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Shuttle From International Airport
As soon as you have picked up your luggage and emerge into the ground transportation area, you will see a large booth for the Manuel Tienda Leon shuttle-bus service into Buenos Aires, located 35-km (20-miles) north of the airport.
My Visa credit card did the trick for our A$23 (US$7.50) each one-way cost for a drive into the city on an air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz bus. The highway into Buenos Aires is a very modern divided highway with nice scenery (and the associated government financial corruption is one of the reasons for Argentina's financial crisis that has resulted in this being such an amazing place to visit from abroad!). Once the bus has weaved it's way into the city, it stops at a small terminal near the Rio de la Plata waterfront, where you transfer to vans for delivery to your final destination.
The service was fast and efficient. When leaving BA, we took a private taxi from our hotel to avoid the hassles of bus connections, and it cost us a total of A$50 (US$17), not much more than the bus trip and a lot faster. The photo shows our inbound bus at the downtown transfer station.
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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.
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 Buses from Airport
The cheapest and safest way to get to and from the airport was using the Manuel Tienda Leon bus service. When you have gone through customs at the airport you will come to a round hall with a lot of taxi, bus and accommodation booths. Look for the one with the big Lion on it and book a bus to Plaza San Martin for $25 Argentinian pesos. For $2 pesos more you can get a transfer ticket that will take you to your hotel from the Plaza.
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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….
Go right to the Manuel Tienda Leon stand
If it's your first time in Argentina, you might be a little dazed like I was after flying all night in an uncomfortable plane! Also I was by myself. So if you just want a sure, safe thing when you arrive at the airport, walk right over to the Manuel Tienda Leon car stand. It was $58 pesos into town ($19 U.S.) which is about a 30-minute ride. It's a flat rate no reservations required.The driver was very courteous and friendly, air conditioned car and he made sure I got into my hotel before pulling away.
Airport Transfer /Cab Service
From the airport or getting to the Airport... And I refer to EZE (international airport...) you want to take a Remis (private hire car) as well, but you can do better than just hailing one down. Le Coq seems to do a GREAT job of getting you to the airport in lots of time and is very resonable rate. I paid 22 pesos one way. I paid road tolls in addition. Give them a buzz.
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.
Buses from the airport
There is a bus service from the airport terminal to the city center: Manuel Tienda León operates a bus service from the airport terminal to the city center about every 1/2 hour from 5.00 am to 10.00 pm. Purchase a ticket from the booth just ouside the custom area. Fare is about $16. The buses go to the downtown.
Taxis: Please, ignore the many offers for a ride to the city from the crowds of drivers outside the arrival halls
Hay un servicio de colectivos de la terminal de aeropuerto hacia el centro de la ciudad: Manuel Tienda León tiene un servicio de la terminal del aeropuerto hasta el centro de la ciudad cada 30 minutos, desde las 5.00 am hasta las 10.00 pm. Tine un costo de $16.
Taxis: por favor, ignoren todas las ofertas de los choferes a la salida del hall de arribos
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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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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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BUENOS AIRES : MANUEL TIENDA LEON
The cheapest way to come from the EZE airport to the centre of Buenos Aires is to take the MANUEL TIENDA LEON buses.
To depart from the centre of Buenos Aires for the EZE airport, go to the MANUEL TIENDA LEON office at Avenida Santa Fe 790, near the Plaza San Martin.
Leaves every half-hour in either direction.
If you buy directly from the office, it should be slightly cheaper (12 Arg Pesos), compared to buying the ticket from, say, your hostel.
Manuel Tienda Leon - bus to / from Ezeiza Airport
The bus of Manuel Tienda Leon from and to Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires is a cheap alternative (19 argentinian pesos) 24 hours a day. It leaves you (and takes you) in the center of the city (Santa Fe 790)
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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Manuel Tienda Leon- To/From Airport
Manuel Tienda Leon is a private bus company that goes from its office in Bs As to Ezeiza. The ticket office is right outside the airport, just after you exit the international terminal. When I used this service, tickets cost about $15-$17 (U$S 5-6). They will leave you at their office on Av Santa Fe, near Plaza San Martin.
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