Transportation

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Transportation options in TucumanAerolíneas Argentinas is the only company that flies into Tucumán and it offers flights from Buenos Aires usually twice a day. If you get a direct flight, it takes about 2 hours. Often, however, the plane makes a stop, which adds half an hour to the trip. You can also get flights from Córdoba, and Santiago del Estero. The airport is 13 km away from town, so you’ll need to take a taxi or the shuttle bus to the center.

Buses to Tucuman

The bus terminal in Tucumán is quite impressive – one of the largest in the Northwest. Still under construction, a large shopping mall area will open in the terminal in the near future. The usual bus companies stop through here. However, do not expect direct tickets from every destination. Only a few companies, such as Urquiza, offer direct routes from Buenos Aires. A one way first class ticket from Buenos Aires costs a little under $200. The same variety of bus services exists here as in any other part of the country – you can get anything from semi-cama (semi-reclining seats) with no bathroom that stops at a rest stop for dinner to a first class, warm meal and fully inclinable seats service. Several local bus companies, Aconquija in particular, takes passengers to the Calchaquíes valleys, if you’re taking the scenic route up towards Salta.

Aeropuerto Internacional de Tucumán Benjamín Matienzo

Tel : 426-4906

Terminal de Ómnibus, Oficina de Informes

Tel : 430-4895

Getting Around in Tucuman

When you’re in Tucumán, the easiest way to get around is walking. The center of town isn’t spread out, and you can comfortably walk through the main areas. If need be, however, the best is to get a taxi. As you exit the bus terminal, there are several waiting outside for customers. You can also usually hail one in the street. If you’re in a hurry, or it’s a quiet time of the day, you might be better off asking your hotel or hostel to call a taxi for you – they may be hard to find at times. You can also rent a car; there are several rental agencies in town. Keep in mind as you’re planning your itinerary that it can be much more expensive to return a car in a city other than the one you picked it up in.

What’s Nearby?

There are several excursions you can go on, from San Miguel de Tucumán. As day trips, you can visit the beautiful residential town of Yerba Buena, or head to San Javier to see the statue of Christ overlooking the valley before hiking over to the waterfall.

Rather than take a direct bus to Salta, it may be a good idea to go through the Calchaquíes Valleys, stopping to see the carved rocks at El Mollar, going towards the other side of the lake to the weekend resort village of Tafí del Valle, northwards to Amaicha, before seeing the prehispanic Quilmes ruins. You can then head to Cafayate and get back on the road towards Salta.

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