Info about getting from the airport, public transportation and more.
Getting From the Airport
At the Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, you can rent a car, take a bus or choose private transportation. The buses take you downtown to Los Héroes subway station for CLP $1,800 and leave every 10 minutes from 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (and hourly overnight). After you pass customs, you’ll see several companies offering official private and shared transportation options, with rates varying according to the distance. Avoid informal taxis outside the arrivals area.
The subway offers fast, reliable service. Since it’s connected to the bus system, Transantiago, you can transfer from the subway to a bus for free. You can also transfer from bus to subway, for little to no cost up to 90 minutes after the start of your trip. To use the system, buy a Bip! card at any subway station for CLP $1,500 and keep a sufficient balance on it.
Ride-sharing apps are commonly used but not legal yet, although Cabify vehicles are registered with the Ministry of Transport. While there are many taxis available on the streets, you’re best off ordering one using the app SaferTaxi, since its drivers are identified and rated. Though more expensive, radio taxis are reliable, too.
Radiotaxi Al Minuto: 56-2-2519-9300
Radiotaxi CentrOriente: 56-2-2622-0022
Make use of Santiago’s many bike lanes and download the MoBike app, which lets you rent for longer stays, or you can pay CLP $399 for every 20 minutes. (There’s also a one-time refundable deposit of CLP $9,990). When you’re finished riding, just park your bike in a public space.