Your guide to domestic flights in Argentina

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Your guide to domestic flights in Argentina

Flag of ArgentinaArgentina is a country of diverse natural beauty, from the tropical north to the desert of Patagonia.
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Are you gearing up for your trip of a lifetime to explore the beautiful country of Argentina? Argentina is known for its rich history, numerous natural wonders, and enchanting ambiance, from the tropical cascading falls of Iguazu to the centuries-old vineyards of Mendoza.

Before you start the adventure, it is a good idea to consider how to get from one popular Argentine destination to another. When traveling within Argentina, the fastest mode of transportation is by plane, however, some travelers opt to explore by bus. The bus will definitely save some money, but at the sacrifice of time. While the roads and highway networks of Argentina are well-developed, distances are long; sometimes taking more than 15 hours to travel between destinations. If your travel plans have you on a tight schedule, it is better to take a domestic flight. Read on to learn more about domestic flights in Argentina.

Airlines serving domestic flights in Argentina

planes of Aerolinea Argentina and LANAerolinea Argentina and LAN Argentina are the two main airlines offering domestic flight in Argentina.

Domestic flights are run daily by two main airlines: Aerolinea Argentina and LAN Argentina. All flights pass through airports in Buenos Aires, either Jorge Newbery Airfield or Ezeiza International Airport, depending on the size of the aircraft.

Aerolinea Argentina is the country’s largest airline and has been operating within Argentina since 1950. Since 2008, the Argentine government has maintained ownership of the airline service and it now serves as the country’s flag carrier. Aerolinea Argentina serves 34 internal destinations from Buenos Aires.

LAN Argentina, on the other hand, is a Chilean airline which was formed in the 1930s as a state-owned flight service. Later in 1989, the Chilean government privatized its airline industry and the company expanded to provide international service to destinations all over the world. Today, LAN Argentina offers domestic flights to 18 destinations.

Popular destinations of Argentina

Both  of these airlines operate domestic flights to Argentina’s most popular destinations, but Aerolinea Argentina serves nearly twice as many cities.

Flights are roughly the same price for round trip tickets, but LAN Argentina is a little more flexible in terms of changing your ticket or cancellations. LAN Argentina also is generally a more punctual airline.

Both LAN Argentina and Aerolinea Argentina offer daily flights to the following destinations:

RegionDestination
Northeastern ArgentinaJujuy, Salta, Tucuman
Pampas RegionPuerto Iguazu, Cordoba
Andes MountainsSan Martin de los Andes, Bariloche
Cuyo RegionSan Juan, Mendoza
PatagoniaNeuquen, Comodoro Rivadavia, El Calafate, Rio Gallegos
Tierra del FuegoUshuaia

Destinations exclusively serviced by LAN Argentina from Buenos Aires

RegionDestinations
Andes MountainsMalargue, Villa la Angostura
Patagonia RegionEl Chalten

Destinations exclusively serviced by Aerolinea Argentina from Buenos Aires

 

RegionDestinations
Northern ArgentinaCorrientes, Resistencia, Formosa
Northeastern ArgentinaRio Hondo, Santiago del Estero, Catamarca, La Rioja
Cuyo RegionSan Rafael, San Luis
Pampas RegionSanta Fe, Parana, Rosario, Santa Rosa, Bahia Blanca, Mar del Plata
Patagonian RegionViedma, Trelew, Esquel
Tierra del FuegoRio Grande

Flight tips

When planning your domestic flights in Argentina, take a look at the following sites for some more useful information:

Aerolinea Argentina official site: Destinations in Argentina

LAN Argentina official site: Destinations in Argentina

Information on airports in Argentina

Plan you own adventure to Argentina

Contact us now to speak with an experienced travel advisor to help you decide which flight option is best for you.

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Katy is no stranger to the life of an international traveler. After graduate school, Kathleen worked in California in the legal field, but later realized that life was calling her in a different direction. After a short time in Peru, she fell in love with the culture, the people, the food, and the way of life. Now Kathleen calls Lima her “home away from home,” although she frequently visits the warm, sunny northern Peru to see friends and surf.

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