|*Please note: Shuttle service will be provided in the morning and in the evening (times TBA) for transportation between the Hotel Pan Americano and the World Forestry Congress venue at La Rural. If you cannot make these shuttles, please see “logistics: Getting around the city.”
Getting to and from the airport:
International flights arrive at Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini, which is 21 miles from the center of the city of Buenos Aires. Allot at least 45 minutes for travel between the airport and the city, more if it is rush hour. Prices can range from US$ 15 to $50.
You will be assessed a departure tax of approximately US$24 upon leaving the country, payable in pesos, dollars, or by Visa credit card.
Note: As soon as you claim your baggage and exit the customs area of the airport, you will notice that many people will approach you and offer car services to the city. It is strongly recommended that you DO NOT take any of these people's cars, since they are not authorized to carry passengers and usually take advantage of tourists.
Recommended transport from the airport to the hotel:
- Taxi: $15/$50. Taxis have reservation booths inside the airport. Confirm the price before making the reservation (www.taxiezeiza.com). Do not take a taxi from a person who verbally offers the service inside the airport hall
Other options for transportation from the airport to the hotel:
- Minibus: $26 The Manuel Tienda León Bus Company (11/4314-3636) provides transportation to the center of the city and has reservation booths in the arrival hall. The minibuses depart every hour, are inexpensive and make several stops along the way. Confirm with the operator if your destination is close to their stop. The Manuel Tienda León Bus Company also provides transportation from the city center TO the airport. Go to their main offices at Av. Santa Fe 790 for schedules and routes.
- Remise (car service): $15-45. These are hired drivers, it is recommended that you use this option only if you already have a reservation and the driver is waiting for you.
- Public Transportation: $1.35. If you are not carrying large or heavy luggage and want to spend very little money on transportation, It takes about 1½ hours to get to downtown Buenos Aires. The fare is paid on the bus with coins ONLY, so make sure to have at least $2 in coins. Go to the information booth inside the arrivals hall and ask for the exact location of the bus stop for bus number 86. When getting on the bus you must tell the driver your destination (e.g. Centro or Plaza de Mayo) and put the coins in the ticket machine; wait a few seconds for the machine to print a receipt and to give your change back. Keep the receipt handy because it may be requested during the trip.
Customs: Returning U.S. citizens who have been away for at least 48 hours are allowed to bring back, once every 30 days, $800 worth of merchandise duty-free. You’ll be charged a flat rate of duty on the next $1,000 worth of purchases. Be sure to have your receipts or purchases handy to expedite the declaration process. If you owe duty, you are required to pay on your arrival in the United States, by cash, personal check, or money order. You cannot bring fresh fruits or vegetables back to the United States.