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How to Get to Uruguay From Buenos Aires


Uruguay is just across the Rio de la Plata River from Buenos Aires and well worth a visit. Many people visit Uruguay to enjoy its beautiful coastline, as well as it’s cities and towns like Montevideo and Colonia del Sacramento. So how do you get to Uruguay from Buenos Aires? Here’s how:

One of the most popular ways is by Ferry. Buquebus is one of the main ferry operators between Argentina and Uruguay. The company operates daily crossings from Buenos Aires to both Montevideo and Colonia del Sacramento on the Uruguayan side.

Buquebus also offers a bus service to other places along the Uruguayan coast upon arrival in Uruguay. These include coastal towns like Punta del Este, Piriapolis and La Padrera.

The main Buquebus ferry terminal in Buenos Aires can be found next to the port area of Puerto Madero. Within the main terminal building is a ticket office. You can purchase tickets here or online through the Buquebus website. Ferries run throughout the day and the company also run day trips and excursions to Uruguay.

If you have time on your hands, you could travel 1 hour north of Buenos Aires to Tigre. Here you can catch a ferry to Carmelo in Uruguay. This crossing takes a scenic route past the Tigre Delta.

Another way to get to Uruguay is by coach. To do this you need to go to the main long haul coach terminal in the city is called Retiro. The journey from Buenos Aires to Montevideo takes approximately 8 hours by bus. Most buses depart late at night arriving early morning in Uruguay. Taking the bus can work out cheaper and can helps avoid delays if bad weather is effecting the ferry crossings.

Finally, a very quick option but usually more expensive, is to fly. There are regular flights from Buenos Aires to Montevideo. Most flights depart and arrive from the centrally located Jorge Newberry Airport, or the main international airport of Ezeiza.

Whichever way you cross from Argentina to Uruguay, or visa versa, you are bound to enjoy your time in both.


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