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How to get to Iguazú Falls in Argentina and Brazil

From Brazil

Although straddling the Brazilian border the falls are far from any major cities of Brazil and the majority of our visitors, have been visiting other parts of the country first so will be coming on from Rio or São Paulo

From Rio de Janeiro

Although it is possible to drive from Rio to Foz do Iguaçu it is a whole day drive, over 20 hours total, which is impractical for most visitors though of course it does make a wonderful road trip and allow a view of the county not otherwise possible.

Generally however the best way is to fly by plane, and an airplane will take about 2 hours from Rio to the Foz do Iguaçu airport if it is a direct flight. The Brazilian discount airline Gol (Gol Transportes Aéreos) flies every day of the week at 10:10am in the morning, with evening flights most days as well. The larger TAM airline (TAM Linhas Aéreas) also offers flights but not on all days, leaving two minutes earlier at 10:08 the TAM 3188 flight is a little slower but both land you just after noon.

TAM also flies an afternoon schedule around 4 or 5pm depending on the day of the week, please check with your agent for details according to your needs.

It is highly recommended to take one of these direct flights and better to avoid the connecting flight which stop in either Curitiba or São Paulo which are offered by the same airlines, and also by Azul Brazilian Airlines, as the stop almost doubles your total time and really means you loose most of your day.

The airport at Foz do Iguaçu is actually named Cataratas International Airport (code: IGU) after the falls themselves. It is a small but well maintained regional airport. (website)  Situated just 12km from the falls it mid way between the falls and the city it is a perfect gateway to the falls.

A common strategy therefore is to take an afternoon flight to Foz, drive from the airport to the city for dinner and for the night, then early in the morning take the half hour drive from your hotel to the falls to spend the day.

From the airport to the town you may either take a taxi, or prearrange an airport transfer. Round trip airport transfers cost about $24 and can be booked here.

From São Paulo

Flying from the Aeroporto International de São Paulo to Foz do Iguacu is similar and only very slightly shorter as it is closer.  Because Sano Paulo is such a major city there are as there are more flights in the day, also operated by TAM and Gol (see above). Flights leave in the morning at 10:25 or 10:50 depending on the day operated by TAM, and there is only one afternoon flight at 3:45 by Gol. The late evening flights at nearly midnight arriving early the next morning are not recommended.

The morning flights arrive shortly after midday, as with those from Rio, so this is by far the busiest time at the airport and it is best if you have pre-arranged an airport transfer with your hotel to take you either into the city or with a tour that will take you directly to the falls.

 

 

From Argentina

From Buenos Aires

It is possible to easily get to the falls either by Bus or by Plane.  Of course the Bus ride is much longer but can be taken as an overnight ride, which of course saves on a hotel for one night as any budget traveller will know and the night busses in Argentina are well known for their comfort.

By plane

Unfortunately there are no direct flights between BA and our falls so it is necessary to change plane, normally in São Paulo, and from there the instructions above apply.

The total time of a plane trip from BA to Foz do Iguacu is around 6 hours.

Puerto Iguazú Round-Trip Airport Transfer

If you are staying

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