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Getting from Lima to Buenos Aires

Lima ,the capital of Peru, is also the largest city in the country. The city mixes the modern metropolis look with the old colonial architecture. Lima is one of the best city to indulge in the local foods, especially if you look fish and seafood specialties. It’s best to plan your visit during the summer when the weather is warm and sunny. Winters are rainy and overcast.

Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and is one of the largest cities in South America. It is the point of departure for visiting the rest of the country. Buenos Aires is an interesting city to explore which offers a variety of interesting to do. The restaurants and night life are excellent, as well.

Quick summary

Unless you mange to catch a really good deal on airfare between Lima and Buenos Aires, the cheapest option is the bus. But you’ll be traveling for 3 days. Or you can choose a hop-on-off bus ticket and stop along the way to explore different sites (of course, this can take quite a bit of time).

Flights from Lima (airport code: LIM) to Buenos Aires

Lima is served by Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM), the most important international gateway into the country, as well as an important domestic hub. It is located about 11 km from the historical center and is hub for the following airlines: LAN Peru, TACA Peru, Peruvian Airlines, Star Peru and LC Busre.

Buenos Aires is served by Ministro Pistarini International Airport, commonly known as Ezeiza International Airport (EZE), which receives most of the international traffic in the country as well as some domestic traffic. The airport is located at about 30-45 min from the city center. It is hub for Aerolíneas Argentinas, LAN Argentina and SkyTeam.

A second airport serving Buenos Aires is Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP), which is located 20 km from the downtown area, but it’s used mostly for domestic flights.

Flights between Lima and Buenos Aires (EZE) are operated by: Aerolíneas Argentinas, LAN Argentina, LAN Peru, TACA Airlines and TACA Peru. The flight time is 4 ½ h and single fares start at US$623 one way in 2012 (on Aerolíneas Argentinas) . It might be worth it to compare the prices on several different online booking websites.

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Buses from Lima to Buenos Aires

Yes, there are direct buses between Lima and Buenos Aires. However, the travel time is about 70 hours (exactly , 3 days!) . Omni Lineas lists four departures operated by four companies, but only one of the departs daily at 5 p.m. from Buenos Aires. The cheapest ticket is 1030 Argentine Peso / US$238 one way.

If you plan to stop along the way you can grab a hop-on-off flexible pass (such as this one ) which allows you to stop along the way and visiting various sites.

Driving from Lima to Buenos Aires

First of all, you need to ask the rental company whether you can take the rental car across the borders. If it’s possible, prepare for a (very) long drive: 4079 km to be exact, along the Panamericana Sur.

Needless to say, you need to plan stops along the way so this can easily turn into a road trip. Panamericana Sur goes through Chile, while the alternative route (Route 9) goes through Bolivia and Paraguay and is slightly longer.

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