Chile - Santiago

Things to do

Local Markets

Mercado Vega Central: fruit, vegetables, seafood, meat & hot snacks.


To reach the ski resorts, Ski Total offers transport from their office or pick-up service from your accommodation.

Cerro San Cristobal

Hike up Cerro San Cristobal for a 360-degree view of the city.


The bohemian neighborhood for food, carft shops, street art.


For access to vineyards in the Casablanca Valley, buses leave from Terminal Sur bus station (a block west of the Alameda station) to the town of Casablanca. From there a short taxi ride will get you to the local wineries.


  • Bicentenario Park swan and flamingo
  • pirque south of the city, wine tasting. Concha y Toro
  • 聂鲁达故居
  • O'Higgins: 独立英雄,主干道(相当于长安街)La Moneda 原铸币厂,现总统府,换岗仪式
  • Barrio Bellavista: On the north side of Santiago, fashionable and bohemian
  • 中央市场,海鲜
  • Safe zone: Eastern Comunas, e.g. Providencia and Las Condes


Santiago airport bus

No trains to the airport.

Santiago metro and bus (meaning of the logo: walking, buses and trains)

  • Buses
  • Santiago Metro: ~2.6 million per day, 7 lines (1-6, 4A); Line 7 in 2027, Line 8 and 9 in the future. Standard gauge.
    • rubber tire: 1, 2, 5; trains start with NS (neumatico santiago)
    • steel wheeled: the other lines; trains start with AS (Acero Santiago)
    • driverless: Line 3 and 6

Intercity Bus Terminals

  • Alameda Terminal (Universidad de Santiago metro station): Pullman Bus and Turbus, serving the whole country.
  • Pajaritos Terminal: also used by Pullman Bus and Turbus, the last stop in Santiago for Valparaiso / Viña del Mar and airport buses.
  • Sur Terminal (Universidad de Santiago metro station), next to the Alameda Terminal, serving central and southern Chile and international destinations.
  • San Borja Terminal (Estacion Central metro): serving the northern part of the country

Commuter Trains


  • Metrotrén: 133.8 km, 1,676 mm Indian gauge.
    • In 2021, EFE decided to eliminate the brand Metrotren The services are branded now as the
      • Santiago-Rancagua line
      • Santiago-Nos line. (integrated to the city's public transport fare.)

Future: Projects -

  • Santiago-Batuco commuter rail: under construction 27 km 2024, from Quinta Normal, going north, operator EFE
  • Melitrén: to Melipilla, 61 km 2025, from Del Sol metro station (line 5) to southwest.

Transit Cards

  • BIP card: for riding Santiago metros, buses, and Santiago-Nos line.
  • EFE: separate card from BIP.
    • Santiago-Rancagua line
    • Limache-Puerto line in Valparaiso.

Day Trips


Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its colorful hillside neighborhoods, winding stairways, and abundance of street art.

Viña del Mar: next to Valparaiso; a more modern town.

Santiago – Valparaíso by Bus

Bus from Santiago to Valparaiso / Viña del Mar:

  • Time: 1.5 hours.
  • Santiago Stops: Terminal Alameda => Terminal Pajaritos
    • Both terminal next to L1 metro;
    • Taking the bus from Terminal Pajaritos saves you ~20 min.
  • Bus Companies:

Santiago – Valparaíso railway line