The main airport in Uruguay is “Carrasco International Airport” (MVD), and is located in the capital city and just 20 kilometers from downtown.
It is a fairly modern airport and you will find currency exchange offices, ATMs, bars, restaurants, cafeterias, various shops, Duty-Free, pharmacy, VIP lounges, and unlimited free internet access.
It also offers luggage storage and the price varies according to the weight of the backpack or suitcase you want to leave (up to 10kg costs 13us$, between 10kg and 32kg costs 18us$ and above that weight costs 26us$ and in all cases is the price per day).
To get to downtown if pretty easy as Carrasco airport is quite well connected to the city center.
The airport’s bus stop is located directly in front of the terminal. There are several bus companies you can choose from to get to Montevideo, the biggest are
These companies run on the route between the airport and Montevideo. If you want to travel by public transport from Montevideo Carrasco Airport to the city, you can board one of the buses that show Montevideo as their destination.
They go downtown to the Rio Branco Terminal -also called Terminal Baltasar Brum (near Ciudad Vieja). The ride takes about an hour, although it will depend a lot on the traffic.
- Copsa’s ticket costs 196 Uruguayan pesos (about 5€) and
- Cutcsa’s ticket costs 65 pesos (1.65€).
You can buy the ticket at the bus driver and pay in cash.
These buses run 24 hours a day.
Between 6 am and 11 pm the regularity of buses is between 10 and 15 minutes during the day.
In the night hours, it might be 30 or 35 minutes.
- COT buses pass through the airport and go to different points on the coast, such as Punta del Este or Piriápolis, but they go through the Ómbinus Terminal of Tres Cruces in Montevideo too.
From there, you can take a bus or taxi to your hostel/hotel.
This bus terminal is located in the middle of the city, so it won’t be costly for you to travel to your final destination.
The price to Tres Cruces with COT is 196 Uruguayan pesos (5€) and the ride takes about 45 minutes.
If you travel with large suitcases or a backpack, this choice is better because it has a place to store the baggage.
Buses run every half hour between 6 am and 1 am.
Minibusses are a more affordable option than taxis – although they are run by the official taxi company at the airport.
They are 12 passenger buses that take you directly to your hotel.
- The route is adjusted to the hotels where the other passengers go, so you may get the last one and therefore, spend more than an hour cruising around the city. The price is 400 Uruguayan pesos (10€).
Minibusses leave when they reach a minimum number of passengers (5 persons).
You can book your seat in the airport “taxi” office in the arrival hall.
As in any other international airport, there are official taxis in front of the arrivals hall.
The official company is “Taxi Aeropuerto Carrasco”.
It is a good option if you arrive late at night.
The price will vary on your final destination, for example
- to Carrasco is $760 (€19),
- to Punta Gorda is $880 (€23),
- to Tres Cruces or Pocitos are $1350 (€35),
- to Punta Carretas are $1480 (€38) and
- downtown is $1650 (€42)
Another option is to hire a UBER.
For example from the airport
- to the Old Town it will cost you roughly 20€.
Although it’s a legal service in the city, taxi drivers don’t like them and they may accuse you when you get on one.