How to get from the Montevideo airport to the city

The Montevideo international airport is 15 miles from the city centre. You can take a taxi, shuttle or bus. The most common way is private transfer.
By Karen A Higgs
Montevideo international airport
Last updated on November 10, 2023

The Montevideo airport is 15 miles from the city centre. You can take a taxi, shuttle or bus. The most common way is private transfer.

Montevideo Airport is 15 miles (apx 25 km) from the centre of Montevideo city, a 30-40 minute cab ride into town, depending on where you are staying. Traffic is very rarely a problem, but calculate a few minutes more around rush-hour or at the start of a long weekend.

You have a number of options for getting into Montevideo city centre from the airport and vice versa.

Airport transfer (remise)

The most convenient way into the city is to have a private car waiting for you. Especially if you want to take advantage of every minute of your stay. These private airport transfer services are very common in Latin America. The chauffeur-driven cars are known as remises (reh-MEES) to differentiate them from taxis. Remises are large sedans – spacious and air-conditioned. They generally only do longer journeys. A trip from the Montevideo airport to the centre costs around 45 USD (11/2023).

Recommended airport transfer by Tekoa Viajes. A very reliable service led by Gabriel Santellan who managed a company in the UK for over a decade. All vehicles are top of the line. You can request an English-speaking driver. Book direct 24/7 via phone or WhatsApp: +598 99 349 299. If you prefer email:


If you are going somewhere close to the Montevideo airport you could call a regular cab using the number 1771 (Punta Gorda cabs). I don’t advise it for longer trips as the prices will be similar to a remise and it will be much less comfortable (taxis in Uruguay are infamously cramped).


Uber is available in Montevideo. The meeting point is on the top level and clearly signed.

Local bus

The cheapest way to get to the city is by bus. However only use the bus if you have very little luggage, as buses can get crowded and cannot be guaranteed to have storage areas.

Catch any bus that says ‘Montevideo’. The bus stop is right outside the terminal building. The ride will take about one hour depending on the time of day and the number of passengers and quantity of traffic. Buses run very frequently, even on weekends, and cost just a few dollars. You’ll need to pay in Uruguay pesos. Pay with not more than a 100 pesos note ideally (yes, they make change—your first sign that Uruguay is SO civilised). [Check out our tips for where to get money at the airport—we DON’T recommend the Montevideo airport exchange.]


Most buses come into Montevideo along Avenida Italia and then take a street called Uruguay to the Rio Branco bus station which is a few blocks from Montevideo’s main plaza, the Plaza Independencia. Others stop in the Plaza Independencia itself. All very handy if you are staying in the Old City or Centro.

The DM1 bus from the airport goes to the Punta Carretas neighbourhood. It stops at the Portones and Montevideo shopping malls (two local landmarks) on the way.

Montevideo’s central bus station is called Tres Cruces. It is where buses to other parts of the country go from. Ask the driver to let you know when you are at Tres Cruces if you intend to get off there – most buses from the airport stop just outside the bus station, they don’t enter.

More reading about the Montevideo airport

Prefer to hire a car? Check out the Guru’s recommendation for a great little local car hire company

Tipping in Uruguay Find out that you don’t tip a taxi driver but do tip a baggage handler in Uruguay

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ByB Remises

It is possibly Uruguay’s most reputable remise company. They provide a fantastic service for non-Spanish speakers. All their drivers speak English other than a couple who speak German and Portuguese as well as Spanish. You can book your ride online and the follow-up which includes email or sms reminders is first class. They also do trips from the airport to other parts of Uruguay including Punta del Este.

Book a transfer with ByB Remises using the code GURU1 and you help us continue to exist. Many thanks!

A trip from the Montevideo airport to the centre costs around 40 USD.

Transparency check: ByB Remises is a supporter of the Guru’Guay website however my recommendation comes from my numerous experiences as a paying customer of their services. I love their oh-so-user-friendly website in English (SO different from other Uruguayan companies) and their immediate and professional customer service.

Cover photo by Marcelo Campi

[Article first published: Dec 15, 2016. Last updated: See above]




6 Responses

  1. Hola,muy buena pagina,Uber puede levantar pasajeros en el aeropuerto? Por que estaba viendo las tarifas y son LA MITAD que las de los remises..Muchas gracias y saludos.

    1. Hola Gabriel, sí, Uber entra en el aeropuerto. Hay tarifas dinamicas, no? Asi que no siempre estan (tanto) mas barato. Si llegas con equipaje, hay que ver si entra en el Uber. Muchos autos en Uruguay son muy pequeños. Muchas gracias por las palabras. Saludos — Karen

  2. Hi, I’m very confused regarding how to get from the airport to Pocitos.
    My preference it is Uber, and many comments agreed too.
    However someone mentioned that 2 suitcases won’t fit in a Uber there.
    Is that the case?

    1. Hi Cristina, that may be the case. It will depend on the size of the car that turns up for you. You could always put a case on a seat. Hope this helps.

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