· Tourism and Travel information about Argentina - Includes information of visas, health risks, currency exchange, when to go, events and some facts for the traveler ·
Access ways to Argentina
Argentina has a network of approximately 217,762km (136,101 miles) of roads, of which
around 156,789km (97,993 miles) are paved. There are well-maintained road routes from
Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile.
Direct daily services between Buenos Aires, Puerto Alegre, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
The major direct international route is from Buenos Aires to Asunción in Paraguay.
There are also direct rail links with Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay. Services are
often disrupted and delays can be expected.
Argentina’s national airline, Aerolíneas Argentinas (AR)
serves Auckland (New Zealand), London (UK), Madrid (Spain), Mexico City (Mexico), Santa Cruz de la Sierra
(Bolivia), Sienna, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Porto Allegre, Río de Janeiro and São Paulo (Brazil),
Ciudad del Este and Asuncion (Paraguay), Limá (Peru), Caracas (Venezuela), Punta del Este and Montevideo
(Uruguay), Miami and Rome, (Italy), New York (USA), Paris (France), Sydney (Australia) and Zurich
(Switzerland) in addition to regional services. Other airlines serving Argentina include Aeroflot,
Air Canada, Air France, Alitalia, American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, KLM, Lan Chile, Lufthansa,
Malaysian Airlines, Qantas, South African Airways, Swiss, VARIG and United Airlines.
Approximate flight times: From Buenos Aires to London is 13 hours, to Los Angeles is 16 hours,
to New York is 14 hours 15 minutes, to Singapore is 29 hours 30 minutes and to Sydney is 16 hours.
International airports: Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE), is 37km (23 miles)
from Buenos Aires. There are bus services to the city
operating between 0500-2000 (travel time – 40 minutes). Taxis are also available. Airport
facilities include a 24-hour bank, restaurants, tourist information kiosk, bureau de change,
duty free shops and car hire (Avis and Hertz). There is also a coach connection to Jorge Newbery airport
(locally called Aeroparque) for domestic flight connections. To reach the city by car, drive in the
Teniente General Ricchieri freeway.
Air passes: The Mercosur Airpass: Valid within Argentina, Brazil, Chile (except Easter Island),
Paraguay and Uruguay. Participating airlines include Aerolineas Argentinas (AR) (however, flights on
this airline cannot be combined with any others, as it has no agreements and its tickets are not
accepted by other airlines), Austral (AU), LAN-Chile (LA), LAPA (MJ), Pluna (PU), Transbrasil Airlines (TR)
and VARIG (RG) with the subsidiary airlines of Nordeste (JH) and Rio Sul (SL). The pass can only be
purchased by passengers who live outside South America, who have a return ticket. Only eight flight
coupons are allowed with a maximum of four coupons for each country and is valid for seven to a maximum
of 30 days. At least two countries must be visited (to a maximum of five) and the flight route cannot
be changed. A maximum of two stopovers is allowed per country.
The Visit South America Pass: Must be bought outside South America in country of residence and
allows unlimited travel to 36 cities in the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia,
Chile (except Easter Island), Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Participating airlines
include Aer Lingus (EI), American Airlines (AA), British Airways (BA), Cathay Pacific (CX), Finnair (AY),
IBERIA (IB), LAN-Chile (LA) and Qantas (QF). A minimum of three flights must be booked, with no maximum;
the maximum stay is 60 days, with no minimum, and prices depend on the amount of flight zones covered.
For both air passes children under 12 years of age are entitled to a 33 per cent discount and infants
(under two years old) only pay 10 per cent of the adult fare. For further details, contact one of
the participating airlines.
Departure tax: Approximately US$18. For flights to Montevideo (Uruguay) and regional flights,
the departure tax is US$8. Passengers in transit and children under two years of age are exempt.
Visitors are advised to check with their airline or travel agent as the departure tax is subject
to frequent changes. There is also an immigration tax of US$10 on all international flights.
· SEA / RIVER: The main ports are Buenos Aires, Quequén and Bahía Blanca. Ferries and hydrofoils
link Buenos Aires with Montevideo in Uruguay, and there are ferry connections down the Paraná River