Let’s be honest the fact that Uruguay is so close to Buenos Aires makes the appeal of a day trip to a new country hard to resist. While many travelers head to Colonia del Sacramento I would encourage you to go just a little further to explore the country’s capitol of Montevideo. Only a 2.5 hour ferry ride from Buenos Aires to Montevideo it’s not that much further for a far bigger reward.
The easiest way to get a ferry ticket is to go online to Burque Bus to reserve your ticket. It’s like a plane ticket in that prices very depending on when you buy, and seats sell out. We bought our tickets 2 days before for the tourist class (which is plenty nice) for $130.
My friend and I arrived at the ferry terminal about 1.5 hours before to get through immigration (you pass through both Argentina and Uruguay before boarding and will need to go through two lines if you are foreign). 1.5 hours was really more than we needed but it’s safer to be early than late as the line gets long.
About 45 minutes before the ferry’s departure people started lining up to board the boat and about 30 minutes before departure time they let you board the ferry. We were there in low season so there was no shortage of seats.
You can’t really see out the windows (they have layers of saltwater caked on) so bring a book and a snack and kick back.
We took the earliest ferry there and the latest boat back which I for sure recommend.
When you arrive in Montevideo you can simply walk off the ferry and into the old town (which is the cool part); Montevideo easy to navigate on foot just make sure you have data or download a map before.
After your time in Uruguay show up at the ferry a bit early to print your tickets (we did this from a machine but there are people who can help) and to go through immigration (on the way back you will go through both Uruguay and Argentina before boarding, and again, you will need to go through two separate lines as a foreigner).
Then get your spot on the boat and take a nap as you’re probably exhausted from exploring a city in just one day.
Well done kid.
Looking for some ideas of things to do in Montevideo? Check out this post on how to spend a day in Montevideo!
Do you have other tips for taking the ferry to Montevideo, Uruguay? Let me know in the comments section!