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From Buenos Aires: Colonia Ferry Tickets and Optional Tour

From Buenos Aires: Colonia Ferry Tickets and Optional Tour

From US$ 68.75 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. Learn more
Duration 8 - 10 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
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
  • Walking tour (depending on option selected)
  • Teahouse visit (depending on option selected)
  • Winery tour (depending on option selected)
  • 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
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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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; the tickets will be sent up to 24 hours before the tour. 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

4 /5

based on 79 reviews

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The ferry ride was very nice. Coming home was very delayed because of the volume of people. Our tour guide was good but it would have been better to have an only English group. She had to explain everything twice -once in English and once in Spanish. It wasted a lot of time.

November 24, 2022

Such a great experience experiencing this colonial city just under 2 hours away by boat. Tour guide was nice and was able to speak in both English and Spanish. As of this review no Covid measures are in place so I wasn’t required to wear a mask, provide proof of vaccination or provide proof of travel insurance. Just remember your passport as your are crossing into another country. Highly recommend this day tour if you’re staying in Buenos Aires.

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November 5, 2022

The tour to Colonia is something not to be missed if you are in Buenos Aires, the experience of taking the Ferry is unique, and the view of Buenos Aires on the way back at sunset takes your breath away. In my case there was no clarity at the time of giving me the instructions on how to find the walking tour guide, so when I realized there was no one who could help me and I hired a local guide. It seems to me that they were not specific with how they would find me when I got off the ferry. For the rest Colonia is an easy town to walk and get to know and very safe

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October 7, 2022

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