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!

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How to go from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls

In general, there are three ways to travel from Buenos Aires to 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.

Esteros del inbera argentina iguazu

Book a flight to Iguazu waterfalls

Grab a flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu (airport code: IGR) is very easy. Almost all Argentinian airlines are flying on Iguazu. Most of the flight to Iguazu are departing from Aeropuerto Jorge Newberry (AEP). The flight time from Buenos Aires to Iguazu is 1h45min.

Airlines that are flying to Puerto Iguazu airport: Aerolineas Argentinas, FlyBondi,  JetSmart, Andes airlines. The low-cost airlines such as FlyBondi, JetSmart 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). Departing from AEP is easy. Just take a taxi to the airport. This will cost you around USD 5.

Arrival at Iguazu airport

Just outside of the Iguazu airport are taxis waiting for you. A transfer to the national park will cost you around USD 5 / EUR 4,50.

Day trips from Buenos Aires - Iguazu

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?

Buy your ticket in advance online. Discounts are often available on the websites: platforma10.com.ar, centraldepasajes.com.ar, and omnilíneas.com.

Buses are departing from bus terminal station Retiro, near Retiro train station.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Hi Glen. Is the land border between Argentina and Brazil in Iguazu scheduled to reopen for tourists in November with other borders?

    • Hi Bryan, the border to enter or leave Argentina will reopen. The border control of Brasil has its own rules. But I think they are open too.

  2. John Clark Reply

    Hi Glenn. My wife and I are joining a tour that starts in Buenos Aires on Nov 20. Our flight arrives in Santiago on Nov 18. That same day we need to connect to a flight to Buenos Aires without leaving the airport or claiming our bags. Both Latam and Aerolineas Argentinas have baggage interline agreements with United, the carrier we arrive on. I have spoken with Latam and I cannot get an understandable explanation as to whether they have flights to BA or not and if not now will they resume Nov 1 when Argentina reopens their borders. Flights do show up in various schedules but they are not bookable. Can you please offer some helpful insight into this? Thank you, John Clark

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