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Getting Around Argentina - Transport

Because the country is so large, travel within Argentina poses a special challenge. The good news is that Argentina has a first rate infrastructure including comfortable buses, good highways and reliable domestic airlines. The bad news is that if you don't have the budget to fly, you're in for some long bus trips. The main highways and flight paths extend outward from Buenos Aires in a fan-like pattern, so you'll often have to pass through the capital when traveling between far-flung destinations.

Bus times from BA, and sample price
Mar del Plata:
 6 hours, US$20
Puerto Iguazú:
 16 hours, US$30
Mendoza:
 16 hours, US$50
Salta:
 22 hours, US$30
Bariloche:
 23 hours, US$50
El Calafate:
 40 hours, US$65
Ushuaia:
 48 hours, US$85

By Bus

You can get virtually anywhere in Argentina by bus, and the overnight long-distance buses tend to be quite comfortable and affordable. With coche cama (first class) you'll get to sleep in a plush seat that fully reclines — but bring earplugs in case the driver treats you to an action movie at full volume. Semi cama is a bit cheaper but the seat doesn't recline as far. Commún class is best avoided for overnight trips if you plan on sleeping.

At the Buenos Aires central bus station (in Retiro), there's a bewildering array of bus companies to choose from. Shop around, but remember that you get what you pay for. Except for popular routes at peak holiday season, you shouldn't need to book tickets in advance.

Flight Times from BA
Mar del Plata:
 1 hour
Puerto Iguazú:
 1 hour 45 min
Mendoza:
 1 hour 45 min
Bariloche:
 2 hours
Salta:
 2 hours 30 min
El Calafate:
 3 hours 45 min
Ushuaia:
 4 hours

Domestic Flights

Aerolineas Argentinas (now merged with Austral) is known as the most reliable domestic airline and also has the largest network. They also have a good website in English. Although dirt cheap for Argentines, Aerolineas charges much more for foreigners.

Aerolineas offers domestic combo pack if you fly into Argentina with them, but this is now generally regarded as a pretty bad deal, since it would be as cheap or cheaper to book domestic flights individually.

LAN is regional carrier that offers domestic flights in Argentina as well as to neighboring countries. They now have daily flights from Buenos Aires to Córdoba, Mendoza, Bariloche and Iguazú.

American Falcon and Southern Winds are two cheaper domestic airlines worth looking into. LADE is a weird military carrier that apparently has rock-bottom rates, but flights are sporadic and can be unreliable.

The domestic airport in Buenos Aires is called Aeroparque Jorge Newberry (or simply "aeroparque"). Aerolineas Argentinas also flies some domestic routes out of Ezeiza, the international airport.

Regional Flights

To find flights from Argentina to neighboring countries, try these websites:

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