Getting there

Air

Airport information

All flights from outside Argentina, apart from those from neighbouring countries, arrive at Ezeiza International Airport (officially known as Ministro Pistarini), situated 35 km southwest of Buenos Aires . All internal flights as well as some flights to or from neighbouring countries come to Jorge Newbery Airport, generally known as Aeroparque, situated 4 km north of the centre of Buenos Aires on the bank of the Río de la Plata. Most provincial airports have a desk offering tourist information, banking facilities and a confitería (cafeteria) as well as car hire. There are usually minibus services into the city and taxis are available.

General tips

Check your baggage allowance as airlines vary widely. The limit is usually between 20-32 kg per person for economy class; strictly enforced with extortionate charges for excess baggage. For internal flights in Argentina, the baggage limit with Aerolíneas Argentinas is now 15 kg, and they are extremely inflexible, also charging wildly for excess. This means you will either have to leave some things in your hotel in Buenos Aires, or consider limiting your baggage to 15 kg when you leave home.

Prices and discounts

Fares vary considerably from airline to airline, so it's worth checking with an agency for the best deal for when you want to travel. The cheap-seat allocation will sell out quickly in holiday periods. The busiest seasons for travelling to Argentina are 7 December to 15 January, Easter, and 1 July to 10 September, when you should book as far ahead as possible. There might be special offers available from February to May and September to November. Fares usually fall into one month, three month or yearly fare categories, and it's more expensive the longer you want to stay. Return dates must be booked when the ticket is bought, but most airlines will let you change the date for a penalty. With student (or under 26) fares, some airlines are flexible on the age limit, others strict, and usually these tickets are the most flexible, though they're not always the cheapest available.


Road

There are many entry points from neighbouring countries, and with good long-distance bus services, this is a convenient way of entering Argentina if you're travelling around.

The main route are as follows: in the west from Santiago (Chile) to Mendoza; in the northwest from Villazón (Bolivia) to Jujuy and Salta; in the northeast from Asunción (Paraguay) to Resistencia, from Encarnación (Paraguay) to Posadas and from Foz do Iguazú (Brazil) to Puerto Iguazú; in the Lake District by boat and bus from Puerto Montt (Chile) to Bariloche; in Patagonia by road from Puerto Natales (Chile) to El Calafate or by road and ferry crossings from Tierra del Fuego to Río Gallegos and El Calafate. There are also three road crossings from Uruguay via bridges over the Río Uruguay as well several ferry crossings, the most important of which are from Montevideo and Colonia de Sacramento to Buenos Aires.
This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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