Buenos Aires (Argentina)

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Buenos Aires cruise port

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Buenos Aires is Argentine's largest cruise port, as well as the country's principal (main) cargo port and capital city, with urban population around 2,9 million and metro population around 15,6 million. Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan city, often called the “Paris of South America”. The metro covers a total area approx 203 km2 (78 mi2). The cruise port is located in the Retiro (Ascensores Heaven Ward), at just ~1 km from downtown.

Buenos Aires (Argentina) cruise port

Cruises to Antarctica are operated mainly with smaller-sized expedition ships and ice-class superyachts. While these voyages depart from Ushuaia, most of the Antarctic cruise package deals are inclusive of international flights (to and from Buenos Aires) and domestic flights - between the capital and Ushuaia (departure port). This also explains the higher prices on these seasonally offered cruise tours.

Port Buenos Aires is the principal maritime port of Argentina and operated by the state-owned Administracion General de Puertos. The port is the country's leading transshipment point for foreign trade. Cruise ship passenger traffic peaked during immigration's golden era in Argentina (until 1930) when it was the site of Hotel de Inmigrantes. During later decades, this was limited to tourist visitors to Argentina and Argentine visitors to Uruguay.

Passenger ferries (fast-ferry services by Ferrylineas and Buquebus) operate the short Argentina-Uruguay routes linking Buenos Aires with Montevideo and Colonia del Sacramento. Sturla transports tourists to/from Tigre (a popular weekend travel destination). In 2010, Benito Quinquela Martin Terminal (2000-inaugurated) served a total of 120 cruise ship calls with 100,000+ tourists.

Buenos Aires cruise port's schedule lists major companies like RCI-Royal Caribbean, MSC, CCL-Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, Silversea. The cruising season runs between October and early-April. Buenos Aires is among the ports on itineraries that include cruising through the Patagonian channels and Chilean fjords in the Tierra del Fuego provinces of Chile and Argentina.

For season 2019-2021, the cruise port handled 118 ship calls (out of 132 booked/originally scheduled), as 14 visits were canceled due to the Coronavirus crisis.


Port's containership terminal is managed (operated under concession) by APM Terminals Buenos Aires. The company is a fully-owned subsidiary of APM Terminals (The Hague Holland-based container terminal operator, ranked one of the world's largest).

Buenos Aires cruise terminal

Buenos Aires cruise port terminal (Terminal de Pasajeros Benito Quinquela Martin) was inaugurated in 2000 and named after the painter Benito Martín (1890-1977).

Buenos Aires cruise port terminal

The cruise terminal is ~0,5 mi (1 km) from downtown. The ships cruise up Rio de la Plata (deepwater river) and dock right into the city's heart.

Buenos Aires cruise ship terminal

Aeropuerto Ministro Pistarni (aka Ezeiza, international airport serving Buenos Aires) is 22 mi / 35 km south from the cruise port terminal. Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (international airport that serves Palermo) is 5 mi / 8 km north from the port. Regular bus services are provided to both airports.

Outside the cruise port there is a taxi rank. Taxi prices are reasonable, with payments in both Pesos or USD. Free shuttle buses from the cruise port to downtown shopping centres are also available.

Buenos Aires cruise port map (printable)

Buenos Aires tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

  • Casa Rosada: the goverment house
  • Plaza de Mayo: Juan de Garay located the the Main Square of Ciudad de la Santísima Trinidad y Puerto de Nuestra Señora de los Buenos Aires during the second foundation of the Argentina’s capital.
  • Palacio Barolo: Avenida de Mayo treasure.
  • Cabildo: dates from 1725. During colonial times, it was a royal government house. Currently, Cabildo is a fine museum.
  • National Fine Arts Museum: on the first floor you will find European paintings, the second is for Argentine paintings.
  • Avenida de Mayo: on your way to Plaza de Mayo you can explore the Pirámide de Mayo, the Cabildo, Palacio del Gobierno de la Ciudad, the Casa Rosada and the Cathedral.
  • Cafe Tortoni: the most traditional and oldest cafe in the city. It is located on 829 Avenida de Mayo.
  • Shopping: there are a lot of places for the shopaholics. Try the most popular – Galerías Pacífico.
  • Colon Theater: amazing lyric house. Located on 618 Cerrito.
  • La Boca: colorful, lively neighborhood built along the Riachuelo by Italian immigrants.
  • Recoleta: a beautiful, elegant neighborhood with restaurants, cafes, green areas, and antique shops. Here is the museum of history and sculpture – La Recoleta Cemetery (Cementerio del Norte ).
  • Palermo: visit the Botanical Garden, the curious zoo or the Parque 3 de Febrero.

Port Buenos Aires cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Buenos Aires, Argentina. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

21 October, 2022
Lindblad Expeditions Cruises cruise lineNational Geographic Endurance
31 October, 2022
Mystic Cruises Cruises cruise lineWorld Traveller09:0021:00

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