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Flights to Patagonia


Patagonia is over 5,000 miles from the USA and 8,000 miles from the UK, and getting to somewhere this remote isn't easy. But it is worth it!

We help our clients plan their travel into Patagonia, advise on the best regional airports to use, and organise an itinerary that minimises the amount of time you spend in the air.

We can book your international and domestic flights for you along with the rest of your trip.

If you'd like help working out the best itinerary, or deciding which regional airports will serve you best then please contact us.

Read on to find out which airport you need to fly to, or see

Flights to Patagonia from the UK | from the USA | from Australia |from Canada | from New Zealand.

How to get to Patagonia

To get to Patagonia from outside of Chile and Argentina, you need to fly into either Santiago or Buenos Aires and then take a connecting flight down to Patagonia.

  • If you want to travel to Chilean Patagonia, fly into Santiago International Airport (SCL) (officially called Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport) in Santiago, Chile.  Need inspiration of what to do in Santiago?
  • To travel to Argentine Patagonia, you need to fly into Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) (officially called Ministro Pistarini International Airport) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Want to know what to do in the Paris of South America?

N.B. It is important to make sure that you fly into the same country that your destination is in. For example, it would be difficult to get from Buenos Aires to an airport in Chilean Patagonia.

 

- For full details on domestic flights and regional airports in Patagonia, see our page on how to travel to Patagonia.

Flights to Patagonia from the UK

Flights to Argentina

British Airways now operate a direct flight from London Heathrow (LHR) to Ezeiza airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires, which takes 13-14 hours. Indirect flights, via Madrid, the USA or Brazil will probably work out cheaper, but do add a few hours to your journey and add some risk around connections.

For details of how to get to Patagonia from Buenos Aires, see airports in Argentine Patagonia. Find & Book Flights

 

Flights to Chile

There are no direct flights from the UK, but you can fly to Santiago (SCL) from London Heathrow (LHR) via Madrid, and this makes for a relatively smooth and quick journey.

For details of how to get to Patagonia from Santiago, see airports in Chilean Patagonia. Find & Book Flights

Flights to Patagonia from the USA

Flights to Argentina

 USA to Buenos Aires  - There are flights from several of the larger airports in the USA, either direct or with a stop. Below we've listed flights from some major cities, but we're more than happy to help you find and book a flight from anywhere else in the United States - just get in touch.

  • New York, NY - American Airlines fly direct from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) once a day, with flight times of approximately 10 hours 35 minutes.
  • Miami, FL - There are several daily direct flights from Miami International Airport (MIA) which take around 9 hours. American Airlines fly 2 to 3 times per day, and LAN Airlines once a day.
  • Dallas, TX - American Airlines have one direct flight each day from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), with a flight time of about 10 hours 20 minutes.
  • Atlanta, GA - Delta Airlines operate a direct daily flight from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), which has a flight time of around 9 hours 35 minutes.

For details of how to get to Patagonia from Buenos Aires, see airports in Argentine Patagonia. Find & Book Flights

 

Flights to Chile

USA to Santiago - There are flights from a number of major airports in the USA to Santiago, either direct or with a stop. Details of flights from some cities are listed below, but we're happy to help you find and book flights from anywhere in the United States - just get in touch.

  • New York, NY - LAN Airlines fly direct to Santiago avery day from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) , with a flight time of approximately 10 hours 55 minutes. In addition, there are around 3 flights a week which stop once at Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) in Peru. These flights are operated by LAN Colombia and have a total journey time of just over 13 hours.
  • Los Angeles, CA - There is a daily flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), operated by LAN Airlines. These flights have one stop at Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) in Peru, and the journey takes around 13 and a half hours in total.
  • Miami, FL - There is a daily direct flight from Miami International Airport (MIA), operated by American Airlines, with LAN Airlines also flying direct up to twice a day. The flight times are approximately 8 hours 30 minutes.
  • Dallas, TX - American Airlines fly direct once a day from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). The flight takes around 9 hours 40 minutes.
  • Atlanta, GA - There is a direct flight operated by Delta Air Lines, which flies daily from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with a flight time of approximately 10 hours 10 minutes.

