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Buenos Aires to Punta del Este.

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Buenos Aires to Punta del Este.


A friend and I will be visiting Buenos Aires next december, but we would like to visit Uruguay too.

I wanna know how is the best way to get from Buenos Aires to Punta del Este? By plane? if so which airlines fly this route, or by boat to Montevideo, and then by bus? (is it a good idea? in order to visit Montevideo too?)We have 15 days to visit Buenos Aires and Uruguay.

How do you recommend to get there?

Any idea will be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Buenos Aires to Punta del Este.


You have several choices: buque and bus via either Montevideo or Colonia, direct air, or bus all the way.

The buquebus leaves several times a day, first time at 08:00 from BA Puerto Madero to Montevideo (3 hours) or 08:45 to Colonia (1 hour). From Montevideo there are buses making direct connection with the buque in 2 hours to Punta or in Colonia to Punta (4 hours) -- the same travel time, depends on whether you prefer to spend it on the boat or a bus (fares are cheaper via Colonia).

PLUNA (uruguaya) or Aerolineas Argentinas fly the route BA Aeroparque to Punta non-stop in summer--time of your visit. It´s easy to use the convenient Aeroparque airport downtown and the miniature "international terminal" of 2 gates is comfortable and never crowded since it has flights only to Uruguay. Takes 45 minutes by air but prices are steep.

Third option is an overnight bus all the way via the bridge at Gualeguaychu but the route may be cut by piqueteros argentinos from time to time, although it looks like this may finally be over.

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2. Re: Buenos Aires to Punta del Este.

It all depends on your budget, how energetic you are and how early you like to start the day.

Cheapest, long but truly beautiful trip is Cacciola (www.cacciolaviajes.com), is a boat that goes through the Tigre River Delta and arrives to Carmelo little town in Uruguay, from where they take you by bus to Montevideo where you can tour around, thought I will give it only a few of hours just to the old part and maybe Positos neighborhood (I would not do an extra effor to see Montevideo, only if it is on your way). Then a bus to Punta.

(I recommend this trip just for OW unless is for budget reasons, around $20 OW to MVD, +$7 MVD-Punta bus.

Cheap (and not so depending of destination and ferry speed) and not so long thought still long is a Ferry to Colonia (Buquebus.com) and believe me it is worth to spend 2/3 hours strolling around town, it is a very well kept colonial town.

Then you can bus to Montevideo, wonder around and then bus to Punta what you can do quite late (till around midnight) and Punta is very safe to arrive anytime.

Slow ferry+ mvd bus $41 ow

Fast ferry+ mvd bus $54 ow

Ferry to MVD $81 OW

Flight to Punta $217

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3. Re: Buenos Aires to Punta del Este.

Thank you very much for your advices.

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