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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 11, 2016
What is the procedure for Buquebus check-in at Tres Cruces bus terminal?  (2 Answers)

Hello everyone,

I have purchased the bus + ferry Buquebus tickets from Montevideo to Buenos Aires.

At Tres Cruces bus terminal, does anyone know if I need to do anything in particular to check in for the Buquebus bus ride? Do I look for the Buquebus sales desk and show them my printed online confirmation to get paper bus tickets? Will I get my onward ferry tickets to Buenos Aires at the same time?

Also, I will have two luggage cases with me. Do I check them in before I get on the Buquebus bus and retrieve them when I get off in Colonia? or will it be transferred to the ferry automatically?

Thanks everyone for your helpful insight.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 24, 2015
paying taxes  (2 Answers)

any one who visited Uruguay in the last year have to pay taxes for leaving the country

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 14, 2015
Where do Buquebus bus leave from in Montevideo?  (6 Answers)


I've bought a bus+ ferry combination tickets (bus to Colonia, then ferry onward to BA) for my trip from Montevideo to Buenos Aires.

Where do I go to catch my bus? Are the Buquebus buses to Colonia leave from the ferry terminal or somewhere else?

I need to arrange for a transfer and want to know the exact location to pick up the Buquebus bus.

Thanks for any help in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 25, 2015
Home Improvment Store, Paint store (like Home Depot)  (1 Answer)

Im going on a Business trip (Install) to Montevideo and I have to buy Spray Paint and screws. Is there a store chain like Homedepot ? im staying in the area of Zonamerica.
thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 20, 2015
Che Lagarto Hostel  (9 Answers)

Please, has anyone stayed there? Can anybody tell me if it´s clean, and if we can get to sleep over there at night? Thank you so very much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 08, 2015
Travel buddies for Montevideo & Buenos Aires  (1 Answer)

Hi Guys, a friend has dropped out at the last minute so I thought I'd drop a request on this forum for travel buddies during my trip. I land in Montevideo on Apr 4th, stay a few days then take the ferry to Buenos Aires and back pack around Argentina until April 14th. I am a 30 something guy from London. drop me a line on here if interested.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 13, 2015
bus transportation from Montevideo, Uruguay to Punta del Este  (2 Answers)

How much does it cost to take a bus from the Montevideo airport to Punta del Este

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 04, 2014
Ferry to Buenos Aires  (4 Answers)

I am trying to book a one way ticket to Buenos Aires from Montevideo on the fast ferry service of Buquebus. I have been frustrated by their web site as despite initially offering an English translation, it reverts to Spanish when you try to book the tickets. So it is hopeless and I can't get any further as I don't understand what it is asking me to do.
All I require is to know how much two first class tickets cost on a one way trip from Montevideo to Buenos Aires on March 6th 2015 at about lunchtime. I prefer to book in advance online but this is proving impossible, so If any Spanish speaking friends can help me I would be very grateful.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 30, 2014
Apartment rental  (2 Answers)

Greetings everyone. I am interested in renting an apartment in downtown Montevideo for the months of November through May. Does anyone have any experiences/advice they care to share? I have stayed in Bario Sur/Palermo regions before, but would like a slight change of scenery.
Thanks in advance,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 19, 2014
Moving to Montevideo  (1 Answer)

I'll be moving to Montevideo in January 2015. I am looking for permanent long term rental near Av Brasil. I need a studio apartment or 1 bedroom. Can anyone suggest neighborhoods or a reputable estate agent? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 05, 2014
What to do in Montevideo on a Sunday afternoon ?

First time ever in Uruguay.
Arrival at noon from overseas flight, check in latest at 14.00 in Punta Carretas.
Thereafter ?
Who has good suggestions where to go and where not to go ?
Ideally I would walk the streets to enjoy nice local atmospheres.
Then go for a good local drink, perhaps for apéro time.
Then for sure have a great meal in the evening in a nice local place.
Thank you for any useful tip and wish a nice week-end to all VTs.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 04, 2014
Suggestions  (3 Answers)

Me and my wife will be in Montevideo next abril 26th.
Staying there for 7 nights how do you think we should spend our days since we plan to visit Colonia del Sacramento and Punta del Este as well? Shoul we rent a car? Or take the local buses? What about the hotels in these three cities? And the main points to visit...any suggestions will be very much appreciated.
Thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 06, 2014
Weather from Feb 13-20  (2 Answers)

According to the future forecast on some rain is expected during Feb13-20

If this forecast is true, how bad do the rains get in Montevideo? Will it keep me from doing anything outside without an umbrella. If you have better local weather information can you let me know how likely this rain will be? I would like to also visit the beach but not have to travel too far to get to one, does Montevideo have good beaches? I have seen information on Pocitos beach, is it nice there, any other? Thank you for your help

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 22, 2014
Booking a taxi to the airport  (4 Answers)

Which taxi should we book and how to go to the airport? We have rather large luggage so is there a larger car or van we can book to pick us up at 4 am at the apartment to go to the airport?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 16, 2014
local currency  (3 Answers)

What is the current exchange rate?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 28, 2013
How fully booked are the long-distance buses to Asuncion from Montevideo in January and February?  (3 Answers)

Dear all,

I understand January through February is a peak season for long-distance bus transportation in "Southern Cone" - I take it as Argentina, Uruguay and Brasil.

