Getting Here and Around

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Getting Here and Around

Air Travel: The Aeropuerto Internacional Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio Taravella (phew!) is 13 km (8 mi) north of Córdoba City. Aerolíneas Argentinas (www.aerolineas.com.ar) runs more than 10 daily flights between Buenos Aires and Córdoba; Chilean carrier LAN Airlines (www.lan.com) does three to four daily. The flight takes just over an hour. Take a shuttle or the local bus into town.

Bus Travel: There are dozens of daily buses to Córdoba from Buenos Aires's Retiro bus station. Companies like Chevallier and General Urquiza run semi-cama services (standard with reclining seats, air-conditioning, and sometimes videos) as well as cama or ejecutivo services (sleeper services with fully reclinable seats, refreshments, videos, and shorter journey times). From Córdoba City local bus companies connect you with most mountain towns. Buses leave once or twice an hour from the central bus station, Nueva Estacion Terminal de Omnibus de Córdoba (NETOC). In Córdoba City itself most sights and hotels are within walking distance. This is a relief, as routes in the 24-hour electric trolley-bus system are messy, there are no maps, and drivers are unhelpful. If you do decide to brave the system, buy a cospel (token) or tarjeta magnética (multijourney pass) from a kiosco (kiosk) before getting on.

Car Travel: Two roads act as the main north–south axis to the north of Córdoba City: running along the province's northeastern side is Ruta Nacional, or RN, 9, which takes you to Ascochinga, as does the winding E53 (also known as RN53), a longer, more scenic route. To the northwest, RN38 passes through the Valle de la Punilla. Ruta Provincial, or RP, 17 crosses the region's north and takes you past Ongamira. Farther south is RN156, which meanders through the mountains between Jesús María and La Cumbre. RP5 is the main access for Alta Gracia and the valley of Calamuchita, south of Córdoba City, and RN20 takes you to the Traslasierra and on towards Mendoza.

Taxi Travel: Taxis are a relatively cheap and convenient way of getting around Córdoba City. Official black-and-yellow cabs are everywhere, and all run on a meter, which includes luggage and all passengers. If you're looking to hire for the day, arrange a chauffeur-driven car; as well as avoiding expensive metered fares, you'll enjoy the driver's experience with popular visitor routes (which is sometimes a problem for local taxi drivers). In smaller towns, remises (private fixed-price taxis) do the job. You can call for one or go to an agency. Some remises may do longer trips or stick with you for a whole day; arrange fares in advance.

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