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Buenos Aires-Montevideo ferry costs

Ferries in Colonia, Uruguay by Liam Quinn

Most people choosing to travel by ferry from Buenos Aires to get to Uruguay.

There are a number of different ways to travel between Montevideo and Buenos Aires, and if you haven’t already, do read my article looking at the options and  considering the pros and cons of each.

Below you will find prices for one-way travel Buenos Aires-Montevideo:

Montevideo-Buenos Aires ferry prices

Montevideo to Buenos Aires ferry pricesMy article looking at the different Buenos Aires-Montevideo travel options has links to the ferry company websites.

Notes: I used a one-way rate because there is a very limited saving in general when buying a return (two-way) ticket. The saving appears to be less than 10 USD in most cases.

The prices were in Argentine pesos. I converted them into US dollars using and rounded them up or down to the nearest dollar.

Prices include taxes.

The Colonia Express site says that their journey is shorter than Buquebus’. As a long time user, I have corrected their estimation to a more accurate 5 hours.

It’s important that you visit the travel company websites for the exact prices of tickets. Guru’Guay offers this information as a guide and canaccept no responsibility for prices or changes.

More useful reading

[This article was first written August 9 2016 however as lots of people read it, I keep it up regularly dated. For date last updated see top]

Photos courtesy of Liam Quinn and Vince Alongi (Flickr)


  1. Ilias

    July 3, 2017

    it seems one cannot buy tickets from the SeaCat Uruguayan site unless they are residents of Uruguay. Their prices are indeed cheaper but when asked to fill in passenger data, if I input any other nationality except Uruguayan OR submit Passport number instead of Uruguaian ID number then the site announces that the registration cannot be made there and I should go over to the argentinian site. :-/

    Also, don’t be misled by Google Maps showing the Colonia-Buenos Aires boat link docking waaaaay northwest of Buenos Aires near San Isidro. Buquebus and Seacat are docking in Puerto Madero “Darsena Norte”, close to San Martin square, while Colonia Express are docking quite further south along this same coast, almost in La Boca, close to the Casino.

  2. Sam

    June 1, 2017

    On the Uruguayan website for Colonia Express the prices are fairly cheaper, but it says that only people from Uruguay can book tickets there. Is this a recent change? Do you know of any way to still buy from the Uruguayan website, even if you are not a citizen of Uruguay?

    • The Guru of Guru'Guay

      July 5, 2017

      Hi Sam, yes, based on what you are telling me, it looks like the system may have been updated so that only people with Uruguayan credentials can buy on the UY site (as was the case previously). We’ll be double checking as soon as we have chance to do so. All the best, Karen

  3. Joey

    February 18, 2017

    Hi There!

    Thanks for this write up! This is really helpful! I’m looking at doing a 24 hours in montevideo trip from BA. The prices on the buquebus website quote around $600 round trip for 2 people for a Buenos Aires-Montevideo (direct). This might be silly question but is that in USD or in Argentinian pesos? Would appreciate any info!

    • The Guru of Guru'Guay

      February 21, 2017

      That would be in USD dollars.

    • David

      February 22, 2017

      Colonia Express service, , booked a few months in advance is about 20 to 25 US dollars for a standard adult, one way ticket. This much cheaper option includes the coach journey from Colonia to Montevideo and takes about 5 hours as long as there are no delays.

  4. Harriet

    December 23, 2016

    Does the ferry leave in may?

  5. Clare g

    October 20, 2016

    Hi there,
    Is it cheaper to book in advance or nearer the time?

  6. Lily

    October 15, 2016

    Do you know if weather affects the ferry, for example if rain causes companies to cancel boat trips

    • Welshwitch in Uruguay

      October 18, 2016

      Lily, it has taken me a while to answer your questions, because I keep imagining the ferry owners rushing to get their boats out of the rain. No, rain does not affect travel. Yes, storms can affect travel, but usually only during winter time and infrequently.

  7. Lydia

    August 31, 2016

    Thank you, this is great clear and accurate information!

  8. David

    August 9, 2016

    Cacciola is a good option for folk who have time on their hands and prefer a small boat scenic trip. I had a really pleasant trip from buenos aires to montevideo with Cacciola in late December 2015 with lots of friendly local people in a holiday mood. Trip has a coach connection at start and finish. I only recommend this as an experience and not for those in a hurry. Water crossing is from Tigre to Carmelo and cost of tickets compares well with the via Colonia routes. Best to take your own food and drink because, as I remember, the on boat catering is quite limited.


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