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Getting from Buenos Aires to Montevideo (and return)

Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay , located on the bank of the Rio de la Plata. The Old Town, along with the squares and museums can keep you occupied for several days. Montevideo is located close to Buenos Aires and many travelers choose to visit both cities on their vacation.

Quick summary

Choosing the means of transportation is a matter of deciding how fast you want to travel between the two cities and what your budget can accommodate. It’s slightly more expensive (from US$73 one way) to travel by plane but you get between Buenos Aires and Montevideo in less than an hour. If you have more time on your hands and you are on a budget, the ferry is a good alternative (from US$41 one way) and you get between the two cities in 3 hours.

Flights from Buenos Aires (airport code: EZE) to Montevideo

Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) is the international airport serving the capital of Buenos Aires. It is also the country’s largest airport and a hub for Aerolineas Argentinas , LAN Airlines and SkyTeam.

Aeropuerto Internacional de Carrasco (MVD) serves Montevideo and is the largest airport in Uruguay. It is hub for Pluna.

Flights between the two cities are operated by Aerolineas Argentinas, BQB Lineas Aereas, Pluna and Sol Lineas Aereas. Most fights connect to/from Ezeiza , but Sol flies on the secondary airport in Buenos Aires (Aeroparque – AEP) and Pluna has flights on both airports serving Argentina’s capital.

If you fly from Ezeiza, fares start from US$73 per person, one way on Aerolineas Argentinas or Pluna. It’s more expensive to fly from Aeroparque as flights start at US$132 per person, one way on the same airlines. The travel time is 45 min.

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Boats from Buenos Aires to Montevideo

It is possible to take a high-speed ferry between Buenos Aires and Montevideo. The ferries are operated by Buquebus . The travel time is 3h 15 min and the tickets start at $178.42 UYU / US$41 (promo web). There are several departures per day , the earliest being at 8 a.m.

In Montevideo, the ferry terminal is in Ciudad Vieja district, which is located close to downtown.

Buses from Buenos Aires to Montevideo

Three bus companies offer connections between Buenos Aires and Montevideo. The travel time is about 8 h and the tickets start at 160 Argentine peso / US$38 per person, one way. There are departures during the day, but there are also night buses.

Buses depart from Terminal Retiro in central Buenos Aires and arrive at Terminal de Montevideo (Tres Cruces).

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