How to travel from El Calafate to Salta, Argentina

The distance between El Calafate and Salta is around 2,938km (1,826 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 4h 50m.

5 routes found

We've found 5 different ways to get from El Calafate to Salta by plane, bus and car. The recommended routes, which include information on duration, ticket price, and level of difficulty, can be found below.

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Fly

Fly from El Calafate (FTE) to Salta (SLA).

  • Duration4h 50m
  • Flight time4h 20m
  • Typical cost
    ARS 37,820($295)
Operated by

Aerolíneas Argentinas

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Bus

Take the bus to Río Gallegos and then to General Güemes.

  • Duration2 days 5h
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    ARS 18,210($145)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

2 similiar routes

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Drive

Drive to Salta.

  • Duration1 day 19h
  • Distance3,700km (2,299 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between El Calafate and Salta

There are several options for getting from El Calafate to Salta by plane, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around ARS 13,755 ($110) and will take around 2 days 11h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and arrive in approximately 4h 50m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately ARS 37,820 ($295).

The distance between El Calafate and Salta is around 2,938km (1,826 miles).

It takes around 4h 50m to get from El Calafate and Salta by plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 1 day 19h to drive there.

The quickest way to get from El Calafate to Salta is to fly which takes around 4h 50m and will set you back approx ARS 37,820 ($295).

The cheapest way to travel between El Calafate and Salta, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around ARS 13,755 ($110) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between El Calafate and Salta. We recommend that you fly from El Calafate (FTE) to Salta (SLA). instead which will take 4h 50m.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from El Calafate and Salta. It typically takes around 2 days 5h and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from El Calafate to Salta. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Río Gallegos and General Güemes. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 2 days 5h.

Marga Taqsa, Viatac, Tramat, Chalten Travel, Balut, Trans Tours Juarez and Flecha Bus run regular bus services between El Calafate and Salta. Buses run once daily and take around 2 days 5h on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from El Calafate and Salta. Flights depart from El Calafate (FTE) and arrive at Salta (SLA) - via San Carlos de Bariloche (BRC). The flight takes around 4h 20m.

There is no direct flight from El Calafate to Salta. There is however a flight that goes via San Carlos de Bariloche (BRC). This services will take at least 4h 50m (not including layover time).

The flight from El Calafate to Salta typically takes around 4h 20m. Flights depart from El Calafate (FTE) and and arrive into Salta (SLA).

The closest major airport to Salta is Gobernador Horacio Guzmán International Airport (JUJ) (JUJ) which is approximately 108km (67 miles) from Salta. Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport (SLA) (SLA) and Teniente Benjamín Matienzo International Airport (TUC) (TUC) 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 Salta. The distance is around 3,700km (2,299 miles) by road and it will take around 1 day 19h in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from El Calafate to Salta is to fly which takes, on average, 4h 50m and will usually cost around ARS 37,820 ($295).

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Transport options from El Calafate to Salta
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly
4h 50m
ARS 37,820($295)
on demand2,938km (1,826 miles)
Bus + 2 similar
2 days 5h
ARS 18,210($145)
once daily3,863km (2,401 miles)
Bus via Bariloche2 days 11h
ARS 13,755($110)
once daily4,030km (2,504 miles)
Bus via Río Gallegos2 days 12h
ARS 45,845($360)
once daily4,038km (2,509 miles)
Drive
1 day 19h
ARS 50,940($400)
on demand3,700km (2,299 miles)

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Airports near Salta

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

JUJ
Gobernador Horacio Guzmán International Airport (JUJ)
International Airport
Distance
108km (67 miles) from Salta
SLA
Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport (SLA)
International Airport
Distance
118km (73 miles) from Salta
TUC
Teniente Benjamín Matienzo International Airport (TUC)
International Airport
Distance
207km (128 miles) from Salta