Uruguay is quite easy to get in and out off. Residents from a large number of countries..Travel Health
Due to its climatic location, vaccinations for Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Diptheria and Rabies..Local Currency
The local currency is the Peso (Ur$). The currency is very weak with Ur$1.0 0 equivalent..Weather
Uruguay has a subtropical climate with hot summers and milder winters. The lack of..Local Customs
The locals in Uruguay are very friendly and welcome visitors. It is customary for..Languages
Spanish is spoken throughout Uruguay with some limited English in the tourist spots..Transport Options
The international airport is in the suburb of Carrasco, which is 18km east of central..Travel Tips
Smoking is not allowed in cinemas, theatres or on public transport. Uruguay has..Local Food
Uruguayan cuisine tends to be mild with little spice added to dishes. Barbecued meats..Local Timezones
Uruguay is East of the International Date Line, and 3 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time..Dutyfree Limits
Duty free is available at the international airport. If you’re 18 years of age or..
The international airport is in the suburb of Carrasco, which is 18km east of central Montevideo. Direct flights are available from Miami, Europe, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Porto Alegre, Rio, and Florianolpolis. Flights from other locations will require a connection through Chile, Buenos Aires, Santiago , Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo. International flights will incur a departure tax of US$17 for flights to Buenos Aires and US$31 to all other destinations.
Buses and taxis provide transport into the city from the airport. Taxis are safe and affordable and all cars have meters and fixed rates. A surcharge will be applied per item of baggage and for trips between 12pm & 6am. Taxi drivers expect a tip.
There is no official domestic service available due to the size of the country but charter flights are available out of Carrasco airport.
Within Montevideo there is a limited commuter train service and a special tourist train service. The tourist train is a good way to get to the sights in Montevideo but there is no set timetable for the service and you will have to listen to announcements at station to know when to board. There is no long distance or inter city rail service.
International bus services are available between Montevideo and Brazil, Argentina and Buenos Aires. The services from Argentina and Brazil offer a very high service level with on board catering. The bus to Buenos Aires is very slow and alternative forms of transport such as ferry are advisable. The domestic bus service is very good with extensive and frequent services between the cities. Bus travel in Uruguay is very safe.
Ferry services are available from Buenos Aires and Argentina to Montevideo and Colonia Del Sacramento.
Hire cars are available from the Carrasco airport and branches in the major cities. Cars drive on the right in Uruguay and drivers will require either an international licence or licence from their home country. The highways are in good condition but some are only 2 lanes wide so care should be taken when overtaking. A lot of the interior is agricultural with vast distances between towns so it is advisable to carry a mobile phone and to take note of emergency numbers on road signs in case of breakdown.