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Power sockets and plugs in Uruguay

Electricity by Colores Mari (Flickr)

In Uruguay, a bunch of different plugs are used. Uruguay is a small country stuck between two industrial giants. So we end up with appliances produced for Brazilian and Argentine markets, with the accompanying different plugs.

So which power plug (travel) adapter should you bring to Uruguay?

This skinny two-pin plug above is by far the most common plug socket in Uruguay. You can’t go wrong if you have this adaptor.

They also fit the skinny three-pin sockets.Obviously the two-pin adaptor is better than a three-pin, because you can use the two-pin plug in an outlet for both two or three pin.

Other sockets which are less common

There are other sockets which you may encounter but less frequently. For instance in our guesthouse all our sockets are the skinny pin kind, except for one fat two-pin in the kitchen.

These fat two-pin plugs (known as a schuko) are most common in Uruguay for kitchen appliances. I see that in Germany you have the same plugs.

These triangular-style three-pin plugs are very common in Argentina, and you may encounter these sockets in some places especially those close to the Argentine border. I see that in Australia the plugs are the same.

So what do electrical sockets look like in Uruguay?

I found this graphic from Adaptalec really helpful.

Forgot your adaptor?

Don’t worry if you forget your adaptor. They are easy to find here. Just go into any large supermarket to pick one up. Your local Uruguayan hardware store, known as a ferreteria (no small furry animal jokes please) will also stock them.

Ask for an “adaptador de enchufe” (say, ad-ap-ta-DOR day en-CHOO-fay).

They cost about 60 pesos or around 2 USD.

Images: and Colores Mari


  1. Marsoff

    March 27, 2017

    Speaking of Plugs, where did you find these three triangular pin plugs in Uruguay?

    • The Guru of Guru'Guay

      March 28, 2017

      They are certainly not found very often compared to the others.

      • The Guru of Guru'Guay

        March 28, 2017

        The sockets I mean, but I have frequently bought household appliances here with that type of plug – I know because I have several adaptors in use, including for my hairdryer which I bought here!

  2. Lia

    February 10, 2017

    Thanks for all the wonderful info you’ve posted on your website! I read recently that to travel on the Montevideo buses we will need a card of some kind, that some buses wouldn’t be accepting cash anymore? Is this right? If that’s the case, where can I purchase this card? Many thanks.

    • The Guru of Guru'Guay

      February 13, 2017

      Hi Lisa, don’t worry, this won’t be happening for a loooonggg time yet. — Best Karen

      • Lia

        February 13, 2017

        Thanks for the info! Lia


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