How to ride the metro in Santiago de Chile

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Santiago, Chile

How to ride the metro in Santiago de Chile Reviews

HuBison HuBison
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The metro goes everywhere, but the buses run allll night long! Apr 08, 2012
Well, I love to take the subway when I go to major cities because I am not really a bus person. For my trip to Santiago in April 2012, my friend was responsible for the navigation.

Where ever you stay, before you leave for the day, get all the buses that stop near your hotel or hostel within a block or 2. You are likely to get several possibilities and this can be helpful if you wander all day and then have to decide how to get back to your hostel/hotel after the subway closes. Consider getting the routes or which buses are in different areas of interest, but there certainly are MANY MANY options. The subway can get pretty crowded, so if you are not from a large city and don't like crowds, be weary of what time you take it. You can buy a BIP card and add money to it as you make your way through the city.

If you take the bus, you might have to flag it down....they seem to drive down the street quite fast and may or may stop-whether your on fire or not! You can use your BIP card on the subway as well as the bus.

I also prefer the subway when I travel as I am assured of where I will end up (buses turn and take detours and go off track). The subway is interesting because it cuts off earlier than I am used to. The stations are large and clean and can be a little warm. There are men on the platform to ensure your safety. The maps are clear about which direction the train goes and it's a fairly easy system to navigate.

The subway is great because it goes to a lot of tourist attractions and it will get you to Bellavista and to several dining areas.
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debdeb80 debdeb80
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How to ride the metro in Santiago de Chile Dec 11, 2009
The metro of Santiago is known for its cleanliness and safety, thing which is very remarkable if you compare it with NY subway and other metros in America and Europe. You don´t have to worry if its late at night or if you're wasted and alone.

To ride, you have 2 options: buy a ticket (nearly US$0.80) or buy an electronic card, called "Tarjeta Bip" (nearly $3 plus the money you'll use to travel). This card is requested to ride in all public buses in the city ("micros"), so sooner than later you'll have to buy it (and recharge it). Each trip by using the card "Tarjeta Bip" will cost you nearly $0.80. You have to charge it from US$2 (minimum).

Note: Make sure you'll have enough money in your card when you go partying, cause once the metro is closed, you probably won't have a place to re-charge it. And maybe you won't be able to walk.

The metro has 4 routes lines and you can see them in Nowadays, they are adding new stations so every year the metro gets longer.

The hours of service, from monday to friday, are (aprox) 06:00 am - 22:30. Saturday: 06:30- 22:30. Sunday and holiday: 08:00- 22:30. From monday to friday, the rush hour is: 07:30am-09:00am, and then 18:00-20:00. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND NOT RIDE IN RUSH HOURS!! It's not for a matter of safety, but comfort. You will feel packt like sardines and wish to be dead.

Riding the metro allows to go quickly to interesting places like: La Moneda (our little white house), Barrio Lastarria (bohemian + art hood), Museo Bellas Artes y Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (museum), downtown, universities, and more. Also you can go to "Pajaritos" (station) or "Estación Central" (station) or "Universidad de Santiago" (station) where you can take buses to Valparaíso, Viña del Mar and a lots of other cities...

If you travel by route line 4 in the rush hour, you should know that trains won't stop in each station. You gotta ask to a guard for more details according your destination.
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pedromendes says:
Thanks a lot!
Posted on: Mar 22, 2014
HuBison says:
Excellent tip as I plan to be in Santiago in March and I don't like being robbed to take taxi's everywhere. I am hoping to stay in the Bellavista area and am told there are 3 stops nearby.
Posted on: Jan 10, 2012
yadilitta says:
Gracias por el dato!
Posted on: Aug 21, 2011

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