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 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.
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. Note, we’re updating them later this week as there are important changes afoot with significant costs involved.
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 33 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 rocket salad 30-60 pesos
Photos: Gaston Bauer, Guru’Guay, Josiah Mackenzie