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There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Montevideo each year. The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday)

Late January–Shrove Tuesday in February/March: Carnival (local event)

The Carnival of Montevideo is the most popular festival in Uruguay. It is fervently celebrated in the old town with massive street parades as the sound of drums resonates from Avenida 18 de Julio to Calle Barrios Amorin. Also on the program: beauty queen pageant and samba concert.

First weekend in February: National Folk Festival (national event)

Held each year since 1973 in Durazno, a city about 168 kilometres (104 miles) north of Montevideo, this is the most important folklore event in Uruguay, also including performances by leading Uruguayan singer-songwriters and groups outside the genre, a cavalry parade and displays of gaucho skills.

May 1: Labour Day (national holiday)

May 18: Battle of Las Piedras Day (national holiday)

Commemorates the battle fought on this day in 1811, considered as a key turning point in the struggle for Uruguayan independence, when troops led by José Gervasio Artigas defeated forces loyal to Spain at this town not far from Montevideo. Celebrations include a long and festive procession through Montevideo to the moving and massive mausoleum holding the general's remains at the centre of Plaza Independencia, where a solemn ceremony is held to remember the father of Uruguayan independence.

Last weekend of September or first weekend of October: Día del Patrimonio (Heritage Days, national holiday)

This festival highlights Uruguay's cultural heritage, focusing in particular on dance, architecture and oral traditions. Museums organize special events and other historic buildings and monuments normally closed to the public open their doors for guided tours.

August 25: Independence Day (national holiday)

Celebrations are held in Montevideo's Plaza Independencia to commemorate the recognition of Uruguay's independence in a treaty signed with Argentina and Brazil on this day in 1825. After the speeches and official ceremonies in the afternoon, the festivities, including a reprise of the Carnival's llamadas but without costumes, often continue on until the early hours of the morning throughout the city.

October 12: Día de la Raza (national holiday)

On this day, Uruguay and several other South American countries pay tribute to the struggles against the European invaders having first arrived on these shores in 1492. Commemorations also mark the beginning of the mixing of peoples – indigenous, European, Asian and African – and celebrate the cultural richness engendered by this process. For the entire day, Montevideo's streets are given over to parades with elaborately costumed participants, candombé dancers and drummers, and folk music performances.

December 25: Christmas (Navidad - national holiday)

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Montevideo has a subtropical climate. Summers are hot, with frequent thunderstorms. Winters are mild, with temperatures never dropping below freezing. Rainfall is distributed fairly evenly year-round, although the months at the height of the winter (July and August) tend to be the wettest. Despite the usual lack of extremes, the weather can change abruptly, when the chilly pampero blows in from the south-west, or when the warmer sudestada brings rain from the south-east.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 18/64 28/82 90/3.5 Good period to go Good period to go
February 18/64 27/81 90/3.5 Good period to go Good period to go
March 16/61 25/77 100/3.9 Good period to go Good period to go
April 13/55 22/72 85/3.3 Not the best period to go
May 10/50 18/64 90/3.5 Not the best period to go
June 7/45 15/59 90/3.5 Not the best period to go
July 7/45 15/59 95/3.7 Not the best period to go
August 7/45 16/61 95/3.7 Not the best period to go
September 9/48 18/64 90/3.5 Not the best period to go
October 11/52 20/68 107/4.2 Not the best period to go
November 13/55 23/73 95/3.7 Not the best period to go
December 16/61 26/79 75/3.0 Good period to go Good period to go
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Montevideo Carrasco International Airport

The Montevideo Carrasco International Airport is located about 15 kilometres (9 miles) east of the city centre.

  • One terminal

Getting from the airport to Montevideo and back
  • By car
    • Accessible via Avenida de las Americas.
    • Both short- and long-term parking facilities are available (UYU 80 for 1 hour or any fraction thereof, UYU 480 per day).
    • Several car rental companies have counters in the arrivals hall.
  • By bus
    • Buses connect the airport with Tres Cruces, Montevideo's main bus station. The fare is UYU 196.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis operated by Taxis Aeropuerto, the only company authorized to provide taxi services from the airport, are available at the ranks outside the terminal. The trip to central Montevideo takes about 20 minutes and costs around UYU 760.

