Day trip

From Buenos Aires: Colonia Ferry Tickets and Optional Tour

Day trip

From Buenos Aires: Colonia Ferry Tickets and Optional Tour

From US$ 75 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 for a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.
Duration 10 - 13 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Wheelchair accessible


  • 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. Select from options that include a walking tour, a teahouse visit, and a winery tour.

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.

  • Round-trip ferry ticket from Buenos Aires to Colonia city
  • Travel assistance insurance (required by the Uruguayan government)
  • Walking tour (depending on option selected)
  • Lunch (depending on option selected)
  • Teahouse visit (depending on option selected)
  • Winery tour (depending on option selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips

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Meeting point

Board your ferry at the Colonia Express Terminal. The activity provider will send you the reservation number via email after booking and the tickets will at least 24 hours before the tour. Please present the confirmation number (printed or mobile) at the Colonia Express Ferry station. You can use the auto check-in terminal or present it at the ticket office. This tour involves an international border crossing and customs, so make sure to arrive at the Ferry Station 1 hour and 30 minutes before the departure time. Once you arrive in Colonia and leave the migration zone, go to the counter for Colonia Express on your left and show the voucher for the guided tour to one of the employees.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Travel insurance

Know before you go

  • Your full name, passport number, date of birth and nationality are required to generate ferry tickets
  • This tour goes to Uruguay so please bring your passport or travel document and make sure you're legally authorized to cross the border. Also, you must present travel assistance insurance in the migration zone (included in your booking)
  • You must arrive at the ferry station 1.5 hours before departure to check in at the port
  • 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 get a good seat by the window
  • Departures and arrivals from/to Buenos Aires vary depending on the date and option booked; please double-check the option description before booking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 164 reviews

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Get Your Guide was definitely the most economical way to visit Colonia. However, when selecting your return, give serious thought to which ferry to schedule. I realized after we arrived in Colonia that we did not want to return after dark, and had to pay full ferry price to return earlier. The ferry takes 1.5 hours to cross, plus being at the station 60-90 minutes prior takes up a lot of the day. The walking tour was very nice and informative. We enjoyed the day, but would have planned less time there. Also be aware that businesses in Uruguay do not accept Argentina peso. USD and Euro are okay.

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February 28, 2023

Easy check-in and immigration. Just showed our tour confirmation e-mail, passport and vaccine card. Nice hour + ferry ride. The tour was interesting and we had plenty of free time to explore Colonia. We were at the terminal at 9:15 for the 10:30 departure and it was easy to get a window seat. Came home on the 6:00 pm ferry.

January 29, 2023

In general it was well run. The boarding on the Uruguayan side is more chaotic. If you use a credit card in a restaurant there is currently a promotion that reverses the 22% tax which is very nice. It only works in restaurants and hotels. We rented a golf cart for two hours and it was great fun. I would definitely suggest that. The walking tour was very nice. Then we had lunch rented a golf cart had a snack and our time was up. You can bring a bathing suit and swim at the beach. Many people were swimming and it looked like fun. A good way to cool down on a hot day.

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January 25, 2023

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