How to travel from Salta to El Calafate, Argentina

The distance between Salta and El Calafate is around 2,939km (1,826 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to fly which takes around 5hrs.

6 routes found

We've found 6 different ways to get from Salta to El Calafate 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 Salta (SLA) to El Calafate (FTE).

  • Duration5hrs
  • Flight time4h 30m
  • Typical cost
    ARS 37,820($295)
Operated by

Aerolíneas Argentinas

1 similiar route

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Bus

Take the bus to Río Gallegos and then to El Calafate.

  • Duration2 days 6h
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    ARS 18,845($150)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

2 similiar routes

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Drive

Drive to El Calafate.

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

There are several options for getting from Salta to El Calafate by plane, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around ARS 14,390 ($115) and will take around 2 days 13h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can fly and arrive in approximately 5hrs, though it is a bit more costly at approximately ARS 37,820 ($295).

The distance between Salta and El Calafate is around 2,939km (1,826 miles).

It takes around 5hrs to get from Salta and El Calafate by plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 1 day 19h to drive there.

The quickest way to get from Salta to El Calafate is to fly which takes around 5hrs and will set you back approx ARS 37,820 ($295).

The cheapest way to travel between Salta and El Calafate, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around ARS 14,390 ($115) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between Salta and El Calafate. We recommend that you fly from Salta (SLA) to El Calafate (FTE). instead which will take 5hrs.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from Salta and El Calafate. It typically takes around 2 days 6h and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from Salta to El Calafate. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in General Guemes and Río Gallegos. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 2 days 6h.

Viatac, Tramat, Marga Taqsa, Chalten Travel, Balut, Trans Tours Juarez and Flecha Bus run regular bus services between Salta and El Calafate. Buses run once daily and take around 2 days 6h on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from Salta and El Calafate. Flights depart from Salta (SLA) and arrive at El Calafate (FTE) - via San Carlos de Bariloche (BRC). The flight takes around 4h 30m.

There is no direct flight from Salta to El Calafate. There is however a flight that goes via San Carlos de Bariloche (BRC). This services will take at least 5hrs (not including layover time).

The flight from Salta to El Calafate typically takes around 4h 30m. Flights depart from Salta (SLA) 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 Salta and El Calafate. 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 Salta to El Calafate is to fly which takes, on average, 5hrs and will usually cost around ARS 37,820 ($295).

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Transport options from Salta to El Calafate
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly + 1 similar
5hrs
ARS 37,820($295)
on demand2,939km (1,826 miles)
Bus and Plane6h 25m
ARS 39,860($315)
once daily3,102km (1,927 miles)
Bus + 2 similar
2 days 6h
ARS 18,845($150)
once daily3,861km (2,399 miles)
Bus via San Carlos de Bariloche2 days 13h
ARS 14,390($115)
once daily4,027km (2,502 miles)
Bus via San Salvador de Jujuy2 days 13h
ARS 45,845($360)
once daily4,040km (2,510 miles)
Drive
1 day 19h
ARS 50,940($400)
on demand3,700km (2,299 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