How to get from Buenos Aires (Ezeiza) Airport to the City Centre

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There are 3 main ways to get to Buenos Aires city centre from Ezeiza Airport (2 which take you direct to your accommodation). I thought it’d be useful to provide some info on them all including the prices, where to go etc, so that if you arrive at Ezeiza Airport in the future you’ll know what to do and where to go to suit your budget.

Manual Tienda Leon

The Manual Tienda Leon coach service is much cheaper than a taxi and also much more convenient than taking the regular public bus. The main reason being that they offer to take you direct to your city centre hostel or hotel with it. It’s also the way I travelled last week from the airport into the city centre.

Essentially you have two options with this coach service. The regular Manual Tienda coach service takes you into Retiro bus station (the main city centre bus station). This costs 75 ARS (8.37 GBP / 13.15 USD) booked at the kiosk in the airport. For an extra 15 ARS however (total 95 ARS / 10.61 GBP / 16.66 USD) they will take you direct to your city centre hotel or hostel. If you’re unsure whether your accommodation is too far out of the city centre for them to take you just tell the person at the ticket kiosk your address before you buy your ticket and they’ll tell you if it’s possible or not. Duration of this journey is around 1 hour 45 minutes depending on traffic.

Things to note; Everybody firsts boards the Manual Tienda Leon coach to Retiro Station. You all get off and then everybody who has purchased the supplement to take them direct to their accommodation waits to be allocated a pre-paid taxi. This taxi (which is already paid for through your ticket price) will then take you the extra jaunt to your hotel/hostel. You’ll usually be sharing it with another person going somewhere near where you are. The reason I’ve mentioned this is that I was under the impression (due to my crappy Spanish) that when I got on the original coach to Retiro, that after the coach stopped at the bus station it was then taking us all direct to each hotel. It was a little bit confusing therefore to then be told to get off at Retiro first and wait about, as I didn’t know we were then going to be put into taxis already paid for by the company. Just so ya know! 🙂

Taxi

First off, please never take a taxi from someone who approaches you  in the airport or outside the main entrance/exit doors. Particularly when I was coming out the airport’s main door I was approached by A LOT of supposed drivers. Even though I clearly had my bus ticket in hand many of them were still trying to pressure me into taking a ride with them, but the key is to just say no and keep walking confidently. While some of these taxi drivers may well have been genuine, all the local people I know/have met in Buenos Aires have recommended NOT to take their offers. Instead I recommend making a booking at an official kiosk in the airport. This is by far the safest way to travel by taxi from Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport to the city centre as you are booking through an official company and not just some random guy who may or may not even be registered to operate a taxi in the city.

On average a taxi is likely to cost you around 250 ARS (28 GBP / 44 USD) from Ezeiza to the city centre. The cheapest price I have heard about was someone who was quoted 198 ARS (22 GBP / 35 USD) booked at one of the airport kiosks, however this is not something I have been able to confirm with the person direct.

Public Bus

Taking the public bus into the city centre is by far the cheapest option to get into the city centre. The price will usually be around 3.50 ARG (0.40 GBP / 0.61 USD), but of course if you’re new to the city you’ll have to make sure you get off at the right place which can sometimes be confusing. However, if you just generally want to get to the city centre and work your way from there the number 8 usually covers a lot of bases and will take you to the city centre. It takes approximately 2 and half to 3 hours on this bus to get into town.

Fact box

Taxi (approximate cost to city centre); 250 ARS – Duration; Approx 1 hr 30 minutes
Manuel Tienda Leon coach service (direct to your hostel/hotel) cost: 95 ARS – Duration; Approx 1 hr 45 minutes
Public bus no.8 to city centre cost: 3.50 ARS – Duration; Approx 3 hrs

 

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7 Responses to “How to get from Buenos Aires (Ezeiza) Airport to the City Centre”

  1. Mark says:

    Just what I needed for my trip to Buenos Aires! I was worried about getting a taxi at the airport but I think I might take the bus now!

  2. Roni Faida says:

    I took the coach when I arrived, it was easy, clean, and fast. I loved Buenos Aires, you will have a great time.

  3. Stewart says:

    Now 200 pesos for bus and taxi transfer to hotel, can pay by cc at BC airport desk.

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