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

The distance between San Martín de los Andes and El Chaltén is around 1,444km (897 miles) and the quickest way to get there is to take the bus and then fly which takes around 8hrs.

6 routes found

We've found 6 different ways to get from San Martín de los Andes to El Chaltén 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 ChalténSan Martín de los Andes if you're planning a return trip.

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Bus and Plane

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) then take the bus to El Chaltén.

  • Duration8hrs
  • Flight time1h 45m
  • Typical cost
    ARS 38,075($300)
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Bus

Take the bus to Villa la Angostura then Esquel and then to El Chaltén.

  • Duration20h 15m
  • Departsonce daily
  • Typical cost
    ARS 5,220($41)
Operated by

Multiple bus operators

2 similiar routes

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Drive

Drive to El Chaltén.

  • Duration23h 50m
  • Distance1,631km (1,014 miles)
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Frequently asked questionsabout travel between San Martín de los Andes and El Chaltén

There are several options for getting from San Martín de los Andes to El Chaltén by plane, bus and car. The cheapest option is to take the bus which costs around ARS 5,095 ($40) and will take around 23hrs. If you need to get there more quickly, you can take the bus and then fly and arrive in approximately 8hrs, though it is a bit more costly at approximately ARS 38,075 ($300).

The distance between San Martín de los Andes and El Chaltén is around 1,444km (897 miles). In a direct line (as the crow flies), the distance is 1,031km (641 miles)

It takes around 8h 55m to get from San Martín de los Andes and El Chaltén by plane and bus. If you are travelling by car it will take around 23h 50m to drive there.

The quickest way to get from San Martín de los Andes to El Chaltén is to take the bus and then fly which takes around 8hrs and will set you back approx ARS 38,075 ($300).

The cheapest way to travel between San Martín de los Andes and El Chaltén, if you exclude driving, is to take the bus which will typically cost around ARS 5,095 ($40) for a standard one-way ticket.

Train travel

There is no train service that runs between San Martín de los Andes and El Chaltén. 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) then take the bus to El Chaltén. instead which will take 8hrs.

Bus travel

Yes there is a bus that runs regularly from San Martín de los Andes and El Chaltén. It typically takes around 20h 15m and departs once daily.

There are no direct bus services that runs from San Martín de los Andes to El Chaltén. However, you can instead can take several connecting buses with changeovers in Villa la Angostura and Esquel. These services run once daily and will take a minimum of 20h 15m.

Albus, Buses TransAustral LTDA, Chalten Travel, Marga Taqsa and Via Bariloche run regular bus services between San Martín de los Andes and El Chaltén. Buses run once daily and take around 20h 15m on average but will vary depending on you book with.

Flights and Airlines

It doesn't look like you can fly directly from San Martín de los Andes to El Chaltén. We recommend that you fly from Chapelco (CPC) to El Calafate (FTE) then take the bus to El Chaltén. instead which will take 8h 55m.

The closest major airport to El Chaltén is Comandante Armando Tola International Airport (FTE) (FTE) which is approximately 122km (76 miles) from El Chaltén. Piloto Civil Norberto Fernández International Airport (RGL) (RGL) and General Enrique Mosconi International Airport (CRD) (CRD) 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 Chaltén. The distance is around 1,631km (1,014 miles) by road and it will take around 23h 50m in normal traffic conditons.

If you don't have a car, the easiest way to get from San Martín de los Andes to El Chaltén is to fly and then take the bus which takes, on average, 8h 55m and will usually cost around ARS 49,790 ($390).

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Transport options from San Martín de los Andes to El Chaltén
Transport optionDurationCostFrequencyDistance
Bus and Plane + 1 similar
8hrs
ARS 38,075($300)
once daily1,444km (897 miles)
Plane and Bus8h 55m
ARS 49,790($390)
5 times a day3,608km (2,242 miles)
Bus + 2 similar
20h 15m
ARS 5,220($41)
once daily1,654km (1,028 miles)
Bus via Bariloche - Terminal de Omnibus23hrs
ARS 5,095($40)
once daily1,631km (1,013 miles)
Bus via Bariloche - Terminal de Omnibus1 day 7h
ARS 19,865($155)
once daily1,796km (1,116 miles)
Drive
23h 50m
ARS 22,540($175)
on demand1,631km (1,014 miles)

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Airports near El Chaltén

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

FTE
Comandante Armando Tola International Airport (FTE)
International Airport
Distance
122km (76 miles) from El Chaltén
RGL
Piloto Civil Norberto Fernández International Airport (RGL)
International Airport
Distance
361km (224 miles) from El Chaltén
CRD
General Enrique Mosconi International Airport (CRD)
International Airport
Distance
566km (352 miles) from El Chaltén