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    Santiago Airport To Valpariso Cruise Terminal

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated Feb 28, 2012

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    By far the most common question that appears in the Chile page in VT is how does one get from the Santiago International Airport to Valpariso and the Valpariso Cruiste Terminal.

    From the Arturo Merino Benitez (Santiago Airport) go downstairs to baggage claim and out the door. You will see under the building a waiting area for Centropuerto Buses. The buses are usually blue and white. Look for the Metro Linea Bus #1 to Pajaritos Metro Station. The ride takes just a few minutes.

    The bus will drop you off at the north side of the Pajaritos terminal. From there you need to cross to the south side of the metro station to get the buses to Valpariso ( See picture). There are several lines that leave for there. Buses leave approximately every half hour during the day for Valpariso. Look for bus companies marked "Pullman." or "Tur Bus." The cost is approximately $ 10-$12, however some claim it cost them as little as $ 7. The 115 kilometer trip will take you just under two hours.

    From the stop in Valpariso it is a relatively short walk to the cruise terminal however the neighborhood is sketchy. There are taxis available at the station. Some taxis will charge by the person and even the amount of the luggage. Generally two people with luggage should pay about $ 10.

    Pajaritos Bus Station- Courtesy Loft La Matriz VP

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    Transvip Minivan

    by milliturtle Written Jan 30, 2011

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    Transvip offers a minivan service from the Santiago airport to the various location in and around the city. My friend and I did not use the shared van because it only cost 2,000 CLP more for the private transfer (taxi). We left really early at 3:30am, so it took less than 30 minutes to get from near Cerro Santa Lucia to the airport. The driver was prompt and we can pay by credit card when we got to the airport.

    Reservations can be made online up to 48 hours before the pick-up time. The website is only in Spanish, so we had to use google translate to complete the form. I contacted the company because I accidentally double-booked the transport and they corrected my reservation within 30 minutes of my emailing them.

    This is probably more expensive than a taxi (and the metro/bus combo), but if you have a lot of luggage or have to travel at times buses aren't running, it is a good alternative.

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    Getting to Valparaiso

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Jan 27, 2009

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    Getting to Valparaiso from Santiago could hardly be be easier - or cheaper. Buses leave every 15 minutes from the Terminal San Borja, near the Central Station and the one and a half hour journey costs only $7. Seats are allocated, the buses are clean, very comfortable with reclining seats , seem to be properly maintained and are bang on time - we were so impressed.
    There are several companies operating this route, all charge the same fare and would appear to offer the same efficient service.

    The terminal in Valparaiso is on Av Pedro Montt, near the Congress Building and Plaza O'Higgins.

    Plaza O'Higgins, Valparaiso

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    Santiago to Valparaiso or Viña del Mar by bus

    by kiwigal_1 Written Jan 27, 2009

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    Buses in Santiago depart from the main terminal (Terminal Alameda) located at Metro station Universidad de Santiago (on line 1) and then travel the short distance to metro station Pajaritos (also on line 1). You could take the metro to either of these stations and buy your ticket there. From pajaritos they travel on to Valparaiso where the easiest thing to do is be dropped off in the terminal which is located near the markets on the north end of town. I always take Tur-Bus when I travel and the cost is 3,400 pesos (this may vary in peak season but in any case it is inexpensive).

    The two companies are Pullman and Tur Bus. No need to make a reservation, just arrive at the terminal or Pajaritos station and go to the counter of the company you prefer and buy your ticket for the bus with the next available departure. Unless it is a major holiday it is unlikely you will need to wait long. You can take luggage with you. At the bus give your bags to the drivers assistant who will give you a numbered ticket. You can take two pieces of luggage which are stored below the bus.

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    To The Hotel with Transvip minibus

    by filipdebont Updated Dec 27, 2008

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    As I arrived back in Santiago airport, coming from Easter Island, I needed transport to the Panamericano hotel, in the city centre of Santiago.

    There were different possibilities, by bus, by taxi . . .

    But I did choose to use the services of Transvip, as it looked the easiest option and at a good rate.

    I paid 10 US dollars from the airport till the entry door of my hotel (transport time about half an hour)

    La manera más rápido, segura y confiable de legar a su destino.

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    One of ours . . . . .

    by filipdebont Written Nov 16, 2008

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    While walking around in the Barrio Bellavista, in order to go to Cerro San Christobal, just at the entrance towards the Funicular, there was a bus which I recognised.

