SANTIAGO – CHILLÁN – LAS TRANCAS
Haga clic aquí to find us and get driving directions in Google Maps. See below for details of car rentals in Santiago and the Airport. Approximate distances and travel times from the nearest airports to us are set out below:
Santiago Arturo Benítez Airport – Las Trancas: 300 millas / 483 kms / 5.5 horas
Concepcion Carriel Sur Airport – Las Trancas: 101 miles / 163 kms / 2 horas
Temuco Airport – Las Trancas: 220 miles / 354 kms / 4.5 horas
You can take a flight from Santiago to Concepción with LAN or Skyairline who run regular flights throughout the year. We offer private transfers from Concepción Airport which can include a visit to the supermarket so that you can stock up. Please contact us for details and prices.
Luggage – If you have a connecting flight you can often check your luggage through to your final destination but, in some cases or if you’re changing your form of transportation, you’ll need to take it with you through customs. If you want to spend a short period of time in Santiago and are looking to travel light, with the exception of January 1, May 1, Septiembre 18 horas hasta las 19 and December 25, you can store your luggage at the airport while you explore the city.
- Buses leave regularly from the two main bus terminals in Santiago which are on Avenida Bernardo O’Higgins 3750, frente al Hotel Ibis, nearest Metro stop is Universidad de Santiago on the red line 1.
- See below for details of how to get to and from Santiago Airport.
- Exiting the metro, you’ll go right and head through a tunnel that will take you to Terminal Alameda Santiago. This is Santiago’s primary bus terminal, you can buy tickets from the two main companies, Turbus and Pullman. This terminal is filled with shops, cafés, and pharmacies, and on the top floor has a hotel.
- If you exit this terminal to the west and cross the street, you’ll be at Terminal de Santiago. This is where you can find tickets for the other bus companies. The ticket counters will list destinations and times – you can head to a few and compare prices. Payment is mostly in cash. Generally, these buses are less modern than those of Pullman and Turbus. This terminal also offers some shops and places to find a snack. As with Terminal Alameda, try to arrive early to ensure you’ll get a ticket. (Note that the Terminal de Santiago is sometimes also called Estación Central but should not be confused with the train station.)
- These terminals can become quite crowded at peak times – Friday evenings or weekend mornings and afternoons. Be VERY alert, watch your belongings and don’t flash your possessions. The lines at the ticket counters can seem daunting, but they actually move quite quickly. The majority of the salespeople do not speak English, but they are accustomed to dealing with tourists. If your Spanish is non-existent, just write your destination and departure time on a piece of paper and they will help you. Turbus and Pullman accept major credit cards. There are ATM’s in these terminals but we recommend you DO NOT USE THEM (get cash out at an ATM inside a bank in the city centre beforehand).
- Bus tickets to Chillán usually cost between $5,000 horas hasta las $20,000 per person (unidireccional), depending on the time of your journey and whether you want salón cama or semi cama seats.
- There are three types of seat you are likely to encounter when choosing your ticket: ‘Clásico’, ‘Semi-Cama’ horas hasta las ‘Cama or Salón Cama’, which translate as ‘Classic,’ ‘Semi-bed’ and ‘Bed.’ For longer bus trips, and particularly overnight journeys, ‘Semi-Cama’ is a better choice. These seats recline about 45 degrees and include footrests that flip up. Semi-Cama buses will mostly be two-deckers with a ‘Salón Cama / Cama’ section (usually consisting of only 9 seats) on the ground level. ‘Salón Cama / Cama’ frequently costs twice as much as ‘Semi-Cama’ service and buys a seat that reclines fully, a pillow and blanket. If you’re hoping for a full night’s sleep this may be worth it, but for most people, ‘Semi-Cama’ is more than sufficient. Bus etiquette can be a bit of a culture shock, we recommend bringing ear plugs if you don’t wish to listen to other people’s conversations and/or music.