For details of how to get to Patagonia from Santiago, see airports in Chilean Patagonia. Find & Book Flights

Flights to Patagonia from Australia

Flights to Argentina

Australia to Buenos Aires - There are no direct flights to Buenos Aires. The most efficient way to make this journey is to fly to Santiago and then take a connecting flight to Buenos Aires. Flights from Santiago (SCL) to Buenos Aires (EZE) are regular and take around 1 hour 55 minutes.

  • From Sydney, you can take a flight direct from Kingford Smith Airport (SYD) to Santiago. Qantas operates this flight around 4 times a week, with a flight time of approximately 12 hours 40 minutes.
  • From elsewhere, you'll either need to get to Sydney and then fly Sydney to Santiago to Buenos Aires... or it may be more convenient to fly to Auckland, NZ to Santiago to Buenos Aires - LAN Airlines fly direct from Auckland International Airport (AKL) to Santiago once or twice a day in around 11 hours 45 minutes.

For details of how to get to Patagonia from Buenos Aires, see airports in Argentine Patagonia. Find & Book Flights

 

Flights to Chile

Australia to Santiago - From anywhere in Australia, you should be able to fly to Santiago with at most one stop.

  • From Sydney, there is a direct flight 4 times a week from Kingford Smith Airport (SYD), which is operated by Qantas and takes approximately 12 hours 40 minutes.
  • From elsewhere, one option is to get to Sydney and then fly direct from Sydney, as above... or, if it is possible for you to fly to Auckland, NZ, you can fly Auckland to Santiago - LAN Airlines have direct flights once to twice daily from Auckland International Airport (AKL), with a flight time of about 11 hours 45 minutes.

For details of how to get to Patagonia from Santiago, see airports in Chilean Patagonia. Find & Book Flights

Flights to Patagonia from Canada

Flights to Argentina

Canada to Buenos Aires  - It's possible to fly direct from Toronto to Buenos Aires, but not from elsewhere. From some areas of Canada it will be most efficient to travel to Toronto and fly direct from there, while from others you could fly with a stop in the USA.

  • From Toronto - Air Canada operates a direct flight 5 times a week from Pearson International Airport (YYZ), with a flight time of around 13 hours 50 minutes.
  • Canada to USA to Buenos Aires - for this option, take a look at how to get to Antarctica from the USA. If it's not clear how to get down to Buenos Aires from your part of Canada, do get in touch and we'll be happy to find and book flights for you.

For details of how to get to Patagonia from Buenos Aires, see airports in Argentine Patagonia. Find & Book Flights

 

Flights to Chile

Canada to Santiago - There are direct flights from Toronto, but from elsewhere in Canada, you'll either need to first travel to Toronto, or take a flight which stops in the USA.

  • From Toronto - There are 5 flights a week direct from Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Santiago. The flights are operated by Air Canada and take approximately 10 hours 40 minutes.
  • Canada to USA to Santiago - for this option, take a look at how to get to Antarctica from the USA. If you're unsure how best to get down to Santiago from your part of Canada, don't hesitate to get in touch so we can help you find and book flights.

For details of how to get to Patagonia from Santiago, see airports in Chilean Patagonia. Find & Book Flights

Flights to Patagonia from New Zealand

Flights to Argentina

New Zealand to Buenos Aires - There are no direct flights to Buenos Aires. The most efficient way to make this journey is to fly to Santiago and then take a connecting flight to Buenos Aires. Flights from Santiago (SCL) to Buenos Aires (EZE) are regular and take around 1 hour 55 minutes.

  • From Auckland - LAN Airlines fly direct from Auckland International Airport (AKL) to Santiago once or twice a day in around 11 hours 45 minutes. Then you'll need to take a connecting flight to Buenos Aires.
  • From elsewhere - First travel to Auckland, then you can fly Auckland to Santiago to Buenos Aires, as above.

