How to get to Cordoba, Argentina (by Plane, Bus or Train)

If you’re wondering how to get to Cordoba, Argentina we’ve got you covered.

Cordoba is a city worth visiting due to its Jesuit heritage which greatly influenced its architecture, plus it’s also the gateway to smaller towns in the Sierras where you can disconnect from it all. In the Province of Cordoba, you can go on a multi-day horse trek with gauchos, celebrate Oktoberfest in a town that looks straight out of Europe, explore the Jesuit Block and Estancias, and so much more!

As Argentina’s second-largest city and due to its strategic location in the centre of the country, Cordoba is extremely well-connected. It has multiple transportation links including direct flights to most Argentine cities, as well as interprovincial buses and a twice-weekly train from Buenos Aires.

In this guide, we’ll be showing you some of the different ways of getting to Cordoba, so that you can start planning your trip.

How to get to Cordoba, Argentina by plane, bus or train

Flights to Cordoba

If you’re flying to Cordoba, you’ll arrive at Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport (COR), locally known as Pajas Blancas.

Cordoba’s airport is situated 15 kilometres north of the city centre and it’s a 25-minute drive without traffic.

Pajas Blancas receives domestic flights from all over Argentina as well as international flights from destinations as far as Madrid, Panama, Lima, Resistencia and Santiago del Chile.

Flight times to Cordoba

  • Buenos Aires (EZE) to Cordoba (COR) – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Buenos Aires (AER) to Cordoba – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mendoza (MDZ) to Cordoba (COR) – 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Bariloche (BRC) to Cordoba (COR) – 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Tucumán (TUC) to Cordoba (COR) – 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Salta (SLA) to Cordoba (COR) – 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Jujuy (JUJ) to Cordoba (COR) – 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Iguazú (IGR) to Cordoba (COR) – 2 hours 5 minutes
  • El Calafate (FTE) to Cordoba (COR) – 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD) to Cordoba (COR) – 2 hours 35 minutes
  • Neuquén (NQN) to Cordoba (COR) – 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Ushuaia (USH) to Cordoba (COR) – 3 hours 50 minutes
  • Mar del Plata (MDQ) to Cordoba (COR – 1 hour 50 minutes
  • San Juan (UAQ) to Cordoba (COR) – 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Trelew (REL) to Cordoba (COR) – 2 hours 10 minutes

Airlines that fly to Cordoba

  • Copa Airlines (Panama)
  • LATAM (Lima, Santiago de Chile)
  • Air Europa (Madrid)
  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • JetSmart
  • FlyBondi

Tip: This may seem very obvious, but it’s also an easy mistake to make. When booking your flight to Cordoba, Argentina make sure you don’t accidentally book yourself a flight to Cordoba, Spain! Both cities share the same name. The airport code for Cordoba, Argentina is COR while the airport code for Cordoba, Spain is ODB. 

Renting a Car at Cordoba Airport

Once you land in Cordoba, you can pick up a rental car at the airport, though it is advised you reserve a vehicle ahead of time. This is an especially good idea if you’re planning a road trip to the Sierras. The best way to explore these small mountain towns is with a vehicle since buses can be less frequent.

The following car rental providers are available at the airport:

  • Hertz
  • Avis
  • Localiza
  • Alamo National
  • Europcar

Tip: If you are not renting a car, you can get to the city by hopping in a taxi or remis, or for an even more budget-friendly option, you can take the AeroBus which runs from the airport to the bus terminal.

The Sierras Cordobesas is one of the places you can visit in the Province of Cordoba.

Buses to Cordoba

Because Cordoba is situated in the centre of Argentina, it is a major transportation hub with bus links that connect it to the rest of the country.

Buses arrive and depart from Terminal de Ómnibus de Córdoba. You have the Terminal de Omnibus T1 sometimes called the ‘Terminal Vieja’ (Old Terminal), and the Nueva Terminal de Omnibus T2 known as the ‘Terminal Nueva’ (new terminal).

The two terminals are located right next to each other, so if you end up at the wrong one, you just have to walk across the street to the other one.