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Montevideo covers a relatively large area. Despite considerable progress made in recent years, its public transport system remains rather disorganized. Municipal buses and taxis are the only ways to get from one district to another.

By bus

Several bus companies operate in Montevideo, serving the entire metropolitan area. The main bus terminal, Tres Cruces, is located north-east of the city centre. A single ticket costs UYU 11.

Note: Buses do not automatically make every stop. Be sure to wave to the driver to signal that you would like him to stop to pick you up.

By taxi

Taxis are a convenient and relatively inexpensive solution for getting around Montevideo. The city's black-and-yellow taxis, most of which are recent models, are all metered. They come in handy at times when the buses are not running. The initial charge is UYU 40, then UYU 23 per kilometre.

By car

Renting a car may prove useful to get around, especially since traffic is fluid within the city. Daily rentals range from UYU 75 to UYU 1,300.

By bicycle

Renting a bike is the best way to enjoy the ramblas and kilometres of promenades across the city. To do so, numerous rental agencies are available, including Orange Bike (https://orangebike.com.uy) and Movete (www.montevideo.gub.uy/transito-y-transporte/movete-sistema-de-bicicletas-publicas-de-montevideo). Count around UYU 300 per day.

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Montevideo, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.

Ministerio de Turismo del Uruguay

Offers sightseeing recommendations, tourist information and brochures.

  • Address: Rambla 25 de Agosto de 1825 esq. Yacaré, Montevideo
  • Telephone: +598 188 5111
  • Website: www.uruguaynatural.com

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Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency used in Uruguay is the Uruguay Peso (UYU).

1EUR = 40,66UYU

1UYU = 0,02EUR

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Montevideo counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.


Booster doses of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio vaccines are mandatory for visitors to Uruguay.

In addition, the following vaccines are recommended:

  • typhoid, hepatitis A and B

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Food safety

There are no food safety risks in Montevideo.


Tap water is not safe to drink in Montevideo. It is recommended to drink bottled mineral water instead.

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Administrative formalities

Entry requirements for Uruguay

For the complete list of countries whose citizens or nationals need a visa to enter Uruguay, visit the website of Uruguay's National Directorate for Migration:

For the complete list of countries whose citizens or nationals need a visa to enter Uruguay, visit the website of Uruguay's National Directorate for Migration: https://migracion.minterior.gub.uy/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1280

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Useful addresses

To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Uruguay, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic Spanish phrases that will make your stay in Montevideo a little easier:

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: ¡ Buenos días ! (morning) / ¡ Buenas tardes ! (afternoon)

Good evening: Buenas noches

Goodbye: Adiós


No: No

No, thank you: No, gracias

Thank you very much: Muchas gracias

Please: Por favor

I don't understand: No entiendo

Could you repeat ?: ¿ Puede repetir ?

What time is it ?: ¿ Que hora es ?

Sorry: Disculpe (to say sorry)
Excuse me: Con permiso (to get past) / ¡ Por favor ! (to get attention).

Airport: Aeropuerto

Train station: Estación de trenes

Taxi: Taxi

Hotel: Hotel

Hospital: Hospital

Bank: Banco

Telephone: Teléfono

I'm (…): Yo soy (…)

I'm looking for (…): Estoy buscando (…)

How much is (…)?: ¿ Cuál es el precio de (…) ? /¿ Cuánto es ?

Do you have (…)?: ¿ Tiene (…) ?

Where can I find (…)?: ¿ Dónde puedo encontrar (…) ?

Where can I buy (…)?: ¿ Dónde puedo comprar (…) ?

I'd like (…): Quisiera (…).

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Good to know

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Start of daylight saving time: first Sunday in October
End of daylight saving time: second Sunday in March

Usually open Monday to Friday from noon to 5 p.m.
Government Offices
Typically open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
220 V / 50 Hz

As is the case for most Latin American countries, tipping is not required in Uruguay. However, to reward good service it is customary to leave a little something extra. In restaurants and bars, the appropriate amount is between 10 and 15% of the bill and a bit less if a service charge is already included.

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