Arrival to Santiago de Chile
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Flying into Santiago is easy, since the Aeropuerto Internacional Arturo Merino Benítez (SCL) serves all domestic and international flights for the central region. The modern airport lies outside of the city and is not available by metro, but easily accessible by taxi, bus, or shuttle.
Travelling Chile by bus is not only safe, but easy and affordable. Most in-country travel is taken by bus, so it is an extremely popular mode of transportation for both tourists and Chileans. Throughout the city you can find Tur-Bus or Pullman Bus (the two largest bus companies) ticket stands for quick purchases. But for a larger variety of bus service it is recommended to go to the main station named Terminal de Buses Alameda accessible via the Universidad de Santiago metro stop. Here you can purchase tickets to the north and south of Chile and Argentina.
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All train service leaves from the beautiful and historic Estacion Central in the city center. With limited service it is only possible to travel south by train. Reaching as far south as Temuco, you can reach other cites along the routes including Talca, Concepcion, Curico, and Chillan.
Renting a car is easy to do in Santiago with many national and international rental agencies located at the airport and around the city. For day excursions it's a good option, but with very congested city traffic and expensive parking, it is not recommended for Santiago travel.
Transportation in Santiago de Chile
Santiago's bus system is well-planned and reasonably efficient, with each stop having a number you can text to know when the next bus will arrive at your stop. Although Santiago public transport is one of the most expensive in South America, it is safe, clean, and reliable, which makes the extra pesos worth it. Anticipate paying about 600 CLP ($1.20) for the ride, although prices do go up occassionally.
The Santiago metro is the pride of the city. Beautiful, clean, and very safe, you can count on it getting you to where you need to go in a timely way. Reaching to the outer communities of the city, it connects all parts to the center. Be advised that the metro gets extremely crowded during peak times from 7:30-9:00 a.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. The fares range is from 560 CLP ($1.17) during low traffic times to 670 CLP ($1.40) during peak times. You can transfer to a bus for free within two hours of a paid metro ride.
Taxi's are relatively reliable in Santiago and easily identifiable with their yellow roofs. Taxi's are all metered and begin at around 250 CLP ($.51). There is the possibility of being taken on a longer than normal route, so be as clear as possible about where you want to go.