Stuck on a Buenos Aires layover at The Ministro Pistarini International Airport – also known as Ezeiza – (EZA) in Argentina? The airport is located about 14 miles from central downtown Buenos Aires, and connected to the city by a fast motorway – the General Ricchiere Expressway. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Buenos Aires layover, click here for useful tips.
While layovers can be tedious, Ezeiza (or EZE) airport provides ample facilities to make those minutes tick by at double pace. For restless travellers, the three major Terminals A, B and C offer all the eating, shopping and entertainment facilities you would expect from such a busy international airport. This includes a wide range of quality restaurants, cafes and bars for those seeking an escape from pre-prepared airline meals. It’s also a great place to pick up some gifts for the family, with several bookstores, gift shops, a sunglasses shop, jeweler and a music store available. Check out the full range of facilities the airport offers for a Buenos Aires layover.
For passengers wanting an extra dose of luxury, VIP Lounges are available on the first floor of Terminal B Departures and on the ground floor of Terminal A arrivals. These rooms offer a range of facilities including showers, Internet access, TV, telephones, check-in services, a bar and relaxation room. Lounges are pre-bookable and available to business-class passengers and club members only (sorry backpackers!).
Missing home already? Telephone and Internet access is available at phone booths throughout all terminals. Mobile phone hire and service are also available in Terminal A Arrivals and Departures.
If you arrive at night and are looking to catch a few hours of shut eye at a hostel, Buenos Aires offers a range of budget accommodations both in Ezeiza and further towards the town center. It may be an idea to take the free shuttle bus to either Hostel Suites Florida, which offers rooms from just €17 a night, or Hostel Suites Obelisco, with rooms from €10 a night.
If you’re looking for a hotel, there are a number of hotels near the airport. For a comprehensive list of Buenos Aires hotels at varying price points, click here.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions for Things to do on a Buenos Aires Layover:
Get lost in years of history at one of the greatest cemeteries of the world. Recoleta Cemetary, located in one of BA’s most exclusive neighborhoods, is the final resting place of Evita – the goddess of Argentinian life (not just someone who Madonna played in a movie!) The Cemetery is open daily from 8am to 6pm, and English language tours are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am.
How does one describe Tierra Santa? This has to be the only place in the world where you can see a resurrection of Jesus Christ every half hour. That’s right, at the world’s first religious theme park, you will be greeted by a 20-metre plastic Jesus rising from the earth to the sounds of a recorded Latin choir. In one word: surreal.
Head to Café Tortoni for a freshly roasted coffee and crispy medialuna (Argentinean croissant) at one of the oldest and most beautiful cafés in the city. Despite becoming increasingly touristy, this bohemian joint hasn’t lost its traditional charm.
The second largest performing arts theater in the southern hemisphere, Teatro Colón is a must see for culture seekers and creative types. If you have time, check out one of the opera performances, or else take a tour around the beautiful auditorium and backstage area.
The oldest neighborhood of Buenos Aires, San Telmo is characterized by its colonial buildings, cobblestone streets, street performers, old churches, museums and numerous tango parlors. Make sure you stop here on a Sunday morning for the massive antique fair at Plaza Dorrego, the main public square.
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