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Montevideo Taxi

Montevideo Taxi General Information and Tips


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Taxis in Montevideo

Taxis in Montevideo are reasonably safe, cheap and easily recognisable. Local taxis are white with yellow roofs and a yellow stripe across the length of the vehicle and you can either hail one in the street, call a radio taxi company or book with a private transfer company. Just make sure you double-check that there’s a red light in the front window of the vehicle when hailing one in the street, as that means the taxi is free.

Whether you’re planning a day trip or need a quick ride within the city, travelling by taxi in Montevideo is a great choice. Taxis allow you to explore as much as you want without worrying about time, journey planning and public transport. Besides, is there anything better than getting into a comfortable taxi, giving your feet a rest and being whisked off to wherever you need to go?


Hand picked & english speaking drivers


Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


Drivers are always on time


24/7 Email & Phone support

How much does a taxi cost?

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A white and yellow Montevideo taxi on a large road surrounded by trees and skyscrapers in the background.

Montevideo taxi fares

Taxis in Montevideo follow a taximeter system, which means your fare will depend on the length of the journey, the time of day and the day of the week. Despite this system, you can still ask the driver how much the fare will cost to get to your specific destination. They may just say no, or in most cases, they’ll contact their company to find out the usual price. The fares are calculated as follows:

Base Fare€1.55  (UYU 65)

Rate/km€1.55  (UYU 65)

Waiting charge per hour – €9.50  (UYU 395)

To give you an idea of the kind of prices you’ll be dealing with, a taxi ride from Montevideo Airport to the city centre costs approximately €45 (UYU 1890).

*There might be surcharges for luggage, travelling at night or extra passengers.

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How to get a taxi in Montevideo

There are plenty of taxis roaming the streets in Montevideo. Local taxis are white and yellow and have a red light in the front window when they are free. You can hail one in the street, find the nearest taxi rank, or order through Whatsapp at +598 096 300 196.

If you want a more personalised service, you can book your private Montevideo taxi service in advance or use one of these recommended local taxi companies:

Taxi Aeropuerto – +598 2604 0323

Radio Taxi 141 Patronal – +598 2200 0225

Radio Taxi Punta Gorda 1771 – +598 95 081 771

Book in advance: How to book a Montevideo taxi in advance with Welcome

Hailing a taxi in the street or calling and waiting for a radio taxi to arrive can be time-consuming and comes with the risk of surcharges and extra costs.

With Welcome Pickups, you can pre-book your private Montevideo taxi within 60 seconds and ensure that a trusted English-speaking driver will be waiting for you on the other side. We offer competitive prices, 24/7 customer support, a convenient mobile app and a 5-star service you can rely on.

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Montevideo taxi tips

  1. It is recommended to discuss the taxi fare with the driver before starting your trip, you can show them the address and ask “¿Cuánto puede salir?”
  2. Always ensure that the taximeter is turned on and working before you get going.
  3. For rides within the city, avoid paying with notes smaller than UYU 200 as drivers may not have the correct change for large notes.
  4. Tipping in Uruguay is not expected but if you truly enjoyed the service, local taxi drivers will really appreciate any tip you give them

Wheelchair-accessible taxis in Montevideo

Local taxis in Montevideo generally use standard vehicles that aren’t wheelchair compatible. If you need a wheelchair-accessible vehicle with a ramp, you can book your transfer with Radio Taxi 141 Patronal and call them on +095 685 532, or check out their website for more details. 

Montevideo taxi safety and complaints

Taxis in Montevideo are considered to be fairly safe and reliable. However, as in most cities, some drivers may try and take you on a longer route so that they can charge more. To avoid this, you can ask how long the journey will take before getting in the taxi and check Maps to be sure. If you experience any issues such as this during your ride, simply ask for the receipt and report any issues or complaints to the taxi company you travelled with or the local police.

Frequently asked questions

How do taxis in Montevideo calculate their fares?

Taxis in Montevideo operate using a taximeter system, which means your final fare will be calculated on the length of the journey, the time of day and the day of the week. The base fare is €1.55 (UYU 65), as is the rate per km. To avoid hidden fees and ensure a fixed rate, you can pre-book a private transfer with Welcome Pickups and take advantage of our fully personalised rides, English-speaking drivers and 24/7 customer service.

Can I call a radio taxi in Montevideo?

You can call one of the numerous Montevideo taxi companies to request a pick-up from your location. Some of the most popular choices are Taxi Aeropuerto (+598 2604 0323), Radio Taxi 141 Patronal (+598 2200 0225) and Radio Taxi Punta Gorda 1771 (+598 95 081 771).

Can I pay by card for my Montevideo taxi ride?

Some taxis in Montevideo may accept credit cards, but many do not. If in doubt, it’s always better to ask and we advise carrying cash with you just in case.

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