Buenos Aires Layover Guide (AEP)

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Buenos Aires Airport (AEP) is one of the major airports in Argentina. It is home to two airports, i.e., Ministro Pistarini or “Ezeiza” and John Newberry or “Aeroparque.”. Mayor Carlos Noël opened the Buenos Aires Airport (AEP) in 1925. It is situated 2 km (1 mi) northeast of downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina. Buenos Aires is famous for its vibrant culture with cinematic masterpieces, tango, and literary geniuses. This place is also known as the “Paris of South America.”

Can you leave Buenos Aires Airport (AEP) airport during a layover? Do you need a visa?
It's possible to leave Buenos Aires during the layover. However, some visitors may require visa depending on their nationality.(more info).

Tours, Things to do, Sightseeing

Argentina Organized Tours

Señor Tango Show

Inside the beautiful La Catedral del Tango, an elegant auditorium with incredible classic architecture, you’ll find yourself in awe. This venue recalls the ambiance of historic locales where the tango dance first began to shine in all its glory many decades ago. The show is an incredible combination of dancing routines and Broadway-style visual effects. This 2-hour concert, conceived by famed maestro Fernando Soller, has over 40 artists performing alongside cutting-edge technology and the classical spirit of tango. Try the Argentine traditional “Bife de Chorizo,” among other dishes, and this delectable night will be one to remember. » book this tour

Tour the Famous Highlights of Buenos Aires

This 3-hour tour will take you to the most significant sights in Buenos Aires. Begin in the Plaza de Mayo, often known as May Square, which has witnessed some of the city’s most significant historical events since its founding. Your guide will tour you around the area and explain its history and show you the most prominent structures and monuments. Then visit the Avenida de Mayo (May Avenue) and take in the ambiance of San Telmo, Buenos Aires’ oldest residential district. Explore its cobblestone streets and antique shops, and lovely architecture. In the La Boca area, feel the beat of the traditional Argentinian tango. Take a stroll down Caminito Street and look at the dancers and shops. Pass through the Retiro district before heading to Palermo, Buenos Aires’ most affluent neighborhood. Later, at Recoleta, you’ll see the cemetery where Eva Peron was laid to rest. Make your way through the cemetery in search of her gravesite. » book this tour

River Delta Panoramic Boat Tour

Take a modern 1-hour panoramic boat trip over the waters of the Argentinian Delta’s five most major rivers while learning about the history of this unique region north of Buenos Aires. The Tigre fluvial station is where your boat excursion begins. You’ll spend an hour cruising along the rivers Luján, Carapachay, Angostura, Sarmiento, and Espera, which run through the Delta Tierra reserve. Enjoy panoramic views of the Delta while the loudspeaker audioguide informs you about the region’s numerous unique features. » book this tour

Argentina Things to do / Sightseeing

Recoleta Cemetry

This popular cemetery, which is located in the posh Recoleta area, is the final resting place of many famous political figures and elites from Argentina’s past. In her performance as Eva “Evita” Perón in the 1978 musical Evita, Madonna belted out Tim Rice’s lyrics “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.” But you might not recall Eva Perón’s role as Argentina’s outspoken and powerful first lady in 1946 or her untimely death from illness at the age of 33. You’ll see Ms. Perón’s beautiful resting place as you go around the cemetery and various art nouveau, art deco, and modernist mausoleums. Another highlight is the Circulo Militar, a colossal black edifice transported from Paris with amazing views.

Time required: 1 to 2 hours.

Airport to here: 9 minutes via private transport.

Puerto Madero

Many travellers go to Puerto Madero for an evening stroll, when bright city lights illuminate the harbour that historically functioned as a major European commerce destination. This location serves as a peaceful business hub during the day, but this small neighborhood comes alive at night. You can also go to the exuberant dance clubs and dine at local steak and seafood restaurants. Rojo Tango and Asia de Cuba are two of the best places for sensuous dancing and spectacular decor. Many tourists have praised the diverse cuisine and the beautiful Puente de La Mujer (Woman’s Bridge), a white bridge constructed by architect Santiago Calatrava. The tango is said to have inspired Calatrava’s bridge.

Time required: 1 to 2 hours.

Airport to here: 9 minutes via private transport.

El Zanjón de Granados

When you’ve had your fill of browsing the designer racks and museums in San Telmo, travel to El Zanjón de Granados for a glimpse into Buenos Aires’ 500-year past. The structure appears to be a massive, opulent mansion from the outside. However, when you walk through a tangle of ancient Spanish towns beneath this glitzy building, you’ll get a taste of Buenos Aires’ past. As you descend through El Zanjón’s network of underground tunnels, tour guides tell you fascinating stories about the city’s past. You’ll look at antique relics, old walls, and floors and decide for yourself what to believe.

Time required: 1 to 2 hours.

Airport to here: 8 minutes via private transport.

