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A lot of travellers will visit both El Calafate and Torres del Paine (Puerto Natales) during their vacation. The best way to travel to/from Chile between El Calafate and Puerto Natales is by bus. There are a couple of companies running services between these cities. We took Cootra to cross the border between Argentina and Chile. The ride takes about 5 hours, depending the time at the two customs offices in Villa Dorotea (we needed about 1 hour to cross).
Be aware: Chile is very strict about food (fruit, veggies) crossing the border. Be sure and consume or throw away your food before the customs office.
In Puerto Natales the buses leave from their own town offices (Cootra: Baquedano); in El Calafate from a central bus station at Avenida Julia a Roca (1 block from Avenida del Libertador).
Buses leave at 8.30 am (Cootra) or 8.00 am (Turismo Zaahj) from El Calafate.
(There is a connection with Chilean buses leaving for Torres del Paine in the afternoon.)
Buses leave at 8.30 am (Cootra) or 9.00 am (Turismo Zaahj) from Puerto Natales.
Fares: one way 60 Arg. pesos.
There is another possibility for travellers between El Calafate and Torres del Paine NP by El Chalten Turismo (didn't use it myself, but did read a lot about it). They organise excursions to the park, but you can also take the (direct) bus service (see for more info: http://www.chaltentravel.com/transporte.asp?trans_id=7)
Some websites with more information about bus transportation.
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