I reached Montevideo by bus from Colonia del Sacramento after crossing from Buenos Aires using Buquebus. My plan was not to really see Montevideo since I wanted to get away from big cities such as New York City
The best way I found to get around Uruguay is by bus if you’re not using a car. For me was convenient since I travel alone with little to carry. I decided to use COT(Compañia Oriental de Transporte) bus service. Their bus service was on time, reliable, clean buses. They only travel to Punta del Diablo twice a day. Check COT website for more details. The price was 871.00 pesos Uruguayos when I was there in November 2023. Exchange rate was $39 to one American dollar.
One thing you have to keep in mind is these buses do NOT go directly to Punta del Diablo. They make a LOT of stops including a stop in the Carrasco airport in Montevideo and many other small towns. This adds extra time.
To sum up it took me about 4.5 hours to reach Punta del Diablo from Montevideo. Below are some photos I took during this path in Uruguay.