The following information is for traveling to Peninsula Valdes from other destinations, and for getting around in the area near the peninsula.
Peninsula Valdes may look far away from major transport centers on a map, but the area is well-served by both air and road. Both Puerto Madryn and Trelew have airports with direct flights from Buenos Aires on Aerolineas Argentinas and LADE, each taking approximately 2.5 hours. Both airports have direct connections with several other Argentine cities, including a short commuter-style flight between each. Between the two, Trelew airport is the more common destination because of its central location. Flights to and from Bariloche are quite common, especially during the winter months.
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Lade Airlines - (External site)
For those whose schedules permit and who wish to see the beautiful Argentine countryside and coast, there are numerous interprovincial bus carriers, with connections to every part of the country. A trip from Buenos Aires, some 913 miles (1470 kms) north of peninsula Valdes, takes a full day or more (18 hours on average) but offers an unparalleled way to see the sights from the pampas to Patagonia. Argentine buses are among the most comfortable on the continent, and all have air conditioning, television, additional luggage space and stop for meals along the way. There is daily service between Puerto Madryn and Trelew every hour on the hour. Many buses also make scheduled trips to the region's nature and wildlife reserves. You should verify the exact bus route and stops before making a decision on which bus you select.
Puerto Madryn, Trelew, Gaiman and Dolavan are ideal walking towns with no traffic congestion. However, if you need or want a taxi around town or to visit nearby towns, there are plenty of taxi agencies to choose from in Puerto Madryn and Gaiman. Taxis in Trelew offer service to Gaiman and Dolavan, just as most in Puerto Madryn will take travelers to Peninsula Valdes.
Renting a car makes a great deal of sense if you are headed to Peninsula Valdes or beyond. Although some reserve land is off-limits to vehicles, the ability to get to and from the entrance and the coasts is made much easier with your own vehicle, as some buses and taxis are not always inclined to go past the entrances or along unpaved roads. And, with Puerto Madryn and Trelew being a scant 42 miles (67 kms) apart, having your own vehicle makes arriving at either hub very quick. If visiting the smaller settlements along the Chibut River valley, a private vehicle is indispensible.
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