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Boquebus to EZE or taxi AEP to EZE

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Boquebus to EZE or taxi AEP to EZE

We are heading to BA and Montevideo in Sept. - we need to get from MVD to EZE to catch our flight home in the evening but MVD-EZE flights are booked so we are trying to decide whether to fly in to AEP and take the bus/taxi to EZE or the ferry (boquebus) to BA and take a taxi to EZE. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: Boquebus to EZE or taxi AEP to EZE

If you by chance are staying into October, it's possible you will be flying back after AEP closes for scheduled maintenance, and all flights to AEP are rerouted to EZE. This is supposed to happen on October 15 and continue for 50 days.

Assuming you're going back before Oct. 15 . . . the decision is a balance of cost, timing and dependability. Buquebus is almost 100% reliable. In 14 years, over 75 trips, I've never encountered a cancellation and only one trip that was over ten minutes late leaving or arriving (it was 45 minutes late leaving and made up over half that to arrive about 15 minutes late -- the hydrofoil ferries normally travel at 40 knots [supposedly the world's fastest large ferries] but can go faster if necessary), and that's through all kinds of winds and storms. No matter which you do, you have to allow an hour (or much more during rush hours) between either AEP or the ferry terminal and EZE), and the taxi/remise will cost about the same, maybe a little more from AEP. The cost of the flight MVD-AEP and the cost of Buquebus are likely to be similar.

One other factor. The airport MVD is about a half-hour outside the city of Montevideo and you would have to take a taxi or figure a bus schedule from Tres Cruces terminal to get there. The ferry terminal is right in old town Montevideo, a short walk or short taxi ride from most places.

Whichever you do, allow plenty of time to get to EZE and to check in for your flight. It's not likely in September, but in high season, it can take up to three hours to check in and get through customs at EZE.

If it were me, I'd take the early Buquebus and either eat something in BA or get to EZE and kill the extra time there. For me, the dependability fo Buquebus and the convenience of catching it in downtown Monevideo beats everything else. But that's me, not you. If I remember correctly, on all days except Saturdays, there's a direct ferry Montevideo-BA leaving around 11:45 a.m. - noon and arriving in BA 3 hours later. On all days, including Saturdays, you can take a bus/ferry combo through Colonia that leaves Montevideo around 7:30 a.m. and arrives in BA around noon. (You catch the bus to Colonia at the Buquebus terminal in MVD and it goes right tot he ferry terminal in Colonia -- all on the same reservation through Buquebus.)

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2. Re: Boquebus to EZE or taxi AEP to EZE

Perfect - lots of great information - thank you!

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3. Re: Boquebus to EZE or taxi AEP to EZE

I would also like to take advantage of your expertise. We will be returning from Montevideo to BA on either the early morning bus/boat combo, which arrives in BA at 12, or the direct boat that arrives at 3pm. In EZE we are taking a flight to Iguazu, which departs at 6:45pm. With traffic, would we have enough time to get from the port to EZE if we arrived at 3pm, or should we take the early combo and be safe? And what is the quickest way to get from the port to EZE....taxi, private car, bus, subway, etc.? Many thanks.

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Hello. Maybe you can help us as well please. We will be coming to Buenos Aires in mid-March and have about 5-6 days to spend there. We were interested in doing a day trip to Montevideo and/or Colonia. Since we will be coming in from Santiago we were thinking maybe it would be better to fly into Montevideo first to save on time and money (and possibly the $140 entry fee if we have to fly into EZE since we are American.)

What do you think would be the best way to get from the Montevideo airport to Buenos Aires? The flight we will probably take arrives at 5:20pm. If we also went to Colonia do you think it would be better to spend the night in Montevideo and spend the morning there and half a day in Colonia before heading to Buenos Aires? Thanks in advance for your help.

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5. Re: Boquebus to EZE or taxi AEP to EZE

sashainnova,

If you fly to Montevideo instead of Buenos Aires, you'll save a substantial amount of money, and could then afford paying for an overnight stay in Montevideo. Tour the city during the day, have dinner at a nice restaurant in Pocitos, and depart the following the day for a short-day trip to Colonia before taking the buquebus to Buenos Aires.

Silvia

Edited: 3:18 pm, January 10, 2011
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6. Re: Boquebus to EZE or taxi AEP to EZE

Thanks so much Silvia! Much appreciated.

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7. Re: Boquebus to EZE or taxi AEP to EZE

I would also like to take advantage of your knowledge. We will be traveling to Montevideo in early June and want to go to Buenos Aires for about 6 days before returning to Montevideo to fly home.

How much is the ferry and can you buy a round trip ticket to be used over the course of a week's time?

How convenient is it to travel on the ferry with a small amount of luggage?

Many thanks.

Adrienne

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