Planning to visit the Iguazu Balls 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? I give you the best ways to travel to the Iguazu Falls from Buenos Aires by flight, car and bus.
How to go from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls
In general, there are three ways to travel from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls 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 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 from Buenos Aires to Iguazu
Grabbingbing a flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu (airport code: IGR) is very easy. Almost all Argentinian airlines are flying on Iguazu. Most of the flights to Iguazu are departing from Aeropuerto Jorge Newberry (AEP). The flight time from Buenos Aires to Iguazu is 1h45min.
Check all current flights from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls here. A handy website with all Argentine airlines on it. Low-cost and the national carrier.
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 depart and leave 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.
Long-distance bus from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls
My 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.
I 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.