Next march i am planning on travelling solo from rio, sau paulo, foz, ascusion, rosaria, buenos aires, bariloche, pucon, mendoza and santiago.
Can anyone recommend some decent bus companies that run all or part of those routes?
(preferably ones that have the nice service and recling seats. im going to be spending some 15 hour days travelling so dont mind spending what i otherwise would on accomodation......)
For Chile, check out Turbus.
In Argentina, most companies are excellent; Flechabus, Cruz del Sur and Via Bariloche are big companies with many destinations, but on most routes, a local alternative is cheaper and equally good.
When departing from BsAs (Retiro bus terminal), check this website
Thanks for the suggestions....
do any of the companies go between the different countries. I had a look at the turbus website and all the routes seemed to be within chile. so how would I travel say from Bariloche to Santiago?
Easiest crossing point is Mendoza, so it's probably quickest to go there first, then change busses to Santiago. But I believe there's also a pass near Bariloche; maybe one of the Argentine members can tell you for sure.
I took Via Bariloche between Bariloche, Argentina and Puerto Montt, Chile. Took the better part of day - 5 or 6 hours I think (left in the morning, arrived early afternoon).
From Puerto Montt, you could grab Turbus up to Santiago. I did the opposite on Turbus (Santiago -> Puerto Montt) on an overnight bus. The trip is about 8 hours or so. You get fed an edible but not overly impressive meal.
To travel inside Brazil ITAPEMIRIM is the best bus company. Once you get to Foz and cross to Puerto Iguazu, stick to VIA BARILOCHE. You can go to Rosario, Buenos Aires, then to Bariloche and to Puerto Montt with it. In Chile travel north with TURBUS, you can stop in Osorno, Valdivia, Pucón, Villarrica, Temuco, up to Santiago. To cross to Mendoza you have 2 options: by bus with CATA, but if you are courageous there's a horseback ride through Paso Piuquenes.
There many other good and comfortable bus companies, the ones I named are among the best.
I haven't done all of the routes you have mentioned, but on my recent RTW trip I went on I did catch PLUMA bus company from Rio De Janiero- Sao Paulo and also from Sao Paulo-Foz de Iguacu, and Pluma's buses were pretty comfortable, bus service was non existant but going from Rio-Sao Paulo well there really is no need for service.
I can't recall which company I went from Foz de Iguacu to Assunction in Paraguay with, but it isn't a very long journey so you shouldn't need to worry about which company just choose the cheapest.
I also got a bus from Santiago de Chile-Buenos Aires (via Mendoza) and that was on El Rapido those buses were relatively comfy, but a few companies did that route and El Rapido was the cheapest. I think when doing the Buenos Aires - Santiago part of your trip CATA bus company will fit your liking more, but you'll certainly be paying for that extra service. It was considerably more expensive than El Rapido, but it is supposedly the best quality of all the bus companies that operate from Buenos Aires.
At Chile also see www.pullman.cl and www.efe.cl
[ Edit: Edited at Nov 14, 2006 10:21 AM by Hospedaje_ ]
Hello,In Brazil try Itapemirim, 1001(mil e um).Never COMETA!!!There are some companies that makes some specific routes, but never goes with COMETA.