How to travel from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, Argentina

The distance between Buenos Aires and El Calafate is around 2,091km (1,299 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 3h 60m.

6 routes found

We've found 6 different ways to get from Buenos Aires to El Calafate by plane, train, bus and car. The recommended routes, which include information on duration, ticket price, and level of difficulty, can be found below.

👋 Also check out El CalafateBuenos Aires if you're planning a return trip.

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Fly

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

  • Duration3h 60m
  • Flight time3h 15m
  • Typical cost
    ARS 22,285($175)
Operated by

Aerolíneas Argentinas

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1 similiar route

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Bus

Take the bus to Bariloche and then to El Calafate.

  • Duration1 day 22h
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    ARS 12,990($100)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

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Train and Bus

Take the train to Bahía Blanca then take the bus to Río Colorado then Río Gallegos and then to El Calafate.

  • Duration1 day 19h
  • Departs3 times a week
  • Typical cost
    ARS 12,100($95)
Operated by

Multiple operators

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Drive

Drive to El Calafate.

  • Duration1 day 7h
  • Distance2,748km (1,708 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Buenos Aires and El Calafate

There are several options for getting from Buenos Aires to El Calafate by plane, train, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the train and then take the bus which costs around ARS 12,100 ($95) and will take around 1 day 19h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and arrive in approximately 3h 60m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately ARS 22,285 ($175).

The distance between Buenos Aires and El Calafate is around 2,091km (1,299 miles).

It takes around 3h 60m to get from Buenos Aires and El Calafate by plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 1 day 7h to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Buenos Aires to El Calafate is to fly which takes around 3h 60m and will set you back approx ARS 22,285 ($175).

The cheapest way to travel between Buenos Aires and El Calafate, if you exclude driving, is to take the train and then take the bus which will typically cost around ARS 12,100 ($95) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Buenos Aires and El Calafate. We recommend that you fly from Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery (AEP) to El Calafate (FTE). instead which will take 3h 60m.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Buenos Aires and El Calafate. It typically takes around 1 day 22h and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Buenos Aires to El Calafate. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Bariloche. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 1 day 22h.

Crucero Del Norte, Chalten Travel, Via Bariloche and Marga Taqsa run regular bus services between Buenos Aires and El Calafate. Buses run once daily and take around 1 day 22h on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Buenos Aires and El Calafate. Flights depart from Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery (AEP) and arrive at El Calafate (FTE). The flight takes around 3h 15m.

Yes there is a direct flight between Buenos Aires and El Calafate with no stop-overs required. Flights typically take around 3h 15m.

Aerolíneas Argentinas and Jetsmart fly between Buenos Aires and El Calafate. Flights depart from Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery (AEP) and and arrive into El Calafate (FTE). These flights usually take around 3h 15m.

The flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate typically takes around 3h 15m. Flights depart from Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery (AEP) and and arrive into El Calafate (FTE).

The closest major airport to El Calafate is Comandante Armando Tola International Airport (FTE) (FTE) which is approximately 17km (10 miles) from El Calafate. Piloto Civil Norberto Fernández International Airport (RGL) (RGL) and Rio Grande Airport (RGA) (RGA) are also nearby and might be a better alternative airport depending on where you are flying from.

Drive yourself

Yes it is possible to drive from Buenos Aires and El Calafate. The distance is around 2,748km (1,708 miles) by road and it will take around 1 day 7h in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Buenos Aires to El Calafate is to fly which takes, on average, 3h 60m and will usually cost around ARS 22,285 ($175).

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Compare travel optionsbetween Buenos Aires and El Calafate

Transport options from Buenos Aires to El Calafate
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly + 1 similar
3h 60m
ARS 22,285($175)
every 10 mins2,104km (1,307 miles)
Fly to El Calafate (FTE)4hrs
ARS 40,115($315)
every 3 hours2,091km (1,299 miles)
Bus + 1 similar
1 day 22h
ARS 12,990($100)
once daily3,062km (1,903 miles)
Bus via Bariloche2 days 2h
ARS 31,325($245)
once daily3,383km (2,102 miles)
Train and Bus
1 day 19h
ARS 12,100($95)
3 times a week2,902km (1,803 miles)
Drive
1 day 7h
ARS 37,820($295)
on demand2,748km (1,708 miles)

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Airports near El Calafate

The following major airports near El Calafate offer regular flights to various popular destinations within Argentina and internationally.

FTE
Comandante Armando Tola International Airport (FTE)
International Airport
Distance
17km (10 miles) from El Calafate
RGL
Piloto Civil Norberto Fernández International Airport (RGL)
International Airport
Distance
253km (157 miles) from El Calafate
RGA
Rio Grande Airport (RGA)
Domestic Airport
Distance
492km (305 miles) from El Calafate