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Posted by on Sep 14, 2011 in Argentina, South America

Train Travel in Argentina

Did you even know there were trains in Argentina?

With the excess of amazing buses – why take a train?

Well – the buses are luxurious, with their cama (bed) feature, such as the first class sleeper beds on flights – and most provide great food and wine and champagne, but – with comfort comes a high price – and there is no exception in Argentina. Argentina bus prices are actually higher than in Canada.

So Trains? What options are there?

There are various routes around Argentina. Most are based with a start/end destination in Buenos Aires with stops along the way.  The train travel websites are: FerrobairesFerrocentral, Trenesdellitoral, Tren Patagonico although they are in Spanish – simply google translate it unless you are lucky enough to Speak Spanish in South America. I have listed the destinations, departure times and arrivals and costs by class (in ARG Pesos). Never travel by Turista overnight unless you want to stay awake the entire night bouncing 15 cm off your bench seat every 5 seconds. Always choose Pullman/Primera for a personal seat that is good enough – if only a little chilly. Always bring a blanket/WARM clothes. So Lets list them:

With Ferrobaires (within the Buenos Aires Province)

  • Buenos Aires – Junin – Alberdi
    • Departures to Junin
      • Mon/Fri from 18:15 – 23 | Costs: Pullmen $35 / Turista $23
      • Sun from 22:00 – 02:45 | Costs: Pullmen $35 / Turista $23
    • Departures to Alberdi: 
      • Fri from 18:15-02:00 | Costs: Pullman $45 / Turista $26
  • Buenos Aires – Lincoln
      • Fri from 18:35-01:45 | Pullman $47 / Primera $37 / Turista $27
      • Sat from 18:55 – 01:50 | Pullman $47 / Primera $37 / Turista $27
  • Buenos Aires – Pehuajo
      • Mon/Tues/Fri from 18:35-02:20 | Costs: Pullman $52 /Primera $43 / Turista $33
      • Sat from 18:55 – 02:30 | Costs: Pullman $52 / Primera $43 / Turista $33
  • Buenos Aires – Daireaux
      • Fri from 18:50-04:45 | Costs: Unica $35
  • Buenos Aires – Tandil
      • Fri from 19:45 – 03:10 | Costs: Primera $50
  • Buenos Aires – Bahia Blanca – Patagones
    • Departures to Bahia (via Lamadrid)
      • Mon/Wed/Fri from 19:45-09:40 | Costs: Pullman $73/Primera $55/Turista $44
    • Departures to Bahia (via Pringles)
      • Tues/Thurs from 19:45-09:50 | Costs: Pullman $73/Primera $55/Turista $44
  • Buenos Aires – Pinamar
    • Depatures: Currently Suspended
  • Buenos Aires – Mar del Plata – Miramar
    • Depatures to Mar del Plata:
      • Tues from 23:05-05:31 | Cost: Bandeja $270
      • Fri from 18:00-23:45 | Cost: Superpullman $100
      • Fri/Sun from 08:05-13:35 | Cost: Pullman $200/Primera $150 
      • Daily from 23:05-05:30 | Cost: Unica $60/Pullman $80 
    • Departures to Miramar
      • Departures: Currently Suspended
  • Bahia Blanca – Patagones
      • Departures: Currently Suspended

With Ferrocentral (from Buenos Aires to Western large cities)
  • Buenos Aires – Rosario – Tucuman
    • Departures to Rosario:
      • Mon/Fri at 09:55 – Arrival 16:30 | Costs: Turista $21 / Primera $30 / Pullman $54
    • Departures to Tucuman: 
      • Mon/Fri at 09:55 – Tues/Sat at 10:45 | Costs: Turista $45 / Primera $70 / Pullman $130 / Cabin $400
  • Buenos Aires – Rosario – Cordoba
    • Departures to Cordoba:
      • Mon/Fri at 20:35 – Tues/Sat at 11:40 |  Costs: Turista $19 / Pullman $32 / Primera $56
  • Cordoba – Villa Maria
      • Departs: Mon/Fri/Sun at 18:15 – Arrival: 21:30 | Costs: Turista: $12.50
With Trenesdellitoral (from Buenos Aires to Misiones Province)
  • Buenos Aires – Apostoles – Garupa – Posades
    • Departures to Apostoles
      • Tues at 10:50 – Wed 11:20 / Fri at 22:05 – Sat 23:55 | Costs: Turista $118 / Primera $180
    • Departures from Apostoles – Garupa and Posades
      • Coordinated by Bus from Apostoles Train station.
With Tren Patagonico (from Viedma – Bariloche)
  • Viedma – Bariloche
    • Departures: Fri 18:00 – Sat 12:50 | Costs: Turista $75.50 / Primera $100 / Pullman $155 / Cama (Sleeper)$304