As I do not understand Spanish that much and thus will not book buses online in advance to my upcoming trip, if any, how soon do you think I can travel from Montevideo to Asuncion by bus when I just arrive at Montevideo and try to book bus at a bus operator kiosk right away?

I hope I will not need to wait for a week before leaving Montevideo!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 05, 2013
Nice inexpensive hotels  (2 Answers)

I am looking for a decent place or places to stay and get grounded, to start a month or so of enjoying Uruguay.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 18, 2013
Montevideo side trips  (4 Answers)

Is La Cologna worth the visit? And is it better to hire a local guide/driver in the country or book before you go?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 02, 2013
Flight arrives at 2am. What to do until 9am?  (5 Answers)


We are flying in to Montevideo from the US and land at around 2am. In the morning, around 9am, we are picking up a car and driving out to Punte del Este for the week.

Is there anything that can be done at the airport between 2-9am? Is there an airport hotel that does not require us to leave the airport in a cab? The closest hotel I've found is about 5KM from the airport. We figure by the time we land, go through customs, get a cab (pay for a cab!), and get to a hotel, we'll only have 3-4 hours until we need to be back at the airport to get the car.

Has anyone flown in at such a late hour? What did you do?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 12, 2013
Navettes aéroport  (1 Answer)


Comment se rendre de l'aéroport de Montevideo au centre ville à bon marché?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 11, 2013
Motorcycle/Scooter Rental in Montevideo/Punta Del Este? Or better to purchase?  (1 Answer)


I will be coming to Montevideo at the end of June and will probably be staying for a few months, and so I want to either purchase or rent a motorcycle/scooter.

I'm looking at anywhere from 125 to 250cc, I prefer manual but can easily ride scooters. A dirt bike (dirty) would be ideal, but I know that they can get expensive. Whether I rent or buy depends on prices and the general situation, so I have a few questions:

1. What are the average prices for bike rental? 2. Are there any scams that often happen? (eg. if you are in Thailand they charge you an arm and a leg for basic repairs and even scratches, unless you fix them yourself without the owner knowing) 3. Are there lots of places for rentals or is it not really popular? 4. Which brands are most common, so are the cheapest for mechanics to service? 5. I love the riding style of Dirtbikes, are they practical here? 6. Can you recommend any bike rental/purchase places?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 26, 2013
Pet friendly lodging?  (8 Answers)

We'll be arriving April 11th and are looking for pet friendly lodging (2 dogs) while we search for a longer term rental in person. We're looking for something for a week or two to start with. Any ideas or suggestions are appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 30, 2013
Bus to BA Argentina from montevideo/Colonia not ferry  (1 Answer)

Hi guys, I know their is a ferry to BA Argentina but id rather take a bus does anyone know if this is possible from montevideo and Colonia if so how long does it take and whats the price?. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 16, 2013
Montevideo/Colonia to Salta Argentina by bus?  (7 Answers)

Does anyone know if there any buses direct to Salta Argentia from Montevideo or anyother parts of Uruguay?. I know about buses from Buenos Aires but i dont want to go there.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2012
Looking for a reliable travel agent in Montevideo

Hola. I am wondering if anyone can recommend a travel agent to help with hotel bookings, ferries etc in Montevideo


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 20, 2011
Hotel Escuela Kolping  (9 Answers)

Am thinking about booking this hotel. It is also a training centre for tourism students. There are no reviews about this property. Would appreciate any feed back regarding the property. Apparently there are many of these Kopling training schools throughout South America.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 26, 2011
How do I spend 2 days in Montevideo  (11 Answers)

Greetings fellow VTs,

I'll be in Montevideo December 3rd (Sunday) through December 5th, (Tuesday) before heading off to Buenos Aries for 2 days. What are must see or do(s) while in your city? I'm thinking of renting a car and driving to Punta del estes for beach time Sunday......I hear the beaches are great in this area. I want to practice Tango dancing while I'm there as well. Any ideas or help is greatly appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 11, 2011
need suggestion  (4 Answers)

Where can I buy a sleeping bag in Montevideo?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 19, 2010
only one day  (6 Answers)

We are on a cruise and only have from 10am to 5pm to see what is important to see in Montevideo. Can we get a van or taxi and do a city tour and then what should we include in this tour?
Is the Colonia Del Sacramento worth the 2 hour drive to go and see?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 06, 2010
Rambla alone at night  (4 Answers)

Any suggestions for a 45 year old male who will be visiting Montevideo alone, staying in Pocitos, and will probably be walking along the Rambla alone quite a bit, even late at night?

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