Getting to and from your trip

Getting to/from Ushuaia from Argentina

There are up to five daily flights from Buenos Aires (AEP) to Ushuaia Airport, taking approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes. 

You can also fly from El Calafate which generally takes 1 hour and 15 minutes. 

From Ushuaia Airport, it's a short 15-minute drive into the town centre.

Getting to/from Ushuaia from Punta Arenas, Chile

From Torres del Paine - It is a 5-hour drive to Punta Arenas, on the edge of Chilean Tierra del Fuego. From here, you can travel to Ushuaia by several different modes of transport.

Fly: There are a few flights a week between Punta Arenas and Ushuaia, but they're not recommended. Instead, fly to Puerto Williams on Isla Navarino, from where you can take a short 2-hour ferry to Ushuaia.

Bus: Departs to Ushuaia nearly every day, taking approximately 11 hours.

Ferry: The ferry to Ushuaia takes 24 hours and allows you to see some of the fjords, glaciers and wildlife along the way

Preparing for your Highlights of Tierra del Fuego trip

Packing List

Please get sturdy hiking shoes and be prepared for four seasons in one day during your trip. Read all our tips about what to pack.

Our partners have also recommended packing the following items:

  • Water bottle
  • Comfortable footwear
  • Rain cape
  • Waterproof layer
  • Jacket
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses


The last point before Antarctica, Ushuaia is located in Tierra del Fuego or 'Land of Fire', known for its wild and remote landscape and the place where Darwin formed his theory of evolution. Set with a mountain range to the north and the Beagle Channel to the south, the city is nestled amongst some of the wildest and most unforgiving landscapes in Patagonia. 

You will either be based in or out of town so please check your individual itinerary. The latter is a short taxi ride from the centre. 

Regardless of where you stay—there are stunning views, some excellent museums, and good restaurants to enjoy.

Ushuaia has all the amenities you would expect from a city such as ATMs and WIFI. 

View from the sea of boats in the dock Ushuaia in Argentina, with a backdrop of mountains

What can I do in Tierra del Fuego?

Illustrated Guide