San Carlos de Bariloche is located a convenient 1650 kilometers from Buenos Aires, the capital and largest city of Argentina. Typically, your trip will involve first flying from your home institution to Buenos Aires, a city well connected by many international airlines, and then taking a separate, 2-hour flight to Bariloche.
Aerolineas Argentinas offers flights to Buenos Aires twice daily Monday through Wednesday, and three times daily during the rest of the week. In high season, there are also direct weekly flights to Cordoba and El Calafate. To go to Peninsula Valdes, Aerolineas Argentinas offers flights via the Trelaw airport, a short bus ride away from the destination city.
LADE flies at least once a week to Buenos Aires, and offers flights to Peninsula Valdes via the Trelaw airport as well.
Southern Winds flies daily to Buenos Aires, with connections throughout the country, and flies to El Calafate on Sunday between the months of October and April.
Aeolineas Argentinas, LAN Argentina, Austral (a subsidiary of Aeorlineas Argentinas), LAPA, and some smaller planes also offer flights from Buenos Aires to Bariloche, usually priced around $400 for a round-trip ticket.
As one of the most popular destinations in the country, Bariloche has several bus companies serving most major destinations throughout Argentina. The city's bus terminal and train station are located across the Rio Nireco on RN 237. During high season, it is smart to buy tickets in advance. The following companies service bus transportation between most major cities:
Via TAC schedules three daily arrivals from Buenos Aires, at prices about a third of flying. The trip between the cities takes around 20 hours. Via TAC also offers daily service from El Bolsón, Esquel, Mendoza, and Córdoba.
Vía Bariloche also has eight daily arrivals from Buenos Aires, and one daily trip from Mar del Plata.
Andesmar has service from Mendoza, Río Gallegos, and Neuquén, and service from Osorno, Valdivia, and Puerto Montt in Chile. For long trips, opt for the slightly more expensive (usually $10 more) coche cama or supercama. In addition, there's a daily service from San Martín de los Andes via the scenic Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes) route during the summer.
In addition, there is a remarkable bus excursion between El Calafate and Bariloche along the highway: Ruta 40. The trip is over a two and a half day span, and views are stunning. The bus trip passes through El Chalten and gives an opportunity to stay in Perito Moreno (the town of Perito Moreno, not the glacier of Perito Moreno).
Those wishing to rent a car in Bariloche will find that they have plenty of options available from the city's many car rental agencies, both local and international. Car rental rates are usually around $80 per week. An alternative to this is to hire a remis, a private car and driver, which costs around $20 an hour per car. Taxi services are also easily found in Bariloche, available at most hotels and taxi stands throughout the city.
Radio Taxi Bariloche has taxi services available in the city 24 hours a day.
Telephone: 2944 422103
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