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Getting Around in Uruguay
 
 
 

By Air

Domestic flights are absurdly cheap but somewhat limited. The only internal flights available since TAMU, a branch of the Uruguayan Air Force, suspended its services, are the domestic legs of international flights by PLUNA from Punta del Este via Montevideo to Brazil.

By Sea / River

There are no scheduled boat services along the principal rivers but the River Uruguay is navigable from Colonia to Salto, and the Río Negro (flowing across the country from northeast to northwest) is navigable as far as the port of Mercedes.

By Rail

A few local services run between villages. These are not usually used by tourists and are under threat of closure.

By Road

Traffic drives on the right. There are 45,000km (28,000 miles) of roads in Uruguay, 90 per cent of which are paved or otherwise improved for all-weather use. However, the conditions of roads varies. Traffic is often disorganised.

Bus

The bus service is good: two main bus lines (COPSA and COT) provide services throughout the country, connecting all towns and the Brazilian border points. Non-local/ departmental buses leave from the Tres Cruces station which also serves the international buses. The buses are frequent and many companies serve the same routes.

More information is available from the website www.trescruces.com.uy.

Car rental

Available in downtown Montevideo and airports.

Documentation: An International Driving Permit or your country's driving licence is required as the Uruguayan authorities honour most foreign issued licences. A temporary licence to drive in Uruguay, valid for 90 days, must be obtained from the Town Hall (Municipio).

Urban Transportation

Extensive bus services operate in Montevideo and the suburbs. There are flat fares for the central area and suburban services. Metered taxis are available in all cities and from the airport. Drivers carry a list of fares. A surcharge is made for each item of baggage and between 12 midnight and 6 am. Within city limits, taxis may be hired by the hour at an agreed rate. Taxi drivers expect a tip.

 

 
 

 



 


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