The Malvinas Argentinas Ushuaia Airport is the Southermost airport in Argentina and often referred to as the “gate to Antarctica”. The airport itself is actually quite small and not served by many airlines, but very comfortable to arrive at and depart from. In this airport guide, we’ll explain what you need to know about the airport of Ushuaia.
Ushuaia is very important for cruises to the Antarctica and also an increasingly popular holiday destination. At the same time, the city is so far from everything else that flights here are quite limited, especially out of season. Back in the days, some airlines even operated Boeing 747 (Aerolineas Argentinas) and Concorde (Air France) charter flights to Ushuaia, while these days the airport mainly sees smaller aircraft.
The most important carriers are Aerolineas Argentinas and LATAM, both operating several daily flights to Buenos Aires and other destinations in Argentina. The only international flights are seasonal ones to Brazil and Chile.
Ushuaia Airport has only a few frequencies a day. Thus, shopping and dining options at the airport are very limited. You can find a daily needs shop, a souvenir shop as well as a bar and a cafe at the airport.
After security, the only facility during low season is a set-up cafe selling a couple of snacks and drinks. You are at the end of the world after all.
Despite the lack of departures and overnight connections, the airport is open 24 hours a day and allows travelers to stay inside the terminal during the night if they have a boarding pass for the next day. There are no particular sleeping spots, but travelers can spend the night on one of the benches or the floor in the heated airport. Nevertheless, hotels are definitely the better option for a good night’s sleep.
While there are no particular airport hotels, the city is just a few kilometers away and you’ll find several hotels for every budget here. Yet, you should be aware that hotel prices can be quite steep in high season.
Frequent flyers and premium passengers need to lower their standards when visiting Ushuaia as there is no airport lounge whatsoever.
Ushuaia doesn’t have any public transportation. The only option to get around are shared vehicles, taxis and buses operated by private companies.
I’d recommend organizing transportation before your arrival. Taxis are available at the airport though. Prices are on a reasonable level.