Planes – Punta del Este Airport lies just to the west of the city, and receives flights from Argentina year-round. During the high season, Punta del Este airport also includes services to and from Brazil, Paraguay and Chile. If you’re coming from Argentina, check out the Uruguayan airline Pluna. Once you’ve arrived at the airport, you can choose to take a taxi into Punta. The more affordable option is to hop on the bus (US$5).
Those choosing to fly will find better deals by reserving a flight into the Montevideo airport and take a 2-hour bus ride to Punta. The bus from Montevideo to Punta del Este costs approximately US$7 per trip.
Ferry – Ferries do not arrive directly into Punta del Este. They do, however, travel from Buenos Aires to Colonia or Montevideo. From there, you can grab a comfortable bus (most now come with free wifi), and be on your way.
Bus – Buses around Uruguay are comfortable and cheap! Trips from Montevideo last 2.5 hours, and trips from Colonial last approximately 4. Don’t worry about making a reservation, as buses depart approximately every 20 minutes between the two major bus companies (COT and COPSA).
Car rental – International car rental companies, Budget, Avis and Hertz each have offices in Punta del Este, as do several Uruguayan companies, including Multicar and Uruguay Car. Car rentals are reasonable, so if you need a car for a day or two, this isn’t a bad option.
Taxi – The taxi system is Uruguay is different from that of Argentina. Meters tick numbers from 0-20, with each number corresponding to a price. Taxis are more expensive in Punta del Este than elsewhere, so if you’re on a budget, be sure to plan enough time to walk or get help navigating the local buses.
Micros (buses) – If you fancy a little beach hopping, bus is the best way to travel. For about US$3.00, you can get to nearly any other beach within 30 minutes of Punta del Este from the main downtown terminal.