|Destination Airport IATA Code||EZE|
|Destination City Name||Buenos Aires|
Chic and elegant, Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina is known as the ‘Paris of South America’.
This diverse and cosmopolitan city is one of the most influential in Latin America and is a magnet for culture vultures and hedonists alike, who flock here to enjoy its varied and vibrant nightlife.
The grand parks and architecture, thriving cafe culture, literary scene and association with the tango combine to give ‘BA’ a wonderful atmosphere.
Peak season is high summer in January and February, and the city can get hot and sticky with temperatures in the 90s. The city’s Fiesta de las Murgas (Mardi Gras) celebrations take place throughout February. The city also gets busy for Semana Santa (Holy Week) before Easter.
Winters are mild and even in June and July the temperatures do not fall lower than 45°F, but it can be wet. There tend to be fewer visitors at this time of year, although Argentine Independence Day on July 9 draws the crowds. The most pleasant time to visit is the spring, from September to November, when it is warm and drier.
Buenos Aires is the home of tango and the Tango Buenos Aires Festival in August and El Dia Nacional de Tango in December are worth traveling for.
BA is one of the biggest cities in South America and there are plenty of ways to bag a cheap fare when you book with Orbitz.
There are direct flights from the US, but it may be possible to find cheaper flights to Buenos Aires on connecting routes. The city has two major airports so use the ‘Nearby airports’ option to look at flights to and from alternative destinations.
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Optimal flight times from US cities to Buenos Aires include:
Located 14 miles south of Buenos Aires is Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE), also known as Ezeiza. It handles almost all the international traffic, so most overseas visitors land here.
All three terminals have ATMs and money-changing facilities, and there are shops, including duty free, and restaurants. There are bus, shuttle and taxi services on site and car rental companies in the arrivals areas.
Aeroparque Jorge Newbery is just a mile north of the city. Most domestic flights and some flights from other South American countries land here. There are ATMs, shops and restaurants and taxis, buses and shuttles to downtown. Hertz, Alamo and Avis have car rental counters.
Carriers that fly from the US to Buenos Aires include:
Buses, shuttles and taxis are available from both main airports into Buenos Aires city center. Visitors also arrive from out-of-town destinations by bus, train and ferry.
To use the bus and subway network you will need to buy a SUBE card. They can be purchased at Ezeiza and topped up at kiosks around the city. The 24-hour bus system is extensive but can be confusing. The subway (Subte) is more than a century old and doesn’t run late in the evening, but remains the quickest way to get around town. There are also commuter trains from the city center.
Taxis are a popular option and relatively inexpensive. They can be flagged down at the roadside – just look for the red light in the windshield.
Hiring a car is possible but driving in Buenos Aires is stressful. Cycling is also an option and there are around 80 miles of bike lanes and the city is flat, but its not for the fainthearted.
Don’t visit Buenos Aires without taking in a tango show. The city is proud of its most famous export and there are nightly performances and plenty of opportunities to take to the floor. The most famous venue for a show is Cafe Tortoni, a French-style cafe in the downtown area.
The Kirchner Cultural Center in the former central post office is one of the biggest in the world. It opened in 2015 and is named in honor of former president Nestor Kirchner. The nine-story building houses galleries, theaters, terraces and is home to the Argentine National Symphony Orchestra.
Stroll through the wonderful parks of the Palermo district. Parque Tres de Febrero is the most beautiful, with a rose garden, lakes and a planetarium.
Act like a local on public transport to avoid pickpockets. Wear you backpack on your front and keep your wallet safely in your pocket.
Buenos Aires is one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in South America. Argentina legalized gay marriage in 2010.
Argentina’s summer high season falls in January and February. Temperatures are hot and humid, often reaching the mid-90s. If you come the first two weeks of January, many of the locals have left for summer vacation, hitting the beaches of Argentina and neighboring Uruguay. Nonetheless, this is when hotels have their highest occupancy rates and prices. In February, the city hosts Fiesta de las Murgas, BA’s version of Mardi Gras.
Springtime in Buenos Aires is a special season, with temps lingering in the mid-70s. Not only are the jacaranda trees in resplendent purple bloom in October and November, but the city also hosts two of its best festivals. In early to mid-October, the World Tango Festival comes to San Telmo. In late November, the Las Cañitas neighborhood plays host to the largest polo event in the world, the Argentine Open Polo Championships.
June and July can be cold and rainy, though it rarely snows in Buenos Aires and the temperatures usually stay above 40 degrees, even reaching 60 degrees during the day. If you’re in town in late August, catch Buenos Aires Fashion Week, which features the upcoming summer collection.
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