Dear fellow travellers,
I arrive in B.A. on 6th February 2007 and will leave for Foz De Iguazu on the 11th February 2007 (before returning after Carnaval in Rio). I am sure it is not overly difficult, but some advice on the methods of transports and costs involved would be very beneficial. The forum suggests bus and as a traveller I want to see what is on the way for obvious reasons.
Any help with reliable bus companies and approximate costs would be much appreciated.
This must be the #1 question in this forum by now...
Both costs and companies are in the other posts re this issue; run a search. One thing, though; better book a bus to Puerto Iguazu, which is on the Argentine side. It's cheaper than the 'international' companies, and Pto-Foz is only a 10-minute ride with a cheap shuttle.
Fair point I suppose. It was my intention to go to the Argentine side not the Brazilian side, a slip of the tongue.
Thanks for the advice though.
Any bus companbies (therera are several) are fine, very comfortable, and price is about 40 dollars for a 19 hours trip. You can sleep st the bus if you take semicama service (seats become in a bed).
From Argentine side Puerto Iguazu) you can take a bus to the brasilian city Foz do Iguassu, where hostels are a little more expensive, but you will have a fabulous brasilian breakfast.
Dont~you need a Visa to visit the brasilian side, because even for US people, they will requiere visa if you live the national park area to go to other part of Brasil.
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Here is a link with some bus companies their telephone numbers and its time of departure.
Retiro and Liniers are the departure bus stations in Buenos Aires, you should check in which of them your bus is.
The ticket will cost arounr 50 USD.
Good luck and enjoy the trip =)
Retiro and Liniers are the departure bus stations in Buenos Aires
Aim for Retiro; a more accessible, WAY more tourist-oriented terminal. Liniers mainly serves Argentine customers, and is harder to get to if you're carrying a pack (you'd have to cram yourself in a bus).
we did this a week ago... so here´s the score :
Company : Via Bariloche (www.viabariloche.com)
Class : Cama.... more expensive (all relative... $160 peso´s one way which is about 28 pounds sterling) but worth every penny... basically means you get a bed to travel overnight in and get a meal, breakfast and even a little night cap of a tot of whisky if you speak to the guy on board.
Seats... we always try to sit right at the top back of the bus as that means everyone´s in front of you and you can see what´s happening etc. (for security reasons)
Depart : Retiro in BA
Arrives : the next day in Puerto Iguazu (Arg)
Have : your passport on you as the police and border patrols will board the bus. However, go and book your ticket direct when in BA. Upstairs in Retiro. Much easier... tone of the guys speaks perfect English and there´s no complications as in on the web site! heard of a few people having problems when they pick up tickets etc.
suggest the Hostel Iguazu (nice pool) to stay in as the guy who runs the place will take you in his private car over to Foz (the Brazil side) for the day... sorts out customs etc. a doddle. Not the cheapest form of transport, however, they tell you all methods of transport.... cheap and slightly more expensive.
Arg side much better... the jet boat is particularly good fun.
bus to Arg side every half hour (first at 7:30 am) $4 and it costs $30 peso´s, however get your ticket stamped (you´ll need to know your passport number or have a photocopy) and you can go back another day for $15.
have a look at our blog if you fancy as most of the details should be there. If not, drop us a line.
Hope this helps
PS.... most helpful thing so far we´ve found is having a photocopy of your passport as when booking bus tickets etc. you only need to show them this and not your original ! Very Handy !!!
Thank you all for your help on this matter. I decided to speak to a few people who have backed the via bariloche comments. If you want to send me details of your blog or help me with locating yours taffski, would be much appreciated.
I have booked in another hostel called timbo I think. Hope it is as good as your experiences!.
Again thanks all.