Almost all international flights into Buenos Aires, and most definitely all flights from the United States and Europe, arrive at Ezeiza (EZE), the country’s main airport. EZE is located to the south of the City of Buenos Aires and requires you to hire some sort of transit to get to your hotel in Buenos Aires. Unless you are very adventurous and have time to kill and want to take the city bus, there is no public transportation to and from EZE.
Like in most cities we strongly discourage directly hiring one of the taxis from the drivers in the entrance area of the airport aggressively selling their services. These taxis have a deserved reputation of taking advantage of unknowing visitors and charging exorbitant prices and taking the less direct way into the city to save on road tolls.
There are 2 safe, affordable and convenient transportation options that we recommend on our Buenos Aires food tours: hiring a remis or using the Manuel Tienda Leon shuttle bus.
A remis is a private car similar to a town car that has a set price paid before departing. Immediately after exiting the customs area of EZE there are several booths of remis companies where you can hire a car. In my experience they all offer the same service even though the pricing varies slightly, so ask around. Because of inflation the price is constantly changing, but as of March 2015 to get from the airport to San Telmo, Recoleta, Palermo, the Centro (downtown) or Retiro it is 450-500 pesos using a remis. Once you’ve settled on a remis company to hire, they will ask the address you are going to and you pay in full. They will direct you to one of the drivers waiting nearby who will lead you to their car. Having prepaid you will not owe anything additional when you arrive at your hotel, though you might give a small amount for tip since they usually help with your luggage.
The second and more economical option is to use the Manuel Tienda Leon shuttle bus. You can book this shuttle bus at the Manuel Tienda Leon booth located in the safe area as the remis booths. Their sign is orange with a lion logo. Their shuttle buses depart every 30 minutes from the airport to their bus terminal in the Puerto Madero neighborhood of Buenos Aires. When booking make sure they know you want the shuttle bus, not one of their remises, which they also offer. As of March 2015 the bus service is 130 pesos/person and takes around 45 minutes. The drawback to using this shuttle service is that you’re most likely still going to need to take a taxi from their bus terminal, so the savings is not that significant and is less convenient.
If you have questions about getting to or from the airport feel free to contact us. On our food tours of authentic restaurants we give lots of insider tips like this!