Long Distance Buses, Buenos Aires
You can go to Buenos Aires from the whole country or from neighbour countries by bus; the arrival point is Terminal Retiro, a really huge bus station. Distances usually are long, so you will arrive there very tired!
Pueden ir a Buenos Aires desde todo el país o desde países vecinos en bus; el punto de llegada es la Terminal Retiro, una estación realmente enorme. Las distancias suelen ser muy largas, así que llegarán extenuados!
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To/from Buenos Aires it is possible to travel by bus to almost every corner of this (huge) country. For long(er) distances, which are travelled overnight, there are two kinds of buses: semi-cama (with a reclining seat) and cama ejc or suite (more or less a bed). Most of them offer meals and drinks, do have a lavatory and will make some stops on their way.
Buenos Aires has a central bus station 'Retiro, which is close to the railway station and the city centre.
Travelling by bus is much cheaper than by plane (2 or 3 times cheaper), but off course is much slower (10 times). Mostly buses will leave in the (late) afternoon and reach their destination in the (late) morning.
- Buenos Aires – Iguazu: about 215 pesos / 18 hours (cama)
- Buenos Aires – Trelew: 246 pesos / 20 hours (semi cama)
B.A. has of course numerous flght connections with the neighbouring countries and all the world.
Within Argentina you can quite easily reach every place by bus which is by far the most popular means of transport. Long distance buses stop from time to time for meals and refreshments which are often included in the fare.
So, the big discussion topic I was wondering about before my trip was - flight or bus to and from cities in Argentina?? I was all about taking a flight roundtrip from Buenos Aires to Mendoza, and my friend was not as keen. The price a few weeks out was almost identical between the flight and bus, but by the time we were ready to book, flight prices had gone way up. (If you're an Argentinian citizen, there were still really good deals throguh LAN, though). So, we opted for the bus option and I actually had a great time!
I recommend booking at least 3 days in advance and getting the "ejecutivo cama" which is the most expensive since this is an overnight journey and its a small price to pay for comfort when the difference between an uncomfortable seat and bed-like option is only about $20.
Plus once we got on the bus, we all played bingo! How fun!!! I love games, so I was sold :-) And the winner gets a bottle of wine, courtesy of Andesmar. Fun! Anyway, after we left the city we were served an appetizer and hot dinner that was filling and quite tasting, complimentary wine and cookies for dessert. They also showed 2 popular movies and with everyone pretty much on the same schedule, we went to sleep after that. Waking up in the morning , we were greeted with juice, coffee or tea and a continental type breakfast.
All in all, quite pleasant. If you're not in the mood to book too far in advance and want a flexible option, I recommend the bus route...
Incroyable, je n'ai jamais vu un bus aussi beau avec autant de bon service à bord.
Increible, nunca he visto un bus hermoso asi y con un maraviloso servicio al bordo.
Incredible, never i saw a beautiful bus like that with a good service on board.
Long distance transportation by bus is better than a plane! (but takes longer... hehe)
If you buy a long distance ticket don't expect an eurolines' bus!!!
The seats were as comfortable as a airplane seat!!
I really recommend them!
The Retiro Bus Terminal is the point of departure and arrival of all bus going to and from all town of Argentina! You will find there hunderds of bus companies (called "empresa") offering transportation to several destinations limited by a region or to the biggest towns of the country (Cordoba, Mendoza, etc).
The tickets can be purchased in advance or the day itself (but not too late to be sure to have a seat) at the desks ("boletarias") on the first floor. They are classified by region...so go directly to the desks covering the region where you want to go.
To go to the North of Argentina (Iguazu) , I took "Express Singer", it was a very great company. There is also Express TIGRE IGUAZU.
The long and night travels in a bus are very pleasant if you choose a cama or semi-cama seat. Don't worry for the food, the "cena" (evening meal with bread, cheese, ham, empanadas and a desert) and the breakfast ( media luna with cafe) are included in the travel price of the ticket!!!
According to the time, the bus and the company, the clean aspect of toilets on board can be different... It is better to take toilet paper with ;-) And also depending of the destination, you can received a cushion and a blanket. But what is sure, is that you will have the occasion to see minimum two films! Maybe you will not understand everything (sound is very low), but there are often subtitles (in Spanish) to help you...
Finally, the bus is a really practical and cheap way to travel around in Argentina : a 1500 km travel costs between 80 and 100 pesos(20-25 euros)!!!
Nearest Subte (metro-)station : Retiro than straight ahead... the bus terminal is after the train station.
From San Juan Province we left at around 9pm and arrived in Buenos Aires at around 9am. It was a nice ride they served us dinner which consisted of steak,potatoes, and veggies, and choice of wine or coke. And in the morning they served us breakfast which consisted of a crossant ,cheese,ham, juice and coffee. All this for $15usd for both one way. We went back to San Juan by plane and that was $35 usd for both. I'll never forget the morining we arrived in Buenos Aires that was the day that Argentina and England where playing at the World Cup cause from early in the morning the bus driver had the radio blasting from the speakers on the bus...Anyhow Argentina lost and there was silence once again...