Ezeiza, Buenos Aires Airport Information

Ezeiza is the airport that services Buenos Aires Argentina. Most international flights to and from Argentina go through Ezeiza which is not far from downtown Buenos Aires Argentina.

Here is some important Buenos Aires airport information.

Flying to Buenos Aires Argentina.  – When you are flying into Ezeiza international airport, you will be greeted by 2 lines when you exit the plane. 1 line is for people who have Argentina passports. And the other, much longer line is for foreigners. This line takes about 45 minutes or less to wait in and when it’s your turn to get your passport stamped, you may be asked a few questions about your visit. Sometimes they speak English, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they ask you questions, sometimes they don’t. But generally you will get your 90 day tourist visa here and your passport stamped.

Ezeiza airport customs imports. – If you are from Argentina, or anywhere else, and are bringing expensive items or goods with you that are not made in Argentina, you may end  paying a large sum for them. For example, if you bringing a guitar worth $1,000USD from the US, then you will have to pay a $500 tax for it. There are ways around it, but this is generally the rule.

The exceptions are laptop computers which usually are allowed and even desktop computers have been allowed without tax.

When I brought my cats, I paid a $11USD tax each for them.

Picking up your bags and luggage.  – Once you clear the passport and the customs then you walk through a hallway to pick up your luggage. There are carts here for free if you have lots of stuff.

Entering the terminal.  – Once you have your luggage then you will walk through sliding glass doors. You will see some money exchange places and some airport shuttle booths before the glass doors. Just keep on going.

Immediately after walking through the glass doors you will see all the wonderful Argentine people waiting for loved ones who have traveled abroad. You may find some crying and emotional people here. You will also see people waiting for a specific person with their names on cards.

Before you do anything. Take a right and walk around the glass partion and keep going all the way to the back where you will see a blue Banco sign. This bank has the best currency exhange rate in the airport. Wait in line for a few minutes and get about 400 pesos.

Getting to downtown Buenos Aires from Ezeiza International Airport in Argentina.  – You have several options for getting to your hotel or where ever you need to go in Buenos Aires from the airport. I strongly suggest that you take the white taxis. It ends up being almost the same price as the shuttle and is a much nicer service. Cost is 54 pesos. To get a white taxi, go to the middle of the terminal after you get your currency exchange and you will see a white both. Tell them, “Capital Federal” and have an address of where you are staying. You will pay and then soon a guy will escort you and your bags to a white taxi. Then you will be driven safely to your next destination in Buenos Aires. It will take about 40 minutes or less.

If you hail a cab from the curb, you will be sorry. These cabs have a history of robbing people. If you take the shuttle, then you will be dropped off downtown and still have to take a taxi or the subway to your final destination. Saving you about 15 pesos but adding about 30 minutes.

Leaving Buenos Aires Argentina at Ezeiza international airport.  – My advice for getting to Ezeiza International airport from Buenos Aires is the same as for getting to the city. Take the white taxi. In fact, try to remember to keep their card that they will give you when you catch them the first time. The other option I endorse in the time honred Manuel Leon Tienda airport shuttle. These guys have been around since 1927. The cost is $25 pesos per person and this option makes sense if you are traveling alone. You get the shuttle in Retiro a little ways away from the English Tower. I strongly advise agaisnt catching a black and yellow taxi and a private remise is also a gamble. So take the white taxi if you can and make it easy on yourself. 

Leaving Buenos Aires. –  It takes about 40 minutes to get to the Ezeiza airport from downtown Buenos Aires. If you are taking an international flight, make sure to get there 2 hours before the flight leaves.

There are 2 ports at Ezeiza international airport. One for domestic flights which is the first port you come to, and one for international flights which is the second port. Enter into the terminal and you will see the lines.

First you wait in line and deal with immigrations. If your visa has expired, then you pay a 50 pesos fine but it’s a 3 step situation that will add an hour. If your visa did not expire, then you clear immigrations and wait to check your luggage.

Once checked in, you must go and stand in another line to pay an airport tax. I think it’s about 57 pesos.

Once you have this, then go to your gate. Before you go through security, you can take your receitps or facturas and get a tax refund. This can be substantial and I recommend that you keep your receipts for everything you buy while shopping in Buenos Aires. After you go through security, you enter a duty free shopping mall. It’s good and cheap and worth buying stuff. There is only 1 kiosk here so try to get gum before getting to airport.

Then you go to your gate and your carry on bags are checked along with passport and ticket and airport tax receipt.

Then you get on the plane and say good bye to Argentina.

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9 Responses to “Ezeiza, Buenos Aires Airport Information”

  1. 1 Cass October 29, 2006 at 1:56 am


    I just returned from Argentina on Oct. 10th 2006 and the airport tax was 56.16 Argentine pesos for an international flight (as described above). Hope this helps.

  2. 2 claude goas April 13, 2008 at 6:56 am

    hi iam argentine but have lived in the usa for almost 48 years iam 52 now i plan retirig there my relatives still live there. my question of great concern is iam bringing 100.000 dollars with me in carry bag iam also a us citizen which line shuold i go in us passport or argentine passport whats process in bringing the money in i will have documents showing where the money came from i here stories about dirty custom agents calling a friend to rob you what would you do thanks claude

  3. 3 Rastogi September 26, 2009 at 1:16 am


    One confusion:
    When you say white taxis, do you mean remises? Is it possible to book in advance?

    Also, my hostel is asking me for $130 Argentinian pesos for airport pick up. Is that a bit of a rip-off?

    Thanks in advance

  4. 4 Margot Dippel April 29, 2010 at 1:11 am

    I understand there is a special fee that Americans pay when they fly into Ezeiza do I have to pay the $131 at the airport, or that part of my airplane ticket charge?

    And why do travelers with a German passport flying to Buenos Aires
    Ezeiza do NOT pay a dime??

    Seems there is some discrimination going on.

    I like to hear from you. Thank you.

    • 5 tangotours April 30, 2010 at 3:45 am

      This is incorrect. There is a fee for all foreigner travelers LEAVING Buenos Aires Ezeiza airport.

      There is also a fee for all foreign travelers who fly domestically within Argentina.

    • 6 M November 10, 2011 at 12:49 am

      It’s called a reparation fee, the US charges Argentinians to enter the country, so they charge us. Also for travelling in neighboring countries it’s the same deal, we need a visa for at least Bolivia and Brazil, and we have to pay a visa fee,

      And the fee when I entered was $140 USD, you pay this separately, as in it’s not part of your plane ticket cost, I flew in in the end of July 2011. However, I see this post was from over a year ago, so you may know all this already.

  5. 7 fast track customs January 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks for that awesome post, great information and well written.

  6. 8 Eric May 7, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    My name is Eric I am an Argentine citizen, I have Argentine residency and live and work here in Arg. Will I have to pay the 50 peso airport tax when I leave the airport, also upon re-entry when I return will I have to pay the U$S 113 because I am a foreigner?
    Also while there I am planning on brining back a musical instrument that was purchased by my mom for me as a birthday gift..an instrument I can not posibly get here in Argentina…will I be charged for this also 50%? This is not good customs policy for tourists…to be honest I feel this is somewhat corrupt to say the least…they are taxing people and punishing people for traveling…its like they really dont want people to leave!?

  7. 9 Eric May 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Sorry…correction..I am a US citizen with Argentine residency..please see my post above

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