- Agencias recomendadas de autobús:
Nilahue T: (+56) 2 2776 1139 | 2 2778 5222 | 2 2779 7379
Blue Line T: (+56) 42 2203 800
Tur Bus T: 600 660 6600, (+56) 2 2822 7500 or (+56) 2 2677 2800 from mobiles
Pullman T: (+56) 42 2245745 | 42 2272178; (+56) 2 2697 4458 |call center 600 320 320)
Emebus T: (+56) 41 2232 0094 | (+56) 41 2232 6101
- Buses Nilahue run a direct bus service to Valle Las Trancas, parando en Chillán. El servicio funciona de lunes – Sunday leaving Terminal de Santiago at 14:50 horas, stopping in Chillán (Terminal Road Maria Teresa) en 19:30 y llegando a Las Trancas 20:40hrs. Tell the driver/ticket collector that you’re getting off at Rucahue minimarket and Piremapu cafeteria in Las Trancas – somos un corto 3 minute stroll heading north from the Piremapu cafeteria on the corner of the main road and can collect you if you let us know in advance.
- The other bus companies run various services to Chillán where you will have to leave the bus and either take (i) a ‘colectivo’ or taxi to Terminal Rural La Merced (which is on Calle Maipon 890) from where the REMbus local buses will bring you to Las Trancas or (ii) take a transfer service directly to Las Trancas, which we can arrange for you.
- REMbus takes approximately 1.5 horas a Trancas y en el momento de escribir CLP costos $2,000 (unidireccional). T: +56 42 2229377 | +56 9 9562 7838). You can buy your ticket on the bus but we recommend you purchase in advance at the terminal in oficina no.15 and ask for a seat in the shade (“asiento a la sombra”). See the horario de autobuses abajo (buses run daily Monday – Sunday except for times marked with an *asterisk* which don’t run on Sundays or Bank Holidays):
- Tell the driver/ticket collector that you’re getting off at Rucahue minimarket and Piremapu cafeteria – somos un corto 3 minute stroll heading north from the Piremapy cafeteria on the corner of the main road and can collect you if you let us know in advance which bus you’ll be getting.
Terrasur trains take approx 4.5 hours to Chillán from Santiago’s Estación Alameda (nearest Metro stop is Estación Central on the red line, Line 1). Please see their itinerary or call 600 585 5000 or 56 2 2585 5000 from a mobile to check accurate train times and prices. You can purchase tickets online or at any of their ticket offices . Prices range from $5.600 horas hasta las $24.200
On arrival at the train station in Avenida Brasil in Chillán follow the recommendations above BUS from bullet point 9 above.
We would be happy to organise a transfer for you from Chillán (train or bus stations) or from Concepción Airport direct to Basecamp and vice-versa. We can stop off at a supermarket en route so that you can stock up. Please contact us for details.
TO AND FROM SANTIAGO AIRPORT (ARTURO MERINO BENITEZ)
As good as Santiago’s public transport system is, there is one major flaw. There is no simple public transport option to the airport. I know…
Getting to the airport is easy enough if you know what you’re doing. Most of these options will require you to book around 24 hours in advance – check the websites for more details. Keep in mind that the Santiago Metro does not run 24 hours a day, so you may need to adjust your travel plans accordingly. Here are your options.
Going to the airport by taxi is perfectly straightforward. Sin embargo, it is not the cheapest option, unless you have several passengers to split the cost with. You can expect to pay between $12,000 CLP and $30,000 CLP for a taxi ride to the airport, depending on your starting location, time of day and traffic, which can be a nightmare. If you prefer, ask the staff at your accommodation if they can call a taxi for you, rather than hailing one off the street, calling is also a good idea if you’re not staying in a high traffic area.
If you would prefer a booked/ private taxi, you can usually reserve online, call or email the company to organise your pick-up time. They should be able to give you a fixed price when you reserve your taxi. They usually accept cash and credit cards, but it’s good to check.
Taxis from the airport are well structured. Just visit one of the taxi company counters just after you exit Customs, but before you exit into the main airport lobby, several also have counters in the main lobby. Follow the yellow and black signs and purchase a flat-rate ticket for your destination. You can shop around but the often have similar rates. They will direct you to the main lobby, often someone holding a sign of the company you have purchased with, who will take you to your taxi driver.
