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Buenos Aires to Montevideo, Uruguay - Ferry and Bus Combo Ticket

Uruguay travel blog by Mark Berman - Mar 2008 Sep 2013 Apr 2016   » View Photoset (7 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!

Ferry and Bus Combo

In 2008 I caught the ferry from Buenos Aires across the Rio de la Plata to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay and took a bus east to Montevideo. 3hrs on
Uruguay Photo - Looking down to the lobby and duty-free shop on the Buquebus ferry.
Looking down to the lobby and duty-free shop on the Buquebus ferry.
the ferry and 2hrs 30mins on the bus. The ferry and bus were on a combo ticket. This was during the day and the ferry and bus were full. On the bus journey to Montevideo we travelled through beautiful countryside with many farms, crop fields and trees. Before you get to Montevideo through the industrial area until you get down to the road on the coast where you see the city in the distance.

Midnight Ferry and Bus

In 2013 I took the midnight ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia after a flight down from Colombia. I booked over a month in advance and got a great price of around $33USD. It had been a long day for me and I fell asleep across the nice soft seats in the ferry and was woken up by the cleaners after everyone else had disembarked. Luckily everyone was still in a long line waiting to board the buses to Montevideo. The ferry was again a 3hr journey, then 2hrs 15mins by bus to Montevideo arriving shortly after 5am. Montevideo bus terminal has a McDonalds
Uruguay Photo - The Buquebus Boarding Plaza in Buenos Aires.
The Buquebus Boarding Plaza in Buenos Aires.
so you can have breakfast and coffee. This time I didn't stay in Montevideo. I took a bus 2hrs 20mins east to Punta del Este.

Midnight Ferry to Colonia

In 2016 I did the midnight ferry once again to Colonia from B.A. after a flight over from New Zealand. The weather wasn't great in Uruguay this time but I did get a couple of sunny days in Fray Bentos, a small town beside the river. Many people visit Colonia from Buenos Aires for a day trip and walk around the charming cobblestone streets looking at the shops and sights.

Buquebus Terminal

Buquebus, a ferry service
Uruguay Photo - On the midnight Buquebus ferry leaving Buenos Aires for Colonia.
On the midnight Buquebus ferry leaving Buenos Aires for Colonia.
that runs 3 or 4 times daily directly that takes up to 3hrs. Make sure you are at the port at least an hour or so before the ferry leaves so to pass through customs and to buy some duty free. The ferry has a lounge with food and drinks available (not cheap, so buy munchies and water beforehand) and TV to watch. There is also video game machines in the lobby. Or just sit and look at the water and see Uruguay approaching. Tickets are available from the Buquebus terminal at the port in Buenos Aires or online at their website and on the Uruguayan side at Sea Cat or the port in Colonia del Sacramento.

The Alternative

The other alternative apart from flying is to take a bus all the way which takes around 7hrs but costs only $20USD.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from about halfway from Buenos Aires to Montevideo (Uruguay) to:


Map location: Buenos Aires to Montevideo, Uruguay. I have done this trip across the Rio de la Plata to Uruguay a few times now, go to the Buquebus terminal, it's cheaper if you take the midnight ferry!
 A : Colonia del Sacramento - Uruguay 46 kms 46 kms straight distance | 40mins 40mins by car (49 kms) | 48mins 48mins by bus (49 kms) (49 kms)
 B : Carmelo - Uruguay 92 kms 92 kms straight distance | 1hr 32mins 1hr 32mins by car (110 kms) | 1hr 50mins 1hr 50mins by bus (110 kms) (110 kms)
 C : Montevideo - Uruguay 107 kms 107 kms straight distance | 1hr 23mins 1hr 23mins by car (118 kms) | 1hr 39mins 1hr 39mins by bus (118 kms) (118 kms)
 D : Mercedes to Carmelo - Uruguay 117 kms 117 kms straight distance | 1hr 59mins 1hr 59mins by car (134 kms) | 2hrs 22mins 2hrs 22mins by bus (134 kms) (134 kms)
 E : Buenos Aires - Argentina 114 kms 114 kms straight distance | 4hrs 4mins 4hrs 4mins by car (149 kms) | 4hrs 52mins 4hrs 52mins by bus (149 kms) (149 kms)
 F : Mercedes - Uruguay 134 kms 134 kms straight distance | 2hrs 5mins 2hrs 5mins by car (156 kms) | 2hrs 30mins 2hrs 30mins by bus (156 kms) (156 kms)
 G : Fray Bentos - Uruguay 159 kms 159 kms straight distance | 2hrs 27mins 2hrs 27mins by car (190 kms) | 2hrs 56mins 2hrs 56mins by bus (190 kms) (190 kms)
 H : Maldonado - Uruguay 226 kms 226 kms straight distance | 3hrs 19mins 3hrs 19mins by car (257 kms) | 3hrs 58mins 3hrs 58mins by bus (257 kms) (257 kms)
 I : Punta del Este - Uruguay 232 kms 232 kms straight distance | 3hrs 29mins 3hrs 29mins by car (264 kms) | 4hrs 10mins 4hrs 10mins by bus (264 kms) (264 kms)
 J : Colon - Argentina 244 kms 244 kms straight distance | 3hrs 43mins 3hrs 43mins by car (313 kms) | 4hrs 27mins 4hrs 27mins by bus (313 kms) (313 kms)
 K : Paysandu - Uruguay 234 kms 234 kms straight distance | 3hrs 56mins 3hrs 56mins by car (316 kms) | 4hrs 43mins 4hrs 43mins by bus (316 kms) (316 kms)
 L : Tacuarembo / Durazno - Uruguay 315 kms 315 kms straight distance | 4hrs 33mins 4hrs 33mins by car (369 kms) | 5hrs 27mins 5hrs 27mins by bus (369 kms) (369 kms)
 M : Rosario - Argentina 349 kms 349 kms straight distance | 6hrs 33mins 6hrs 33mins by car (415 kms) | 7hrs 51mins 7hrs 51mins by bus (415 kms) (415 kms)
 N : Chuy - Uruguay 366 kms 366 kms straight distance | 5hrs 42mins 5hrs 42mins by car (461 kms) | 6hrs 50mins 6hrs 50mins by bus (461 kms) (461 kms)
 O : Rivera - Uruguay 412 kms 412 kms straight distance | 5hrs 53mins 5hrs 53mins by car (480 kms) | 7hrs 3mins 7hrs 3mins by bus (480 kms) (480 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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