Planning to visit the Iguazu falls in the north of Argentina? Most of the tourists start their adventure in Buenos Aires. But how to go from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls? We give you the best ways to travel to the Iguazu waterfalls. You choose what you prefer: by car, flight, bus or even hitchhiking. Vamos!
In general, there are three ways to travel from Buenos Aires the Iguazu in Argentina:
- Self-drive by car: 15 hours – cost one way: USD 75 (fuel + tolls)
- Long-distance bus: 18 hours – cost one way: USD 45
- Flight: 1h45 – cost one way: between USD 30 and USD 80
Self-drive from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls
Argentina is a big country. Driving to Iguazu Falls is possible. The roads up to Iguazu are in good condition and the average speed is 90 km/h. However, while driving you will not see different types of landscapes. That can be a little bit boring. If you’re taking the time to drive from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls, we suggest making a stop at the National Park Iberá also known as the Iberá Wetlands. There you can spot capybaras, crocodiles, and a wide range of birds.
Book a flight to Iguazu waterfalls
Grab a flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu (airport code: IGR) is very easy. Almost all Argentinians airlines are flying on Iguazu. Departing from Aeroparque airport (AEP) or El Palomar airport (EPA). The flight time from Buenos Aires to Iguazu is 1h45min.
Airlines that are flying on Puerto Iguazu airport: Aerolineas Argentinas, FlyBondi, Norwegian, JetSmart, Andes airlines, and LATAM. The low-cost airlines such as FlyBondi, JetSmart, and Norwegian do have daily flights to Puerto Iguazu but mostly departing and leaving in the midday. This makes it more difficult to visit the Iguazu waterfalls in one day. However, it is possible to visit the Iguazu waterfalls in one day. For example, if your focus is more on the south of Argentina (Patagonia) but you don’t want to miss the waterfalls, then a day trip to Iguazu waterfalls is perfect.
Going to Buenos Aires airport
Depending on the airline you need to go to Aeroparque Jorge Newbery airport (AEP) or El Palomar airport (EPA). We made a guide how to get to El Palomar airport. Departing from AEP is easy. Just take a taxi to the airport. This will cost you around USD 5.
Arrival in Iguazu airport
Just outside of the Iguazu airport are taxi’s waiting for you. A transfer to the national park will cost you around USD 5 / EUR 4,50.
Long-distance bus from Buenos Aires to Iguazu falls
Our third option is the long-distance bus to Iguazu. Argentina is known for the long-distance bus operators, also called micros. There is a wide variety of operators, classes, comfort, and destinations.
Taking the bus from Buenos Aires to Iguazu will take you around 18 hours. Busses are leaving at every moment of the day and then check out when to arrive in Iguazu. Taking a bus that leaves in the evening is our preference. You can sleep during the night and arrive by midday in Iguazu.
We suggest taking a “cama” type seat. Cama means bed. These seats can recline up to 180 degrees but it depends on the bus operator. Check it out on their website.
Where to buy a bus ticket from Buenos Aires to Iguazu falls?
Buses are departing from bus terminal station Retiro, near Retiro train station.