Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, is a large city that preserves the charming character of small coastal towns while still offering excellent cultural and entertainment options. It's an ideal city to visit from Buenos Aires.

Located on the banks of the Río de la Plata, Montevideo has a rich architectural heritage that includes both neoclassical buildings and postmodernist constructions, a peculiar mixture that adds special character to the city.

The city's rich gastronomy and the warmth of its people complete the city's attractions.

What to see in Montevideo

Montevideo is a city full of life and it is a pleasure to stroll through its quiet streets. These are some of the most interesting places in the city:

  • Mercado del Puerto: Declared a National Historic Monument in 1975, Montevideo's Mercado del Puerto was inaugurated in 1868 to supply ships with provisions. Today it is an attractive site frequented by tourists and locals alike, where you can enjoy the most delicious typical dishes.
  • Ciudad Vieja (Old City): With a lovely mixture of past and present, the Old City preserves an attractive artistic and historical heritage, making it a true pleasure to stroll through its narrow streets.
  • Rambla de Montevideo: Like a balcony overlooking the Rio de la Plata, Montevideo's Rambla is a favorite spot for locals to watch the sunset while gathering and drinking mate.
  • Plaza Independencia: Located on the border between the Old City and the Downtown area, Plaza Independencia is one of the most important spots in Montevideo. The square is presided over by an equestrian statue of José Gervasio Artigas and is surrounded by large old buildings.

How to get to Montevideo from Buenos Aires


By plane is the fastest way to get from Buenos Aires to Montevideo. The journey takes less than an hour and the cost of tickets is about 100 (US$ 106.80) round trip.

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The company Buquebús operates several daily services between Buenos Aires and Montevideo. The price for the round trip journey is about 14,000 ARS (US$ 58.40) and the duration of the trip is a little over 3 hours.

You can consult the schedules and fares, as well as buy the tickets through the Buquebús website:

If you do not want to complicate your trip, you can also book our excursion from Buenos Aires to Montevideo:

When you do a search, you'll see that they offer the option to take the boat to Colonia de Sacramento and then continue by bus. This option is only interesting if you want to visit Colonia, otherwise, it is much slower and the price is not worth it.