Asunción Airport – Silvio Pettirossi (ASU) is Paraguay’s main national and international gateway. It is located about 17 kilometres (11 miles) northeast of Asunción city centre.
International flights are available to several destinations in South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Uruguay), as well as to Panama and to Europe (Madrid on Air Europa).
No matter your budget and how you choose to travel, here are your transport options between the airport and central Asunción.
Taking a taxi is probably the quickest, most convenient and comfortable way to travel between the airport and the city centre, though not the cheapest. Taxis line up outside the arrivals terminal and charge a flat non-negotiable fare of 110,000 guaraníes (approx. 20 USD). A taxi ride to downtown Asunción takes about 20 minutes.
Línea 30, operated by Vanguardia, has two “ramales”, the green and blue routes that connect the airport to the financial centre and downtown Asunción.
The bus stop is outside the terminal, about 300 metres walking distance. Buses run every 20-30 minutes until 10pm. If in doubt, ask the driver to make sure you’re heading in the right direction, towards the city centre. The trip takes about 40-50 minutes.
Fares are cheap, around 3,000 guaraníes (approx. 0.50 USD). Note that this is a local bus service, not suited for carrying large pieces of luggage.
The traffic in Asunción can be on the chaotic side for drivers unaccustomed to South American cities. However, it gets much better outside the city. There are several car rental companies that have desks in the arrivals terminal, namely Alsarc, American, Hertz, Sudamerica and Travel.
Some major hotels have their own private minibuses. Ask your hotel if it can provide a courtesy shuttle to and from the airport.