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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

Air

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

Road

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

Getting Around

Bus

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!

Boat

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

Bike

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

Car

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

Train

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