Stuck on a Buenos Aires layover at the Jorge Newbery Aeroparque in Argentina? The airport is located only 1 mile from central downtown Buenos Aires, which makes the city an extremely accessible destination for those on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Buenos Aires layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck in the airport during your Buenos Aires layover, the airport has a number of places to eat, retail shops, and duty free shopping. There is also banking and ATMs, and an Aeropuertos VIP Club.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are many nearby hotels in Buenos Aires. For a comprehensive list of Buenos Aires hotels at varying price points, click here.
According to the airport, when entering the Argentina, citizens from Australia, Canada, and the US now have to pay a “reciprocity tax” (this is not a Visa). This is not required for visits of less than 90 days. The Argentine Government established this entry application fee in an amount equal to the cost Argentine citizens pay when applying for a Visa to such countries. For the U.S. traveler, the fee is $160.
To leave the airport and travel into Buenos Aires during your layover, there are transportation options including taxi and chauffeured cars, car rental, and buses. For buses, you can take Public Urban Transport Line 160 (Route > Plaza Italia > Pompeya > Lanús > Lomas de Zamora > Claypole) or Line 33 (Route > Retiro > Downtown > La Boca).
Layover Guide’s Suggestions for things to do on a Buenos Aires Layover:
Buenos Aires Tours
If you have a limited time to check out the sights, might want to take a tour of the city that will pack them all in a short time frame. There are many to choose from including day tours, bus and bike tours, tango shows, soccer matches, night cruises, dinner theater, outdoor activities, and more.
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 Colónis 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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