Once your plane lands at Ezeiza International Airport, officially known by the name of “Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini”, you will surely wonder how to get to the city of Buenos Aires where your hotel or the apartment you have rented is located. The distance between Ezeiza International Airport and Buenos Aires city is 35 kilometers (22 miles). How long does the transfer take? It depends on the day of the week and the time of the day it is done; it can be just 35 minutes in the case of schedules without too much traffic or 90 minutes in rush hours.
At Ezeiza International Airport there are several options to make this transfer:
* Remises: Once you collect your luggage and go through immigration and customs, the first option you will find are the different remises agencies that operate at the airport. And at that moment maybe you will wonder… what is a remís? In Argentina we know as remises to transport by car with a driver. The remises agencies that operate today at the airport are: “On Baires Transfers”, “Remis Vip Cars”, “Remis Manuel Tienda León” and “Remis Transfer Express”. And what is the difference between a remís and a taxi? The main difference between both modalities is the payment method. On the one hand, in the case of remises, when hiring the service they will ask you the address of the place where you want to go, and they will inform you the final cost of the transfer based on the kilometers (miles) between the departure point and the arrival point, no matter how long it takes to reach the destination, the cost will always be the same. That is the reason why you can pay for the transfer in advance. On the other hand, in the case of taxis, the transfer rate will be informed when you arrive at the destination, taxis have a meter (visible device located next to the driver that shows the evolution of the cost of the transfer expressed in argentine pesos). The drawback with the taxi service is that, in addition to the rate per kilometer (or mile), it can also be increased due to traffic jams or demonstrations, which is very common in Buenos Aires. Another very frequent problem with taxis is that they do not usually accept credit or debit cards, only payment in cash.
* Taxis: At the Ezeiza International Airport there are two taxi companies. On the one hand, you will find a stand called “Ezeiza Taxis” (Ezeiza is the name of the city where the airport is located); you can find this stand inside the terminal (cars are painted white). On the other hand, you will find another stand outside the terminal, this one belongs to “Buenos Aires Taxis”; the cars in this case are painted black and yellow. Due to frequent delays between the airport and the city center caused by traffic jams, the company “Ezeiza Taxis” operates with the early payment method, just like a remís agency. If you decide to use the taxi service, you should go exclusively to one of the officially authorized stands and opt for the early payment method to avoid opportunists. You should always stay alert, because sometimes there are fake taxi drivers walking around, who will approach you and offer to take you. If this happens to you, distrust that person and reject it immediately.
* Car Rental: Inside the main hall of the terminal you will find the different stands of four car rental companies, they are: Hertz, Avis, Localiza and Álamo. Ezeiza Airport and the city center are communicated by a highway called “Teniente General Pablo Riccheri” in its first section, “Luis Dellepiane” in its second section and “May 25th” in its third section. In just 35 kilometers (22 miles), the highway changes its name three times. It is maintained in an excellent condition and well marked. In fact, most of the city has a good highway system and wide avenues, which will make it easier for you to travel if you rent a car. On the contrary, what is really difficult is finding a place to park, especially in the central area of the city. And you must also take into account the two tolls that exist on the highway.
* Buses: Since there is no train or subway service that connects the Airport with the city, at the moment, the cheapest option to get to the center of Buenos Aires is by bus. A shuttle bus operates at the airport providing services day and night. This shuttle bus service is called “Manuel Tienda León”. You can find the stand inside the terminal. And finally, there is only one public transport to get to the city center: it is the city bus number 8 (city buses are known in Argentina as “colectivos”). To get bus number 8, you have to look for the bus stop outside the terminal. It is the cheapest option but the journey takes between 2 and 3 hours. If you decide to take bus number 8, just keep in mind that the only way to pay in the public transport is using a prepaid magnetic stripe card called SUBE, which you can purchase at the kiosk inside the terminal. In case you buy this card, you could use it later in the city, it is very useful to get around Buenos Aires.
In addition to Ezeiza International Airport, we have another airport known by the name of “Aeroparque”, and its official name is “Aeroparque Internacional Jorge Newbery” (which operates under the AEP code). This airport is used only for domestic and regional flights (neighboring countries: Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Paraguay). In the event that your flight comes from one of these countries, you could land either here or at Ezeiza International Airport, so pay attention to your ticket (remember to check the airport code on your air ticket: AEP for Aeroparque and EZE for Ezeiza). Aeroparque Airport is located within the city of Buenos Aires (in Palermo neighbourhood), so it is much easier to get to your hotel or apartment. It is just 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) away from downtown. You will find here the same options as the ones I mentioned before for Ezeiza airport (remises, taxis, car rental, shuttle bus and city buses). How much time does it take to go from Aeroparque to downtown? It takes just between 15 and 30 minutes.
These are all the options you will find once you arrive at Aeroparque (AEP) or Ezeiza (EZE) airports. As you have seen, the options are very varied and for all types of budget. I hope this information helps you plan your transfer in advance, so that you can get to your accommodation as soon as possible to enjoy this fascinating city.
Diego – Buenos Aires 4U
February 4, 2021