How to get to and from the airport
How to get to and from the airport Santiago Reviews
Getting to and from SCL May 13, 2012
If you are on this site, you are probably not cabbing it to and from the airport. You wanna travel like a local, save a few bucks, and/or do not want to be taken advantage of just cause you've been in a country for a whole half and hour.
To get out of SCL, as soon as you pick up your luggage, but before you head out of the security area, there is a booth directly in front of you and as of March 2012, for $12, you get a van to drop you off in downtown Santiago. I took a minibus (van) with Transvip and it was easy. They offer services 24 hours a day and it was very convenient. You pay the desk, they give you a receipt, you walk to your left and exit to a line of vans. Vans going to Las Condas or other areas might charge a little more. Once you show the guy your receipt, you are placed in a van according to location. Once the van is full or people have been waiting long enough, off you go.
It's not a long ride, but it's very direct and the driver has a GPS. It was super easy and should I ever visit Santiago again, that's the way I would go. My friend who met me there was supposed to do the same, but met a snafu and ended up on true public transportation so that's the route we took back to the airport.
For about 4 bucks, we picked up the CentroPuerto bus near the Los Héroes Metro Estation (station). They have stops at other stations, but this was the closest to the apartment we rented and they don't offer door-to-door service. So, if you are coming from another part of the city, you will have to factor in the money you need to spend to take the subway to the bus.
The CentroPuerto bus is large, comfortable and has minimal space for luggage (but there is a rack up front-no underbus space). We got on at the first stop and as we made our way to the airport, we picked up other travelers, locals, service men and airport employees. It's not super fast but it was definitely under an hour's travel time....it did not make many stops and wasn't to local.
Both have information on the SCL airport site to include cost, hours of operation, locations and other stuff you will need to plan your trip.
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