Línea Roca trains from Constitución.
- Bahía Blanca, Tandil and Mar del Plata are served by Ferrobaires trains from Constitución.
- The southwestern suburbs and Luján are served by Línea Sarmiento trains from Once.
Take Subte Línea C to Retiro and Constitución and Línea A to Plaza Miserere for Once.