The city of San Carlos de Bariloche is located in the south-western part of Argentina, in the foothills of the Andes mountain range, and is the northern door to the Patagonia. The straight line distance to the city of Buenos Aires is around 1350 km.
How to get to Bariloche
The city is served by the San Carlos de Bariloche International Airport (code: BRC). Aerolíneas Argentinas and LATAM Airlines are the two main airlines connecting most of the destinations in the country, usually from the capital city. Although bus services with a very high level of comfort exist, the best way to get to Bariloche is by plane due to the long distances involved. The same can be said of many other touristic destinations in the country.
Most travel itineraries reaching Bariloche will go through the city of Buenos Aires. There are two airports in Buenos Aires: Ministro Pistarini Airport (also called Ezeiza, code: EZE) and Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (code: AEP). Most international flights will arrive to Ezeiza and most domestic flights will leave from Aeroparque.
Please check your itinerary carefully! If you need to change airport in Buenos Aires allow for 3 or 4 hours between flights. For the journey from EZE to AEP and back you can:
- take the public bus ArBus (AR$150*)
- take the private bus Tienda León (AR$ 200*). Pre-booking is available.
- take a remis (pre-arranged fee taxi, ~AR$700*). Trusted remis companies: Tienda León, Taxi Ezeiza, Transfer Express. Pre-booking is available.
We do not recommend taking taxis outside the terminal at EZE. Taxis at the taxi stop outside AEP are OK if going to the city (it is too expensive to go to EZE). We do not recommend taxis not awaiting at the AEP taxi stop. If visiting Buenos Aires, there are also ArBus services to six hotspots in the city (AR$ 45*).
How to get to Hotel Amancay
Outside the the scheduled shuttles, participants should arrange their our transportation. The options are:
- take a taxi from the airport (~AR$ 600* or roughly U$S 40). The taxi ride from the airport to the hotel takes 50-60 minutes.
- take the bus 72 from the airport to the bus terminal (very few rides per day), and there take the bus 20 (one service every 20 minutes during the daytime from Monday to Saturday, one service every 30 minutes during the daytime on Sundays). Get off at Amancay bus stop. It is a 60-70 minute bus ride from the bus terminal.
- in the high touristic seasons there are private minibuses from the airport to downtown Bariloche. It is a good option at a reasonable fee if that is the case when the Workshop takes place. Get off at the bus terminal or at the city center. At either place you can take the bus 20 or a cab/remis (~AR$ 300*). Get off the bus at Amancay bus stop. It is a 50-60 minute bus ride from downtown.
Except for the airport bus, tickets cannot be purchased from the driver, you need to get a pre-paid ticket or a SUBE electronic card before getting on the bus (you can get it inside the bus terminal and in several places around the city). Participants from Argentina holding a SUBE card from other cities can use it on the buses.
Please take into account that, even if Bariloche's airport is open almost 24hs, the public bus services are very limited early in the morning and late at night. In particular, the line 20 to the hotel only runs one service every one or two hours between 22pm and 7am, and the line 72 to the airport has no services at all in that interval. Taxis and remises are available, but long waiting times are expectable at night.
* Fees in May 2016, raises are expected.