This method, though it sounds a little complicated, is done to ensure that you are driven by a legitimate driver and company, and that you are paying correct prices. Most companies will take credit card payments at the counter so you don’t have to deal with exchanging money if you don’t have local currency.
TaxiOficial display a list of how much it will be to each comuna (sector) in the Santiago area – check it out for a haggle-free transaction. These drivers are all helpful and friendly, so if you’re not sure about where you’re going, keep the address handy and the driver should be able to figure it out.
Of course, there are usually other taxis waiting at the airport. If you’re confident with your Spanish, you can negotiate a price – but for first time visitors, I would strongly recommend reserving at one of the counters.
Buses and Shuttlebuses
Turbus offer 45-minute long transfers to the airport. If TurBus is your choice, visit your nearest TurBus outlet to purchase there are offices at the airport and at the three stations in addition to other locations. Visit the website for locations. Stops (both to and from the airport) are located at Terminal Alameda (Metro Universidad de Santiago), andenes(platforms) 22 & 23, Terminal San Borja (Metro Estación Central) andenes 9 & 10, and Pajaritos Metro station (Buses are directly upstairs from the trains). Transfers cost $1.600 CLP each way and $2.400 CLP for a round trip.
Buses run from the airport every 20 minutes from 5am until 12am and hourly from 1am until 4am, however going to the airport varies based on the station and none run 24 hours so keep that in mind if you have a very early or very late flight.
If you’re traveling with a lot of luggage this may not be the best option for you as the getting to the bus terminals from the Metro stations, and the Metro in general, can be difficult to navigate with bags.
TransVip is a shuttle service, offering private cars, taxis (carrying 3 passengers) and shuttle buses (up to 7 passengers). You can book online or call them. Prices depend on your choice of vehicle, whether you’re travelling privately or not, and where your starting point is. If you are travelling alone, shuttle buses could mean a longer trip, as they may stop to pick up or drop off passengers at multiple locations
Centropuerto offers a budget rate service from the airport into the city. Stops (both ways) are located at street level near the following Metro stations Los Héroes, Estación Central, Universidad de Santiago, San Alberto Hurtado, Las Rejas, and Pajaritos. Additionally coming from the airport the bus also stops near Metros Barrancas, Unión Latino Americana, and Republica (after 9pm). Buses run every 10 minutes to the airport from 5:55am until 10:30pm and from the airport from 6am until 11:30pm, so if you’re arriving or leaving outside these times you’ll need to choose another option (note they may run every hour during the early morning hours now, but only from the airport). Transfers cost $1.500 CLP one way and $2.900 CLP for round trip and can be paid in cash to the driver.
If you’re traveling with a lot of luggage this may not be the best option for you as the getting to the bus terminals from the Metro stations, and the Metro in general, can be difficult to navigate with bags
Delfos also has a counter at the airport and offers shared or private transport services. Additionally you can submit your request online through their English webpage and what looks like a very easy-to-use request form. Unfortunately it does not list current prices, but they are usually all competitive.
Turistik shuttle buses run 24 hours between the airport and over 100 local hotels, for $7.000 CLP per passenger. See the website for a full list of participating hotels and further information.
Renting a Car
As always, there is the option of renting a car – rental agencies have counters alongside the taxi and shuttle bus companies at the Airport. Haga clic aquí to find us and get driving directions in Google Maps.
If you choose to drive yourself, there is airport parking available. As you drive towards the terminals, you will see different coloured flags directing you where to go, depending on the length of your stay and your desired physical proximity to the terminal. The airport website has prices listed under three headings: Expreso (express parking) for $1.100 CLP every 30 minutes, Techado (short term parking) for $800 CLP every 30 minutes, and Económico Custodia (long term parking) for $350 CLP every 30 minutes. The daily rate for all parking lots is equal to 10 hours parking.