Transportation

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Taxicabs


Taxicabs in Chile are painted black with yellow tops and make themselves available 24 hours a day. They are a safe and considerably cheap means of transportation and drivers are very honest and kind.

Taxi fares are based on a base price that increases every 200 metres, or by 60 seconds of delay. Each vehicle has a register number that allows their identification and they must indicate their fare price on the windshield.

Another similar service is the radiotaxi. They're more expensive but their service can be ordered by phone so they'll pick up a passenger at a requested location. They're not painted like taxis but they can be identified by looking at their orange-colored license plate. You can check on radiotaxi services within Santiago, here.

Buses

Buses

 Interurban buses

Chile boasts an extensive land transportation network that connects to most cities and other locations within the country. Thus, the "transporte colectivo" (literally: colective transport) is a convenient solution for traveling from one point to another. There are several companies that provide these services in each and every city.  

Buses from large companies usually stop at main cities exclusively whereas  buses from smaller companies are able to reach far remote destinations. Nevertheless, these services are quite satisfying: they rely on a fleet of comfortable vehicles, are much respectful with departure schedules and their fare ticket prices are quite reasonable.

As a passenger you should keep in mind that for longer trips it is best to have tickets reservation beforehand, especially on weekends and holidays, when the amount passengers increases and ticket availability becomes scarce. Bus companies accept credit cards, cash and checks as payment methods.

Also, please remember to be careful with your belongings when traveling. Bus lines afford responsibility for luggage that is transported within the compartments  only but not for those belongings you carry on your own.

National Bus Lines

Next, you'll find a detalied list with main Bus Companies throughout the country.

Buses Cruz del Sur Buses Cruz del Sur
11 de Septiembre Avenue,
Paseo Las Palmas,
Local 118
Providencia, Santiago.
Office Services: tickets and packages.
Phone: (56 2) 3358358

Destinations: San Fernando, Concepción, Talcahuano,Temuco, Osorno, Valdivia, Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas, Castro, Bariloche, Punta Arenas.

http://www.busescruzdelsur.cl/                                                              
Buses Expreso Norte Buses Expreso Norte
San Borja N¬į 184, Office 47
Estación Central, Santiago
Phone: (56 2) 778 75 70
Office Services: tickets

Destinations: Antofagasta, Calama, Copiapó, Vallenar, La Serena, Coquimbo.

http://www.expresonorte.cl/
 Buses Tas Choapa Buses Tas Choapa
Terminal Santiago, Oficina 70-I
Estación Central, Santiago.
Phone: (56 2) 4907561
Office Services: tickets

Destinations: Vi√Īa del Mar, Los Andes, Valdivia, Osorno, Puerto Varas, Puerto Montt, Mendoza, C√≥rdoba y Lima.¬† http://www.taschoapa.cl/
 Condor Bus Cóndor Bus
Av. Gral. Bustamante 656
Phone: (56 2) 2099882
Providencia, Santiago.
Office Services: tickets and packages.

Destinations: Arica, La Serena, Vi√Īa Del Mar, Valpara√≠so, Osorno, Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas, Temuco, entre otros.

http://www.condorbus.cl/
 Pullman Bus

Pullman Bus
Av. Providencia N¬į 1880, L-8
Providencia, Santiago.
Office Services: tickets and packages.
Phone: (56 2) 3346683

Destinations: Arica, Iquique, La Serena, Coquimbo, Vi√Īa del Mar, Valpara√≠so, Concepci√≥n, Temuco, Osorno, Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas, Punta Arenas, entre otros.

http://www.pullman.cl/
 Tur Bus Tur Bus
Manuel Montt N¬į 400
Providencia, Santiago.
Phone: (56 2) 2362729
Office Services: tickets and packages.

Destinations: Arica, Iquique, Calama, Coquimbo, La Serena, San Pedro de Atacama, Vi√Īa del Mar, Valpara√≠so, Temuco, entre otros.

http://www.turbus.cl/


Interurban Bus Stations in Santiago


Next, you'll find a detailed list with the main bus stations across Santiago.

NameAddressPhoneDestinations
Terminal Santiago Avda. B. O'Higgins 3848

376 1750

Sur e Internacional
Terminal Los Héroes Tucapel Jiménez 21

4200099

Norte, Sur e Internacional
Terminal Alameda Avda. B. O'Higgins 3750

776 2424

Norte, Sur y Costa
Terminal San Borja San Borja 184

776 0645

Intrarregional, Norte y Sur

 

Trains


The State-Owned Railway System ("Sistema Estatal de Ferrocarriles", or EFE) runs diverse services throughout regions. The most important of all of them, Terrasur, crosses from Santiago to the south stopping at Rancagua, San Fernando, Curicó and Talca, with prices ranging between 1350 and 4500 pesos, depending on the route and carriage. This type of transport is much comfortable though more expensive than travelling by bus. However, problems with trains and routes occur often, resulting in travel delays.

Other similar means of transportation is the "Metrotren" system which works under different names within the fifth (Valparaiso) and eigth (Concecpión) regions, as well as between Santiago and the sixth region (San Fernando), connecting small communities within. These transports are fast and their carriages are similar to the ones found in Metro.

For more Information: visit EFE.

Cars

Renting a car in Chile is very easy and convenient. There are different companies that offer rental services by hours, days, weeks or months. Drivers are required to have a driver's license, must be 21 years or older and need a credit card as a payment guarantee.
For more information please check our Car section.



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