I'll be travelling from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires in July 07. Can anybody recommend the best way to do this?
Plane - flights with GOL are expensive (£160) and I would miss out on the great country side.
Bus - Are Pluma Internacional any good? What does it cost? I've heard it takes 48 hours! Is that from pick up to drop off?
Train ?!?!?! Boat ?!?!?!?
Any help really appreciated. Many Thanks!
As far as I know there are no regular boats on that route. And not trains as well. You can combine some bus and train trips of course. But as I read your post, it sounds like you just want to get as quickly as possible to Rio. So go for the flight, it's not that expensive.
Bus is a long ride, but I don't think it will be 48 hours though.
Never go flying when you can avoid it. Go by bus; to break the journey in two legs, you could make a stopover in Iguazu.
For speed obviously flying is the best option, I got a ticket for £107 from Sta Travel but it was from BsAs to Rio, however I am only flying due to a change of plans and good economics, but I agree with bentivogli, take the bus route and see Iguazu falls, it's meant to be spectacular and fro different reasons from each country and you have the perfect excuse to do this, and if I hadn't have cocked up, I'd be doing it that way for sure.
Yep, definitely bus it. It's not as bad as you might think. Buses from Rio de Janeiro to Foz de Igauzu depart regularly, are reasonably comfortable and make frequent stops for you to stretch your legs It takes about 20hrs.
I'd suggest then hopping on a local bus from Foz across the border to Puerto Igauzu. You should stay there for a couple of days, relax and see the Falls. They are definitely worth seeing. Puerto Iguazu is a nice sleepy little town to spend a day or two inn. I recommend Hostel Inn just outside the town.
From Puerto Iguazu there are regular buses to Buenos Aires. They take about 2o+ hours as well. Via Bariloche are a really good comfortable service and if you pay for a coche-cama seat you wont even notice the journey passing.
Hope that helps.
A big thanks for all the travelers tips. I'm definitely going to bus it now.
Initially I'm traveling overland from Lima to Rio and will be stopping off at Iguazu falls on the way, so I won't be wanting to visit it again. However, I still think bus would be a far more interesting way to travel, so I'll plan to do this from Rio to Buenos Aires.
Many, many thanks.