The Two Ferry Ports of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires has two main ferry terminals with regular ferry departures to Colonia, Uruguay; the major ferry terminal in the neighborhood of Puerto Madero near the downtown area, used by Buquebus and Seacat ships, and the much smaller ferry terminal in La Boca in the far south of the city, used by Colonia Express.
Buquebus and Seacat Ferry Terminal in Puerto Madero
By far the majority of passengers traveling by ferry to Colonia pass through this terminal as Buquebus is the most well known line and has constructed their own modern terminal in Puerto Madero. While not quite as easy to access by public transportation as one might hope, it is still far easier to access than the terminal in La Boca. The B line subway is just a few minutes walk away and numerous bus lines stop within a few block radius. The terminal is close to most major hotels and is highly policed.
Colonia Express Ferry Terminal in La Boca
The lesser known, and generally least expensive ferry option to Colonia, Colonia Express operates out of their own terminal in La Boca, in the far south of the city. Many budget travelers find the slightly less expensive Colonia Express tickets online and think they have found a bargain, but the complete lack of public transport in the area as well as lack of taxis make it a hassle and expensive to get to and from. Another concern is safety, as the Colonia Express terminal is located in a relatively dangerous part of town and furthermore under a highway bridge that is poorly lit and with few sidewalks.
Yes, we realize we only sell ferry tickets with Buquebus and Seacat, but we also want to help visitors to Buenos Aires even if you don’t buy from us. We would recommend against using Colonia Express not so much because of their service, which is generally fine, but because their ferry terminal is a serious hassle to get to and in most cases even if you get a cheap ticket you are going to end up spending more if you include the long taxi rides in the cost.