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Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay. Whether arriving to or departing from Montevideo, expect to use public transportation to get you into/out of town.

Hitchhiking out

West towards Colonia del Sactamento, Argentina (N1)

  • Option 1: You can take bus #137 (Paso de la Arena), #370 (Cerro) or 17 (Casabo) from the roundabout at Palacio Legislativo. These buses most likely also pass downtown. The bus stop is behind the Palacio, next to the José Batlle y Ordóñez monument. The price for one ticket is $20 (March 2013). Get out at Av. Dr. Carlos Maria Ramirez, esq. (crossing with) Concordia. Ask somebody on the bus if you are not sure. If you miss it, you'll see yourself driving over the Ruta 1 highway, then just get out at the first next stop. From Concordia crossing, walk right into the side-road next to the bridge. You'll find yourself standing at the highway. Walk up about 200m to the on-ramp. You can use this ramp to hitchhike cars both on the highway and driving onto it.

Bus 163: Take a bus from anywhere of Montevideo with number 163 which will put u on the road 1. Do not get out on the first crossing of the highway, but on second. Ask the driver to tell you where. In Uruguay there are generally very little number of cars as the country is low populated. You could wait for hours to find someone or walk... But in general this spot should be good one.

We (Julien from France and me) found a ride in 10 minutes,even though that for me alone in any part of Urugay it took at least 2 hours to move forward somewhere -- Suzann

Towards Colonia and Gualeguaychu

Catch the Santiago Vazquez bus in downtown Montevideo Vazquez and Mercedes(not sure of the bus number though, you should ask) When you get to Santiago Vazquez cross the bridge and start hitching after the toll. If going to Gualeguaychu get off in the 2 and start hitching there. However it's strongly recommended to go to Colonia. If you're going from Colonia to Gualeguaychu hitch on the 21. Even if you will see the ugliest towns in the country and you'll get cider instead of water people are super nice.

Hitching In

From the airport

It's possible to get a ride to Montevideo from the airport by just talking to some friendly looking people.

The airport is situated in the north east of Montevideo. You can rent a car or take a taxi to the city from the airport − try not to be ripped off though. The “official taxi” company is trying to extort something like 20 US$ for the ride, which is way too much.