Montevideo is truly the metropolis of Uruguay and is well worth a visit for any lover of historic architecture, excellent food, and open squares. Take some time, for instance, to stroll along La Rambla, a 20-kilometer-long walkway along the coast. But don’t just stay in Montevideo during your visit to Uruguay. Be sure to plan some road trips! For instance, head east along the coast to Punta Ballena and beyond! Make the most of your visit by booking your rental car today.
Because of the humidity, the weather in Montevideo feels like it moves through four distinct seasons, even though the temperature on the thermometer suggests that there isn’t a huge amount of fluctuation. There’s no good time of year to avoid the rain, so if you prefer to travel in the cool of winter, head to Montevideo between May and October. The city’s hottest months are December through February.
Spanish is the official language of Uruguay, and although Montevideo is a fairly diverse city, the vast majority of this capital city’s residents also speak Spanish as their native language.
Montevideo is located in the Uruguay Time Zone, UTC-3.
The currency in Uruguay is the peso, and most financial transactions throughout the country take place in cash. Take advantage of frequent ATMs for the most effective form of currency exchange throughout the country. You may find that some stores accept US dollars for more expensive items. Smaller shops and restaurants may have trouble breaking large bills, so try to have almost exact change on hand. Abitab stores will break large bills for free.
Car hire is available in 5 locations throughout Montevideo, including the Carrasco International Airport (also called the Montevideo International Airport, MVD), downtown, and at the port.
The vast majority of nationalities are permitted to enter Uruguay without a visa. All visitors will require a passport, except for citizens of most South American countries, who are permitted entry with a national ID card alone. Double-check entry requirements for your nationality before you make any plans to travel to Uruguay. If your country is not on the list of visa-free visitors, ask the next available consulate about how to receive a tourist’s visa.
Roads are typically quite full throughout Montevideo and road signs are often difficult to find, much less understand. Drive defensively throughout the city as you become accustomed with the rules of the road, and consider renting a car only for the days during which you intend to explore Montevideo’s stunning surroundings.
Car hire in Montevideo typically starts at around $20 a day. Here are some of the best deals in Montevideo:
Note that prices vary depending on the availability of each specific car and the season in which you rent. For the most accurate offers, use the search bar above.
There is no significant seasonal variation in price for rental cars in Montevideo. In fact, if you rent from Punta Car at either their airport or downtown locations, you can almost consistently receive an economy car for the low price of $23 a day. Just be sure to book your car within 8 months of your arrival in Uruguay in order to ensure that you receive the agency’s cheapest offers.
You can also often save between $4 and $10 a day by extending your rental period to over a week! Keep an eye out for discounts offered by Economy Bookings that make the price of hiring a car in Montevideo even cheaper.