How to travel through Patagonia? Discover how to travel between the main destinations in Patagonia and start planning your trip through the region

the region of Patagonia fills an immense territory between the Chile and the Argentina. The beginning of this huge wilderness area of South America begins at the height of the cities of San Carlos de Bariloche, in Argentina, and the Andean Lakes region, in Chile, traveling more than 2200 km to the archipelago. Tierra del Fuego, where is the city of Ushuaia, known as the southernmost city in the world.

THE Patagonia reserves numerous scenic landscapes. Lagoons, glaciers, forests and mountains of all shapes and sizes are some of the most popular attractions among tourists visiting the region. It is worth remembering that Patagonia is really big and it will hardly be possible to know all the attractions of the region in a single trip.

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The most traditional destinations that offer better structure to tourists on the Argentine side are the cities of Ushuaia, El Calafate, El Chaltén, Bariloche and Trelew. On the Chilean side, the cities of Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales are the main access bases to the famous Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most coveted attractions in Patagonia. Other Chilean destinations such as Puerto Montt, Puerto Williams, Púcon, Puerto Varas and Chiloé Island are also on the itinerary of those traveling longer in the region.

Guanacos near the entrance to Torres del Paine National Park. Photo: Gustavo Albano

The northern part of Patagonia it concentrates the Andean Lakes area, where the cities of Puerto Varas, Pucón, Coihaique and Puerto Montt, in Chile, and Bariloche on the Argentine side are located. The last two cities offer flights to the capitals of both countries: Buenos Aires and Santiago.

The southernmost region of the Americas has the southernmost cities in the world and the third largest ice area in the world, after Antarctica and Greenland. Those arriving from flights in this part of Patagonia can choose to start this trip in the cities of El Calafate and Ushuaia, in Argentina, or Punta Arenas on the Chilean side.

Puerto Madryn, Península Valdés and Trelew, in Argentina, are considered destinations that are part of the Atlantic Patagonia. This can be a very interesting area for those looking to see more of the Patagonian marine life.

How to travel through Patagonia?

You can choose to start your itinerary in one of the three regions of Patagonia or take a longer trip through the destination connecting the North and South regions with a flight between the cities that have an airport.

During high season, some airlines offer domestic flight options on some parts of Argentina (El Calafate – Trelew, El Calafate – Ushuaia, Trelew – Ushuaia, Trelew – El Calafate, Bariloche – El Calafate).

Who is traveling to Patagonia and has time to spare, it is possible to get around on the roads. But it is necessary to know that the trips are long and that the bus departures do not occur so often. Depending on the destinations, there is the possibility of having only one bus per day.

If your choice is to get to know the cities of Patagonia by bus or even in your own car, remember that during the colder seasons, there is a possibility that the routes are closed due to weather conditions. In winter and even in autumn, it is possible that there is a lot of snow on the path, causing the snippets to be temporarily disabled. For the main cities, there are always tractors that clean the roads frequently. It is best to consult this information at the time of your trip.

Check out the public transport options between the main destinations in Patagonia:

Departing from Argentina, there are different tour agencies that offer transfers in vans or collective bus companies that make the same route connecting the main destinations. In some of these cities it is also possible to travel by plane.

How to get around from Ushuaia

Photo: nanmartinav / Ushuaia

Ushuaia vs Punta Arenas
- The companies bus south and Buses Pachecos offer the journey between the cities by bus, and the trip lasts 11 hours.
– You can also go to the small town of Puerto Williams (Chile) by boat, and take a flight to Punta Arenas with the DAP. The duration of the trip is only 1h15min.
– The company cruise australis makes the stretch in 3 days of navigation.

Ushuaia vs El Calafate
- The company Taqsa / Marl offers a 16-hour bus journey (Stop in Río Gallegos).
- A Argentine airlines it has frequent departures on flights with a duration of 1h15min.

Ushuaia vs Rio Gallegos
- The company Taqsa / Marl offers a 4-hour bus journey.

Read more about Ushuaia.

How to get around from El Calafate

How to travel around Patagonia: how to get around – plane, car or bus. Photo: Mampu / Pixabay

El Calafate vs El Chalten
- The companies CalTur, Taqsa / Marl and Chalten Travel offer a 3-hour bus journey.

El Calafate vs Puerto Natales
- The companies Cootra and Pacheco buses offer a 6-hour bus journey.

El Calafate vs Torres del Paine
– Tourism agencies in the city offer full day tours to the attraction. The trip lasts 4h30 by bus.