    I thought what is this, this is one of our Jonckheere busses, and of course I did recognise the model.

    It was a former Belgian public Transport bus, used by the Flemish company De Lijn, even the white and yellow colours where still visible on the sides and the front, they had only added some red, blue and yellow stripes, and now the bus was used by the municipalidad de san Antonio.

    If I still remember well, we delivered these busses in the beginning of the nineties, and I think they use them for 15 years.

    It was quiet funny to see your work along the road at the other side of the world.

    One of our busses
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    Buses to Mendoza, Argentina

    by kiwigal_1 Written Jun 1, 2008

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    Buses between Santiago and Mendoza run every day on a really interesting stretch of road through the mountain pass.

    In winter the buses only run when the pass isn't closed by snow and/or ice so is not a good option in winter if you are running on a tight schedule as it can close for days. It is simply too unpredictable.

    Other options to get to Mendoza is by air with LAN which flies between Santiago and Mendoza or Cordoba. www.lan.com

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    Buses to other cities

    by kiwigal_1 Written Jan 24, 2007

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    The main bus terminal for buses outside of Santiago is Terminal Alameda which is located at metro station "Universidad de Santiago" on metro line 1. There is a sub terminal also at Pajaritos station further down line 1 but not all intercity buses stop there.

    The best companies to book long distance travel through are Tur - Bus and Pullman. Both these comapnies have offices inside the terminal alameda where tickets can be purchased a few minutes before the bus departs (if there are seats).

    You can check out the Tur Bus website at www.turbus.cl for reservations, routes and prices.

    Terminal Alameda Tur Bus Terminal Alameda
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    TransSantiago Buses

    by kiwigal_1 Written Jan 20, 2007

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    The bus system around Santiago is going through a few changes to integrate ticketing with the metro and overhaul the driver contracts. In the past Santiago has had to put up with dangerous yellow "micros" that raced from stop to stop trying to pick up as many people as possible so as to be paid more. Problem was that they caused many accidents and drove too fast. The idea was to replace these micros with much nicer, modern buses that are less polluting however I have noticed that they have replaced a few and the rest are being painted green and white over their former yellow. *sigh*. The buses are frequent and probably go anywhere you would want to go but honestly, given the choice, I would rather take a metro or a taxi!

    New Santiago bus Old Santiago Micros Bus stop in Santiago
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    Santiago to Vina Del Mar

    by trek06 Written Feb 15, 2006

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    If you want to go to Vina Del Mar from Santiago you can catch the red line metro and get off at estacion Universidad de Santiago. Next to the metro estacion you will find the Terminal de Buses Alameda. From here I booked at one way ticket to Vina Del Mar. The bues are frequent, so it is not necessary to book in advance.

    Terminal de Buses Alameda

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    Give Pullman Bus a try

    by Andre_C10002 Written Jan 24, 2006

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    There are many bus companies in Chile but the bigger ones are Turbus and Pullman Bus. For me Pullman Bus is better. Their staff is friendlier, food on board is better and their lines are smaller. The buses are the same and ticket fees too.

    Give Pullman Bus then a try.

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    From the Airport to Alameda Bus Terminal

    by Andre_C10002 Written Jan 24, 2006

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    In front of Santiago Airport you can get a bus to Terminal Alameda, the main bus terminal in Santiago, where there are busses to everywhere in Chile. This transportation is done by Turbus, buses leave every 30 minutes and cost CH$1600. It takes less than half an hour to the terminal.

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    The buses stop running

    by nyl Written Sep 13, 2005

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    The micros (buses) in Santiago"run" until 2:30 am. However, this does not mean that the micro you took during the day will be rounding the corner any minute. You will notice a steady decline of the number of buses running as the night goes on. By around 12, the buses are fewer and generally only running on main roads (like Providencia), so make sure you always have enough money for a taxi ride home, just in case!

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    Santiago Buses

    by bobmyx Written Aug 11, 2005

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    The price as of August 2005 is 340 pesos (50 cents.
    Be sure to ride the city bus in Santiago. There are entertainers on board at times and vendors sell all kinds of candies and snacks.
    It is well worth the time and a good way to see the city.

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    The Famous Yellow Buses

    by mev1976 Written Feb 8, 2005

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    Santiago is a madness place, full of yellow buses, you can go everywhere on those , but take care, even for us could be really complicated to take one.
    Run really fast and if you don´t know the direction you can get lost.

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