South America Transport Guide

While most South America holidays will involve walking, trekking and hiking, there are other, easier ways of travelling around the continent too. Here are some of the best options for intercity and inter-country travel within South America.

How to get around South America

From city to city, air travel in South America is the quickest and easiest way to get around with airports located in all of the major cities and plenty of national airlines servicing different countries. For local travel, a long-distance bus is the preferred method of transportation for most locals, however you will usually need to change bus companies at the border of each country you are travelling through. While not the most convenient method, buses are a cheap way to get around. Most cities also boast fast train systems and bus routes, which are ideal for getting around sans car. For a more scenic route, consider joining a tour to some of your must-do attractions or take the train and DIY your trip from there. Car hire is an option within the countries of South America but you won't be able to cross borders in your hire vehicle. South America is also home to a number of scenic rail journeys, most notably the train ride between Poroy and Machu Picchu. Even more scenic again, a cruise is also a popular way to see the continent in style and from the unique vantage point of the water. You can take a cruise down the Amazon River in Brazil, along the Panama Canal and also to the Galapagos Islands.