There are 4 ways to get from Buenos Aires to El Calafate by plane, bus or car

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Fly  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery (AEP) to El Calafate (FTE) AEP - FTE

$155 - $487

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Bus  •  44 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn
  2. Take the bus from Puerto Madryn to Río Gallegos
  3. Take the bus from Río Gallegos to El Calafate

$80 - $175

2 alternative options

Bus Via Bariloche  •  40 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Retiro to Bariloche Retiro-Bariloche / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Carlos Bariloche to El Calafate Via El Calafate

$85 - $151

Drive  •  33 h

  1. Drive from Buenos Aires to El Calafate 1633 miles

$280 - $410

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No, there is no direct bus from Buenos Aires to El Calafate. However, there are services departing from Retiro and arriving at El Calafate via San Carlos Bariloche. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 40 h 55 min.

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The distance between Buenos Aires and El Calafate is 2079 km. The road distance is 2612.7 km.

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The best way to get from Buenos Aires to El Calafate without a car is to bus which takes 40 h 55 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 58 min to get from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, including transfers.

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Buenos Aires to El Calafate bus services, operated by Via Bariloche, depart from Retiro station.

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The best way to get from Buenos Aires to El Calafate is to fly which takes 4 h 58 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 40 h 55 min.

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The quickest flight from Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery Airport to El Calafate Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h 15 min.

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Buenos Aires to El Calafate bus services, operated by Chalten Travel, arrive at El Calafate station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Buenos Aires to El Calafate is 2613 km. It takes approximately 33 h to drive from Buenos Aires to El Calafate.

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LATAM Chile and Aerolíneas Argentinas offer flights from Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery Airport to El Calafate Airport.

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Map of how to get from Buenos Aires to El Calafate.
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  • Distance: 1299.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 58 min

What companies run services between Buenos Aires, Argentina and El Calafate, Argentina?

Aerolíneas Argentinas and LATAM Chile fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Buenos Aires to El Calafate via Bariloche and San Carlos Bariloche in around 40 h 55 min.

Airlines
Aerolíneas Argentinas
Website
aerolineas.com.ar
Flights from Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery to El Calafate
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $650
Flights from Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery to El Calafate via Trelew
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $650
Flights from Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery to El Calafate via Cordoba
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $650
Flights from Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery to El Calafate via Ushuaia
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $650
Flights from Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery to El Calafate via San Carlos de Bariloche
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $650
LATAM Chile
Website
latam.com
Flights from Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery to El Calafate
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $650
Bus operators
El Valle
Phone
0810-333-7575
Website
elvalle.com.ar
Bus from Retiro to San Carlos de Bariloche
Ave. Duration
24 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $70
Schedules at
elvalle.com.ar
Book at
elvalle.com.ar
Regular
$40 - $55
Bed
$50 - $70
Crucero Del Norte
Phone
+54 810 777 2725
Email
info@crucerodelnorte.com.ar
Website
crucerodelnorte.com.ar
Bus from Retiro to Bariloche
Ave. Duration
21 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $70
Schedules at
crucerodelnorte.com.ar
Book at
crucerodelnorte.com.ar
Semi Cama
$35 - $55
Suite
$55 - $65
Cama
$45 - $60
Andesmar
Phone
1 786 233 7639
Email
gestionesatc@andesmar.com.ar
Website
andesmar.com
Bus from Buenos Aires to Bariloche
Ave. Duration
23 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $80
Schedules at
andesmar.com
Book at
andesmar.com
Economy
$35 - $50
Executive
$50 - $70
Suite
$65 - $80
Bus from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn
Ave. Duration
18 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Schedules at
andesmar.com
Book at
andesmar.com
Economy
$30 - $45
Executive
$40 - $60
Suite
$55 - $65
Viatac
Website
viatac.com.ar
Bus from Puerto Madryn to Río Gallegos
Ave. Duration
17 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $70
Schedules at
viatac.com.ar
Book at
viatac.com.ar
Semi Bed
$40 - $60
Bed
$45 - $70
Taqsa
Phone
+54 800-333-1188
Email
info@taqsa.com.ar
Website
taqsa.com.ar
Bus from Río Gallegos to El Calafate
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
taqsa.plataforma10.com.ar
Book at
taqsa.com.ar
2nd Class
$10 - $15
1st Class
$10 - $15

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There are 173+ hotels available in El Calafate. Prices start at $22 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery Airport is to bus which takes 20 min and costs .

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