Useful facts for your holiday to Argentina
Flight and transfers
Flying time is approximately 15 hours to Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE).
British Nationals do not normally require a visa to enter Argentina as a tourist. On presentation of a valid British passport you will be granted a 90 day stay in the country.
Spanish is the official language, but English is commonly used, along with some French and German.
Bus: Buses are frequent and extend to most long and short-distance locations – while it’s not as cheap as it used to be, it’s still the form of transport most locals use. If you’re travelling a long distance from city to city, you may wish to use one of the overnight buses.
Taxi: Taxis are readily available, though it is advised that you use recommended services which are pre-booked and have fixed prices – your hotel or resort will be able to advise you of a reputable company.
Self-Drive: Car hire is available in most cities and towns, if you’re over 21, and is a great option if you’re planning longer trips. Traffic regulations here are generally the same as in the U.S or Europe, but be aware that the driving style in Argentina can be a little chaotic and aggressive.
Alternatives: Buenos Aires runs a cycle scheme, where you can pre-register for free and use the city bikes for up to two hours a day.
The Argentinian Peso (ARS) is the local currency. ATMs are readily available, most with English instructions, and the majority of tourist-based businesses will accept US Dollars – always carry some pesos with you just in case though.
220V, 50Hz, and buildings use a mixture of two and three-pin plug fittings.
Certain vaccinations may be required depending on where you’ll be travelling, so speak with your GP or travel clinic before travelling to ensure that you’re up to date with any vaccines that you need.
Tap water is generally safe to drink in the main cities and towns, but you’ll need to stick to bottled water otherwise. If bottled water isn’t available, you should boil the water for a couple of minutes before drinking, to remove any impurities. Argentina gets extremely hot, particularly in the north, so wear plenty of high factor sun cream, drink plenty of water and seek shade where possible.
For more information, visit the Argentinian Tourist Board
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