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I'm trying to plan a trip from Asunción to Iguazu Falls (Ciudad del Este Seems like it'll be easiest, but I've also read it's a bit seedy, so open to routes to the Argentinian or Brazilian sides as well -- I have a Brazilian visa, btw; unsure if I'll need to pay the Argentinian reciprocity fee for a trip <24 hrs near the falls).

Because the timeline is a bit tight, I'd like to know in advance what my transport options may be.

Specifically, I'll arrive a weekday night around 11 PM. Is there any overnight bus running from that late? Or will I have to stay in the city?

Next I have a 6 AM flight out of Asunción, also on a weekday; will I need to arrive the night before from Iguazu?

I tried to find some bus schedules but kept running into dead links or posts from several years ago.

Links in Spanish are fine; Portugese, I can manage. Any help is appreciated!

  • BTW if you can try and see the falls from both the Brazilian and Argentine sides. IMHO the Brazilian side has the best overall view of the falls, but from the Argentine side you can get right up close and look down the Devil's Throat. – Peter M Aug 20 '17 at 19:57
  • @PeterM thanks, I ended up skipping this because everyone warned that the Argentinians are a pain about border crossing – MichaelChirico Aug 24 '17 at 15:16
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NSA is the main bus operator on the route. At Busbud we usually sell their tickets and had figured out some issues around booking for foreigners. Unfortunately, it looks like our connection to their system is down right now. We'll investigate.

Here's a schedule for Asunción to Ciudad del Este from NSA's site. Good news is you would be able to get on a bus at 1a or 1:30a the night you get in, if your flight and immigration are timely. NSA schedule for Asunción to Ciudad del Este

For the way back, you have to get there the night before. There's a bus leaving at midnight but the trip takes five to six hours and you need time to reach the airport and pass security. Plus it'd be wise to build in a buffer in case of a delay. NSA schedule for Ciudad del Este to Asunción

If you're trying to avoid Ciudad del Este entirely, flying into Asunción isn't the way to do it since buses to Brazil will transit the city and cross the border there. I'm not aware of any direct buses from Asunción to the Argentinian side.

NSA do have a couple of the buses a day between Asunción and Ciudad del Este that continue across to Foz do Iguaçu. There can be a lot of messiness around border formalities though, like bus drivers not stopping for you to get the proper records, so there are risks to that too. My understanding is you should do your homework and insist on things being done the proper way regardless of how you cross the border.

  • Thanks Carl! indeed busbud was one of the sites I had tried. This is great news! – MichaelChirico Aug 20 '17 at 15:15
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    for the record, I was easily able to navigate landing at ASU around 11:40, buying my visa, and getting a taxi to the bus terminal in time for the 1 AM bus. Thanks again! – MichaelChirico Aug 23 '17 at 4:58
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    FWIW there seem to be many companies offering this route. Sadly I don't remember any other ones specifically, but they all have windows at the terminals. – MichaelChirico Aug 24 '17 at 15:14

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