How to travel from Iguazu National Park to El Calafate, Argentina

The distance between Iguazu National Park and El Calafate is around 3,165km (1,967 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 5h 60m.

7 routes found

We've found 7 different ways to get from Iguazu National Park to El Calafate by plane and bus. The recommended routes, which include information on duration, ticket price, and level of difficulty, can be found below.

👋 Also check out El CalafateIguazu National Park if you're planning a return trip.

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Fly

Fly from Iguazu (IGR) to El Calafate (FTE).

  • Duration5h 60m
  • Flight time5h 10m
  • Typical cost
    ARS 23,430($185)
Operated by

Aerolíneas Argentinas

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Bus

Take the bus to Buenos Aires - Retiro, Caleta Olivia then Río Gallegos and then to El Calafate.

  • Duration2 days 3h
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    ARS 39,220($310)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

4 similiar routes

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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between Iguazu National Park and El Calafate

There are several options for getting from Iguazu National Park to El Calafate by plane and bus. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around ARS 17,320 ($135) and will take around 2 days 19h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and arrive in approximately 5h 60m, though it is a bit more costly at approximately ARS 23,430 ($185).

The distance between Iguazu National Park and El Calafate is around 3,165km (1,967 miles).

It takes around 5h 60m to get from Iguazu National Park and El Calafate by plane.

The quickest way to get from Iguazu National Park to El Calafate is to fly which takes around 5h 60m and will set you back approx ARS 23,430 ($185).

The cheapest way to travel between Iguazu National Park and El Calafate is to take the bus which will typically cost around ARS 17,320 ($135) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Iguazu National Park and El Calafate. We recommend that you fly from Iguazu (IGR) to El Calafate (FTE). instead which will take 5h 60m.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Iguazu National Park and El Calafate. It typically takes around 2 days 3h and departs on demand.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Iguazu National Park to El Calafate. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Ciudad del Este, Buenos Aires - Retiro, Caleta Olivia, Caleta Olivia and Río Gallegos. These services run on demand and will take a minimum of 2 days 3h.

Crucero Del Norte, Andesmar, Marga Taqsa, Viatac, Chalten Travel, Expreso Singer, Tramat, Flecha Bus, Via Bariloche and Cooperativa de Trabajo Transportes la Union LTAD run regular bus services between Iguazu National Park and El Calafate. Buses run on demand and take around 2 days 3h on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Iguazu National Park and El Calafate. Flights depart from Iguazu (IGR) and arrive at El Calafate (FTE) - via Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery (AEP). The flight takes around 5h 10m.

There is no direct flight from Iguazu National Park to El Calafate. There is however a flight that goes via Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery (AEP). This services will take at least 5h 60m (not including layover time).

The flight from Iguazu National Park to El Calafate typically takes around 5h 10m. Flights depart from Iguazu (IGR) 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

No, its not really possible or feasible to drive from Iguazu National Park to El Calafate. We recommend that you fly from Iguazu (IGR) to El Calafate (FTE). instead which will take 5h 60m.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from Iguazu National Park to El Calafate is to fly which takes, on average, 5h 60m and will usually cost around ARS 23,430 ($185).

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Transport options from Iguazu National Park to El Calafate
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly + 1 similar
5h 60m
ARS 23,430($185)
on demand3,165km (1,967 miles)
Fly to El Calafate (FTE)8h 40m
ARS 84,555($665)
on demand4,656km (2,893 miles)
Bus + 4 similar
2 days 3h
ARS 39,220($310)
once daily4,309km (2,677 miles)
Bus via Buenos Aires - Retiro2 days 10h
ARS 20,375($160)
once daily4,389km (2,727 miles)
Bus via Córdoba2 days 14h
ARS 28,145($220)
4 times a week4,416km (2,744 miles)
Bus via Paraná2 days 19h
ARS 17,320($135)
once daily4,486km (2,788 miles)
Bus via Dellepiane3 days 5h
ARS 23,560($185)
once daily4,483km (2,786 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