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Travel Guide: Chile Getting Around

12th Oct 2011 2:02am | By Editor

Chile has an excellent bus network, if you've got time.

Getting There


Most flights land in Santiago via the US or local hubs like Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires.


There are good road links with Argentina at various points, one border crossing with Peru and a few remote crossings with Bolivia.

Getting Around


If your time isn’t too limited, Chile has an excellent bus network, most of which simply ply the Panamerican Highway – running north from Puerto Montt. Buses range from battered local buses to first-class overnighters that offer fully-reclining seats and meal services – excellent for those 36-hour marathon journeys!


Further south, you may find yourself hopping on a boat to get from place to place.


Chile is comparatively cyclist-friendly, and the quieter, more temperate southern roads offer excellent bike-touring.


Driving is an option, especially if you’re looking to head east of the Panamericana. Rental companies operate in most major towns.


Chile’s only train service runs south from Santiago, into the fertile central valleys.