Many visitors to Buenos Aires make a short side trip to the beautiful town of Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, usually just referred to as Colonia. Most people just go to Colonia for the day as it can easily be done as a day trip. To get to Colonia you cross the Rio de la Plata by a 1 hour ferry.
As we mentioned in a previous blog entry, there are 3 ferry companies that travel from Buenos Aires to Colonia: Buquebus being the largest, most publicized and most expensive; Colonia Express, a small ferry line that leaves from their inconvenient port in the La Boca neighborhood in Buenos Aires; and finally Seacat, the less publicized low price ferry line owned by Buquebus.
Since except during the busiest weeks of the year there aren’t enough passengers to make running Seacat’s own ferryboats economical, more times than not Seacat passengers end up taking the Buquebus ship which would cost more than double if you booked directly with Buquebus!
The big catch is that Seacat’s website is hard to use and does not accept non-Argentine credit cards. After countless emails from readers of our blog asking if we can help book Seacat ferry tickets we have partnered with the reseller Colonia Ferry, which offers good prices and efficient service. Please visit their website, coloniaferry.com.