Interactive city maps, taxis that arrive in three minutes, free wifi… getting around Uruguay and Montevideo on local transport is relatively easy – even for non-Spanish speakers – and often unexpectedly sophisticated.

Getting from the airport to Montevideo or elsewhere

Montevideo’s Carrasco International Airport is 15 miles (apx 25 km) from the centre of Montevideo, a 30-40 minute cab ride into town, depending on where you are staying. Traffic is very rarely a problem, but calculate a few minutes more around rush-hour or at the start of a long weekend. Check out your options for getting into Montevideo city centre from the airport and vice versa.

Planning your long-distance bus tripGetting around Uruguay made easy

Uruguay has good long-distance bus services which generally converge on the the capital, Montevideo. You’ll feel confident to take the bus all over Uruguay even if you don’t know Spanish after you read this article.

Finding your way around Montevideo

This interactive map loads really fast. Use it to travel by bus or on foot and get around Montevideo like a local. … and not like a tourist.

Catching buses and taxis in Montevideo

Everyone uses buses in Uruguay. A ticket costs just under a dollar and services are frequent. Taxis are reasonably priced and safe to flag down in the street. But don’t feel you have to tip the driver!

How to call a taxi when you don’t speak Spanish

Montevideo has an automated service which will get a taxi to you in just THREE minutes and you don’t even have to speak with anyone. Sometimes Montevideo is just so DARN civilized.

Here as well as looking at how to use the service, I cover taxi fares, how the taxi metre system works (NOT what you might expect!) and times when it’s impossible to get a cab for love or money.

Great little car rental company in Uruguay

I get asked all the time about reliable car hire in Uruguay and I am going to give an unashamed shout-out to a local car hire company, Mariño Sport, which has offices in Montevideo, Colonia, Punta del Este and La Barra.

Even the buses have free wifi!

Find out more about Uruguay’s ubiquitous internet and wifi connections – it’s never hard to get a free signal. Just another sign of what a civilized nation Uruguay is. 🙂

13 Comments

  1. Agnes

    March 15, 2017

    Hi there!
    Your site is saving my life right now and thanks for yours amazing work. Now I feel more optimistic to planing my travel.
    I have a plan to take a ferry from Buenos Aires to Montevideo. thanks for the useful guidance 🙂

    I looking also comfortable and cheap bus from Montevideo to Florianopolis ( Brazil) I will be grateful for yours hints

    Thanks
    Agnes

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    • The Guru of Guru'Guay

      March 15, 2017

      Hi Agnes, great to hear! When you get to the Tres Cruces bus terminal in Montevideo go to the TTL counter. They run buses to Brazil. The international buses are always super comfortable. Enjoy! — Karen

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  2. Reuben

    January 10, 2017

    Hi buddy, great site, enjoying the articles..
    I am planning on going to Colonia then onto Punta de Elste next week and then hiring a car to go up the coast to Punta Diablo. Can you tell me please – do I need to hire a 4×4 or will I be OK with a regular car? What are Route 9 and Route 10 like? Gracias!

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    • The Guru of Guru'Guay

      January 10, 2017

      Reuben, the roads are perfectly fine. A 4×4 would only really be necessary on very minor roads in the interior. Best, Karen

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  3. Lynn Welburn

    September 14, 2016

    Hi,
    I know that there is an historic steam train here in Mvd. but I’m not having much luck figuring out how to take a ride on it. Any thoughts or suggestions? I should probably just try the tourist office but I work pretty much all the days that they are open so haven’t had any chance to do so.
    Any help much appreciated. Thanks.
    Lynn
    PS, the other day I thought of a topic for a possible post topic for you: Who is the guy on the horse, a list of all the horse and rider statues around town and their significance.

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    • Welshwitch in Uruguay

      September 14, 2016

      Hey Lynn, how are you doing? I looked into this a few weeks ago actually. Check out the time tables here http://www.afe.com.uy/horarios/ and let me know how it goes! Nice story idea – there are soooo many statues in Montevideo. Best, Karen

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  4. Beth

    August 6, 2016

    Hi Karen, thanks for the site and the guide book which I purchased from Amazon. Hoping you don’t mind if I tap your local knowledge for this question. We will be in Montevideo and the surrounding area this year over New Years. If the Tres Cruces schedule says that a route runs daily, can I count on that even on holidays? Thanks!

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  5. Leanne Worwood

    July 18, 2016

    Hi! I am loving your site!

    My husband and I will be visiting Uruguay this August and visiting Montevideo, Florida, Minas, and 33 in a span of about 5-6 days–and then back to Montevideo to fly to Igazu Falls. I am wondering if we are better off getting a rental car or just using a combination of taxis and buses?

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    • Welshwitch in Uruguay

      July 18, 2016

      Hi Leanne, very happy to hear that you are loving the site! For that amount of travelling I’d definitely get a car. I highly recommend this car rental company having worked with them for years. — Karen. PS, if you love the site, you’ll adore The Guru’Guay Guide. Readers consult it wherever they are in Uruguay, and you support Guru’Guay exist into the future. Have a wonderful time!

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  6. Leah

    December 4, 2015

    Hi there!
    Your site is saving my life right now and I am having so much fun discovering things! Keep up the excellent work!

    I actually have a question 🙂 I am planning on purchasing a Colonia Express RT ticket from BsAs to Punta del Este, so this would include the bus portion of the trip from Montevideo to PdE.

    Ideally I want to take the ferry from BsAs to Montevideo, stay for 2 nights to explore, then use the second half of my trip (bus) from M to PdE. Do you know if this is possible – if I can hold the bus portion of my trip for a later date? 🙂

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Best, Leah

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    • Welshwitch in Uruguay

      December 4, 2015

      Hi Leah, so GOOD to hear you are finding Guru’GUAY useful 🙂 The ferry companies (Buquebus, Colonia Express and Seacat) will NOT allow you to break your trip. So you should buy a ticket to where you want to do your stop-off and a separate ticket for the next portion of the trip. Enjoy! Karen

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  7. Netty

    May 26, 2015

    How much does the bus cost in MVD? just within Carrasco area (i.e not going a long way). and do children aged 2 and 5 have to pay? Thanks

    Reply

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