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Late night flight arrival options

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Late night flight arrival options

Hi,

We are flying into Montevideo next week. Our flight arrives at 2am.

In the AM, we are driving out to Punte del Este for the remainder of our trip. Our car rental is at the MVD airport.

It doesn't seem like there are many hotels close to the airport. In addition, by the time we get through customs, get a taxi to the hotel, we'll only have 3-4 hours before we need to go back to the airport to pick up our car.

Any suggestions as to what to do between 2-9am at/around the airport?

Has anyone flown in at that time, and if so, what did you do?

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1. Re: Late night flight arrival options

I have a slight variation on this problem.

Flight lands at 1:43AM. I expect I'll clear customs about 2:30, maybe 3:00AM. How difficult will it be at that hour to get transportation from the airport to my hotel in the Pocitos neighborhood? I know I should let my hotel (the My Suites) know I'll be arriving late (they say they have a 24HR front desk), but what would be my transport options at that hour? And how much should I expect to pay?

(Apologies to the original poster for rudely horning in on his question. But I figure anyone who knows the answer to your question would also be able to answer mine.)

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2. Re: Late night flight arrival options

retrofuturistic: In my opinion, you have two good options at night: taxis (http://www.taxisaeropuerto.com/en/fares.html) or remises (transfers): http://www.remisat.com.uy/ - http://www.bybremises.com/

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3. Re: Late night flight arrival options

the only options I could think from 2 am up to the morning is to choose a hotel, so you can sleep and be in good conditions for driving in the morning .

The most convenient is the Hotel Bahamas

http://www.hotelbahamas.com.uy/, you could reach it from airport by taxi in 10 minutes. A double room with breakfast included is 1.400 Uruguayan pesos , 70 USD. Not a fancy place but the best location if you've got to return to airport.

Other options in Carrasco ( Regency, Cottage, Figari) you can reach them in 20 minutes from airport , but a double could cost more than 100 US per night.

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The irresponsabile, non sleep and budget option> take a taxi to Hotel Casino Carrasco ( Sofitel)

the casino its open l 24 hrs, free entrance , secure place and good food at the bar if you don t like gambling Its the only thing I could think to do around at that hours. The cost of the taxi will be the same as going to any of the sourrounding hotels ( figari or regency)

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Our experience: When we arrived at about 1 am we had planned to have our car rental place meet us with the car, but we had a miscommunication and they didn't meet us at the airport. After that we had reservations at a hotel for just that night. Without our rental car, we ended up taking an airport taxi to our hotel. The airport taxi in very good condition, and it was pleasant to ride in, but at the end of our 10-15 min ride to centro we were surprised that it cost about $75! Apparently airport taxis are more expensive than regular taxis anyway, and at night they cost more. We have since discovered that you can call a taxi from centro, you wait 10-15 mins while they drive out to the airport to pick you up, and then they will take you back to Montevideo for about half the cost of an airport taxi.

Observations: Immigration can get a bit of a line, but it's the middle of the night so at least for us it seemed like we were in line with the other people from our flight, and maybe one other flight, and there were several booths open. Customs almost never had a line. For us, by far, the longest parts of our entry in Uruguay were waiting for luggage (which took an average amount of time), waiting for cambio (which took awhile because the two people in line before us wanted to talk with the exchange lady forever), and waiting to declare our phones (because the people before us wanted to talk for a while, and the man there for declaring stuff was happy to just keep talking with them). The airport was well staffed, even though it was the middle of the night. There was no wait for a taxi at all; the airport taxi system is very orderly, and you wait in a little line, and new taxis pulled up every few minutes.

Anyway, where you're waiting for a car rental, some things you might consider are:

1. Check with your car rental place to see if you can have someone meet you at the airport in the middle of the night for an additional fee. A common fee for this service seems to be $12-30 USD. When we arrived there were a few car rental booths at the airport, but there were also people waiting with signs from car rental places.

2. If it were me, I would still want to get some sleep, and I would rent a night at a local hotel (make sure they offer very late check in) and just do that so that you're well rested for your drive when you can get your car. It's true that the airport is not really close to much, but there are a few hotels that would be about 5 mins away, and even more that are 5-10 mins away, and for several hours of sleep, that just might be worth it.

3. If you know you're gong to be well rested from your flight or you have some other reason you don't want to sleep, some things that you could do between 2-9 are:

- There is a duty free shop in the airport, which you have to walk through on the way to immigrations/luggage/customs. You could take your time as you pass through that area...and it is large for an airport store, but it doesn't have a ton of stuff, so that might be a start. I didn't notice much else at the airport; maybe everything was closed, or maybe we were just kind of rushing because we were planning to meet up with our car.

- On our taxi ride out to our hotel we drove along the rambla for most of the way and something that kind of amazed me was that even at 1 or 1:30 in the morning there were still a lot of people out, just hanging out on the rambla. Some places are more populated than others...but it is well lit, and there are all of the good bench type things for sitting, so you could go on a walk along the rambla. That would probably depend on the weather; we arrived on an unseasonably warm night, but it is also getting warmer now so maybe check the weather? The rambla is well-lit. In some stretches there may even be people walking on the beach, but I don't know.

- It seems like there would probably be some bars open (meaning, like cafes) and you could probably find somewhere to eat something and then just hang out for a little while playing cards or talking or something.

- There really isn't much to do out by the airport itself; there is a big park area, but I doubt that it is open or well-lit in the middle of the night. Most businesses seem to open at about 10 am. Street markets are common, and you might check to see if there is a street fair out in Carrasco; those usually start at 7 am, I think, so you could spend the last bit of your time before picking up your car doing that...but that doesn't really sound like something fun to do with luggage.

Good luck!

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5. Re: Late night flight arrival options

retrofuturistic: When we were wanting a taxi at about 1 am it was very easy to get an airport taxi. (They were coming every few minutes, and there was a line for people who wanted one, with someone there to help.) Our airport taxi to centro (10-15 min ride) was about $75 USD (paid in Uruguayan pesos though). I think the fares listed on the airport taxi site are for daytime, maybe, because our ride had a base charge and then it was metered, and the driver showed us the schedule of prices. We have since learned that it costs about half as much if you call a taxi from in town and wait 10-15 mins for them to come to you.

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6. Re: Late night flight arrival options

If you don't want to leave the airport till the morning, you could get a day pass for the VIP lounge, which is very nice and has showers. I think the cost is $40 US per person

aeropuertosvipclub.com.uy/english/index.php

Silvia

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