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A Comprehensive Car Hire Guide for Mendoza Airport

Mendoza, Argentina's wine country, is renowned for its sprawling vineyards, vibrant culture, and the backdrop of the majestic Andes Mountains. If you're considering maximizing your experience, renting a car at the Mendoza Airport is an excellent choice. This guide will walk you through the essentials.

Why Rent a Car in Mendoza:

  1. Convenience: Navigate directly from the airport to Mendoza’s attractions, without waiting for taxis or figuring out public transport.
  2. Wine Tours on Your Terms: Visit vineyards in your own time. No rush, no strict schedules.
  3. Wider Exploration: Access off-the-beaten-path vineyards, the Andean foothills, and beyond.

Exiting Governor Francisco Gabrielli International Airport (Mendoza Airport):

  • Primary Exit Road: Access to the city and surrounding areas is primarily through "Acceso Norte" which connects directly to "Av. Acceso Este."
  • Distance to Mendoza City Center: Approximately 8 km, making it a short drive of around 15 minutes under regular traffic conditions.

On the Road: What to Expect:

  1. Tolls: The major highways around Mendoza have toll stations. It's recommended to carry some Argentine pesos to cover these minor expenses.
  2. Road Conditions: Central roads, especially those leading to popular vineyards and attractions, are well-maintained. However, if you're venturing into the mountains or less-visited wineries, expect varying conditions, including some unpaved sections.
  3. Traffic: Mendoza's traffic is generally smooth, but it's denser during peak hours and weekends, especially in wine regions during tourist seasons.

Key Attractions and Routes:

  1. Bodega Catena Zapata: Located about 25 km south via Ruta Nacional 40, this iconic vineyard is a must-visit for wine enthusiasts.
  2. Parque General San Martín: A mere 13 km away from the airport via Av. Acceso Este, this park is Mendoza's green heart.
  3. Uco Valley: Around 100 km south of Mendoza, via Ruta Nacional 40, this region is home to some of Argentina's most prestigious vineyards.
  4. Puente del Inca: A natural bridge over the Las Cuevas River, located about 183 km west via Ruta Nacional 7, near the border with Chile.

Driving Tips and Recommendations:

  1. Vehicle Choice: If you're planning to explore the Andean regions or less-developed wine areas, an SUV or a car with sturdy tires is recommended.
  2. Parking: In Mendoza city, there's both metered street parking and garages. At most vineyards and attractions, parking is typically available for visitors.
  3. Navigation: While the main routes are well-signposted, having a GPS or a reliable navigation app will be beneficial.


Renting a car at Mendoza Airport provides the flexibility to soak in all the flavors, sights, and experiences this vibrant region offers. With a set of wheels, you're well on your way to an unforgettable Argentine adventure.

Always check real-time conditions and consult local sources before heading out.

Current Rental Rates at Mendoza Airport

Toyota Etios

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 38.41 EUR/day
Toyota Etios

7 Days rental at 268.93 EUR from 23/09/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |

Mystery Car Compact or Larger

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 42.96 EUR/day
Mystery Car Compact or Larger

7 Days rental at 300.74 EUR from 23/09/2024

  3 |
  Manual |

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 43.24 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 302.72 EUR from 23/09/2024

  3 |
  Manual |

Key Highlights for Car Hire at Mendoza Airport: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • Gateway to Wine Country: Start your journey from Mendoza Airport with a hire car and head straight into the heart of Argentina's premier wine region. Explore iconic vineyards and bodegas in areas such as Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, where you can indulge in wine tastings and vineyard tours, all against the stunning backdrop of the Andes Mountains.

  • Scenic Drives in the Andes: Utilize your rental car for a breathtaking drive through the Andes. Routes from Mendoza lead to awe-inspiring natural wonders, including the Aconcagua Provincial Park – home to the Western Hemisphere’s tallest mountain. Experience the rugged beauty of the mountain range and discover serene mountain villages.

  • Cultural and Culinary Exploration in Mendoza City: A short drive from the airport, Mendoza City offers leafy avenues, vibrant squares, and an array of cultural sites. Dive into the local culinary scene, tasting exquisite Argentine steaks, traditional empanadas, and fine wines at renowned restaurants and cafes.

  • Adventure Activities in Potrerillos: Drive out to Potrerillos, an adventurer’s paradise just an hour from Mendoza Airport. Engage in thrilling activities like white-water rafting, kayaking, or mountain biking, all while surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Andean foothills.

  • Relaxation at Thermal Springs: After days filled with exploration and adventure, take your hire car to the thermal springs near Mendoza for a day of relaxation. Visit the Cacheuta Thermal Spa or the Termas de Villavicencio to soak in mineral-rich waters amidst tranquil natural settings, rejuvenating both body and mind.


Mendoza Airport - Popular Destinations

  •  Mendoza City - approx 10 km
  • Maipu - Approximately 20 kilometers
  • Potrerillos - Approximately 60 kilometers
  • Uspallata - Approximately 90 kilometers
  • San Rafael - Approximately 230 kilometers

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