Arriving to Montevideo
From Terminal Suburbana, five blocks north of Plaza del Entrevero, local Copsa buses 700, 710 and 711 and Cutcsa buses C1 and C5 run to Carrasco airport (UR$51, 45 minutes). Alternatively take COT's direct service between the airport (UR$159, 30 minutes) and Tres Cruces bus terminal. Coming from the airport, board at the stop directly in front of the arrivals hall.
Fixed-rate taxis charge UR$1050 to UR$1420 (depending on neighborhood) for the 30- to 45-minute taxi ride from the airport into Montevideo; the return trip to the airport is cheaper (between UR$700 and UR$900). Shared shuttle vans (five-person minimum) also travel from the airport to the center (UR$350 per person); buy tickets from the taxisaeropuerto.com taxi counter in the airport arrivals hall.
The official currency is the Uruguayan peso.
Banks, exchange houses and ATMs are everywhere, including the airport and bus terminal; downtown they're concentrated along Av. 18 de Julio.
Hospital Británico Highly recommended private hospital with English-speaking doctors; 2.5km east of downtown.
Montevideo is pretty sedate by Latin American standards, although you should exercise caution as in any large city. The recent installation of security cameras throughout Ciudad Vieja and the Centro has led to a radical decrease in petty crime. Montevideo’s policia turística (tourist police) patrol the streets and can help if you encounter any problems.