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Submitted on Jul 15, 2020 Useful Info

Best way to get to Ushuaia, Argentina

  • Ushuaia is the southern-most city in the whole world. It's located on a large island called Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego and it's not easily accessible at all since it's so far from any major city in the world
  • The best — and the only practical way for most people — to get to Ushuaia is by flight
  • There's an international airport located in the city called Ushuaia – Malvinas Argentinas International Airport (airport code is USH). It's a small airport that has service from only a handful of destinations
  • Despite being an international airport, almost all the flights are to/from domestic destinations. Not surprisingly, the most popular city to fly from is Buenos Aires, from all three airports in BA (EZE has the most flights, followed by AEP, and finally EPA) . In addition, there are also services to other major Argentinian cities like Córdoba and El Calafate. There are also seasonal flights to other places in the country. It's best to use a flight search engine to help you figureUser submitted photo of Ushuaia
  • If you're visiting from another country, you pretty much have to go through Buenos Aires
  • Direct flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia costs about USD$140 for a one-way flight and USD$200 for a rountrip in economy
  • Flight time from Buenos Aires is 3.5 hours
  • From the airport, you can get into town by a quick and cheap taxi ride that costs USD$7-$10 per car each way. There are no transportation like buses or trains from the airport into town
  • There really aren't that many options other than flying
  • There is no train service at Ushuaia
  • If you're nearby, there is a once-a-day bus services from Rio Gallegos to Ushuaia, operated by Marga Taqsa, and takes about 11 hours each way. Rio Gallegos is a hub for visiting southern Patagonia, is if you're planning to visit that area and you're on a budget, you could consider taking the bus. On the Chile side, there is also a bus from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia; this bus takes about 12 hours, and I'm not sure about the frequency. Punta Arenas is another hub in southern Patagonia, more so on the Chilean side though
  • There aren't many options by boat either. Most cruises depart from Ushuaia to Antarctica, but very few cruise lines depart from elsewhere to Ushuaia. The only one that I know about is a 4-night cruise departing from Punta Arenas in Chile, and it includes a stop at Ushuaia
  • Another alternative you could consider is driving. As I've written here, it's very easy for visitors to rent a car in Argentina because you just need your regular driver's license from your home country. Southern Argentina is a fantastic place to visit by car, due to the really beautiful outdoors and extremely low population density that makes most forms of transportation underdeveloped. It's a great way to explore Patagonia by car, and then end your trip in Ushuaia before flying back. There are a handful of major car rental companies in Ushuaia, including Hertz, Avis, Budget, etc.