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Sunset on the Uruguay River in Uruguaiana

Uruguaiana is a town in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, in the South of Brazil, on the border with Paso de los Libres in Argentina.


Once the tripoint town on the border with Argentina and Uruguay (before Barra do Quaraí got town status in 1995), Uruguaiana remains a place of transit for all 3 nationalities, and a convenient gateway to Brazil for those in Argentina, Paraguay or Uruguay, roughly equidistant from the three nearest countries' capitals: Buenos Aires (678 km away), Asunción (679 km away) and Montevideo (709 km away).

Map of Uruguaiana

Get in[edit]

Uruguaiana 1 bus station is close to downtown and has services to Porto Alegre (Planalto, 11h, 120 reais) and a daily straight service to Buenos Aires leaving at 4am (JBL Turismo, 10h, 160 reais). There are also 4 services a day to Barra do Quaraí (Mon-Sat 6:30, 12:30, 16:00 and 18:00, 32-46 reais, coming back at 8:00, 10:00 14:00 and 20:00), the Brazilian town across the bridge from Bella Unión in Uruguay.

Coming from Paso de los Libres with the international commuter bus (30min, 30 pesos or 8 reais), the 2 bus stop closest to the bus station is the third after the bridge.

3 Uruguaiana airport, officially Rubem Berta International Airport (URG IATA), is managed by the national airport operator and info about its flights can be found at the respective Infraero webpage. Even though the offer is limited, 4 flights a week to Porto Alegre by Azul (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday), good offers aren't rare and this is usually the cheapest option to reach further Brazil from Argentina (as flights from Foz do Iguaçu tend to be pricey). As of Jun 2018, there are no public transit options to the airport, and the taxi from downtown costs around 35 reais.

By car, the city is reachable through BR-290 coming from Porto Alegre and continuing west until the Paso de los Libres/Uruguaiana International Bridge (officially Agustin Justo - Getúlio Vargas Bridge), and through BR-472 coming from São Borja and continuing south until connecting with Uruguay Route 3 towards Salto.

Get around[edit]

Bus serving the route from Paso de los Libres to Uruguaiana

Uruguaiana has a network of city buses - the fare is 3,50 reais (as of Jun 2018).

To get to nearby Paso de los Libres across the international bridge, Argentinian company Crucero del Sur operates a international commuter line. The fare costs 30 pesos or 8 reais (note it's cheaper if paid in pesos).

Timetable from Uruguaiana to Paso de los Libres

Monday-Friday 07:00 08:30 10:00 11:30 13:00 15:30 16:00 17:30
Saturday 08:30 11:30 15:30 17:30
Sunday: no service


Uruguaiana Castle
  • 1 Castelinho de Uruguaiana (Uruguaiana Little Castle), Rua 15 de Novembro, 2512. Built in 1955 by a local lawyer, and fully furnished with French objects and vintage decoration, it has 24 rooms and 3 terraces. It's a private house not open to visitation.
  • Barragem Sanchuri.
  • Dr. Pedro Marini Cultural center (Centro Cultural Dr. Pedro Marini), Rua Santana, no number (corner with Rua Duque de Caxias), +55 55 3412-1633. This center holds five museums: the Didactic Art Museum, the History and Art Museum, the Crioulo Museum, the Piá Museum, and the Museum of Natural and Exact Sciences.
  • Parque Dom Pedro II.
  • Praça Barão do Rio Branco.
  • Praia do Cantão.




  • 1 Pão & Caffé, Av. Presidente Vargas 2704 (access through the gas station). Mon-Sat 7h to 20h30, Sun & Holidays 7h30 to 20h30. With a nice glass-walled room, this beautiful bakery offers shelter from the cold and a nice breakfast or afternoon tea. Free wifi available and power sockets under every table (but you might need to ask sttaf to turn on power).


  • Bar 10, R. XV de Novembro (corner with R. Dr. Maia).
  • Bar 12, BR-472 (south end of town towards Barra do Quaraí), +55 55 3413-2300. 7PM-midnight.



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