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The currency is the Uruguayan peso ; 1 peso = 100 centimes. The currency is issued in bills of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 pesos and in coins of 1 and 2 pesos and 10, 20 and 50 centimes.


Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in Uruguay , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express

Business hours

Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 12 AM to 5 PM.


The road network is well-developed and in relatively good condition. There are numerous not asphalted roads. The road Montevideo-Punta Del Este on the coast counts many gas stations. Inside the country, it is better to stock up with gas in stations around cities. It is advised to be vary cautious since drivers partially respect the highway code and cars are quite old. Numerous private bus companies ensure regular connections between cities from the bus station of Montevideo and with good transport conditions.

Only one travellers-line remains and provides connection between the capital and the small town of Colon which is 30 kilometres away.



The Internet suffix is: .uy

Basic conversation guide

Yes = Sí
No = No
Thank you = Gracias
Hello = Hola
Good morning = Buenos días
Goodbye = Adiós
I do not understand = No entiendo
How much does it cost ? What is the price ? = ¿Cuánto cuesta? ¿Cuál es el precio?
I would like to buy. please = Me gustaría comprar...
Do you accept the credit card ?= ¿Aceptan tarjetas de crédito?
Where is...? = ¿Dónde está?
Post office = el correo
bank = el banco
Police station = la estación de policía; la comisaría de policía
Pharmacy = la farmacia
Airport = el aeropuerto
Trian station = la estación de tren
One ticket to. please = Un billete para..., por favor.
Would you have any available rooms for tonight ? = ¿Tiene habitaciones para esta noche?.


Languages spoken

Spanish is the official language of Uruguay which is one of the most unilingual country of South America. Indeed, 94% of the citizens speak only Spanish. Therefore, Spanish is the common language used in politics and in cultural and economic fields. English is used occasionally in commercial activities. Finally, other languages, such as French, Portuguese or German are not used very often.

Last modified in January 2006
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