Corrientes Avenue

Take a trip down Corrientes Avenue to get a sense of Argentina’s lively attitude. Since the bustling 1930s, this is where tango dancers have congregated and where Broadway-style performances have captivated audiences. Charming bookstores and boutiques coexist alongside world-renowned theatres and cinemas. A sky-high obelisk can be seen shining above you if you look up. Corrientes is also a great place to people-watch while eating a churro and sipping a cup of coffee in one of the area’s European-style cafés. You’ll find manicured gardens, stunning nightly tango performances, and plenty of nightlife in addition to admiring the local architecture, particularly the towering obelisk and the Colón Theater.

Time required: 1 to 2 hours.

Airport to here: 12 minutes via private transport.

The National Museum of Fine Arts (Museo Nacional de Belles Artes)

The National Museum of Fine Arts is an aesthetic paradise for art lovers. The collection spans 30 rooms and three floors and includes works from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. The interior features paintings by Rembrandt, Goya, Manet, Modigliani, and Picasso. The museum’s permanent Latin American and Argentine exhibits may be viewed on the first floor, while temporary exhibitions can be found throughout the building and in the outside pavilion.

Time required: 2 hours to Half day.

Airport to here: 8 minutes via private transport.

Children’s Museum (Museo de Los Niños)

This interactive museum, which is really a playground, is made up of sections where youngsters may explore a miniature Buenos Aires. They run around reproductions of city sites, complete with a hospital, newsroom, TV station, and post office. Climbing through the mock plumbing system and pretending to be a doctor, reporter, or other profession is a favorite pastime for children. According to one TripAdvisor review, “I was completely taken aback. This place outperforms any other location where I’ve been secretly bored in the past.” The museum lies in the Abasto Shopping Center, a huge complex southwest of Recoleta that may be reached through Corrientes Avenue.

Time required: 1 to 2 hours.

Airport to here: 12 minutes via private transport.

Rose Garden Walk (Paseo del Rosedal)

When you’ve had your fill of walking around the busy Avenue Libertador, relax in the city’s serene rose garden. This lush green park in Palermo Woods (also known as Parque Tres de Febrero) bursts with color thanks to more than 1,000 species of roses. The Rose Garden, like the Tuileries in Paris, has a Zen-like appeal. The path leads to a tranquil Poet’s Garden, which has an Andalusian patio with brightly colored tiles imported from Seville.

Time required: 1 to 2 hours.

Airport to here: 13 minutes via private transport.

Fair of the Mataderos

The Fera De Mataderos is the place to go if you want to get your culture fix. Gauchos (cowboys) ride gorgeous horses through the market, and market sellers sell a colorful assortment of products and cuisine. Tango dancers in ornate costumes light up the streets with traditional country dancing, while gauchos compete for prizes in Argentinean contests. If you feel hungry, there are plenty of wonderful steak sandwiches to eat and delicious local wines to taste.

Time required: 2 Hours to Half day.

Airport to here: 23 minutes via private transport.

Things to Do in Buenos Aires Airport (AEP)

Relaxing and Sleeping

Airport Lounges and Relaxing
At the Buenos Aires Airport (AEP), there are lounges available at the single passes & Memberships. One of the best lounge "Aeropuertos VIP Club" is located at the main terminal of the airport. » view all lounges or buy a lounge pass or membership online

Hotel and Sleeping
There are many hotels available at/near to the Buenos Aires Airport (AEP). Some of them are "Awwa Suites & Spa", "Pampa Plaza Hotel", "Hotel Cristoforo Colombo". » view all or book an airport hotel online

Rest Area and Sleeping in Airport
There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones at the Buenos Aires Airport (AEP).

WIFI/Internet and SIM Card

WIFI/Internet: Free WiFi is available at Aeroparque Airport. Connect to the “AA_2000” Network

SIM Card: Argentine SIM cards are available for free at the official stores and authorized dealers of Claro, Movistar, and Personal, or other resellers. » buy a global sim card for Argentina, Buenos Aires that you can use for other countries as well!

Transportation to/from airport

Taxi: Taxis are readily available in the ground transportation areas.

Train: There is no train or subway to get you from the international airport of Ezeiza to Buenos Aires.

Bus: Transporte Urbano de Pasajeros bus lines 33, 37, 45, and 160 service Aeroparque Airport. Passengers must acquire a SUBE reloadable card from the Open25 convenience store in arrivals to board the buses.(more info).

Shuttle: The Manuel Tienda Leon firm provides a shuttle service. Tickets for this service are also available on the ground in the Arrivals hall.

Car rentals: "Alamo", "Avis", "Hertz", "Localiza" car rental agencies have offices located landside, in the Domestic Arrivals Area. » view available cars or rent a car now online

Parking: Parking is available at/near the Buenos Aires Airport (AEP).

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Luggage storage service is available at Ground Floor charges 20 ARS per bag. » book a luggage storage or locker at Buenos Aires Airport (AEP) online (subject to availability).

Money Exchange and Withdrawal

- Buenos Aires Airport (AEP) ATMs, currency exchanges and banks