So how do you get from Montevideo to Atlantida by bus. And why would you want to?
Atlantida is a lovely little beach town around 40km from Montevideo on highway Route 1. Although Montevideo has some great beaches at Pocitos, Punta Carretas and around the Rambla, you're still always aware you're in the city. If you want to go somewhere a little quieter and chilled out then Atlantida ticks the right boxes.
If you're driving then it's pretty easy to get to, but if you're like us and you'd rather go by public transport, you're going to need to work out how to get there.
This was the most confusing part of our Montevideo to Atlantida by bus adventure. If you zoom in on the Google map at the bottom of this page, you'll see we've marked the bus stop in Montevideo. You also see we ended up getting a little bit lost at this point! And yes, we had one of those vacation arguments that's kind of inevitable! We've placemarked the bus stop as close as we can to where we eventually caught it. That way you don't end up making a wobbly and argumentative line like us.
The C4 bus was our partner for this journey, and its a direct bus so no changes necessary. The one thing to look out for if you choose the Montevideo to Atlantida by bus route, is the number of sales people that will get on at various stops along the way. The first time it happened we wondered what was happening as this guy appeared to start shouting at everyone from the front of the bus. It didn't take long to realize what was happening though and then its up to you whether you choose to buy something or not. If you say no you don't need to worry about them hassling you. Unlike in Asia where we've traveled previously, you only need to say no once and they move on to the next person.
Hmmm... we kind of guessed as we went along for this one. We already knew that from Montevideo to Atlantida by bus would take around 1 hour 15 minutes from asking around. At around the 1 hour mark we started paying more attention to the signs we were passing. Not long after we saw a big sign in the road which said Atlantida 1km. Then we just watched for the majority of the bus getting off because it was obvious everyone was on there for the same reason as us. There were beach bags and suntan lotion everywhere. If you don't feel confident with that though, just ask the bus driver when you get on to tell you when you get to Playa Mansa.
Yes! We've been playing with a GPS route logger gadget we bought and were able to record the whole journey. We then uploaded it to Google maps so you can see exactly the route you'll be taking. We hope you find it useful.
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