Crossing over into Uruguay by ferry from Buenos Aires.
Uruguay is a very popular tourist destination and many tourists like to visit for the day. It is very easy to cross by ferry from Buenos Aires. Buquebus is a ferry service that transfers passengers on a daily basis to various destinations in Uruguay. Popular destinations include:
[v_icon color=”#1e73be” size=”18px” target=”_blank” name=”moon-checkmark-3″] Montevideo;
[v_icon color=”#1e73be” size=”18px” target=”_blank” name=”moon-checkmark-3″] Punta del Este;
[v_icon color=”#1e73be” size=”18px” target=”_blank” name=”moon-checkmark-3″] Colonia del Sacramento.
Where do the ferries depart from?
Ferries depart from the Northern Dock of Puerto Madero and is very easy to find. The building is marked clearly and you can see the boats from the outside. There is ample parking available and the terminal is big and comfortable. If it is your first time in the city, then I suggest you take a taxi to the terminal. This will allow for enough time in case you get lost.
How to purchase a ticket for Buquebus?
Tickets can be bought at the sales offices at the terminal or on-line. I prefer to buy the tickets on-line because you are issued with an e-ticket. It is saving you a lot of time in the end. On a recent trip to Colonia del Sacramento I have noticed that they charge extra if you book a couple of days before departure or on the date of departure. You pay the advertised price if you book 10 days in advance.
Check-in procedure and important information.
You have to check in at least 1 1/2 hours before departure. On arrival at the Terminal present your ticket and passport at the counter. You will then make your way to immigration. Argentinian and Uruganian officials will inspect your passport and Visas. If you have an Argentine DNI then you don´t need to present your passport but take it with you just in case.
On-board services and facilities.
The boats are very comfortable. They carry between 450 and 1200 passengers. You can also transfer your vehicle onto the boat. There are different classes to choose from ranging from Tourist class to the more expensive all inclusive “Bodega” class. The main differences really are price and that a drink and a snack (Whiskey or wine) is included. I used the normal tourist class and was very impressed with the service.
Prices range between 246 ARS to 750 ARS for a one way ticket, depending the class, time of year and specials. Check with the Buquebus website for updated prices.
The boat is surrounded by huge windows and you have an upper deck to watch the magnificent view. Chairs are very comfortable. Buquebus also offers day tours with special packages. Visit the website for more details.