After lunch we left Santiago, and headed up North towards Vina del Mar.
It was an organised trip, so transport was included, and they provided a big luxury Coach to bring us to Vina del Mar
With only 20 persons in such a big bus, each one had a double seat for himself.
Like this it was a very comfortable trip.
It was only a one and half hour trip over the highway (for this Trans South America trip this was one of the shorter trips).
One of the cheapest ways to get to Viña is by bus. I have often made day trips from Santiago using this method of transport. 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 Viña where the easiest thing to do is be dropped off in the terminal in town. I always take Tur-Bus when I travel and the cost is 3,400 pesos.
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I have been living in Vina del Mar for the past three years. If anyone is in the Vina/Valparaiso area and in need of a transfer service I know of a Chilean retired Navy Captain who owns a van for 12 passengers. He is very reliable and very reasonable. He also does transfers from Santiago to Vina del Mar and for that matter almost anywhere in a days drive from Santiago. If anyone is interested you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the classic way to see Viña del Mar. In the old days, people used to have this way of travelling around the city. It is now a touristic way to see the city.
Where to find them? At the central plaza, in Peru Ave. and close to the casino.
The so called "micros" are the city buses that you'll see around the whole city. There are a lot of them, and they'll be able to take you everywhere. Just be careful not to get on the wrong bus. All the buses have a sign on front where their destination is written. And a number. Try remembering the number for future trips.
Other way to move around the city are the "colectivos". These are taxis that have a specific route, and you can take them on bus stops. They move around faster, and they usually travel with 4 passengers. They're a little bit more expensive, but faster.
Taxis are not recommended, as they are quite expensive compared to micros and colectivos. They're more usual in Santiago, where they're much cheaper.
An easy way to move around Vina del Mar and also to get to different places in the same area, like Valparaiso, Renaca, Concon etc, is by "Micro", kind of old buses that you can find almost everywhere here.
You get into the micro, you tell the driver where you're going and he'll tell you how much to pay, then he'll give you the ticket right away once you've paid. This ticket works as an accident insurance.