How to travel from El Calafate to Mar del Plata, Argentina

The distance between El Calafate and Mar del Plata is around 2,483km (1,543 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 4h 25m.

6 routes found

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

👋 Also check out Mar del PlataEl Calafate if you're planning a return trip.

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Fly

Fly from El Calafate (FTE) to Mar del Plata (MDQ).

  • Duration4h 25m
  • Flight time3h 55m
  • Typical cost
    ARS 37,950($300)
Operated by

Aerolíneas Argentinas

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Bus

Take the bus to Río Gallegos then Trelew and then to Mar del Plata.

  • Duration1 day 12h
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    ARS 10,950($86)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

3 similiar routes

We’ve grouped similar routes together, click the arrows to see the other options.

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car
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Drive

Drive to Mar del Plata.

  • Duration1 day 7h
  • Distance2,641km (1,641 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between El Calafate and Mar del Plata

There are several options for getting from El Calafate to Mar del Plata by plane, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around ARS 8,025 ($63) and will take around 2 days 4h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and arrive in approximately 4h 25m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately ARS 37,950 ($300).

The distance between El Calafate and Mar del Plata is around 2,483km (1,543 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,799km (1,118 miles)

It takes around 4h 25m to get from El Calafate and Mar del Plata by plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 1 day 7h to drive there.

The quickest way to get from El Calafate to Mar del Plata is to fly which takes around 4h 25m and will set you back approx ARS 37,950 ($300).

The cheapest way to travel between El Calafate and Mar del Plata, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around ARS 8,025 ($63) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between El Calafate and Mar del Plata. We recommend that you fly from El Calafate (FTE) to Mar del Plata (MDQ). instead which will take 4h 25m.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from El Calafate and Mar del Plata. It typically takes around 1 day 12h and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from El Calafate to Mar del Plata. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Río Gallegos and Trelew. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 1 day 12h.

Marga Taqsa, Viatac, Tramat, Don Otto, Chalten Travel, Via Bariloche and Cooperativa de Trabajo Transportes la Union LTAD run regular bus services between El Calafate and Mar del Plata. Buses run once daily and take around 1 day 12h on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from El Calafate and Mar del Plata. Flights depart from El Calafate (FTE) and arrive at Mar del Plata (MDQ) - via Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery (AEP). The flight takes around 3h 55m.

There is no direct flight from El Calafate to Mar del Plata. There is however a flight that goes via Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery (AEP). This services will take at least 4h 25m (not including layover time).

The flight from El Calafate to Mar del Plata typically takes around 3h 55m. Flights depart from El Calafate (FTE) and and arrive into Mar del Plata (MDQ).

The closest major airport to Mar del Plata is Astor Piazzolla International Airport (MDQ) (MDQ) which is approximately 7km (5 miles) from Mar del Plata. Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) (EZE) and Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP) (AEP) 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 El Calafate and Mar del Plata. The distance is around 2,641km (1,641 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 El Calafate to Mar del Plata is to fly which takes, on average, 4h 25m and will usually cost around ARS 37,950 ($300).

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Transport options from El Calafate to Mar del Plata
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly
4h 25m
ARS 37,950($300)
on demand2,483km (1,543 miles)
Bus + 3 similar
1 day 12h
ARS 10,950($86)
once daily2,744km (1,705 miles)
Bus via Bariloche1 day 18h
ARS 11,460($90)
once daily2,931km (1,821 miles)
Bus via Perito Moreno2 days 4h
ARS 8,025($63)
once daily3,043km (1,891 miles)
Bus via Perito Moreno2 days 5h
ARS 17,320($135)
once daily3,051km (1,895 miles)
Drive
1 day 7h
ARS 36,420($285)
on demand2,641km (1,641 miles)

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Airports near Mar del Plata

The following major airports near Mar del Plata offer regular flights to various popular destinations within Argentina and internationally.

MDQ
Astor Piazzolla International Airport (MDQ)
International Airport
Distance
7km (5 miles) from Mar del Plata
EZE
Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE)
International Airport
Distance
365km (227 miles) from Mar del Plata
AEP
Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP)
International Airport
Distance
391km (243 miles) from Mar del Plata