Buenos Aires to Montevideo

Jan 4th, 2016, 02:33 PM
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Buenos Aires to Montevideo

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for some up-to-date information on the best way to get from BA to Montevideo in late Jan/early Feb this year. I was thinking of fast ferry to Colonia, then a bus to Montevideo, but if there's a better or cheaper way I'd love to hear it! I know you can also go directly to Montevideo, so that's an option as well, but I think there are only a few crossings a day on this route? I also assume the advantage of paying in cash at the ferry terminal now doesn't exist, because the blue dollar is gone, so I might as well buy online in advance? Is there any particular company you would recommend or any tips?

It seems a bit far to go for a day trip and have read on here that it isn't worth going for just the day. I have a friend there and have made loose plans to meet for lunch or a coffee. Is it worth an overnight stay? Also, how is the safety aspect at the moment? I've heard it's worse than it used to be. I'm a 30-year-old lone female traveller...pretty streetwise and well-travelled, but obviously want to stay as safe as I can.
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Jan 5th, 2016, 02:31 AM
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The Buquebus vía Colonia is fine, but I would stay over night.
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Security wise both cities are going through dificultad times. You must use extrene caution.
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Jan 5th, 2016, 05:17 AM
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We travel between BA and Monte every year....since we have already enjoyed a day in Colonia, we take the direct ferry. If you are meeting for lunch, but have the option to spend a night, I would suggest doing that.

The OLD TOWN is not too safe...especially at night...but I feel quite comfortable in Uruguay (including Montevideo) otherwise.

Another thought...you could take the shorter ferry to Colonia and ask your friend to meet you there for lunch ?
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Jan 6th, 2016, 12:25 PM
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I will tell you what my son did when he visited us in BA .. they took the Ferry to Colonia, wandered around then took a bus to Montevideo where they stayed at a really nice hotel ( not $$ ) and then took the ferry back from Montevideo.
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Jan 9th, 2016, 05:15 PM
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Thanks for the replies! I'm not too sure about whether to visit Colonia or not... taking the ferry there and spending just a few hours before getting on a bus to Montevideo sounds like a good option. Is it easy to get to the bus station from the centre/touristy part of Colonia? Is it much better value to get a return ticket to/from the same place compared to going to Colonia and coming back from Montevideo?
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