Punta del Este is one of the most famous beach villages in South America, very famous around the world. Now, how to get there? Well, you can arrive by air, land or ship. Take a look to the following information:
Arriving to Punta del Este by air
If you are flying to Punta del Este, you can arrive either to the Carrasco International airport, close to Montevideo (134 km far from Punta del Este) or to Laguna del Sauce Airport, which is located in Punta del Este.
Arriving to Punta del Este by land
Punta del Este is linked to Montevideo by a well-maintained four-lane divided highway called the Ruta Interbalnearia. It is a toll road maintained by the Highway Corporation of Uruguay. The toll plazas are near Solis and Pando.
If you rent a car in Montevideo, include the time necessary to stop at toll plazas four times (twice in each direction) in your trip planning. Regular buses come back and forth from Montevideo making Punta del Este a convenient day trip (two hours by bus).
Arriving to Punta del Este by ferry (via Colonia or Montevideo)
There are several ferry companies that offer services to and from Buenos Aires. A ferry takes you from Buenos Aires to Colonia, then you take a bus to Punta Del Este. The return trip takes the same path. The journey is a bit long at 7-8 hours, but is not obscenely expensive when compared to air travel and significantly shorter than the overland option. You also can take a ferry to Montevideo and take a bus to Punta del Este.