Long-distance bus rides across the country generally leave from the old terminal, while more regional routes to the Sierras and cities within the province leave from the new terminal. That being said, always confirm when buying your ticket as there can be exceptions.

What bus companies go to Cordoba

  • Buenos Aires to Cordoba – Chevallier, 20 de Junio, Urquiza, Sierras Cordobesas, Sierras de Cordoba, Encon, Fono Bus, El Practico, El Turista
  • Mendoza to Cordoba – San Juan Mar del Plata, Chevallier, 20 de Junio, CATA, Tramat
  • Bariloche to Cordoba – ViaTAC
  • Tucumán to Cordoba – El Practico, ViaTAC
  • Salta to Cordoba – ViaTAC, Via Bariloche, Tramat, El Rapido, Balut, Flecha Bus, Fono Bus
  • Jujuy to Cordoba – ViaTAC, Tramat, El Rapido, Flecha Bus
  • Iguazú to Cordoba – Expreso Singer
  • Comodoro Rivadavia to Cordoba – Tramat, ViaTAC,
  • Neuquén to Cordoba – ViaTAC, Flecha Bus
  • Mar del Plata to Cordoba – Zenit, ViaTAC
  • San Juan to Cordoba – CATA, 20 de Junio, Socasa, San Juan Mar del Plata
  • Trelew to Cordoba – Tramat, ViaTAC
  • Rosario to Cordoba – Urquiza, Chevallier, 20 de Junio, Sierras de Cordoba, ViaTAC, Fono Bus, El Turista

Book your tickets via BusBud.

Tip: If you’re travelling long distances, choose your seat category wisely! Argentine buses have the following classes: Cama Suite with seats that recline 180 degrees, Cama Ejecutivo at 160 degrees, and Semi Cama at 120 degrees. Sometimes it’s worth paying a few extra pesos for a more comfortable trip, especially if you’re catching an overnight bus.

Walking across a hanging bridge in the picturesque town of La Cumbrecita in Cordoba.

Train to Cordoba

Buenos Aires to Cordoba Train

It is possible to travel by train from Buenos Aires to Cordoba aboard the Retiro-Córdoba long-distance train operated by Trenes Argentinos.

The train runs twice per week leaving from Retiro Station (Estación Retiro Linea San Martin) on Wednesdays and Sundays at 11:30 and arriving in Cordoba at 8:34 the following morning. It is a 21-hour journey from Buenos Aires to Cordoba.

This same train then runs from Cordoba to Buenos Aires on Mondays and Fridays leaving at 20:08 and arriving at 16:40 the following afternoon.

You can book your train tickets to Cordoba here (the website is only in Spanish).

Tip: Always check an updated schedule before making plans as the frequency and departures/arrival times can change. 

Tren de las Sierras

Once you arrive in Cordoba, you have the option of travelling aboard Tren de las Sierras. This is a 150-kilometre sightseeing train that runs from Córdoba to Valle Hermoso with a travel time of 3 hours and 30 minutes. It’s a picturesque way to enjoy the landscapes and small towns of the Sierras.

You can view the train schedule for Tren de las Sierras here.

Exploring the Jesuit architecture in Cordoba City's old town.

Driving to Cordoba

Can I drive from Buenos Aires to Cordoba?

It’s certainly possible to do so. The drive from Buenos Aires to Cordoba is around 700 kilometres and takes 7 hours and 20 minutes to complete as long as there is no major traffic leaving or entering the city.

The highways and roads are well-maintained and well-signaled. To make the drive, you take National Route 9 (Ruta Nacional 9) which connects the two cities and passes via Rosario.

Before embarking on your trip, plan your route, make sure your vehicle is in working order, and if you’re unfamiliar with the area consider having a map or GPS device to help you navigate.

The drive can be done in one day, but remember to take breaks during your journey to rest and refuel as needed.

Now that you know how to get to Cordoba, you may be interested in reading our guide to where to stay in Cordoba to make the most of your time in the city.

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