Walking from the cruise-ship to the citycentre is impossible without beeing first taken by bus to the end of the pier, in a distance of 2 km from the city-centre. There you can take the bus or walk back to the city.
When you have enough time : walk and you will pass by lots of lovely building that are worth a closer look or a photograph. All of the way there is a shady allee of palmtrees, where you can walk in the fine sand, see the monuments of some local heros and lots of lovely buildings like the mercado, the french embassy and the art-nouveau-buildings next to it, the arc de triumph...
Walkingtime from the place where you leave the port to Plaza Sotomayor is about 30 minutes one way.
According to my guidebook there is an efficient and fast public bus-service from Valparaiso to Santiago de Chile and vice versa. the ride takes just about 90 minutes and the buses are quite comfortable as well. 6 $ / 5 euros is the fare for one way. The buses are leaving in Santiago next to the subway-station Universidad.
Compared with the transportation by private taxi (126 euros one way), the buses are really cheap !
To go by organized transfer from Santiago de Chile to Valparaiso is quite expensive : I payed 126 euros one way for a van with a driver and a german-speaking guide.That was the only offer that was made by the tour-agency in Germany that had organized my cruise from Valparaiso and I accepted it in order to be on the safe side and spare some time to get to the cruise without a lot of hassle and stress.
Driving-time is 1,5 hours, almost all of the way you will drive on the highway and the best is that they will take you directely from your hotel to the cruise-port, make sure your luggage is taken over by the right people etc---
I asked about other possibilities of such a transfer and also at the hotel-reception of Hotel Majestic in Santiago the price of 126 euros would have been the same.
The Ascensores / Lifts / funiculars of Valparaiso recently became part of the "UNESCO World-Heritage" and the best about them is that they are a really cheap and efficient way of transport. A single ride is mostly just 100 local$ (= 0,20 euros or 25 US$cents)
The only reason why I did not take any of them was that I did not have a lot of time and was not able to ask, how often the funiculars will go up and down and I did not want to miss my ship.
WOW..an other funny adventure..We'd take it from Quilpue to Vina del Mar,and my friend asked me that "have you been in a Roller Coaster before?" noooooooo:) and she said "watch it..." MAMMA MIA!!!! He drived same as a roller coaster,we jumped over the hills and went down,close your eyes he is turning to right side,no brake,speed limits?? what is it for...:)
They are working same as bees, funny bees of Valparaiso roads..but it is the cheapest and fastest transportation to or around Valpa..
Don"t try it with full stomach:) and if you want to catch your stop,pls call him 2-3 stops before,otherwise you may walk alittle:)..
Each time I have travelled to Valparaiso I have made day trips from Santiago. The most convenient way for someone without a car is to take a bus.
Buses in Santiago depart from the main terminal (Terminal Alameda) located at Metro station Universidad de Santiago (on line 1) and then travel the short distance to metro station Pajaritos (also on line 1). You could take the metro to either of these stations and buy your ticket there. From Pajaritos they travel on to Valparaiso where the easiest thing to do is be dropped off in the terminal which is located near the markets on the north end of town. Usually I take a local bus or trolley bus from here towards Plaza Sotomayor.
I always take Tur-Bus when I travel and the cost was 3,400 pesos (in 2007). The other bus company that goes to Valparaiso is Pullman.
The buses accept luggage (usually two pieces per person) and will give you a ticket for each piece. It is quite safe to leave your luggage under the bus during the journey.
I take the tur-bus company very comfortable, punctual and good, cheap 6$ one way (can pay with credit car). They have music and TV, the Ride it is of 1 hour half, and have a nice view on the road, have every 15 min a bus that depart to Valparaiso
You can go by subway to station Universidad de Santiago, there is a station were the bus go out.
Yo tome la compañía tur-bus, es cómodo, puntual y muy buena compañía, es barato 6$ (puede pagar con el tarjeta de crédito. El paseo es de 1 hora de media, y tiene la vista del camino es muy linda ves muchos viñedos, tienen autobuses que salen cada 15 min.
Puedes tomar subterráneo en la estacion de Universidad de Santiago, esta la parada de autobus.
Valparaiso has lot of hills and in the past to make it easier to get to the top, some lifts were placed in different areas to carry people up.
This is one of those and it's called Asensor (lift in English) Artilleria.
