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

Find your bus/plan your walking route in Montevideo

Como ir is a beautifully-designed, fast website provided by the city government which shows you how to get anywhere in Montevideo on foot or by bus.

You’ll need to read some Spanish but really very basic.

Even if you don’t read Spanish, the site video demo is useful to see how to use the site. For instance you’ll see that you must type the first letters of the address and then wait for the text predictor to show you street options to select from.

To use the site

Under origen y destino (starting point and end point)

1. Open the first drop down box (tipo de ubicación ie type of place). Choose from:

  • esquina o dirección – to search by street name and number (dirección) or cross streets, type in the street name under calle, and the cross street under esquina/numero
  • lugar de interés – place of interest, under which you can sub-search place types (tipo de lugar) like
    • Cultura (place of cultural interest)
    • Deporte (sports venue)
    • Espacio libre (open air venue eg a park)
    • Monumento (monument)
    • Playa (beach)
  • Calle – street, if you just have the street name and not street name and number of your destination, or to find where a street is located
  • Linea de omnibus – bus line, handy if the 32 passes your hotel door and you’d like to see where it would take you

2. Click on marcar origen to mark starting point and marcar destino for your end point or destination. You can also drag the start and end pins onto your map if it’s easier that way.

3. Click ir en ómnibus to be shown the bus routes. Click on the bus options in resultados to see the bus routes appear on the map.

Click ir caminando to see a route to walk.

4. You can also see schedules (horarios).

I really recommend watching the  site video demo before you start. Even watching it with the sound off it makes good sense.

Happy travelling!

Photo: Salkantay

[This article was first published on Aug 30, 2014. The date above is when it was last updated]

9 Comments

  1. Nick

    November 8, 2017

    Hola Ms. Guru,
    I just bought your ebook but have yet to read it. I’ll post a review later.
    Meanwhile, I’m enjoying your website. I just want to add, hopefully helpful, info regarding :Find your bus/plan your walking route in Montevideo” and the ‘como ir” info. There is an app for your smartphone called Moovit that is great for getting around by transit. With regards o the “como ir” website, if you open it using Google Chrome it will automatically do the translation for you.

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    • The Guru of GuruGuay

      November 11, 2017

      Hola Mr Nick, I LOVE Moovit! Thanks so much for sharing this info and I’m looking forward to reading your review! All the best Ms Guru.

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  2. Silviu

    October 7, 2017

    As a foreigner can I buy a electronic STM card? Or other options to buy daily, weekly or monthly passes?

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    • The Guru of GuruGuay

      October 12, 2017

      Hi Silviu – A standard ticket called a común costs 33 pesos at the time of writing. If you plan to make frequent trips, buy an STM card at any Abitab store. They cost the equivalent of a couple of dollars and you just need to present your passport. Using this card you are able to buy one-hour or two-hour tickets that will allow you to change buses as often as you like during that time period for 30 and 49 pesos respectively. You can charge the card so you don’t need to handle money, or present the card to the driver and pay in cash. The card is not limited to personal use so you can use it to buy tickets for more than one passenger. There are no other pass options. Hope this helps! — Karen

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  3. Shari

    March 25, 2017

    Trying to find information about getting from the airport to my hotel in Montevideo and later to Colonia del Sacramento and finally from there back to the Carrasco Airport.

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  4. John

    January 12, 2016

    Hello,

    Great post!

    I also use this site: http://www.montevideobus.com It runs much faster on my google chrome on mac. Sometimes “como ir” just gets stuck.

    Cheers,

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  5. D'Andre

    December 17, 2014

    Hello,
    I’m currently living in Buenos Aires and I will be visiting Montevideo alone for a week in Feb. Could you recommend me a good hostel or even better bed and breakfast in a great location so that I could explore the city. I love walking and exploring and getting of the beaten path. I speak Spanish so it would be a bonus to be able to use that. Thanks soo much and I love your website. It’s been soooo helpful already!!!!

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