Located in a renovated warehouse on the north end of Puerto Madero – south side of the Darsena Norte across from the old Hotel for Immigrants – the buquebus ships provide transport across the Rio Plata to Urugauy, running to Colonia del Sacramento, Montevideo and, occasionally, to Punte del Este. The cheapest way to Montevideo is via the one-hour trip to Colonia and a further bus-ride, but the best way is the three-hour boat trip. Reervations for some of the boats should be considered a couple days in advance – ie the late return on Sunday from Montevideo is very popular.
For side trips to Uruguay, an easy way of getting there is by taking a ferry across the Rio de la Plata. Ferries travel from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento and Montevideo. Book tickets well in advance as travel agencies tend to buy a large number of seats. Buquebus, the company operating the ferry, also offers its own tours.
If you have traveled in Spain or anywhere else in Latin America, you probably will not find Colonia all that impressive. The people there depend on tourism, so they tend to overhype their city. Montevideo is similar to Buenos Aires.
Prices and times always change, so instead of listing them here I would advise going to the Buquebus Web site.
I live in Montevideo (Uruguay), so the best way to go to Buenos Aires is Buquebus; you can go by ferry from port to port, or by bus from Montevideo to Colonia, and then by ferry to Buenos Aires.
Vivo en Montevideo (Uruguay), así que la mejor forma de ir a Buenos Aires es Buquebus; pueden ir en ferry de puerto a puerto, o en bus desde Montevideo a Colonia, y luego en ferry hasta Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires is located along the banks of the Rio de la Plata and if you're coming from Uruguay (or going there), you'll want to contact the Buquebus company at 11 4317-1001 to arrange your transport. You can also arrange for organized tours of the city from the unique vantage point of the river.
Buquebus is not a super cheap option to get back and forth from Argentina to Uruguay, but it is definitely the most convenient and time saving and in actuality is comparable to other options, such as flying. There was only one or 2 direct flights I could find from Buenos Aires to Mentevideo and getting to the airport alone made it not worth the hassle. I flew into the international terminal, EZE, and these quicker flights take off from Buenos Aires other airport, AEP. Plus, Buquebus offers a great selection of ferries routes and times each day.
You can take the more reasonably priced option, which is a boat ride that stops in Colonia and then a bus continues on from there to Montevideo and other destinations. This is a good option depending on your needs - it takes about 4 1/2 hours total and costs about $30 than the direct option. This also leaves open the possibility of doing a stopover in Colonia and spending some time looking around the quaint city.
The direct route from Buenos Aires to Montevideo is on the ferry direct for 3 hours. No changing transportation needed with this selection, but keep in mind, this route departs less frequently. I found the boat on this leg of the journey to be much bigger, including an extensive duty free shop on board. Plus, with this option, you arrive at the port in Uruguay as opposed to the bus terminal with Option 1.
Both the bus terminal and port arrival points are central enough to Montevideo, but just want to point out the differences. While exploring options on Buquebus' website, I found booking to be fairly easy, but understanding the departure and arrival locations very vague...
Have a great journey - enjoy!
When you're in BA you should definetly take a swing over to Uruguay and see places like Montevideo and Punta del Este. Maybe Colonia if you are up for some really calm and slow moving countryside life amongst some old ruins.
The terminal is located at the end of Cordoba street, near the beginning of Puerto Madero while their offices are in Cordoba 879 and/or Posadas 1452. Check their website at www.buquebus.com
People coming from Uruguay may find cheaper to come by boat. It is also an interesting option if you come with your car, since the ferry can carry vehicles.
Buquebus is the only operator of the routes between Buenos Aires and Colonia del Sacramento, Montevideo and Piriápolis*. Fares start at 61 Arg pesos for a journey from Buenos Aires to Colonia.
Buquebus also offers good bus services from Colonia, Montevideo and Piriápolis to Punta del Este and La Paloma.
All boats leave from Buquebus terminal in Puerto Madero.
*Piriápolis services only during high season (mid December - mid February)
They have an office on Cordoba and Suipacha.
They offer tours to the various cities in Uruguay that they stop at. You can choose between a hotel stay package or just a one day tour.
They are open 8am-11pm monday-friday and 9am -7pm saturday-sunday
¿Going to Colonia, Uruguay?
take the buquebus ferry. Currently there is a promotion for 89 pesos round trip.
Leaves BA at 9am
Leaves Colonia for BA at 6:45 m-sat (7:30 sun)
Package tours that cost too much money are aslo possible
Departed Buenos Aires heading for Montevideo. Buquebus offer several options, we chose a slow ferry to Colonia de Sacremento, around 3 hours across the River Plate and then a bus onwards to Montevideo, around 2 hours.
All worked very well, comfortable ferry crossing and a line of buses waiting for the onward journey.
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