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To/from Ezeiza Airport;From Ezeiza to Retiro
I found very few information on how to get to Ezeiza airport and how to get back to the city center (Capital Federal). Going there by taxi would be the fastest and the most expensive option. However, if you are not a budget traveler and are ok with paying approximately 300 pesos or more, I still recommend you to book a taxi in advance and agree on the price, otherwise you WILL BE ripped off.
Other option is the company Manuel Tienda Leon, which offers taxis and buses from and to the airport, however, it is not cheap as well. No need for booking in advance, you can just get to their office in the city, or arrange a pick up, or take a bus/taxi from their little stand at the airport. Price is around 70-80 pesos if you choose to go by bus. You may see prices here: http://www.tiendaleon.com.ar/home/home.asp. I traveled with them once, and got safe to my hostel, but I consider this option to be overpriced for the bus. However if you are traveling at night, I do recommend it due to safety issues.
If you are a backpacker or a traveler that does not want to overpay, the best option would be to get there by public bus. You can take bus 8 from Avenida de Mayo (ask the policeman if you have hard time finding it, as most of the people have no idea). This bus stop has a big sign " Aeropuerto EZEIZA). Please note that the same bus 8 goes to different places, and not all of them go to Ezeiza. The bus that goes to the airport has number " 8" AND in the left corner of the front glass it says "EZEIZA". It may sound confusing, but actually it is easy to find the bus stop and the right bus. Getting on the bus, just in case, ASK the driver whether it goes to EZEIZA. There are many lost locals, that respond you whatever, so I do highly recommend to ask the driver only. The price for this bus is 4 pesos in COINS. Do not go with cash, as it is not accepted, and many times nobody has change for you. You can also pay with a special card SUBE (which is for all public transport in BS AS).
The road taxes generally 2-2,5 hours and the bus leaves you right at the airport.
You can get back FROM Ezeiza to the city center the same way, the bus 8 stops near the airport and goes to Avenida de Mayo. Their you may get off the bus and catch the bus 100/129/9 to Retiro Bus Station if you need to go to any other province of Argentina. This bus costs 2 pesos IN COINS and leaves you close to the terminal.
For any question, I do recommend you to ask policemen, as they know the nearest bus stops way better then the locals. If you travel late in the evening, try not to get off at small streets, and catch the bus on the big avenues like AVENIDA de Mayo.
I went to Ezeiza in September 2012, and got back to the center where I took the bus to Retiro. The whole trip cost me 10 pesos.
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The best way to/from EZE, Ministro Pistarini International Airport, is by Manuel Tienda Leon bus or by taxi. You could find the latest informtation on the official websites:
Manuel Tienda Leon: http://www.tiendaleon.com.ar/home/home.asp
The bus/remis stand for Manuel Tienda Leon is either in arrival hall or outside of the airport(where you take the Leon bus).
The stand for airport taxi official is right inside the arrival hall.
Although the cheapest way is to take bus #8, it's rather inconvenient.
Go Airport Taxi Ezeiza Airport Cab
Just got back to Atlanta after my first trip (will definitely return) to Buenos Aires. Chose "Go Airport Taxi" to take me to and from the Ezeiza Airport. They were on time, car was new and comfortable. This is important because it was quite hot outside and AC is a must. Will use them again if/when I return. Used my US credit card on their website and it worked perfectly. I tried to use my credit card on the Bukebus that took me to Uruguay and it had issues, so I was happy to use a US system for my credit card payment (plus, it's much more secure than handing over my card to an attendant).
Anyways, kudos to Go Airport Taxi, and to my driver that took me to the airport the other night...I think his name is Frederico. Traffic and all, he got me there on time.
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SilverStar Car Service
There are a plethora of private car services (private remises) available for moving in and around Buenos Aires. Often, their services are needed for airport to airport transfers, if you're passing through BA and onto a domestic flight. The international airport (Pistarini/Ezeiza) is a substantial distance outside the city, and the domestic airport (Newbery Aeroparque) is well within the confines of Buenos Aires. Timewise and depending on the traffic, you could be talking a transfer time of 1-2 hours, or more.
