Montevideo prices
BACKPACKER INDEX: US$31.27   
100 UYU = 4.36 USD
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Montevideo hotel prices

Hotel type
Price(USD)
Hostel bed
11.78 - 15.71
star
26.18 - 87.26
starstar
69.81 - 130.89
starstarstar
109.08 - 196.34
starstarstarstar
174.52 - 436.30
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hotel seasons

Montevideo hotels have their high season from early December through March, and are particularly busy during January and February when all the locals are on vacation. Better deals are available during the rest of the year, especially at the fancier places and between June and August.


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Montevideo doesn’t seem to get too much tourism all on its own, but it is a very popular (and quick) side trip from nearby Buenos Aires. The city may not be too special, but it’s the gateway to many wonderful ranch-stays in the region, and it’s worth a couple days at the very least.

Generally speaking everything in Montevideo is a bit cheaper than it is in Buenos Aires. Most of the main sights and attractions are either free or cheap, so one doesn’t have to spend a fortune once they have a place to sleep.

Hotels in Montevideo usually offer good value, with more expensive places usually having the premium locations. There are also plenty of hostels in the city that offer great value to the backpacking set.

Food and drinks are quite a bargain to most people, with amazing pieces of beef and good quality wine being as cheap or even cheaper than in Buenos Aires.

Montevideo attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Sightseeing bus tour This 2.5-hour bus tour takes you past all the main highlights of the city and area. Good value for those not long in town. adults 28.75
Torres Garcia Museum Houses the works of a prominent Uruguayan artist. adults 3.05

Montevideo Transportation prices

  Price range
(USD)
Taxi from airport to city center 20.51 - 47.99
Public bus from airport to city center 1.35
3km taxi ride in Montevideo 2.62 - 4.36
Public bus ride in Montevideo 0.87

Montevideo food and drink prices

Food type   Price
(USD)
Budget breakfast If your hotel doesn't include breakfast you can find cheap options at nearby corner restaurants. 2.62 - 3.93
Budget lunch The filling local sandwiches make for a good cheap lunch, and even excellent beef meals can be this cheap at the main market. 3.05 - 5.24
Budget dinner Sitting down at a proper restaurant will make for a wide variety of prices, but avoid touristy places and you'll get great value, especially on the local beef. 4.36 - 6.98
Beer (.5l bottle) At restaurants and corner bars you can get local lager at great deals. Imports will cost more, of course. 1.75 - 2.62
McDonalds Big Mac You can find far better beef sandwiches for half this price at local lunch counters. 4.58

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Montevideo facts

Population 1,400,000
Metro area 2,000,000
Time zone UTC-3
Currency Uruguayan peso
Airports Carrasco International Airport (MVD)

Avg temps & precip

english
metric
Hi F Lo F Precip Inch
Jan 83 62 2.9
Feb 82 61 2.6
Mar 78 59 3.9
Apr 71 53 3.9
May 64 48 3.3
Jun 59 43 3.2
Jul 58 43 2.9
Aug 59 43 3.1
Sep 63 46 3.0
Oct 68 49 2.6
Nov 74 54 2.9
Dec 79 59 3.1

Weather Advice

Montevideo, just like nearby Buenos Aires, has a fairly mild and pleasant climate all year round. Summers, from December through March, are usually warm and fairly humid, but without abundant rainfall. The rest of the year is cooler and less humid, but it almost never freezes or problematically cold.

Sunrise and sunset

  Sunrise Sunset
21 Mar 6:49am 6:55pm
21 Jun 7:52am 5:41pm
21 Sep 6:36am 6:40pm
21 Dec 6:28am 8:58pm