Getting Here and Around in The Atlantic Coast

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Getting Here and Around

Comfortable long-distance buses connect Buenos Aires with the Atlantic Coast. Although extra buses are added in January and February, tickets sell out fast. Plusmar and Expreso Alberino make numerous daily trips to Pinamar in high season; the five-hour trip costs 75-85 pesos. The best service to Mar del Plata is with Flechabus and Nueva Chevallier; there are 10-20 daily departures, and the five-hour trip costs 90-100 pesos. Local company Montemar runs buses every 15 minutes between Pinamar's bus station and Villa Gesell, the closest town to Mar de las Pampas. They also have buses that run along Avenida Bunge and within Pinamar.

Ferrobaires runs daily trains from Constitución to Mar del Plata (52–69 pesos; six hours). The most comfortable option is the Super-Pullman (90 pesos), which goes to Mar del Plata on Friday night and returns Sunday night.

The Aeropuerto Internacional Mar del Plata (Km 398 on AU 2, about five minutes outside the city) is the beach region's main airport. There are two daily flights (around 500 pesos) year-round to and from Buenos Aires on Aerolíneas Argentinas. Note that this is a coveted route in summer, so make reservations early.

Having your own wheels is a great boon on the coast. You can rent cars locally, or drive from Buenos Aires via Autopista La Plata and AU 2, a two-lane highway that continues straight to Mar del Plata (tolls of 18 pesos). The four- to five-hour drive is just one long straight highway, though that highway does get very busy in summer. To reach the northern coast, come off AU 2 at Dolores, continue 30 km (20 mi) on RP 63 to Esquina de Crotto, then turn onto RP 56. This takes you the 110 km (70 mi) to Pinamar. The Pinamar turn-off also intersects with RP 11, also known as the Interbalnearia, a two-lane coast road that connects Pinamar with Mar de las Pampas.

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