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How to arrive

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There are several transportation options to reach Buenos Aires by either air, land or water.

By Air

There are two modern airports servicing Buenos Aires.  Most international flights arrive and depart from the Ministro Pistarini International Airport, more commonly known as the Ezeiza International Airport (or simply, Ezeiza), located 20 minutes from downtown Buenos Aires.

There are several options to get to the downtown area:  taxis, remises (private cars), shuttles or city bus.  Taxi and remis companies have booths inside and outside of the airport terminal where you can request a price quote for your destination.  Prices can vary slightly from one company to another.  Manuel Tienda Leon offers a shuttle service in air-conditioned mini-buses every half hour.  The shuttle takes you to their terminal located just blocks away from the main downtown area.  If you are travelling solo, the shuttle is less expensive than a taxi or remis.   A real low budget option is to take the city bus which stops just steps away from the terminal.  The cost is nominal, but you’ll have to bear a two hour busride without the comfort of  airconditioning or comfy reclining seats.

Most domestic flights arrive and depart from the domestic airport, Aeroparque Jorge Newberry, located 5 minutes from downtown Buenos Aires.  Taxis are readily available at the terminal exit and city buses stop on the street just in front of the terminal.  Manuel Tienda Leon also offers a shuttle to their terminal near the downtown area.

By Bus

Argentina can be accessed via bus service from any of its neighboring countries: Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay.  Argentina has an extensive network of comfortable long distance buses interconnecting all the tourist destinations in the country and all converging in Buenos Aires at the Terminal de Omnibus Retiro.

Long distance buses provide bathrooms on board as well as heating and airconditioning.    There are usually three levels of service (and pricing) most commonly referred to as: semi-cama, cama and suite.   All buses have comfortable reclining seats; the differences consist in the seat width, leg room, and the degree to which the seat reclines.  Some semi-cama services offer a beverage or snack,  whereas cama and suite services provide full meals.

By Boat

The quickest route from Uruguay to Buenos Aires is by ferry service crossing the Rio de la Plata from Colonia or Montevideo.  Buquebus provides direct ferry service from both Colonia and Montevideo and Ferrylineas provides direct ferry service from Colonia.  Both companies provide transportation from other locations in Uruguay with bus combinations.

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