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Getting Around in Argentina: Transportation Tips

If you're planning a trip to Argentina, it's important to start thinking about how you'll get around once you've arrived. It's also essential to plan what mode of travel you'll choose for the actual trip to this great country. Your options will largely depend on your personal preferences, budget, and the areas of the country you wish to see. Here are some transportation tips to keep in mind while planning your trip.

Traveling by Plane

Air travel might be your transportation mode of choice when traveling from your home country to Argentina. However, once you've arrived, you might find domestic flights within Argentina to be a bit on the expensive side. It's also important to learn to understand the advertised prices for domestic flight tickets. Ticket prices are twice as much for non-residents, so be sure to factor this into your decision making process. You'll find that in most cases, domestic flights pass the domestic airport located in Buenos Aires.

Traveling by Bus

The bus system in Argentina is quite good, making it a great transportation choice when visiting Argentina. You'll find that this country has a great short-distance bus network, as well as an outstanding long-distance network. Most people find bus travel preferable to either plane or train travel, largely because the network is so widespread and affordable. You'll find that your travel options are almost unlimited when traveling by bus. When you're in Buenos Aires, be aware that a long distance bus designed to take you between cities will be referred to as a "micro," while a city bus is termed a "colectivo." When traveling by bus, keep in mind that they almost always leave the station on time, although they frequently arrive late. By remembering this basic fact, your chance of missing a train will be far less.

Traveling by Train

The train system in Argentina is fairly limited. As such, widespread train travel throughout the country is not really a good option to consider. However, riding on one of the available train routes can be a great experience. If you have an opportunity to travel on the "Train to the Clouds," locally referred to as the "Tren a las nubes," you should definitely give it a try. This train service has experienced various suspensions throughout the years, so it would be a good idea to make sure it's in service before planning a trip. Because of the high altitude at which this train travels, it's also a good idea to take altitude sickness medication before climbing on board.

Traveling by Car

If you'd rather travel by car in Argentina, you'll find that car rentals are easily obtainable. However, be prepared to discover that car transportation tends to be a bit more expensive as compared to traveling by bus. If you plan to drive in Argentina, you must be 21 years of age or older. However, this country generally recognizes most foreign drivers' licenses. Traffic regulations are similar to what you'll find in the United States. However, there's more of a tendency for drivers to ignore traffic laws. Overall, you'll find that drivers in Argentina are somewhat aggressive, and traffic conditions can be chaotic. If you're planning to travel by car through the country at night, you should be especially careful.

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