Train Travel in Argentina

by Cristina  

The government wants to re-establish connections between all the major cities in Argentina but , currently, there are train routes originating out of Buenos Aires and connecting to some major cities in the country.

Train travel in Argentina is quite popular between those travelers looking to explore the Buenos Aires province. However, it’s quite inferior if you compare it to bus travel or flying. But, trains offer a lovely way to see the scenery roll by and are still more comfortable than the buses.

Classes

Some of the trains can have up to four classes. Tourista (tourist) class is the most overcrowded but also the cheapest option. Primera offers reclining seats and air conditioning, while Pullman class has larger seats and air-conditioning. Coche de cama are the sleeper compartments, which are the best option on longer , overnight journeys.

Tickets and passes

Make sure to purchase the tickets ahead of departure (3 to 14 days).

The Argempass is a pass which offers unlimited first-class travel within the country. They are valid for 30, 60 or 90 days of travel but need to be used within 30 days of making the purchase. The pass can only be purchased at railway booking offices in Argentina.

Tourist trains

Although train travel is not very developed in Argentina, the tourist trains offer an excellent way to see the landscape roll by. The most famous tourist train is the “Train to the Clouds” which runs through the Andes at 4200 m above the sea level. It is the only railway which starts from the city of Salta and travels 219 km to La Polvorilla

The Historical Steam Train can be boarded at San Carlos de Bariloche railway station and the 40 km ride to Perito Moreno-Los Juncos railway station offers lovely view of the area and a trip back in time.

Tourist trains can also be boarded in: Cordoba, Mendoza, Misiones, Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.

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