For details of how to get to Patagonia from Buenos Aires, see airports in Argentine Patagonia. Find & Book Flights

 

Flights to Chile

New Zealand to Santiago - You can fly direct to Santiago from Auckland. From anywhere else in New Zealand you'll need to first travel to Aukland.

  • From Auckland - LAN Airlines have direct flights once to twice daily from Auckland International Airport (AKL), with a flight time of about 11 hours 45 minutes.

For details of how to get to Patagonia from Santiago, see airports in Chilean Patagonia. Find & Book Flights

Visas and Reciprocity Fees

UK passport holders do not require a Visa.

However, US, Canadian and Australian passport holders are required to pay a reciprocity fee.

Santiago, Buenos Aires and some of Patagonia's major towns

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Tours of Patagonia

One way to see the very best that Patagonia offers is to join a tour that takes you to 2 or more different destinations in one trip. With these tours you'll be able to spend a few days in each area, hiking and exploring; and have all the logistics, transport and accommodation organised for you as you move around Patagonia. See all of our Patagonia Tours, or consider:

For trips in specific destinations consider: Torres del Paine and El Chalten.

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Please contact us if you'd like help working out the best itinerary, or deciding which regional airports will serve you best. Find & Book Flights

 

When are you
thinking of going?

January

See Patagonia at the height of the season, when you'll have 18 hours of daylight and feel Patagonia's infamous wind at its strongest. There are just so many options open to you in addition to hiking, why not try glacier trekking, mountain biking and white water rafting on the rapids of the Futaleufu River?

If you want to visit last minute, the key is moving quickly and booking your flights. Availability in Chalten shouldn't be too difficult but in Torres del Paine it's likely that refugios will be fully booked. Don't worry though, it's warm enough to camp under the stars. If you're still in the planning stages of your trip but hope to go this season, it's a good idea to get flights booked as early as possible and make the most of Patagonia's summer before autumn sets in April.

February

February is a great time to trek Patagonia's national parks, in particular Torres del Paine quietens down as Chilean visitors head back to their cities. In Feb you can expect temperatures of between 5 and 19 degrees in Torres del Paine, and this could be a good time to trek the W Circuit independently if you want to save some money to go kayaking for example.

If you want to go in February but you've left it last minute, you may be able to find a late deal on our Exclusive Deals page. Your best bet is finding a Patagonia Tours which tend to have lots of departure dates to join during February.

If you're considering visiting next season, (starting in October), why not getting your flights booked good and early? If you're lucky you may be able to get flights from London to Punta Arenas for £850.

March

March is the tail end of the season for adventure in Patagonia so the infamous Patagonian wind will be on its way out, there'll be fewer people in the national parks so generally quieter on the trails. This is great as you may find prices come down slightly as the locals and tourists leave, but it's more difficult to get a group together, so could be harder if you're travelling alone (although we'll strive to pair you up with someone). However, most longer, multi-location trips run by our global operator partners still run in March and they tend to have bigger groups, but prepare for rain if your trip visits the lake district!

April

In April the season is coming to an end, so try to get there in the first half of the month for more availability and better weather conditions. If you're hoping to stay in the Eco Camp in Torres del Paine or do an adventure cruise round Cape Horn, they finish for the season in early April, so get going! Luckily it's about this time that skiing in Bariloche becomes available in the Argentinian Lake District. Remember that many mountain lodges and estancias close around this time making it hard to do the W or Full Circuit for example. Plus certain services become unavailable such as the catamaran across Lago Pehoe in Torres del Paine and glacier hiking, so it may be a good idea to go earlier in the season if these are on your list of things to do.

Find out more about visiting Torres del Paine in winter >>

May

Winter is getting into full swing now so you may want to try out volcano skiing in the Patagonian Lake District or tailor made tours that take into account the potentially difficult weather conditions. As many operators and lodges wind down for the winter, fewer travellers visit the trails and parks so private departures on most trips are likely. The weather will be a bit like trekking in wales in Dec, are you up for that challenge?

