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1. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

Can someone please let me know if buses operate between the two airports in Buenos Aires late at night ie after 21:30? If they do, what sort of cost would I be looking at? If buses don't operate that late, what sort of cost would I be looking at for a taxi between the two airports? I will be arriving at about 9.30pm at EZE (international terminal) and then the following morning at about 05:30 the following morning I have another flight but that is out of AEP airport (the domestic airport).

Could someone also confirm if the domestic airport is actually open over night for people to stay in for the 5 or so hours until the flight would be opening for boarding?

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

From EZE, you can get to town until late in the evening (last regular service leaving 11-ish, according to a friend of mine who works at the airport). Aeroparque is at walking distance (well, kinda) from Retiro bus terminal where most busses from Ezeiza call, so you'll be fine.

hope this info comes on time (seeing the date on your message, it probably doesn't).

3. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

Thanks for the reply. That has been a help (I'm not going to be there until December this year so I've got plenty of time).

4. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 8y

Watcha,

I´d taxi ti from one to the other. You can get the registered taxi from the airport when you arrive and it´ll take you direct to the other airport. No walking with your bags at night etc.

Up to you what you prefer to do, however, from a security point of view I´d wing the cost (about 40 pesos) and just get direct to the airport.

I´d check out that AEP is open at night though as I seem to recall that it closes...... Maybe check their web site out.

Sorry can´t definitely give you a better answer.

Taffski.

5. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

The safety motive imo is nonsense, as BsAs is quite safe. But from a practical point of view Taffski is definitely right; depending on your amount of luggage, the comfort and modest cost of a taxi probably outweighs the hassle of going cheap and taking a normal bus.

A middle way would be to travel with Tienda León, a transfer service that operates small busses between EZE and AEP, and between EZE and Retiro for 38 pesos. Have a look here.

6. Posted by Coraeten (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

OK, I was living in BsAs for a while in the past year, and did a lot of travelling from San Telmo region to EZE. I think the best way to get between the two airports at that time of night, for a foreigner would be by taxi. Retiro is a pretty rough area (I got robbed there), so you definately don't want to be hanging around there waiting for a bus. Also, you need a degree in advanced mathematics to be able to understand some of the Buenos Aires bus routes, so my best advice is just don't bother.

There is a taxi call station inside the airport, (a booth just in from of the international arrivals door if I remember correctly, but you might have to look a bit). which will call a special registered taxi for you, although will cost more than the ordinary BsAs taxis (yellow and black ones). If you want to take a regular taxi, I think the price would be somewhere in the region of 50 - 60 Pesos, so about £15-20. Also, if you do end up taking a regular cab, be very careful as to which one you take.

Although taxis on the whole are fairly safe (though they will try and get as much money off you any way they can, so watch the meter!), my advice is to avoid the ones hanging around the airport, and only get in one that you have seen someone else get out of. This is to try and avoid getting in a taxi that is just going to drive off somewhere and rob you (it happened to me in Retiro).

Similarly, if they ask you for money at any point during the trip, refuse, and try and arrange the fee before you even get into the airport (only possible if you speak basic spanish). On the way to the airport, there are a few toll booths on the road, which the driver may ask you to pay for. This is expected in Argentina, so if you don't have the money on you for the toll, the driver will cover you, and add the toll onto your final fare. Also, try and pay in smaller denomination notes (p$10 - p$20), as they are notorious for switching large denomination notes for fake ones, or simply not having the change.

I know I've given quite a bad image of Argentine taxis here, as I said, I was there for several months using taxis a lot, and the only thing that happened to me was this one isolated incident in Retiro, so they are fairly safe (especially compared to some places in the world.). Most of them are like most of the Argentine population - genuinely nice people who wish you all the best in their country. Have a great time, and enjoy South America! Good luck, and hope this didn't scare you too much.

7. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

Quoting Coraeten

I know I've given quite a bad image of Argentine taxis here, as I said, I was there for several months using taxis a lot, and the only thing that happened to me was this one isolated incident in Retiro, so they are fairly safe (especially compared to some places in the world.). Most of them are like most of the Argentine population - genuinely nice people who wish you all the best in their country. Have a great time, and enjoy South America! Good luck, and hope this didn't scare you too much.

No it hasn't scared me too much. I did a bus trip from Santiago-Buenos Aires in 2006 and in the city when I was near one of the monuments I had some little criminal try and steal my digital camera off my waste. Only a week later I had someone try and king hit me in the head multiple times to try and kill me so that he could steal my belongings whilst in Valparaiso/Chile. Instead the guy got nothing for all his violence and hopefully by now is beginning to rot in some prison in Chile where he belongs! So have had a couple of close shaves in South America so I wouldn't be surprised if I happened to get a dodgy guy in the taxi who tries to rip me off or rob me.