Argentina Airline Travel Information

June 16th, 2008 Posted in resources, travel

Written by Jamie

I am often asked about airline travel here in Argentina. It is sometimes difficult to find information on the subject. So, I thought I would help unravel part of the mystery and share some tips I have learned. Some may be obvious, others not so much.

There are two airports in Buenos Aires. EZE is the international airport and AEP is the domestic airport. If you have a connection, for example flying from Dallas to EZE, and then AEP to BRC, you will want to leave at least 3 hours, or more, to clear customs, get your belongings, and transfer cross town.

Be warned, checking into EZE can be a lengthy experience at times, leave plenty of time to go through the various lines. There is an international exit tax of approximately US$18 per person that can be paid in dollars, pesos or with a credit card.

We recommend using a remise (private car) to go between airports. Tienda Leon offers a professional service and reservations can be made online. The current price for a remise is 115 pesos. If you have lots of luggage, skis, etc. be sure to mention it when booking. I think it will cost another 20 pesos or so for a larger car.

There are ATM machines in both airports, so that you may withdraw local currencies, Argentine pesos, when you arrive. We always suggest making a withdrawal ending with an 80 or a 90. It can be difficult to break a 100 peso bill.

For domestic travel, there are two major airlines that fly most everywhere. Lan and Aerolineas Argentina. In addition, there are some smaller airlines that fly some routes, Lade and Andes Air.

Both Lan and Aerolineas offer a fly South America/Argentina pass that allows multiple stops at reduced fares. I suggest contacting them directly for more information.

Lan is part of the One World Alliance. If you are flying to Argentina on American Airlines, or one of the other partners, you can avoid the extra/excessive baggage fee by flying on Lan for your domestic flight. Be sure to remind them if they try to charge you again. Aerolineas permits 2 bags of 15 kilos each per person. Anything after that is charged at 10 peso per kilo.

It is highly suggested that you always reconfirm/check your domestic flight the day before you are scheduled to leave. There are many times that the flight times are changed without notice.

This is a great site to check on flight status.

There is baggage storage at AEP in case you have a long time between connections and want to take a taxi into the city. It is located at the Aeropuertos 2000 office. One must fill out a form, have the bags x-rayed, and tie-off all the zippers. The cost is 6 pesos per bag.

  1. 19 Responses to “Argentina Airline Travel Information”

  2. By dave on Jun 17, 2008

    Thanks for the tips! Saludos, Dave

  3. By Vance Lopp on Dec 12, 2008

    Hi Jamie, You mentioned in your airline travel article about a $131USD requirement for US citizens entering Argentina in 2009. What is the latest you have on that entry charge? Thanks, Vance

  4. By Patagonia on Dec 12, 2008

    Hi Vance,

    I haven’t heard anything more. It appears to be a mystery at the moment.

    I will be sure to update when I hear more information.

    Suerte, Jamie

  5. By Vici on Jan 16, 2009

    re the baggage storage at AEP in case you have a long time between connections and want to take a taxi into the city.

    Can you store bags there at AEP for 3 days while you go to Iguazu on Argentina Airlines?

    Thank you!
    Vici

  6. By Patagonia on Jan 16, 2009

    Vici,

    As far as I am aware, you can store bags for multiply days. Please let us know what you find out.

    Suerte, Jamie

  7. By Aviacsa on Apr 23, 2009

    La linea aerea Aviacsa en Mexico para mi gusto es la que tiene los vuelos en una combinacion de baratos y seguros. A sobrevivido apesar de las crisis y los problmeas que tuvo. Me gusta mas pagar un precio justo que lujos o muy barato pero mucha demora.

    Saludos
    Roberto Puente

  8. By Patagonia on Apr 24, 2009

    Gracias Roberto!

  9. By Sandy on Sep 21, 2009

    I see from a comment above that you advise Aerolineas allow 2 bags of 15kl each per person for domestic flights. I had previously been advised that only 1 bag of 15kl was allowed per person…can you confirm current allowance? thank you
    Sandy

  10. By Michael Tom on Oct 9, 2010

    My wife and I will be returning from USH after an Antarctic cruise. We were originally scheduled to arrive at AEP but I understand AEP is closed for renovation so we’re arriving at EZE. We then head to MDZ but don’t want to take our Antarctic baggage with us. Is there baggage storage at EZE for a few days?
    Mike Tom

  11. By Patagonia on Oct 10, 2010

    Hi Mike,

    I know there is baggage claim at AEP, so I assume there must be at EZE as well.

    If not, try one of BA’s nicer hotels.

    Suerte, Jamie

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