It costs only 10 cents (US$) to go up....SO CHEAP!!!!!.
There are 15 lifts currently working in the city:
- BARON (Espana Avenue, Argentina Avenue). This is working since 1906, was the first one working with an electric engine. It's originally from Germany and it still keeps in shape ;o)
- LECHEROS (Eusebio Lillo Street) This is also woking since 1906.
- LARRAIN (Cerro Larrain) Working since 1909.
- POLANCO (Cerro Polanco) Since 1915.
- MONJAS (Cerro Monjas) Since 1912.
- MARIPOSAS (Cerro Mariposas) Since 1904.
- FLORIDA (Cerro Florida) Since 1906.
- ESPIRITU SANTO (Cerro Bellavista) Since 1911.
- REINA VICTORIA (Cerro Bellavista) Since 1902.
- CONCEPCION (Cerro Concepcion) Since 1883, was the first one in the city.
- EL PERAL (Cerro Alegre) Since 1902.
- SAN AGUSTIN (Cerro Cordillera) Since 1913.
- CORDILLERA (Cerro Cordillera) Since 1887
- ARTILLERIA (Cerro Artilleria) Since 1893.
- VILLASECA (Cerro Playa Ancha) Since 1907.
The best way to discover this incredible city and it's charming and intriguing streets is simply WALKING....you'll get to places that seem to be hidden within the hills...great!!!!.
The place you see in this photo is the Yugoslavo's Stroll (Paseo Yugoslavo), where you'll find the Fine Arts Museum.
Valparaiso is located 112 km from Santiago,and it is very easy go there.
By Bus;the journey takes approx. 2 hours from Santiago,there are every 15 or half hour departures and the bus companies have a good service and comfort.The fee almost 6 US$ pp.
Chilean buses run on time and tickets must be purchased ahead of time.
One of the best bus companies are;
turbus www.turbus.com and pullman www.pullman.cl
By car;if you do want to drive a car to Valparaiso,it takes 1.30 minutes,and you should take Ruta 68.An international driver's licence is nor necessary for driving in Chile,but if you have time to take one it makes certain business or customs transactions easier.
The motorway is very well,and during your journey,you'll see some of amazing view of Andes and Veramonte vineyards.
Car renting;They are several int.car-rental companies have offices around Chile,such as Hertz,Budget,Avis,but in addition that you'll find many locals which are cheaper.
An other unique transportation of the Jewel of the Pasific..Ascensores..I didn't try but I had same when I was in BAKU..
It is the easiest way for locals to be taken to and from their homes high up in the breath taking hillsides.
Here are the names and constraction dates of all ascensores in Valparaiso.
ESPIRITU SANTO 1911
REINA VICTORIA 1902
EL PERAL 1902
SAN AGUSTIN 1913
VILLA SECA 1907
There are two bus "O" in Valpo. Ask around (hopefully you speak Spanish), and take the one that goes south, and just take it from the train station until the very last stop. You will probably be the only one left, which shows what a secret this is. It is the only bus that goes through ALL (44? 43?) of the Valpo hills. Sit on the right side of the bus, open the window, get your camera out, and begin shamelessly taking pictures.
One of the most pleasent things in Valparaiso was a restaurant with a very good view over the town and the sea.
It was possible to watch all the incoming and outgoing freight and passenger ships from the terrace of the restaurant. This was interesting for me, because my home country Austria has neither such a big port nor a sea.
And so this will also one of my greatest memories of Chile!
From the Santiago (SCL) Airport, you can catch a very convenient bus to Valparaiso. From the airport, find a bus to 'Pajaritos' station, it will only cost a few bucks. From there, you can catch many overland buses, including one to Valparaiso. One departs nearly every 15 minutes during the day.
One of Valparaiso's unique features is its funicular railways or ascensores, which link the upper town, atop the steep-sided hills, to the lower town down on the bay.
There are more than ten of them, including Ascensores Cordillera, El Peral, Concepcion and Rema Victoria in the west, Ascensores Florida, Mariposa, Monjas and Cerro La Cruz in the centre and Ascensores Baron, Lecheros, Larrain and Polanco in the east.
They are old, quaint and rickety and the entrances are sometimes tucked away down narrow alleyways, but they save a hell of a lot of time going up and down Valpo's very steep hillsides and they are much cheaper than taxis.
Fare C$250 (US$0.50).