Flights & getting there
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- Argentina has direct flights between North America, the UK, Europe, Australia and South Africa, and from nearly all South American countries. You can also fly to a neighboring country, such as Brazil or Chile, and continue overland to Argentina.
- If you plan to enter Argentina and fly directly to the provinces, be sure that your tickets are booked for the same airport. Otherwise, plan sufficient time between flights, calculating 40 minutes to two hours to drive or shuttle between airports.
Airports & Airlines
- Most international flights arrive at Buenos Aires’ Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini, which is a 40- to 60-minute shuttle-bus or taxi ride out of town (35km).
- Close to downtown Buenos Aires is Aeroparque Internacional Jorge Newbery, which handles mostly domestic flights but also a few international ones from neighboring countries.
- There are several other international airports around Argentina. Basic information on most Argentine airports can be found online at Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 (www.aa2000.com.ar).
- Aerolíneas Argentinas is the national carrier and has a decent international reputation.
Arrival Tips: Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza)
- Citizens from Canada pay a 'reciprocity fee' (tasa de reciprocidad) before flying into Argentina.
- If you want to change money at Ezeiza, note that the cambios (exchange houses) there generally offer poor rates. Better rates are found at the local bank branch; after exiting customs into the reception hall, make a U-turn to the right to find Banco de la Nación’s small office. Its also has an ATM and is open 24 hours, though long lines are common. There are other ATMs at Ezeiza, too, all of which offer the official exchange rate.
- There’s a tourist-information booth just beyond the city's 'Taxi Ezeiza' stand.
- Shuttle buses and taxis frequently run from Ezeiza to the center. If you have a connecting regional flight through a different airport, check with the airline to see if your ticket includes the shuttle between airports.
- When flying out of Ezeiza, get there at least two to three hours before your international flight. 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 to go the 35km from downtown Buenos Aires.
Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.
There are numerous border crossings from neighboring Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. Border formalities are generally straightforward as long as all your documents are in order.
- La Quiaca to Villazón Many buses go from Jujuy and Salta to La Quiaca, where you walk across a bridge to the Bolivian border.
- Aguas Blancas to Bermejo From Orán, reached by bus from Salta or Jujuy, take a bus to Aguas Blancas and then Bermejo, where you can catch a bus to Tarija.
- Salvador Mazza (Pocitos) to Yacuiba Buses from Jujuy or Salta go to Salvador Mazza at the Bolivian border, where you cross and grab a shared taxi to Yacuiba.
- The most common crossing is from Puerto Iguazú to Foz do Iguaçu. Check both cities for more information on the peculiarities of this border crossing, especially if you’re crossing the border into Brazil only to see the other side of Iguazú Falls.
- There is also a border crossing from Paso de los Libres to Uruguaiana (Brazil).
There are numerous crossings between Argentina and Chile. Except in far southern Patagonia, every land crossing involves crossing the Andes. Due to weather, some high-altitude passes close in winter; even the busy Mendoza–Santiago route over RN 7 can close for several days (sometimes longer) during a severe storm. Always check road conditions, especially if you have a flight scheduled on the other side of the mountains. The following are the most commonly used crossings:
- Bariloche to Puerto Montt This border crossing over the Andes to Chile is usually no fuss; a popular ‘tour’ crossing is the famous, scenic 12-hour bus-boat combination. It takes two days in winter.
- El Calafate to Puerto Natales and Parque Nacional Torres del Paine Probably the most beaten route down here, heading from the Glaciar Perito Moreno (near El Calafate) to Parque Nacional Torres del Paine (near Puerto Natales). Several buses per day in summer; one to two daily in the low season.
- Los Antiguos to Chile Chico Those entering Argentina from Chile can access the rugged RN 40 from here and head down to El Chaltén and El Calafate. Best in summer, when there’s actually public transportation available.
- Mendoza to Santiago The most popular crossing between the two countries, passing 6962m Aconcagua en route.
- Salta to San Pedro de Atacama (via Jujuy, Purmamarca and Susques) A 10-hour bus ride through the altiplano with stunningly beautiful scenery.
- Ushuaia to Punta Arenas Daily buses in summer, fewer in winter, on this 10- to 12-hour trip (depending on weather conditions), which includes a ferry crossing at either Porvenir or Punta Delgada/Primera Angostura.
Paraguay & Uruguay
- There are two direct border crossings between Argentina and Paraguay: Clorinda to Asunción, and Posadas to Encarnación. From Puerto Iguazú, Argentina, you can also cross through Brazil into Ciudad del Este, Paraguay.
- Border crossings from Argentine cities to Uruguayan cities include Gualeguaychú to Fray Bentos; Colón to Paysandú; and Concordia to Salto. All involve crossing bridges. Buses from Buenos Aires to Montevideo and other waterfront cities, however, are slower and less convenient than the ferries (or ferry-bus combinations) across the Río de la Plata.
- Travelers can bus to Argentina from most bordering countries. Buses are usually comfortable, modern and fairly clean. Crossing over does not involve too many hassles; just make sure that you have any proper visas beforehand.
There are several river crossings between Uruguay and Buenos Aires that involve ferry or hydrofoil, and often require combinations with buses.
Buenos Aires to Colonia Daily ferries (one to three hours) head to Colonia, with bus connections to Montevideo (an additional three hours).
Buenos Aires to Montevideo High-speed ferries carry passengers from downtown Buenos Aires to the Uruguayan capital in only 2¼ hours.
Tigre to Carmelo Regular passenger launches speed from the Buenos Aires suburb of Tigre to Carmelo in 2½ hours (services also go to Montevideo from Tigre).
Access to Argentina by sea is primarily through cruise ships. Cruceros Australis travels between Ushuaia and Punta Arenas on a scenic four-day cruise.