Find out more about visiting Torres del Paine in winter >>

June

At this time of year, the snow is starting to settle in Torres del Paine National Park and the trees are brown and orange, a very beautiful time to see the highlights. June is also when operators launch their Winter W Circuit and Fitz Roy trips, which vary from the usual itineraries as many refugios are closed and van transfers are required because the catamaran across Lago Pehoe stops. Although days are short and weather temperamental, if you can see Patagonia in winter, it will be serene and picturesque.

Find out more about visiting Torres del Paine in winter >>

July

Mid winter, July is equivalent to our January in terms of weather. This is a great time to take advantage of the skiing Patagonia has to offer, particularly in the Chilean and Argentinian Lake Districts. Araucania offers off piste skiing, whereas Bariloche is home to the popular Cerro Catedral Resort but also caters for off piste skiing. For adrenaline junkies, you can ski down the slopes of several volcanoes on certain trips. If you're planning a trip for next season, start looking at flights as the sooner you book them, the cheaper they are.

If you hope to visit Torres del Paine this month, find out more about visiting Torres del Paine in winter >>

August

This is a great time for snow shoeing in Bariloche, or skiing in the Patagonian Lake District. There are also some winter trips in the Torres del Paine & Fitz Roy areas. Come prepared - cold temperatures, snow and short days means that your trip may not go 100% according to plan, Chalten is known for snow blocking the roads for a day or 2. Alternatively, August is a great time to plan and book trips for the early part of the season ahead, at this time operators will be starting to release availability and rates to help with that.

August is the last month to take advantage of specially designed winter trips in Torres del Paine. If you're keen to see the park covered in snow, find out more about hiking in Torres del Paine in winter >>

September

In September, it's still pretty chilly in Patagonia, with snow and temperatures of 5 degrees in El Calafate for example. If you're hoping to trek the main national parks, you may find that operators don't have any groups heading out, so you may have to go on a private trip with just your guide. The season really kicks off at the end of September/beginning of October with W Circuit and Full Circuit trips as well as estancias and lodges opening their doors to clients.

However, winter trips are still running in Torres del Paine. Find out more here >>

October

Get in before the crowds - you won't see many people on the W Circuit and you'll have the northern part of the park pretty much to yourself on the Full Circuit (you may even come face to face with the endangered Huemul deer). It's still a bit too early for horse riding and rafting trips, you're best off doing these from November onwards. So if you're thinking about visiting Patagonia this season, get your flights and trips booked, as availability really starts to tighten up over October/November.

November

November is a good time to visit: late spring/early summer. Not too busy but a full range of trips and itineraries to choose from. If you want to visit this month, you need to move fast. Refugios are getting booked up until January, but the operator will work hard to fit you in. Don't forget it takes at least a week to organise a tour, so don't leave it too late!

December

Mid summer, 18 hours of daylight and there will probably be days when you're hiking in shorts and t-shirt. Many Chileans and Argentinians will come down to Patagonia for their Christmas break so availability may be tight and you should expect the National Parks to be busier.

It's essential that you get your flights and tours booked asap, as flight prices are also increasing.

Guide to Patagonia

Patagonia spans over 1,000 miles north to south and landscapes ranging from forests, to glaciers, to volcanoes and deserts. Read our Patagonia Guide to find out: how to get there, when to go, what to see and how to find the best trip. Or find out about:

 

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How can we help you?

We are Patagonian specialists, and have helped all sorts of different people arrange their perfect adventure holiday in Patagonia. Whatever your budget, group size, length of stay, preferred activity or appetite for adventure we're here to help you.

  • Join a group trek or tour
  • Plan an independent day by day itinerary
  • Organise your group's trek, expedition or multi-sport adventure
  • Tailor-made luxury holidays

 

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About Swoop

We've spent 15 years exploring Patagonia, and arranged holidays for over a thousand customers. We have a network of trusted guides, lodges, and local operators across the region and delight in helping people plan and arrange a great holiday.

You can book directly with our local partners in Chile and Argentina, or with our ATOL certified company here in the UK.

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