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South American Buses – Retiro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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To travel from Mendoza to Buenos Aires we’d booked the overnight bus. Tickets can be purchased at any bus station, but the array of available companies and routes makes it much easier to book online (www.andesmar.com or http://www.omnilineas.com
are decent sites). Tickets can be purchased in one of three classes:

  • Semi-cama – these are perfectly good reclining seats, but come with no extra services.
  • Cama, or Cama-Ejecutivo – recline a little further and have foot rests. They are also catered, but the food really is poor and not worth considering.  These seats are comparable to a decent business class flight
  • Cama-Suite or 1er Classe – these seats lie completely flat and come fully catered with decent hot meals and alcohol. Usually only available on overnight buses these are comparable to the best first class seats on some airlines. Some buses consist purely of 1st class seats and these even have free WiFi.
  • Overview:

Overnight Buses

For entertainment on longer coach rides the overhead TV’s will tend to show pirate DVD’s, usually of quite violent films, or if you’re lucky you’ll get to play Coach Bingo, where the steward hands out cards and then calls out numbers until someone wins a bottle of cheap wine.

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Since leaving London in 2006 I’ve travelled, worked, volunteered and lived in over 90 countries. Highlights so far would be driving along the Silk Road from Beijing to Istanbul, a complete circuit of South America and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Costa Rica. I’m currently back in Beijing, as a base to visit more of Asia and attempt to learn Mandarin.

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