El Calafate vs Ushuaia
- The company Taqsa / Marl offers a 16-hour bus journey (Stop in Río Gallegos).
- A Argentine airlines has flights with a duration of 1h15min.

El Calafate vs Bariloche
- The company Taqsa / Marl offers a 28-hour bus journey.
- A Argentine airlines has flights lasting 1h45min (High season only).

El Calafate vs Trelew
- The companies Taqsa / Marl and Sportman Cooperative offer a 20-hour bus journey (Stop in Río Gallegos).
- A Argentine airlines has flights lasting 1h45min (High season only).

Read more about El Calafate.

How to get around from El Chaltén

How to travel through Patagonia: plane, car or bus.

How to travel around Patagonia: how to get around – plane, car or bus. Photo: magicaltravelling / Pixabay

El Chalten vs El Calafate
- The companies CalTur, Taqsa / Marl and Chalten Travel offer a 3-hour bus journey.

Read more about El Chalten.

How to get around from Trelew

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How to travel around Patagonia: how to get around – plane, car or bus. Photo: MM / Wikimedia Commons

Trelew x Bariloche
- The company Don Otto offers the bus section lasting 13h45min (Parada Esquel).

Trelew vs El Calafate

- The companies Taqsa / Marl and Sportman Cooperative offer a 20-hour bus journey (Stop in Río Gallegos).
- A Argentine airlines has flights lasting 1h45min (High season only).

Trelew vs Ushuaia
- The company Via Tac offers a 16-hour bus journey to Río Gallegos, then it is necessary to take another bus with the company Taqsa/Marga to Ushuaia with a duration of 4 hours.

How to get around from Bariloche

How to travel through Patagonia: plane, car or bus.

How to get around in Patagonia. Photo: Mampu / Pixabay

Bariloche vs Ushuaia
- The company Taqsa / Marl offers a 35-hour bus journey (Parada Río Gallegos).

Bariloche vs El Calafate
- The company Taqsa / Marl offers a 28-hour bus journey.
- A Argentine airlines has flights lasting 1h45min (High season only).

Bariloche vs Trelew
- The company Don Otto offers the bus section lasting 13h45min (Parada Esquel).

Bariloche vs Puerto Varas
- The companies Via Bariloche and andesmar offer a 6-hour bus journey.

If you want to start traveling in Chile, there are numerous possibilities to tour Patagonia, check out all the possibilities of routes on the Chilean side:

How to get around from Punta Arenas

How to travel through Patagonia: plane, car or bus.

How to travel around Patagonia: how to get around – plane, car or bus. Photo: PaulaGiraudi / Wikimedia Commons

Punta Arenas vs Ushuaia
- The companies bus south and Buses Pachecos offer the 11-hour bus journey.
– You can also head to Ushuaia on a flight to Puerto Williams with the DAP with a duration of 1h15min and proceed to Ushuaia by boat.
– The company cruise australis makes the stretch in 4 days of navigation.

Punta Arenas vs Puerto Natales
- The companies Buses Fernández, Pacheco buses and bus south offer a 3-hour bus journey.

Punta Arenas vs Torres del Paine
- The companies Buses Fernández, Pacheco buses and bus south offer the 3-hour bus journey + 1h30 bus ride to Torres del Paine with Pacheco buses.

Read more about Punta Arenas.

How to get around from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

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How to get around in Patagonia. Photo: restibill / Pixabay

Puerto Natales vs Punta Arenas
- The companies Buses Fernández, Pacheco buses and bus south offer a 3-hour bus journey.

Puerto Natales vs Torres del Paine
- The company Pacheco buses offers the bus section with a duration of 1h30 min.

Puerto Natales vs El Calafate
- The companies Cootra and Pacheco buses offer a 6-hour bus journey.

Read more about Puerto Natales.

How to get around from Puerto Montt

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How to travel around Patagonia: how to get around – plane, car or bus. Photo: Federico Mata / Wikimedia Commons

Bariloche vs Puerto Montt
– The companies Via Bariloche and Andesmar offer the 6-hour bus journey.

Puerto Montt vs Puerto Natales
– The company Navimag offers 4-day sailings between the two cities from November to March.

Puerto Montt vs Punta Arenas
– Sky and Lab airlines have flights with a duration of 2h10min.

* This trip was made at the invitation of the Chile Travel in collaboration with the Better Travel Guide.

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