Mendoza Province and its major attractions are easily accessible from both international and Argentine locations. While automobile and bus are the primary means of transportation anywhere in Mendoza, there is air and rail service as well, and 2011 will see the completion of the city's first subway system.
Getting to Mendoza
Mendoza's Governor Francisco Gabrielli International Airport is located seven miles (11 kms) outside of the capital and is served by all Argentine carriers as well as Chile's LAN Airlines. By taxi the airport is 25 minutes from the city center, by bus 40 minutes. Most domestic flights originate in Buenos Aires, a trip which takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes. Cordoba and Rosario also have direct service. International arrivals - other than those arriving in Buenos Aires - come from Santiago, a short 30-minute flight.
Mendoza is well served by buses, both long distance and local. These represent a very economical means of transport and are quite reliable. The province benefits from well-paved roads, and apart from some weather-related closures in the Andes during winter, all highways and major roads are accessible year-round. The city of Mendoza is the transportation hub of the region and is reachable from anywhere in the province. Most bus travel to other areas of the country passes through the city, while inter-provincial travel is available from almost all locations. All cities and every town except the smallest have regularly scheduled bus service. The trip from Buenos Aires by bus (or car) is a long one, however, approximately 14 hours, so plan at least a full day in transit if arriving by road.
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Mendoza province is not currently served by rail, although parts of the historic Transandine Railway are now being renovated for use. This important line, headquartered in the city of Mendoza, was at one point the economic mainstay of the region and only means of transport from Buenos Aires to Santiago. In the wine-growing regions around the capital, a new tourist train, El Tren del Vino, The Wine Train, will soon accommodate visitors wishing to tour some of the wineries by rail.
Getting Around in Mendoza
Both Mendoza city and the province as a whole are well served by local and long-distance buses. Connections are easily made between towns, and bus service in general is economical and efficient.
By Car Rental
Vehicles may be rented in Mendoza and San Rafael as well as at Malargue Airport at the base of the Andes. Reservations should be made ahead of time. An International Driver's License is valid anywhere in the country.
Taxis are more frequent in the major cities of Mendoza and San Rafael, but almost every town has at least one for local trips. Taking a taxi for long-distance travel within the province can be expensive, but they are ideal for travel within the cities and to and from neighboring communities. In certain regions, such as in the foothills of the Andes, taxis are more prevalent than buses as a means of local transport.
Scheduled for completion in 2011, the Metrotranvia, Mendoza's tramway, will provide transportation from the center of the city to several nearby neighborhoods, including several areas with major wineries.
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