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What things cost in Uruguay


I often get asked how much things cost in Uruguay. Here is an unscientific list to give you an idea what you are likely to spend while on holiday in Montevideo.

Prices in the interior tend to be lower. Prices at certain beach resorts will be (significantly) higher.

The Uruguayan government has a system whereby foreigners using their international credit cards get their 22% tax back at restaurants and on car hire AUTOMATICALLY. I know, crazy, right?

Anyway, the prices listed below include VAT, so discount 22% on items marked with an * I’ll keep you informed if things change.

The exchange rate at the time of writing is 28 Uruguayan pesos to the US dollar.

What eating out costs in Uruguay

Main course 280-450 pesos*

Dessert 150 pesos*

A cup of coffee 60-120 pesos*

A glass of wine 120-150 pesos*

A pint of craft beer 120-200 pesos*

These prices might be taken from a great little lunch-time restaurant like Sin Pretensiones or a wine bar like Montevideo Wine Experience ie places with gourmand intentions at reasonable prices.

Epicureans can delight that top end restaurants like Jacinto and Estrecho have pricing that is pretty similar. I’ve had guests from New York tell me that they would have paid five times the price for similar offerings in their home town.

Budget travellers should note that cheap restaurants are not much cheaper.


What transportation costs in Uruguay

Ferry from Argentina to Uruguay – you’ll want to read our separate articles on what it costs to travel from Buenos Aires to Montevideo or Buenos Aires to Colonia.

Compact car hire for a day (including full insurance) 40-50 USD*         (recommended car hire)

Airport transfer 35-40 USD                                                                            (recommended transfer)

Taxi from central bus station to Old City 160-180 pesos                        (using taxis)

Bus ticket in Montevideo 36 pesos                                                              (getting around by bus)

Bus ticket Montevideo-Colonia 367 pesos                                                 (planning your bus trip)

Bus ticket Montevideo-Punta del Diablo 598 pesos

What things cost at the supermarket in Uruguay

A decent bottle of wine 180-300 pesos

A litre of beer 100 pesos

A baguette 50 pesos

Half a kilo of cheese 130-200 pesos

A kilo of beef 150-280 pesos

A bag of arugula salad 30-60 pesos

Montevideo Carnival - Murga La Mojigata

What going out costs in Uruguay

Museum tickets All public museums are free. Some like the Andes 1972 museum cost 100-200 pesos.

Admission to a tango milonga 100-200 pesos

Beginners group tango class 150-200 pesos

Ticket to the Uruguayan national ballet 60-850 pesos

Ticket to a classical music show at the Solis Theatre From 150 pesos

Live music shows at most small venues 100-250 pesos

Tickets for Carnival parades 200-300 pesos

Tickets to Carnival tablados 50-200 pesos

Kayak rental  150 pesos per hour

One of the best things about Montevideo is the incredible cultural offerings, all at accessible prices.

Photos: Gaston Bauer,  Josiah Mackenzie, Guru’Guay


  1. Cagatay

    June 9, 2017

    Hi Linda, thank you for the useful tips and your effort for this amazing page! I just wondering about 1+1 apartment prices for sale ( aprx) ! You have any idea more or less about the costs? Does not matter an old one as long as in a safe and social area. Thank you so much. Take care.

    • The Guru of Guru'Guay

      July 5, 2017

      Hi Cagatay, departments can cost any amount, depending on what you want. But to give you an idea, a studio apartment in a new building in a nice neighbourhood could cost anything from 90,000 USD. Hope that helps, Karen

  2. Linda

    May 2, 2017

    I have lived in Uruguay off and on since 2006 …. it is VERY expensive to live there ! A Used car that would cost $ 500 in U. S. Will cost you $5000! If you want a regular McDonald’s hamburger … it will cost you $2.50 … compared to the $ .99. – $1.29 in US And forget buying gas at almost $8.00 a gal !

    • Linda

      May 2, 2017

      Oh and I had to buy a queen size mattress … I got a regular foam mattress covered in a thin material ( that lasted 6 months ) and it cost $300 dollars …. the same one in the States would cost maybe $60 !

    • The Guru of Guru'Guay

      May 2, 2017

      Hi Linda, the focus of my article is for holiday-makers so I didn’t look at the price of cars and household goods. Totally agree that comparatively Uruguay is more expensive – and that you really have to fork out for quality. The US is really very cheap for most stuff – I come from the UK and all the things you quote would be more expensive there. And then perhaps some things should really cost more (for the survival of the planet) and are cheaper than they should be. What I like about Uruguay (looking for the good side 🙂 ) is that people are much less consumerist, even if it is forced, rather than by choice!


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