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Submitted on Jul 24, 2020 Useful Info

Best way to get to Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina

  • Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego is the southern-most national park in Argentina, and one of the top things to do for visitors to Ushuaia. It's located a short 15km west of the city, with many different transportation options for both day trips and longer treks

  • The park is popular for its pristine nature, and the three most popular activities to do there are hiking, the scenic End of the World train (Tren del Fin del Mundo), and sending a post card from the Post Office at the End of the World.
  • To get to the park, you need to first get to the town of Ushuaia. The best way to get to Ushuaia is to fly from Buenos Aires (more details here). Once in Ushuaia, the best way to get to the park is to rent a car and drive there yourself. There are a couple of other ways to get to the park from the city too, and below I'll explain each option in detail

  • Option 1) Car Rental: Best Option
  • Even though this is not the most popular option, I recommend this as the best option because it gives you the ultimate flexibility to tour this giant park, is quite reasonably priced, and is very easy to get a rental car
  • Anyone with a valid driver's license from their own country can rent a car in Argentina, and you don't need to get and International Driving Permit, as long as your driver's license is written in Latin alphabet. If it's not in alphabet (e.g. Russian, Chinese, Japanese, etc.), then you do need to get an International Driving Permit. You can read my post about car rental in Argentina for more details
  • There are LOTS of car rental agencies in Ushuaia, both at the airport and in town. Both international giants like Hertz and Avis, and local car rental shops are available. This Google Maps search can show you just how many options you have
  • Car rental daily rates:
  • USD$50-$60 per day for a small sedan
  • USD$60-80 per day for a standard sedan
  • USD$90-100 per day for an SUV or truck
  • After you get the car, you can just drive to the entrance of the national park where you buy your entry ticket. The entrance is located here, a short 20 minute drive west straight west of town
  • Cars are allowed to go into the national park without any additional fees. Parking is free and easy to find all over the park. There will be parking at the start of all the hiking trails, and at all the major points of interest inside the park
  • You should book your car ahead of time as early as possible because during popular tourist season (November through March) the cars will often book out due to high demand
  • Both manual and automatic transmission cars are available for rental, but there seems to be a lot more manual cars than automatic, so if you can only drive automatic you really should try to reserve one as early as you possibly can

  • Option 2) Shuttle Bus: Cheapest Option
  • There are daily shuttle buses going back and forth between Ushuaia and the park
  • Bus station in Ushuaia: the shuttles depart from and return to the main bus terminal in Ushuaia, located quite centrally at the intersection of Avenida Maipú and Juana Genoveva Fadul (located here). This terminal is easily accessible by walking from the hotels in the city
  • Price and ticket: round trip fare is about USD$15 per person (currently 900 pesos, but this price will increase very fast because we have over 50% inflation rate in Argentina). Tickets are bought on the spot at the bus terminal. There are no advance purchase possible, so you just have to show up to the terminal and buy your ticket there. The ticketing booth opens are 8AM
  • Drop off/pick up spots in the park: there are multiple stops. The shuttle bus first stops at the entrance of the park (which is here) where you will need to get off and buy the ticket, then get get back onto the same bus, which will then go to several additional stops inside the park to drop you off. The stops are: the train station, post office at the end of the world, Alakush Visitor's Center, Laguna Negra trailhead, and the end of route 3. The stops are all spaced far apart, but are connected by hiking trails, so most visitors get off at one stop and get picked from another stop. When you buy your ticket in Ushuaia, the bus driver will show you on a map where those bus stops are, and they will also ask you where you would like to get off the bus, and where/what time you would like to get picked up from. This does mean that you need to plan out your day in advance and makes it hard to play by ear. Here's the map of the park and you can see on it where all the shuttle bus stop I listed above are located:User submitted photo of Tierra Del Fuego National Park
  • Schedule: the first bus leaves the bus terminal in Ushuaia at around 9am. The last bus to return from the park is at around 7pm. The bus departures in between are pretty frequent but changes all the time depending on seasons and number of tourists, and the exact departure/return times are not fixed. You just need to go to the bus terminal and see when the next available bus is. For return bus, as I mentioned above you need to tell the bus company what time and where you intend to return, and they will meet you there to pick you up from the park
  • The bus terminal area is quite unorganized. There are lots of bus operators and everyone's trying to sell you their bus. While bus is definitely the cheapest option to get to and from the park, it involves a lot more hassle and has less flexibility than the other options I'll explain below

  • Option 3) Taxi
  • This is also a common way to get to the park from Ushuaia and back, but there are two different ways of doing it so be sure to plan out in advance:
  1. Hire a taxi for 4-8 hours: basically you charter a taxi to take you from Ushuaia to the park, and then the taxi will drive you to all the main attractions inside the park, and then drive you back to town at the end. How long you want to hire a taxi for depends on what you want to do and your budget. 4 hours will allow you to see all the main attractions inside the park but you won't have time for any hikes (3 hours inside the park, plus 1 hour to get to and from the park). 8 hours will allow you to do some of the hikes as well, and your taxi will drop you off at the start of the hike and wait for you at the end of the trail. In terms of cost, 4 hours costs USD$80-$100, and 8 hours will be USD$150-$200 per car. Alternatively, there are also taxis you can hire at the End of the World Train Station, which is pretty much at the park, that you can hire for 3 hours which will take you around the park for about USD$70-$80. These taxis are not metered and you should always negotiate the price. How to find taxis: there will be taxis available throughout the town, especially around main tourist hubs like the port. You can also ask your accommodation to reserve one for you
  2. Get a taxi to drop you off at the park: if you don't want to hire a taxi for multiple hours, you can also get a taxi for one-way from Ushuaia to the park for USD$25-$30 per car. You can find taxis all over Ushuaia especially around tourist hubs like the port, or you can have your hotel call one for you. Two tips if you choose to use this taxi option:
  3. Don't get dropped off at the entrance of the park (here) where you buy your entrance ticket. This spot is located about 40 minutes walk away from the start of the first trail (here), so if you get dropped off here you'd end up having to walk along a dusty road before you can start hiking on the proper trail. Taxis are allowed to go inside the park, so make sure you do that
  4. Keep in mind that it's VERY HARD to find taxis inside the park to take you back in town. You will have to get to the End of the World Train Station (close to the entrance of the park) in order to find taxis to take you back to Ushuaia. Many tourists that take one-way taxis to the park end up having to hitchhike with other visitors who have their own taxis/cars inside the park
  • The advantage of taxis is the convenience, especially compared to the shuttle bus. But it's quite expensive, especially if you're by yourself. If you have a group of 2-3 people, then the costs become much more reasonable
  • Again, the taxis are not metered. You need to negotiate with the driver and agree on a price before you get on the car
  • Taxis are also called remis, so if you hear anyone referring to remises know that they're talking about taxis

  • Option 4) Organized tours
  • This is completely unnecessary but if you don't want to do any planning you can always book onto an organized tour, which will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel, as well as taking care of the entry tickets and so on
  • I won't go into a lot of details about this, but you can book tours through either online travel agencies like Viator and GetYourGuide, which tend to be more expensive, or once you're in Ushuaia find a local travel agency to book a tour through them. Most hotels will also be able to reserve a tour for you