A good option
Comfortable, simple and very punctual, Bus Fernandez takes from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales and of return, it has seven schedules per day, the trip lasts 3 hours approximately, and you will be able to enjoy a very pretty landscape is worth the trouble to be awake. The price it is 3000 pesos Chileans one way (5,50 US$).
Cómodo, sencillo y muy puntuales, Buses Fernández te lleva desde Punta arenas a puerto natales y de vuelta, tiene siete horarios de salida por día, el viaje dura 3 horas aproximadamente, y podrás disfrutar unos paisaje muy lindos vale la pena estar despierto. El precio es de 3000 pesos chilenos viaje de ida (5,50 US$).
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- Road Trip
We flew from El Calafate, Argentina to Puerto Natales on a little 8 seater, Dap Airplane.
It was a beautiful day and the scenery was terrific.
It took us about 30 minutes flight time, $50 for the ticket, and $21 airport tax each.
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I think that Dap is the only airline that uses the landing strip here so if you want to catch a flight you will have to go to Punta Arenas.
There are 3 bus companies that do this trip, most twice daily.
It is a 3 1/2 - 4 hour ride over rather bumpy gravel roads.
The driver will drop you off at the airport or take you on into town. Your choice.
The scenery is nice and you will see a lot of sheep.
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Bus from Punta Arenas Airport
There are at least 3 bus companies (Fernandez, Pacheco, Sur) that make a stop at the airport on the way to Puerto Natales, so if you are arriving by plane, you can arrange to get on the bus there instead of the bus station in downtown Punta Areans. However, you cannot actually buy tickets at the airport as the bus companies do not have kiosks at the airport. I tried to make an email reservation 1 week before our arrival but I have yet to hear from Buses Fernandez.
We ended up asking our hotel in Puerto Natales to purchase the bus ticket in advance. The owner arranged for his taxi driver to buy the ticket from the Punta Arenas bus office of Buses Fernandez. He then gave the tickets to the bus driver of the specific bus we were taking (so make sure you're not late). We then gave our names to the bus driver and he gave us our tickets. It sounded convoluted but it actually worked pretty smoothly.
(BTW, the taxi driver actually came to the airport to make sure we got on the bus OK - we were quite impressed. Since he had to send his taxi driver to go buy the tickets and go to the airport, he did charge us 2,000 CLP extra but it saved us a lot of time and hassle. Normal ticket price was 4,000 CLP per person.)
I'm not sure if all hotels / bus companies work this way, but it doesn't hurt to check and see if they can help you buy the bus ticket so you can board the bus from the airport. Otherwise, you'll need to take a taxi to downtown Punta Arenas (7,000 clp), find the bus company, and then board the bus from there.
On Buses Fernandes itself, it is recommended that you make reservations at least 1 day in advance during the busy seasons. The bus stop at the airport is just outside the farthest left door. You should be able to find it easily.
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SKY Airlines no longer to service Puerto Natales
SKY Airlines has been servicing Puerto Natales in past years, during high season. There has been an announcement that due to Sky's conflict with the national aviation agency over lack of timely modernisation of the Natales airport, Sky will no longer serve Puerto Natales (but will continue to serve Punta Arenas). There is political influence involved in this: Punta Arenas was losing a portion of the tourism money that was going to Natales, and their political connections have worked for years to keep the Natales airport from any sort of growth or additional safety features (e.g., de-icing equipment, longer runway). Now there are no Chilean national carriers that serve the Natales airport.
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Navimag, of course - Navimag, bien sur...
The one (and only ?) company that will make you dream on their "love boat", the Puerto Eden, from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales, across the chilean fjords and some wonderful landscapes (see Travelogues on my pages Region del Aisen and Magallanes)
La seule (et l'unique ?) compagnie qui vous fera amuser tout au long d'une croisiere sur le Puerto Eden, depuis Puerto Monnt jusqu'a Puerto Natales, a travers les Fjords Chiliens et les magnifiques paysages de la Patagonie (cf Travelogues sur mes pages Region del Aisen et Magallanes)
To travel between Puerto Montt and Puerto Natales, one can take a cruise along the Chilean fjords.
The scenery is beautiful but not as spectacular as I had imagined.
Navimag runs several cruises, some to Laguna San Rafael; others from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales or vice-versa.
From Puerto Montt, it leaves on Monday afternoon. From Puerto Natales, you check in on Thursday night and it departs on Friday morning.
The cheapest is the 'C' cabin which is a bunk bed in a 22-bed cabin. Prices vary depending on the season. A locker is provided and there is curtain for privacy. Very comfortable.
Check out the website below.