Fly To Montevideo, Uruguay
With a rich blend of history, culture, markets, parks, ancient churches, beautiful beaches, art, music and scenery, it’s surprising the South American city of Montevideo has managed to remain something of a ‘secret’ on the tourist radar. Luckily for those visiting, this means an experience that is far more designed to preserve the many diverse highlights that lie ahead, without excessive crowds and over-development.
Currently there are not direct flights between South Africa and Montevideo. However, you can use Travelstart to find and book flights on all airlines flying to Uruguay such as South African Airways, Delta and British Airways. Simply enter your trip details into the flight search to see the latest prices, airlines and availability. Refine your search for cheap Montevideo flights with useful parameters like number of stops, flight duration and price; and find the airlines with the most convenient connections on Travelstart.co.za.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- Uruguay is another one of those destinations we love because it is Visa-free for South African passport holders! You can stay for up to 90 days without a Visa. We strongly recommend travelling with 6 months validity on your passport at all times, as well as at least 2 free pages in your passport before embarking on any international travel.
- The South African Embassy in Uruguay is situated at 6337 Dr Gabriel Otero Street, Carrasco, 11 300, Montevideo. Phone: +598 2 601 7591.
See and do
Attractions vary from historic landmarks all the way to cultural highlights, festivals, scenic marvels and more. Things to keep an eye out for in the way of landmarks include Museo Naval de Montevideo, Museo Historico Nacional de Montevideo, Museo Torres García, Montevideo Cabildo, Palacio Taranco, Decorative Arts Museum, Museo Romantico, National Museum of Visual Arts, Fun Fun' Tango Bar, National Library of Uruguay (Biblioteca Pública de Uruguay), Solís Theatre, Punta Brava lighthouse, Parks (Parques) of Prado and Rodó, Rambla of Montevideo (long coastal road) and the beaches of Ramírez, Pocitos, Carrasco, Buceo and Malvín.
Shopping is a fairly diverse experience – here you can find designer boutiques and luxury high end stores such as Lemon, browse the interesting malls such as Punta Carretas (set in an old jail house), explore the vibrant street markets such as Mercado de los Artesanos (Artisans Market) or visit speciality stores such as Manos Del Uruguay that sells Uruguay wool products. Things to take home besides wool include leather items, geodes (gem stones), tamboriles (local drum instrument) and jewellery.
Public transport mostly comprises buses, of which there are plenty. You can take buses to get around the city and explore further – there are also trains that link various cities too. Being on a port, you can also travel by ferry – it’s a fun way to get around and gives you a chance to enjoy the sea breeze. Black and yellow taxis are also readily available (if a little pricey) for shorter trips. Or, you could hire a car for the duration of your trip if you prefer to travel at your own pace.
Montevideo Carrasco International Airport – MVD
Food and beverage: There is a McDonald’s at the airport, as well as Patria Restaurant, both of which offer hot and cold refreshments.
Currency Exchange: Global Exchange desks are found throughout the airport – you can do your currency exchange at one of these desks.
Lost Luggage: Ask at the Lost and Found office in the baggage claims area of arrivals, and you will receive a form to complete.
Airport Hotels: The nearest hotels are Hosteria Del Lago, Regency Zonamerica, Belmont House, Regency Suites Hotel-Montevideo, Best Western Pedro Figari and Hotel Cottage.
Car Hire: Rental companies at the airport include Avis, Budget, Hertz and Europcar.
Airport Hub: Carrasco International Airport (code MVD) is a hub for American and Aerolíneas Argentinas among others, with flights to and from major destinations world-wide.