How to travel from San Martín de los Andes to El Calafate, Argentina

The distance between San Martín de los Andes and El Calafate is around 1,231km (765 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to take the bus and then fly which takes around 5hrs.

5 routes found

We've found 5 different ways to get from San Martín de los Andes 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.

👋 Also check out El CalafateSan Martín de los Andes if you're planning a return trip.

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Fly

Fly from Chapelco (CPC) to El Calafate (FTE).

  • Duration5h 55m
  • Flight time5h 10m
  • Typical cost
    ARS 47,120($370)
Operated by

Aerolíneas Argentinas

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Bus

Take the bus to Bariloche - Terminal de Omnibus and then to El Calafate.

  • Duration1 day 2h
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    ARS 4,965($39)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

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Drive

Drive to El Calafate.

  • Duration24h 10m
  • Distance1,670km (1,038 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between San Martín de los Andes and El Calafate

There are several options for getting from San Martín de los Andes to El Calafate by plane, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around ARS 4,965 ($39) and will take around 1 day 2h. If you need to get there more quickly, you can take the bus and then fly and arrive in approximately 5hrs, though it is a bit more costly at approximately ARS 35,400 ($280).

The distance between San Martín de los Andes and El Calafate is around 1,231km (765 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,138km (707 miles)

It takes around 5h 55m to get from San Martín de los Andes and El Calafate by plane. If you are travelling by car it will take around 24h 10m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from San Martín de los Andes to El Calafate is to take the bus and then fly which takes around 5hrs and will set you back approx ARS 35,400 ($280).

The cheapest way to travel between San Martín de los Andes and El Calafate, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around ARS 4,965 ($39) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between San Martín de los Andes and El Calafate. We recommend that you take the bus to Villa la Angostura and then to San Carlos de Bariloche then fly from San Carlos de Bariloche (BRC) to El Calafate (FTE). instead which will take 5hrs.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from San Martín de los Andes and El Calafate. It typically takes around 1 day 2h and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from San Martín de los Andes to El Calafate. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Bariloche - Terminal de Omnibus. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 1 day 2h.

Via Bariloche, Chalten Travel and Marga Taqsa run regular bus services between San Martín de los Andes and El Calafate. Buses run once daily and take around 1 day 2h on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

Yes you can fly from San Martín de los Andes and El Calafate. Flights depart from Chapelco (CPC) and arrive at El Calafate (FTE) - via Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery (AEP). The flight takes around 5h 10m.

There is no direct flight from San Martín de los Andes to El Calafate. There is however a flight that goes via Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery (AEP). This services will take at least 5h 55m (not including layover time).

The flight from San Martín de los Andes to El Calafate typically takes around 5h 10m. Flights depart from Chapelco (CPC) 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 San Martín de los Andes and El Calafate. The distance is around 1,670km (1,038 miles) by road and it will take around 24h 10m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from San Martín de los Andes to El Calafate is to fly which takes, on average, 5h 55m and will usually cost around ARS 47,120 ($370).

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Compare travel optionsbetween San Martín de los Andes and El Calafate

Transport options from San Martín de los Andes to El Calafate
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Fly + 1 similar
5h 55m
ARS 47,120($370)
on demand3,395km (2,110 miles)
Bus and Plane5hrs
ARS 35,400($280)
once daily1,231km (765 miles)
Bus + 1 similar
1 day 2h
ARS 4,965($39)
once daily1,670km (1,037 miles)
Bus via Bariloche - Terminal de Omnibus1 day 7h
ARS 24,070($190)
once daily1,990km (1,236 miles)
Drive
24h 10m
ARS 23,050($180)
on demand1,670km (1,038 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