If you plan on visiting Argentina, flying is the best option. Most international travelers arrive in Buenos Aires and then take connecting flights to other destinations in the country.
Airports and airlines
If you are flying into Argentina from abroad, you’ll land on Ezeiza International Airport (IATA: EZE). The airport receives international flights from South America, North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. The airlines flying into the airport include: AerolÃneas Argentinas and LAN Argentina — the domestic carriers -, Delta, Continental, American Airlines, United, British Airlines, Air Canada, Lufthansa, Air France and Iberia.
The airport is located in the suburban area of Gran Buenos Aires, about 30-45 minutes from downtown by highway. The cheapest way to get to the city is the 86 bus, which stops outside terminal B. It takes about 2 hours to get to Mayo Square. Coaches and taxis are also available. Your life will be easier dealing with taxi drivers if you speak a bit of Spanish.
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Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (IATA: AEP) is used by most domestic flights and is located at the opposite end of the city from the international one. It is located at just 10 min from the center and you can take a bus or taxi to get there.
Tips to get a cheap ticket to Argentina
If you are flying from Europe, Asia, Australia or Africa you’ll soon realize that the ticket price is a bit hefty. Here are some tips to help you find cheaper tickets to Argentina:
- Find which airlines use Argentina as hubs and on what airports. Flights on that carrier will generally be cheaper than the rest.
- You don’t need to fly directly into Argentina. Catch a cheap flight to another South American country and then look for a low-cost carrier to get you to your destination.
- As much as possible, you should fly during the low or shoulder season. Prices are lower and the planes less crowded.
- If you are not in a hurry you can always check out the late deals. Also watch for the airlines sales although they tend to offer a rather short window for booking and departing.
- Fly mid-week rather than in the weekend. Planes aren’t that crowded and usually the prices are lower.