Transportation in Argentina

Planes, trains and automobiles…what’s the best way to get around?


Argentina has all of the above transportation options and more! Traveling around Argentina can be down by flying or bus. It’s a big country though, so make sure to look at how long it takes to get from one place to another. Big tourist destinations like Tierra del Fuego/Ushuaia and Iguazu Falls are best reached by flying. In addition to every large city having their own airport, Buenos Aires has two. Both fly to other locations around Argentina.

Bus options exist as well, they are cheaper, and quite comfortable, but obviously take longer. There are multiple bus companies, so make sure to shop around and look for the right company for you. Some are less expensive, but could take more time or not be as comfortable. Almost all buses will leave from one central bus station that every city has.

Within cities, there are many forms of transportation too. For a larger city like Buenos Aires, there will be subways or ‘subte’ and bus options. Both are relatively inexpensive and can get you all over the city. For a map of the subte, go here. A great guide to local Buenos Aires is the A-Z Pocket mapbook, look for it in tourist destinations!

Both buses and the subte close around 11pm or midnight, so don’t rely on them for late night travel. Taxis exist as well and are quite cost effective, but make sure to get in registered official taxis and not unofficial ones.

More information on transportation in Argentina and Buenos Aires in particular can be found on the Lonely Planet website.

Pickpockets exist in Argentina just like many other locations around the world. Make sure that your bag is zipped up and carried in front of you and that your wallet is tucked away safely. It is also a good idea to keep copies of your passport and essential documents in your dorm or hotel room, just in case. Keep an eye out for yourself and your friends on crowded metro trains and don’t be afraid to make a lot of noise if you see something out of place. Pickpockets scare easily!