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Buses from Ushuaia-Punta Arenas and beyond

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1. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Can someone please tell me if you do an Antarctic cruise would you be able to purchase a bus ticket from Ushuaia-Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Torres Del Paine etc up to 16 days in advance or aren't you able to pre book the buses in that region more than a couple of days in advance?

2. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 9y

Not sure about pre-booking them, we just got them when we arrived. Plenty of buses though, normally half empty, so you shouldnt have any trouble.

3. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 9y

Im sure you could. I did this route in August 2007 and was fine! Though i just walked up and bought tickets most times, its gonna be busier down there right now so yeah id advise booking if you can!

Enjoy - beautiful part of the world - am glad i spent 1 month down in that region.

4. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Thanks for your replies. I was ideally hoping to just turn up on the day and book, but other people had been telling me that it is pretty much essential to pre book in December/January sort of time frame unless you can afford to wait around a few days. I'm not going until December this year so still got ages to go. I just want to make sure I don't have to stick around for a few days after the cruise arrives back in Ushuaia due to a lot of people wanting to leave about that time with it being the Antarctic cruising season.

5. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Since you're travelling in december, prebooking is advisable if you are not flexible in your schedule. I once had to wait an entire week to get out of Ushuaia... this was in the Argentinian tourist stone age (2003), but still :)

6. Posted by miromar (Respected Member 175 posts) 9y

Yes, i would reccommend to book if you can! dont need two weeks in advance, but certainly dont leave it for the last minute. We got stuck in punta arenas for a couple of days back in november (which is not even the high season) because we assumed we could just turn up in the day! (and punta arenas wasnt the nicest place in the area to get stuck, i must mention!) At that time there was only one bus a day operating that route, so check just in case!

good luck!

x x Miriam x x