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How much does the Montevideo-Buenos Aires ferry cost? Old

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(dated August 9 2016)


I looked online for the cheapest one-way ticket Montevideo-Buenos Aires to travel in a week’s time. The differences in price are staggering.

The cheapest company by far if you can take advantage of their “super económica” tariff is Colonia Express with a one-way ticket costing about thirteen USD. The travel involves ferry to Colonia and then bus to Montevideo.

Whereas a direct ferry to Montevideo will set you back more than eighty dollars one-way.

Of course you may not just be looking for the cheapest prices. There are many other reasons when choosing travel options. Earlier this year I wrote about the different ways to travel between Montevideo and Buenos Aires, considering the pros and cons of each. There you can find links to the different ferry company websites.

Prices of direct one-way travel Montevideo-Buenos Aires



Cost of cheapest one-way ticket*

Most expensive standard one-way ticket*

Duration of travel

Frequency (daily)

Colonia Express

Ferry and bus combo



5 hrs



Ferry and bus combo



4 hrs



Direct ferry



2.25 hrs



Slow boat and bus



6.5 hrs


Best Montevideo GuidebookNote: I used a one-way rate because buying a return (two-way) ticket does not give you a discount. You will simply pay the equivalent of two one-ways.
* The prices were in Uruguayan pesos on Nov 2 2014. I converted them into US dollars and rounded them up using an exchange rate of 24 pesos to the dollar.

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 accepts no responsibility for prices or changes.

Photos courtesy of Liam Quinn and Vince Alongi (Flickr)


  1. Chris Boyce

    July 12, 2016

    Lots of info but confusing. Any Idea of the cost and timing on 13 July from Buenos Aires to Colonies in USD.
    Many Thanks in Advance

    • Welshwitch in Uruguay

      July 13, 2016

      Chris, you can travel on Colonia Express leaving 8.15am and getting in an hour later for anything from around 600 pesos, which is about 20 USD. The Seacat boat leaves at 8am and costs a couple of dollars more. The websites show Argentina pesos or Uruguayan pesos as you will have noticed, not dollars. Best Karen

  2. Alexander Woermann

    June 16, 2016

    The exchange rate was around 14 pesos to the dolar not 24.Probably a small typo.

    • Welshwitch in Uruguay

      June 18, 2016

      Hi Alexander – not a typo. At the time of writing the *Uruguayan* peso was 24 pesos to the dollar (current it is 30). You are referring to the *Argentine* peso exchange rate. Best, Karen

  3. EJW

    March 27, 2016

    I took the Buquebus ferry from Montevideo to Buenos Aires on Mar 26 and paid a little over 1600 Uruguayan pesos or about $50 US one way for tourist class. It was comfortable enough and took 2 hrs. I was going to Eze to catch a flight. A black and yellow cab from in front of the terminal cost 400 Argentinian pesos or abput $28 US from the ferry terminal to the airport, if anyone is interested.

  4. Charles Coutinho

    August 22, 2015

    Are you know if is possible buy the cheapiest ticket in the plataform on the same day of boarding? Thanks

    • Welshwitch in Uruguay

      August 24, 2015

      Hi Charles, I do not expect you can get the **cheapest** tickets at the port, as they are usually sold online (eg Colonia Express’ “web” tariff). For Seacat tickets you must go to their sales office (Córdoba 772, Buenos Aires) a few blocks away from the Buenos Aires ferry terminal – they do not sell tickets at the port. All the best, Karen

  5. ever

    June 25, 2015

    dont forget cacciola viajes departures from Tigre much better ride

    • Welshwitch in Uruguay

      June 26, 2015

      Hi Ever, I have been planning to write something about coming to Uruguay via the Tigre Delta. It is picturesque, but significantly longer. More soon on that then, and thanks for the prompting. Best Karen

  6. Teri Howard

    November 3, 2014

    once we get to Buenos Aires. The direct ferry looks the best option for us

  7. Teri Howard

    November 3, 2014

    thank you for your quick reply and the information.We will use the taxis


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