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Argentina is a huge country and the distance between Buenos Aires and Puerto Iguazù is more than 1200 km’s. The most convenient and fast way of travelling is by airplane. Most domestic flights within Argentina are operated by Aerolineas Argentinas/Austral, LAN Argentina and Andes Líneas Aéreas.
The airport of Puerto Iguazù is situated 17 km's from town. For transport to your accommodation you can use a shuttle bus, taxi/remises or a pick up service from your hotel.
Aerolineas had 'on again off again labour problems'. LAN Argentina is a very good alternative for flying in Argentina. Aerolineas Argentinas (from August 2010) has its Aerolineas has its Corredor Federal to/from Iguazu and Mendoza: http://www.aerolineas.com.ar/arg/main.asp?idSitio=AR&idPagina=49&idIdioma=es&id=1250
Aerolineas and LAN have 'airpasses':
LAN has a 'South America Airpass' for travellers reaching South America with LAN or an other OneWorld airline:
There is also a One World South American Air Pass, sometimes with better deals than LAN:
Aerolineas has 'Visite Argentina' fares for foreigners arriving with an international ticket to Argentina. This ‘airpass’ can be affordable if you intend to make more flights within the country: http://www.aerolineas.com.ar/arg/main.asp?idSitio=EU&idPagina=49&idIdioma=en&id=170
Some remarks while flying in Argentina
- If you have a domestic flight after your international arrival in Bs As, be aware almost all domestic flights do leave from the airport Aeroparque, about 40 km’s from the international airport Ezeiza. By taxi or remise it will take 45 to 60 minutes travel time !!
- If you can not get affordable tickets, try a package deal; mostly they offer great value for the money.
- Travelling by plane is 3 à 4 times more expensive than by bus, but it is 10 times faster !!
(for instance Bs As - Iguazu: by plane 1 hour 45 minutes, by bus 18 hours)
- The luggage franchise on domestic flights of Aerolineas is officially 15 kg’s !!
(although we always carried 20 kg’s and never had any problem); with LAN it is 20 kg's and Andes is 15 kg's.
Updated Jan 18, 2012
Just an overnight trip would not give you a good feeling of the Falls, even though in one day you can try to do both sides of the Falls. But the Brasilian side is much more spectacular. Technically, you can leave early morning from BA to Iguazu.perhaps go directly to the Brasilian side and spend until sunset there and come back to the argentine side. and spend the second day looking at the argentine side and then go back to BA that evening.
It is a rushed trip,but it would be much more wonderful if you could spare another day. but organizing it properly you could see both the brasilian and argentine side. I would recommend you to stay at the argentine side.
You might also consider a tour from BA including the aifare, hotel and tours..
Written Feb 27, 2011
We arranged everything with this loacltour companty to take us around the falls.They were referred by members on this this and I have to say they were wonderful and their rates were less than we could have arranged on our own and alot more convenient.They saved us lots of time!
Written Nov 23, 2010
This is a more 'luxurious' option (if not taking an escorted tour) to the Brazilian Falls. The bus leaves from Terminal de Omnibus 5 times a day, starting from 8:20 a.m. onward. I recommend taking the earliest one and get back on either 1p or 5p bus. Cost is $35 Pesos round-trip. The bus will drop you off at the borders on both sides and wait till you're done. So don't worry about being bumped like some people who took local buses had experienced.
Written Jun 16, 2010
The cheapest way to get from Puerto Iguazu to the Parque is by this local bus. You can either catch one at Terminal de Omnibus or anywhere en-route (it says 'Cataratas'). The fare is $5 Pesos each way and it takes roughly about 20 minutes. The bus departs every 20-30 minutes from dawn till about 9 p.m. (but the park closes at 6 p.m. anyway). The busiest time would be from 9-10 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. when you might not be able to find a single seat!
Written Jun 16, 2010
Due to a strike of the pilots of Aerolineas Argentinas, we were almost forced to take the bus from Iguazù to Buenos Aires. But now I have a lot of information about these long distance buses in Argentina. I think it is an alternative for travelling by plane and one can reach ‘every corner’ of this enormous country by bus.
In Buenos Aires the bus to Iguazù leaves from the central situated Retiro Bus Station (next to the railway station); the central bus station in Iguazù is situated at Av Cordoba/Av Misiones. You can buy tickets at the offices of the bus companies in this stations or just do it on the internet. Following companies offer bus services between Bs As and Puerto Iguazù:
'Crucero del Norte', 'Via Bariloche', 'Expreso Singer SA' and 'Expreso Tigre iguazù'.
For long(er) distances, which are travelled overnight, there are two kinds of busses: semi-cama (with a reclining seat) and cama ejec 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. Be aware the distance from Bs As to Iguazù is more than 1200 km's.
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: between 215 and 310 pesos (2009) / 16 - 18 hours
For more information see the websites:
Updated Sep 8, 2009
Taxis (or remises) are often used in Puerto Iguazú. Especially to and from the National Park and to and from the airport. They are much more expensive than the local bus (about 10 times !!). For instance a taxi ride to the Falls will be around 40 pesos and by bus it is 4 pesos; the same for a ride to Brazil, by taxi 40 pesos, by bus 4 pesos !!
If you are lucky taxi drivers will offer you a discount, specially for longer trips.
We used the taxi a couple of times to go to town, staying in a hotel outside town (4 km’s along Ruta 12). Sometimes taxis are waiting in front of your hotel or driving along the main road (Ruta 12), otherwise you (or your hotel) will have to phone for a taxi. In Puerto Iguazù we saw ‘on every corner of the street’ taxis waiting and also some offices ('remiserias'). We never had any problem to get a taxi.
Most of the taxi drivers try to ‘sell’ a ‘next trip’ to one of the sights in or outside town.
Updated Aug 10, 2009
Local busses are the cheapest way of transportation to/from the town and the Iguazù Falls, or between the hotels outside the town and the town centre.
The yellow coloured busses of 'El Practico' run daily every half hour:
from Puerto Iguazù to the falls: from 7.10 am till 7.40 pm
from Nat. Park to the town: from 7.45 am till 8.15 pm
One way ticket: 4 pesos (2008/2009); you can buy your tickets from the driver.
In Puerto Iguazu are some bus stops, outside the town we just waited along the road and stopped the bus by raising our hands. On our way back from the falls somebody was playing a harp inside the bus; that makes travelling with local busses so special.
The bus to Brazil is also more or less a local bus and does leave from the central bus station (Av Cordoba - Av Misiones) and has also a couple of stops in town before heading to the border. One way ticket: 4 pesos or 4 reales.
(If travelling to Brazil see ‘General Tips’ for the border crossing.)
Updated Aug 10, 2009
There is a major bus station in the city where buses come often from all the major cities in the area and neighbouring countries.
Buses leave regularly from Puerto Iguazú to the Centro de Informes for tours of the Iguazú falls.
Updated Feb 28, 2009
Our trip to Puerto Iguazu gave us our first taste of long distance travel in Argentina. And we were very impressed. We left Parana, in the north east, travelled 15 hours overnight and were still in the north-east when we arrived in Puerto Iguazu the next day. This gives you an idea of just how huge Argentina is!
We travelled with PlusUltra who run buses 3 times a week along the Cordoba-Puerto Iguazu route. It cost us 120 Pesos for a single ticket and we had very comfortable seats. We travelled Cama class, which gives you lots of legroom and makes it possible to sleep. It was far better than any bus I had ever travelled on in Europe. Our seats almost extended back to a flat out position and we even had a movie - "The Motorcycle Diaries" - an appropriate choice given we were at the start of our own trip through South America.
Updated Sep 12, 2008
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