By boat

The port of Montevideo mostly receives cargo ships, but is also the anchor of hundreds of cruise ships arriving during the summer season. However, the most used boat connection is from Argentina to the port of Colonia del Sacramento, the trip takes only hour. Buquebus ferry company has first class buses that carries out trips to Montevideo in less than two hours Trans Uruguay (+598 2401-9350) also carries out trips with a Montevideo-Buenos Aires connection through the port of Carmelo..

By aeroplane

Carrasco International Airport is the main air terminal, with daily international flights connecting Montevideo with cities around the world. The new airport was recently inaugurated and stands out for its modern architecture and first class services. The terminal is on the border between Canelones and Montevideo, 20 minutes from the center of the capital.

There are direct flights to Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Rosario, Miami, Panama, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Curitiba, Campinas, Porto Alegre, Foz do Iguacu, Florianopolis, Santiago de Chile, Asuncion, Lima and Madrid. From other destinations stopovers in Rio, Sao Paulo, Santiago or Buenos Aires are often required. There are other airlines from other countries with offices in Carrasco Airport, but do not make direct flights. Also local flights arriving from airports can land in Punta del Este, Salto, Paysandu and Rivera. For information, call (+598) 2604 0329.

By bus

The main tourist bus station in the country is Terminal Tres Cruces, five minutes away from downtown Montevideo. Terminal buses arrive from all departments, as well as from several international terminals in the region (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Chile). To get from the terminal station to the city center, you can take a local bus (numbers 21, 64, 187 and 330 that will take you Plaza Independencia) or a taxi at reasonable price.


By car

The country’s main routes lead to Montevideo. From the interior departments, arriving by car is a practical choice, as the distances are short, and the longest trip takes no more than six hours. The Interbalnearia route is from the east coast, Route 8 from the middle-east, Route 5 from Rivera and center of the country and Route 1 from Colonia are the most important land routes to reach the capital, and are all in good condition.

From Brazil one can arrive through Chuy- Chui (Rocha), Rivera-Sant’Ana do Livramento (Rivera), Artigas-Quaraí (Artigas) y Río Branco-Yaguarón (Cerro Largo). From Argentina one can arrive from routes between Paysandu-Colon (Paysandu), Gualeguaychú-Fray Bentos (Rio Negro) and Salto-Concordia (Salto). The city of Bella Union in Artigas also borders with Brazil and Argentina.

Moving around Montevideo

Being a relatively small city, the center of Montevideo can be explored perfectly on foot or by bicycle during the day.

Local Buses

Local bus tickets cost 28 Uruguayan pesos (USD 0.9) and can be paid in cash when boarding. To find out how to get from one point to another you can consult the following site:


Taxis are clearly identifiable. The night tariff is between 22hs and 06hs and will cost 20% more. A 13km trip would be approx USD 10. If you want to get a taxi you can hail one down in the street, call 141 or use the application  “Voy en Taxi”.