From Buenos Aires: Colonia Ferry Tickets and Optional Tour

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From Buenos Aires: Colonia Ferry Tickets and Optional Tour

From US$ 54 per person

Hop aboard a premium 1-hour ferry cruise and spend the day at the beautiful city of Colonia del Sacramento. Discover this UNESCO world heritage site just across Río de la Plata from Buenos Aires.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
COVID-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 8 - 9 hours
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Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Cross Río de La Plata, South America's most important river, from Argentina to Uruguay
  • Visit the historic colonial town of Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO world heritage site
  • Enjoy the spectacular view of the sunset in Colonia del Sacramento
Full description
Enjoy a day trip to Colonia del Sacramento, the first site in Uruguay to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the city with a round trip ferry ticket from Buenos Aires to Colonia city. Founded in 1680 by the Portuguese Manuel Lobo, the city went from Portuguese to Spanish rule several times until the Declaration of Independence in 1825. Discover how these events made the city a melting pot of architectural styles where Spanish and Portuguese-style buildings coexist. Walk down cobbled streets and enjoy the unique landscape with spectacular views of the Rio de la Plata. Experience the charming houses, cobbled streets, traditional lanterns, and magical sunsets of El Porton de Campo alongside the Street of Sighs and Faro. If you choose the option that includes the walking tour, your guide will be waiting for you at the ferry station, ready to tell you all about the history of this incredible town. Return to Buenos Aires via the same ferry route at the end of your day trip.
Includes
  • Round-trip ferry ticket from Buenos Aires to Colonia city
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guided walking tour through the historical center (only if option selected)
  • Food and drinks (only if option selected)
  • Gratuities
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Participants

Date

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Meeting point

Colonia Express Terminal, Av. Elvira Rawson de Dellepiane 155, Buenos Aires, Argentina The local partner will send you the reservation number via email after booking; the tickets will be sent until 24h before the tour. Please present the confirmation number, printed or mobile, at Colonia Express Ferry station. You can use the auto check-in terminal or present it at the ticket office. Please have in mind that this tour involves international border crossing and customs. Please arrive at the Ferry Station 1 hour and 30 minutes before the departure time.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • You will need to provide your full name, passport number, date of birth and nationality so that your ferry tickets can be generated; you will receive a voucher from the local partner via email and your GetYourGuide voucher will not be accepted to board the ferry
  • This tour takes place in Uruguay, please have in mind that you need to bring your passport or travel document and you need to be legally authorized to cross the border
  • Please note the ferry is subject to weather conditions that may influence departure; the ferry is usually very punctual but delays can happen
  • There are no booked seats at the ferry; check-in early if you want to guarantee a good seat by the window
  • Departures and arrivals from/to Buenos Aires vary depending on the date and option booked; please double-check option description before booking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 44 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3.2 / 5
  • Transportation
    3.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.8 / 5
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We bought ferry tickets across to Colonia for a day trip. I bought the tickets online through Get your Guide. The tickets were cheaper with Get your guide than at the port. We didn’t need to print anything out, just turn up at the port with our reservation number (sent by colonia express) and passports. It was a very efficient process, we didn’t have to queue to check in we could just print out tickets from the auto check in with our reservation number.

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March 7, 2020

We booked the tour including walking tour and meal as it was cheaper than booking the boat trip by itself. The walking tour was ok but very rushed and Maria walked as she spoke so it was difficult to hear her. I was very concerned about what we would do until it was time for the late ferry. The historical part of Colonia is very small and doesn’t take long to see. Fortunately we met done other people and shared the cost of hiring a golf buggy so we were able to get to the lovely beaches around the area etc. The meal, although adequate was just 2 courses with water or a soft drink. The lady serving was rather brusque and did not offer anything else. Overall I would recommend choosing the option without lunch to return on the earlier ferry as it was after 10.30 when we reached BA. We were also lucky to make new friends!

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February 28, 2020

The check-in process for the crossing was very smooth if a bit long-winded but the voyage there and back was easy. The original guide dropped out at short notice but the company was able to organise an excellent replacement. One thing to note is that you don’t really need any Uruguayan pesos, and indeed many restaurants will give you a discount if you pay with a foreign (Visa) credit card. This is because foreigners do not have to pay a sales tax of 14.4%.

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February 22, 2020

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