We were VERY happy with our private remise service, SilverStar Car Service. They are reliable, punctual, and incredibly helpful. This is a small service run by a husband and wife team (Fred and Karina Badagnani). You'll either be picked up with Karina's high-end Citroen C4, or in Fred's "iconic in BA" Lincoln Town Car. Fred is American and Karina is Argentinian, so helping travelers in English is a specialty. These folks will take excellent care of you, whether you need an airport transfer, town car services, or even a local guided tour. Karina basically gave us free guided tours both times we rode with her - very informative.
Down below, I'll list the website, as well as Fred's personal email address. Be sure to tell him that Pete from Florida sent you his way.
Here is all of their contact info:
US Phone: 214.502.1605 (if calling from the USA)
Cell Phone: 15.6826.8876 (Fred's cell inside Argentina)
Cell calls from outside Argentina 011.54.911.6826.8876
Fred's direct email: email@example.com
www.goairporttaxi.com.ar for BA Airport Transfer
I used Go Airport Taxi (www.goairporttaxi.com.ar) from the Ezeiza airport to my hotel in Pallermo it ended up being 60 dollars. I chose the high-end taxi, which was very comfortable (and because my employer paid for it). Paid online, my flight arrived on-time, but my luggage took 35 minutes to appear. Wasn't a problem though...the driver was there. I guess the best of all is that I paid online with my corporate credit card, so I didn't have to go through much hassle expensing it. Can't do that when I go to Sao Paulo unless I book my taxi once I arrive. Highly recommendable.
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When arriving in Buenos Aires just like any international city you have people approaching you asking if you need a cab, Just ignore them and walk straight to the Tienda Leon bus service....if you can't remember that name just look for the bus with a huge Lion head painting on it, they charge about $8 US dollars for one way service into the city.......the airport is some 30 miles away from the city center and a cab would be pricey at best. Once in the city.... the bus service offers a drop off at your hotel at no fee !!!!
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Manuel Tienda Leon
Convenient way to get into town from EZE airport (Aeroparque too I believe). Buy tickets in the arrivals hall or at the stop outside terminal B.
Journey into town takes around 40 mins and arrives at the modern terminal on Av Madero.
Manuel Tienda Leon Shuttle
Shuttle bus service, the cheapest and most effective way of traveling between the city and both airports (EZE/AEP). The bus leaves every 1 hour from 1-6 a.m. and every 30 minutes afterward. From EZE, look for Leon's booth right after you get off from the custom. From airport, the bus will take you to Plaza San Martin where you will be transferred to a smaller vehicle which will drop you off in front of your hotel at no extra cost. The fee is 50 Pesos each way. On the way back to the airport, you can arrange a hotel pick up (phone# provided below) in advance.
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airports of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires has two airports.
1)Ezeiza(EZE) is the big one and serves the international flights. It’s located 35km SouthWest of the city and so have in mind you need some time to reach it. There’s no train connection with the city so your choices are:
a)The taxi ride takes 45’ from downtown(Retiro, San Telmo etc), a good choice if you know that usually the ride costs about 60pesos(12euros). Some taxi drivers have different opinion though :)
b)A remise taxi. Regular car with official license to work like a taxi. They work only with appointment and the price is fixed so you don’t have to worry about anything. I used one on my return to EZE and it was perfect. He came outside my place with a big new car, he picked me up and after 45’ we were at the airport. I gave the 55pesos. His name is Sandro, the phone is 4296-7184 and the mobile 15-5-708-2525. Just call one day in advance
c)a bus of Manuel Tienda Leon. They also have taxis but they are very expensive. The bus costs 38pesos and every 30’ it goes to their terminal near Retiro (in 45’). They have some leaflets with telephones if you want to book your return too. First we stopped at their terminal and then the people got inside other small vans that dropped us to our hotel(if it’s located in the center). They work 24h per day Terminal:Av.Madero 1299 esq.San Martin tel:4314-3636, 4315-5115 www.tiendaleon.com
d)a local bus. Ok, it’s only 1,5 peso but there will be not enough space for you luggage and of course its not as safe as a remise. What’s more It takes almost 90 minutes and sometimes 2 hours! If you’re really on budget choose this one but forget it if you have to catch a flight, too much risk…
e)you can rent a car at terminal A
2)Aeroparque(AEP) serves the domestic flights to many other cities of Argentina. It’s located inside the city so it’s not expensive to take a taxi (20pesos for downtown). Tiendaleon has also a bus (about 12pesos) that will take you to the center.
