The Elevators of Valparaiso are quite famous around the world. They are also historically protected; included in the World Heritage Site boundaries.
They are also very usefull to the walking explorer. :-)
Se puede coger el metro hasta la estación de Pajaritos o a la Universidad de Santiago y allí tomar un Autobús de "Tur Bus" , que por 6$ y en menos de 2 horas te lleva a Valparaiso .
La vuelta está incluida ( Si quieres puedes volver a Viña del Mar )
5crYou may take the underground up to Pajaritos or Universidad de Chile station and there you may take a bus of "Tur Bus" , that for 6$ and in less than 2 hours takes you to Valparaiso
Return is included ( If you prefer you may come back from Viña del Mar )
Valparaiso y Viña del Mar son dos ciudades completamente diferentes que están unidas por una linea de metro que va casi todo el tiempo por la superficie y en 10 minutos , pasas del caos , desorden y belleza de una ciudad como Valparaiso al orden , limpieza y ( para mi ) impersonalidad de Viña del Mar
El viaje en Metro es rápido y muy cómodo
Valparaiso and Vina del Mar are two different cities that are linked with a Metro line that goes practically all-the time in the surface and in 10 minutes you pass chaos ,disorder and beauty of a town like Valparaiso , to the order , cleaning and ( for me ) luck of personality of Viña del Mar
The Metro travel is quick and very comfortable
I haven't visited La Campana using public transport before but I checked the CONAF website and it seems to be possible using a local "micro" bus. The website link is: http://www.conaf.cl/parques/ficha-parque_nacional_la_campana-38.html
Basically there are two entrances, The sectors known as Granizo and Cajon Grande are reached from the district called Olmue. It says that the micros stop 1km from the control booth. The micro can be taken from Valparaiso and stops at the Granizo bus terminal.
The other sector known as Ocoa is reached from the district called Ocoa also. Transport can be taken from La Calera or Hijuelas and stops at Rabuco-Ocoa which is 6kms from the control booth.
On another website it is suggesting that if you want to take public transport from Valparaiso or Viña to the Granizo sector then th easiest way is to take a train to Limache and take a micro from just outside the train station to the entrance of the park. Apparently the micros come by every 30 minutes approx. and you should get off at the last stop and then walk a short distance to teh entrance. I translated that from: http://www.gotrekking.com/es/wiki/Trekking_Parque_Nacional_La_Campana
There are great bus connections to and from Valparaiso. It takes less than two hours from Santiago and prices vary according to the bus enterprise you chose. There is at least one bus every hour, we even had the choice of one bus every twenty minutes. The bus terminal in Valparaiso is conveniently located within walking distance to the main attractions.
From Santiago, you can catch a bus (I recommend either Tur-Bus or Pullman Bus) from "Terminal Alameda" (Metro: Universidad de Santiago), 3 blocks away from the Estacion Central. **Not the Terminal Borja as some of you understand** The ticket costs around $14 R/T. No advance-booking needed cuz the bus leaves almost every 15-20 minutes. You can choose an 'open schedule' return ticket and decide later. The ride takes 1.5 to 2 hours between Santiago and Valparaiso, and from Valparaiso you can take the 'Merval' (subway) further on to Vina del Mar. Easy, isn't it?
Terminal Alameda: Avda. Bernardo O`Higgins 3750
These 'buses' are actually cars, that go back and forth up and down the steep hills. There are plenty of places to wait for them at the bottom of the hills.
Just stand near the sign for your destination, and be prepared to share the ride with 2 or 3 other people.
cabs, i know little about. but buses, it only takes about 1-2 hrs to arrive. If you do decide to get a cab, just to let you know, they pick up other passengers along the way. This makes your ride cheaper.
from VT memeber frankcanfly
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.
An easy way to get to Valparaiso from the airport is to take the Centropuerto bus to the Pajaritos station and then take the Pullman or Turbus to Valparaiso. The return ticket cost about 5,600 CLP on the Pullman bus (Dec 2010 price). The trip took about 1.5 hours and there were assigned seating.
If you are coming from the airport on the Centropuerto buses, walk across the metro station to the other side. You can buy the bus tickets at the booths of each bus company.
You can also buy empanadas and other snack food items there.
I do not know what CQF likes, but clearly he has no interest in enjoying highlights such as Jump of the Soldier, Lago del Inca, Puente del Inca and a stop over right in front of ACONCAGUA, the highest peak in America. How can you possible miss that?. I know how...by taking a bus on a regular transfer where you and your luggage will be treated the same way, as luggage.
Los Andes crossing is one of the most amazing journeys you can ever take, if you really want to enjoy it, spend some money and take a private transfer and tour which besides getting a personalized service some offer you lunch in a little town before arriving to Mendoza.
Do not waste it by taking a regular bus. I insist, if you do it this way, you will stop and see just one thing one the way to Mendoza, the Argentinian customs building (where you will spend 2 hours doing just paperwork). I know it since I did it that way and I still regret for all things I missed on a bus during 7 hours.
Take the Tourbus company's 2 hour ride to Valparaiso from Santiago. Cost is about US$4. Comfortable and friendly, all the locals recommended this line over the others.
From the train station, it might be best to grab a taxi if you aren't sure where your destination is. After that, walk around Valparaiso and take the local buses from Valpo to Vina del Mar, the sister city on the other side of a small hill. This city can be explored for very little money.
If you're short of time i.e. only one day, you can go there on a day trip from Santiago. Buses leave frequently all day between Santiago and Valparaiso. In Santiago, the bus station is located at the metro station Universidad de Santiago. The journey is between 1 1/2hrs and 2hrs and is inexpensive. The company 'Tur Bus' is recommendable. Just leave early in the morning to maximize your time there.
Once in Valparaiso, there are many local buses that run between Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Viña is a more modern touristic town directly north (and connected with) Valparaiso. Many people from Santiago go there for summer vacations. There's nothing really special about Viña. If you're short on time, stay in Valparaiso.
Cómo llegar: el pasaje aéreo, de ida y vuelta, de Buenos Aires a Santiago
cuesta alrededor de 280 dólares.
Transporte terrestre: el pasaje en ómnibus desde el aeropuerto hasta Viña
del mar cuesta 4,42 dólares. El litro de nafta cuesta 0,60 dólar. En la
ruta 68, el peaje hasta Viña cuesta 3,53 dólares los días hábiles y 5,48
dólares los feriados y fines de semana.
Alquiler de auto: en el aeropuerto Arturo Merino Benitez hay agencias
Avis, RentaCar, Bert y Alamo, entre otras. En Hertz, el auto más económico
cuesta 38,76 dólares diarios.
If you are interested you could get in contact with winetoursvalparaiso.com.
I did a trip with Michael an expat from London. email@example.com
Basicly a transfer stroke winetour through the casablanca valley ending in Santiago.
A good place to go to search for bus tickets is the Valparaiso Rodoviario Bus Terminal. If you are heading north to La Serena, Calama, Antofagasta, Iquique or Arica then there are a few options.
One of them - Condor Bus "Flota Barrios" has a service for example to Antofagasta on a particular day which departed at 22.31 at night and arrives in Antofagasta at 17:45 the next day. This was a Semi Cama service and cost 33,000 pesos.
The website is www.condorbus.cl and if you go onto the website and check for your day of travel under "Itinerarios y Horarios" on the website and enter the departure and destination point you can check whether they have a service running and the cost.
Another company "Pullman Bus Norte" go to Antofagasta, Arica, Iquique and Calama. They have a phone in Valparaiso (32) 222-0595 or an office in the Valparaiso Rodoviario Bus Terminal.