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Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay. Whether arriving to or departing from Montevideo, expect to use public transportation to get you into/out of town.
North towards Canelones (Ruta 5), West towards Colonia del Sactamento, Argentina (Ruta 1)
Option 1: You can take bus #137 (Paso de la Arena), #370 (Cerro) or 17 (Casabo) from the roundabout at Palacio Legislativo. These buses most likely also pass downtown. The bus stop is behind the Palacio, next to the José Batlle y Ordóñez monument. The price for one ticket is $24 (November 2014). Get out at Av. Dr. Carlos Maria Ramirez, esq. (crossing with) Concordia. Ask somebody on the bus if you are not sure. If you miss it, you'll see yourself driving over the Ruta 1 highway, then just get out at the first next stop. From Concordia crossing, walk right into the side-road next to the bridge. You'll find yourself standing at the highway. Walk up about 200m to the on-ramp. You can use this ramp to hitchhike cars both on the highway and driving onto it. This place is also fine for hitchhiking towards La Paz, Canelones or Florida along Ruta 5. From the on-ramp, well away from the city for about 1km, where Ruta 5 seperates. You will have better luck here as the initial on-ramp is a little busy.
WARNING! I went here to hitch-hike three weeks ago. Two guys tried to rob me (yeah, right in front of the road, 2 o'clock afternoon), one had a gun and I ended up in the hospital same night, with my shoulder dislocated. I spoke with police later and they said that this neighborhood is dangerous now and walking here is a crazy idea (Natrix, your humble viajero from Lithuania, January, 2020).
Option 2: Bus 163: Take a bus from anywhere of Montevideo with number 163 which will put u on the road 1. Do not get out on the first crossing of the highway, but on second. Ask the driver to tell you where. In Uruguay there are generally very little number of cars as the country is low populated.
Option 3: Take bus #127 (Delta del Tigre/Barra Santa Lucía) (U$36) and indicate to the bus driver that you want to get off at Peaje Santa Lucía. The bus runs by the corner of Avenida General Rondeau/Paysandú street. This peaje is the first toll booth on Ruta 1 leading towards Colonia de Sacramento and a great and easy spot to hitchhike out of Montevideo.
If you plan to hitchhike east along the Interbalnearia, a good start might be at the Carrasco airport. You can take the local bus #109 to Parque Roosevelt (28 Pesos march 2016) until the last stop, where the Parque R. begins. It can take you about 30-45min from Centro. You then just follow the road for about 1 km, and you'll situate yourself at a roundabout which marks the beginning of the IB. Behind the roundabout, there's a bus stop with plenty of space to stop cars. However, it might be difficult to hitch from there as the road splits just a few kilometers further and many people don't go far.
A quicker (although more expensive) option is to take a bus to peaje Pando (Pando toll booth) from the start of Avenida Italia across the bus terminal Tres Cruces. Ask the locals which bus runs there and tell the driver that you want to get off at peaje Pando (it is the first peaje). The bus costs 64 pesos (March 2015). From the toll booth it is quite easy to hitchhike. This option has the advantage that you start a bit further outside of Montevideo and are already behind the airport and the split of the road.
East towards Minas, Treinta y Tres (Ruta 8), Brazil
If hitchhiking out towards Brazil, one can either take the IB along the coast or the Ruta 8, depending on the destination. Hitchhiking out of Montevideo towards Ruta 8, one can take the local bus #D8 to CNO Maldonado. Get out at Ruta 8, Gral J.A. Lavalleja y Angel Zanelli. If in doubt, ask the driver to leave you close to Villa Garcia. There's a roundabout located, after which it is possible to hitchhike out of town towards Pando, Minas along Ruta 8.
From the airport
It's possible to get a ride to Montevideo from the airport by just talking to some friendly looking people. The airport is situated in the north east of Montevideo. Also, if you walk down the parking, there's a barrier for all in- and outgoing traffic that has to pay a fee for entering the airport territory. Behind this barrier, there's plenty of space to communicate with drivers and stop cars. Be aware that traffic can go in all directions at the roundabout just behind it. A bit further up the on-ramp, there's a bus stop as well.
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