I used Lan Chile for my domestic flights (BsAs-Mendoza and Puerto Iguazu-BsAs) a good reliable company that flies from AEP. There’s no connection between the other cities so in any case you well fly to BsAs first. www.lan.com
The airport taxes at EZE aren’t include in your ticket so after the check in you have to go to another booth and pay the tax that is 18$, you can also pay in pesos. I saw many people looking for money just before their flight….
Manuel Tienda Leon is a bus service (or shuttle) that provides transportation from the various airports (EZE and Jorge Newbery) to the city center as well as service between the two airports. At the EZE airport service is about every 1/2 hour and you can purchase your ticket at the booth after exiting customs. The price is about $40 ARS and the trip takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on traffic. Service runs every 30 minutes from 6:00-21:00 with a few more times with less frequency after 21:00.
At the Jorge Newbery Airport, Manuel Tienda has a desk located at the arrivals hall where you can purchase your tickets. The bus from Jorge Newbery runs every 1/2 hour from 8:30 to 20:00 (if you want to take the shuttle between airports make sure to take the ones that leave on the 1/2 hour). The ride can take about 10-30 minutes and will drop you off at either Retiro Bus Station or Manuel Tienda Terminal. The price for the shuttle from Jorge Newbery to the city center is about $9 ARS.
The good thing about this service is that if you are traveling alone, it can be your most economical alternative.
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To and from the airport - EZE-Recoletta
Passing through immigration and customs was a breeze, my first time and decided to take the bus to recoletta rather than go through the annoyance of having to negotiate with taxi drivers. (i was told they ask for 120+ peso and drop to 70-90 peso). The desk of Manuel Tienda Leon was just on the left. English speaking, 40 peso or 45 with connection to your residence. Buses left on time and every 30 min. Arrived at recoletta abouit 30 min later and then it took less than 10 min before being one my way to my hotel via private care share with 2 other passenger. On the way to the air port remember to call and book your pick up 24 hours before, or like me catch a taxi to their bus station (about 12 peso9 located behind the Sheraton. Make sure the driver knows this and keep an I open otherwise he might try to drop you off at the main bus station nearby and cost you and extra few pesos and about 5 minutes. Buses leave ever 30 min on the hour. Friendly Service Guy with tattoos.
Taxi transfers from Airport
Theres no train there, the best way to get to the other airport is by taxi or transfers. Its simple to get one inside the airport very next to the door outside customs. Maybe they are a little more expensive but it worth it, dont take a taxi from the street there. And if you do, try to get the ones that has telephone numbers on their doors. Inside the airport i guess you can pay with everything, outside i recommend to pay in pesos.
Taxis to Buenos Aires from EZE
When you walk outside the airport the taxi touts will descend on you all offering rides to BsAs. The prices are inflated. My recommendation is that as soon as you get outside the airport, walk to the right about 20 meters and catch a taxi who has just dropped off passengers at the airport. I paid 60 ARS for a ride from EZE to Palermo Botanico. Although I might have gotten it for less, it was still 25 pesos cheaper than the taxi tout prices.
Ezeiza Airport - Manuel Tienda Leon
The best way to go from Ezeiza Intl. Airport to Buenos Aires downtown and also to return to the airport is Manuel Tienda Leon.
You can rent a remis (kind of executive service) for ARS 105,00 or you can take a bus. The time schedule for buses is in the website.
Do not take taxis outside the airport. We didn't have any trouble with taxis, but the locals says that they can give you fake money as change.
You'll find the Tienda Leon counter outside the arrival gate, turn to your left.
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Manuel Tienda Leon
This is the bus service to and from the airport. Its in the neighborhood of 30 pesos per person one way. They run the main bus into town to their terminal and then use minibus shuttles to get the passengers to their final destinations. So it is an airport to door service, just with a pitstop at the main terminal in town.
Due to the pricing I would say if you are traveling with anyone else, this is more expensive than just getting a taxi.
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