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Getting Here & Around
There's frequent daily bus service from the Tres Cruces terminal in Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento. Two companies that serve the entire region are Copsa and Cot. It's a beautiful drive from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento, and it will take you about three hours on Ruta 1 west. Renting a car is the simplest way to explore the coast.
Hydrofoils and ferries cross the Río de la Plata between Buenos Aires and Uruguay several times a day. Boats often sell out, particularly on summer weekends, so book tickets at least a few days in advance. Buquebus provides two kinds of service for passengers and cars: Colonia Express operates the cheapest and fastest services to Colonia, via a 50-minute catamaran trip; the slower ferry takes around three hours. In Buenos Aires the Buquebus terminal is at the northern end of Puerto Madero, accessible by taxi or by walking seven blocks from Leandro N. Alem subte station along Trinidad Guevara and Avenida Alicia M. de Justo to the intersection with Cecilia Grierson. Colonia's ferry port is undergoing renovation work and is rather chaotic. The shortest way to the Barrio Histórico is to turn left out of the port car park into Florida—it's a six-block walk. Walking is the perfect way to get around this part of town; equally practical—and lots of fun—are golf carts and sand buggies, which you can rent from Thrifty.
Signs and transportation schedules frequently shorthand the name of the city to simply "colonia".
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