Located at the foot of the majestic Andes Mountains of Argentina by the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake, San Carlos de Bariloche is a popular vacation spot for many Argentineans, Chileans and tourists from outside South America. They come here for the alpine scenery, the adrenaline-pumping sports, the peaceful mountain retreats and the chocolate. The gateway to this beautiful lakeside town is San Carlos de Bariloche Airport, where you can retrieve your booked vehicle to take in the wonderful landscapes of this Andean destination.
Who to Book With
Only a few car hire suppliers are present at San Carlos de Bariloche Airport—Tipoa, Hertz and Avis. In town, you have a wealth of choices, from local to international car rental brands. Many have offices along Mitre and surrounding roads in the city centre. There's Lagos, APU, A Open, Amici, Thrifty and Modena. Prior arrangement or pick-up must be arranged for those renting from offices in town.
Need to Know Essentials
When collecting the car you rented, you need to present the following documentation:
- Full UK driver’s licence or an International Driving Permit
- Renter's credit card
- Passport or any other ID to confirm identity
- Copy of the booking form
Our FAQs will have more details.
Though the rules and regulations for driving in Argentina are generally the same as in the US or in Europe, local drivers tend to be more aggressive in their driving habits, sometimes ignoring rules altogether. Always be alert. Along the highways, the speed limit ranges from 62mph to 81mph. Within the city, you can drive up to 37mph. Note that when renting vehicles with non-turbo charged engines, petrol consumption will be slightly increased given the altitudes at which you will drive here in the Andes.
View our Argentina driving guide for additional tips.
San Carlos de Bariloche Airport lies close to the town it services. It is an easy nine-mile drive from the airport to the city centre. There is only one main road to get into town—the Acceso A Aeropuerto Internacional Tte. L. Candelar. It joins Highway 237 along the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake before arriving into town. The town has a public bus system and a fleet of taxi cabs, but no rapid transit or suburban railways. While the public transport system is reliable, the best way to explore this area is by self-drive.
Cabs wait for tourists arrive at San Carlos de Bariloche Airport. The taxi queue is right outside the terminal building by the main gates. You can hire a taxi on your own or you can share a ride with any of the other passengers heading into town. This is an especially popular option during the busier times of the year.
San Carlos de Bariloche Airport to San Carlos de Bariloche city centre is around £11.
Public bus 72 runs between the airport and the city centre every two hours beginning at around 07:00 to about 22:00. The route is fairly straightforward, so you will need to ask your hotel which bus stop is ideal for you and your party. A bus ride costs about £0.5.
San Carlos de Bariloche Airport only has one airport terminal where passengers will find all the facilities. The airport receives mostly regional and domestic flights, mainly from Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, and Santiago, the capital of Chile. Seasonal flights come in from many airports in Brazil as well.
The airport has a parking facility in front of the terminal building with a capacity of around 300 vehicles. An hour of parking costs just £0.25.
Even though San Carlos de Bariloche Airport is a small, low-key facility, it is equipped with a Wi-Fi network accessible to all passengers.
The terminal building has an Information Counter for general and tourism inquires. It is located in the public area of the terminal.
Information: +54 02944 405016
Phone booths and restrooms have been adapted to persons with reduced mobility needs. It is always best to contact the airline before the flight so the staff can prepare the necessary items needed by persons with reduced mobility for a more comfortable journey.
Restaurants and Bars
Fenoglio can be found in the airport terminal building. It is located near the ticketing counters on Level 1 of the airport. It serves the confectionery Bariloche is famous for—chocolate.
The airport has one VIP lounge located close to the boarding gates.
Money and ATMs
Only one ATM can be found in the airport terminal building. It is a Banco Nación ATM open 24 hours.
A duty-free store is located near the International Departure area close to the check-in counters. The first floor also has a few stores selling jewellery, chocolates, gift items and souvenirs.