All airlines fly to Argentina. Planes land at Buenos Aires International Airport which is located 35km from the city. In Argentina it is very easy to get around, the plane for the most hurried travellers, by hitchhiking or bus for the adventurous who want to get closer to the locals.
If you don’t have too much time, the best way to discover Argentina is to travel by plane as the country covers a huge territory. In order not to waste time and avoid the fatigue associated with long bus or train journeys, it is advisable to travel by plane. If you only have 15 days, don’t try to reduce your budget by choosing the bus. You will be wasting your time and money. You should know that 3,000 km separate Buenos Aires from Ushuaia, and about 1,600 km from Buenos Aires to Bariloche.
Internal flights are operated by Aerolíneas Argentinas, Lan and Andes. There are also regional airlines. Domestic flights or flights to Uruguay take off from the Metropolitan Airport of Buenos Aires. Due to Argentina’s centralized policy, the city of Buenos Aires monopolizes all domestic flights. This forces the tourist to go through Jorge Newberry Airport to make a connection between two cities. For example, there are no direct flights between Patagonia and the North (Tucumán, Salta, Jujuy, Iguazú). To reach these two points, you have to go back through Buenos Aires. However, there are direct flights between the most popular destinations, such as Uschuaia-Calafate, Puetro Madryn and Ushuaia, Calafate-Barriloche.
There is little travel by boat in Argentina. However, there are regular international connections from/to Uruguay and Chile via the lake region. The boat trip) along the Andean Patagonia is a great classic. The tour is in Chilean territory, but many travellers take the opportunity to make a stop in Argentina. Further south, from Ushuaia, tour operators organize cruises on the Beagle Channel in Tierra del Fuego. To travel within the country, the bus is the most economical means of transport. The major transport companies all serve the territory, while regional companies connect the smaller towns. Buses cover long distances and offer a quality service, ensuring a comfortable journey: toilet, air conditioning, refreshment and food.