Travel to Argentina

Flying to Argentina

Argentina’s national airline is Aerolíneas Argentinas (AR) (www.aerolineas.com.ar). The cheapest times to fly to Argentina tend to be September, and April-June, although travel to South America from Europe tends to always be quite pricey. Most international flights come into Ministro Pistarini airport just outside Buenos Aires. Direct flights to Argentina are served by British Airways (www.ba.com), KLM (www.klm.com) and others.

Flight times:

British Airways runs a daily direct flight to Buenos Aires from London Heathrow that takes around 13 hours 45 minutes. The most common route, however, is to fly from London to Buenos Aires via Madrid; this takes between 15 and 18 hours. Direct flights from New York to Buenos Aires take around 10 hours 50 minutes; there are around two per day.

Air passes:

Mercosul Airpass (www.allairpass.com) is valid within Argentina, Brazil, Chile (except Easter Island), Paraguay and Uruguay. Participating airlines include Aerolíneas Argentinas (AR), Aerolíneas Del Sur (AS), Pluna (PU) and VARIG Airlines (RG). The pass can only be purchased by passengers who live outside South America and must be booked in conjunction with an international ticket. It is valid for seven to 45 days.

The South American Pass is valid on Aerolíneas Argentinas (www.aerolineas.com.ar) and Austral (its domestic subsidiary) flights only. The pass can only be purchased by passengers who live outside South America and whose international flights are booked with Aerolíneas Argentinas. Up to 10 flight coupons are allowed and it is valid for seven to 45 days.

Oneworld Visit South America Pass (www.oneworld.com) is valid within Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile (except Easter Island), Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Participating airlines are American Airlines (AA), British Airways (BA), Cathay Pacific (CX), Finnair (AY), Iberia (IB), LAN (LA) and Qantas (QF). The pass must be bought outside South America in the country of residence. It allows unlimited travel to over 30 destinations. You can take as many flights as you like, but a minimum of three flights must be booked.

Departure tax:

Since March 2009, departure tax is paid straight to the airline at the time of purchasing tickets.

Airport guides

Airport Code: EZE. Location: Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport is situated at Ezeiza, 22km (13 miles)... Money: There are several bureaux de change and ATMs in each terminal. A bank with 24-hour services... Read more

Other airports in Argentina

Aeroparque International Jorge Newbery

Airport Code: AEP. Location: Jorge Newbery airport is situated just 4km (2.5 miles) from Buenos Aires city centre, on the... Website: http://www.aa2000.com.ar. Public transport description: Buses 33, 37 and 45 pick up along the Constanera (coast road) at the front of the airport and make various stops as they travel downtown. Manuel Tienda Léon (tel: (011) 4315 5115; www.tiendaleon.com.ar) and Transfer Express (tel: (011) 4852 6776) operate private car transfers and shuttle bus services to the city centre and the International Airport. Municipal taxis are readily available and Remises Universal (tel: (011) 4105 5555; www.remisesuniversal.com) provides a private car service.

Getting to Argentina by boat

Cruise ships:

A number of cruise operators stop off at Buenos Aires, including Princess Cruises (www.princess.com) and Royal Caribbean (www.royalcaribbean.co.uk).

River routes:

Ferry services run between Uruguay and Buenos Aires. Travellers can reach the Argentine capital from Montevideo, Colonia and Punta del Este. See www.buquebus.com.




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