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Bus

Chillán has two long-distance bus stations. The most central is Terminal del Centro, five blocks west of the Plaza de Armas on the corner of Avs Brasil and Constitución. From here, Línea Azul has regular services to Santiago, as well as to Los Angeles (six daily), Angol (four daily) and Concepción (every 20 minutes).

All other long-distance carriers use the Terminal María Teresa, north of Av Ecuador. These include Turbus, which has services to Santiago (hourly), some of which stop in Talca and other cities along the Panamericana. Turbus also goes direct to Valparaíso and south to Temuco, Osorno, Valdivia and Puerto Montt (four daily). Buses Jac and Condor similarly travel to Puerto Montt. Pullman Bus makes daily journeys to Salto del Laja and has direct services to Los Angeles (six daily). It also runs north to Calama, Antofagasta and Arica (10 daily), and south to Puerto Montt (six daily). Sol del Pacífico leaves from this terminal for Santiago, Viña and Valparaíso.

Local and regional services leave from the Terminal de Buses Rurales, also known as Terminal Paseo La Merced. Rembus takes you to Valle Las Trancas (10 daily); the 7:50am and 1:20pm buses continue to Valle Hermoso. Vía Itata is one of several companies here that operate routes to Ninhué (five daily) and Cobquecura (twice daily), continuing to the surf hangout Buchupureo.

Angol

Cost (CH$)

5000

Duration (hr)

3

Cobquecura

Cost (CH$)

2300

Duration (hr)

Concepción

Cost (CH$)

3000

Duration (hr)

2

Los Angeles

Cost (CH$)

3000

Duration (hr)

Osorno

Cost (CH$)

10,100

Duration (hr)

8

Puerto Montt

Cost (CH$)

11,200

Duration (hr)

9

Quirihue

Cost (CH$)

1600

Duration (hr)

Santiago

Cost (CH$)

8000

Duration (hr)

6

Talca

Cost (CH$)

4000

Duration (hr)

3

Temuco

Cost (CH$)

8000

Duration (hr)

5

Termas de Chillán

Cost (CH$)

3000

Duration (hr)

2

Valdivia

Cost (CH$)

12,000

Duration (hr)

6

Valparaíso

Cost (CH$)

10,000

Duration (hr)

8

Valle Las Trancas

Cost (CH$)

2000

Duration (hr)

Car

Driving makes it possible to cram in lots of national-park action or quick day trips up the mountain to Termas de Chillán. Try EcaRent at the train station. Rates start at about CH$27,000 a day. Note that if the mountain roads are slippery you may need to hire wheel chains too.

Train

The TrenCentral line runs from the train station to Santiago (CH$8100, 4½ hours, three daily), stopping along the way at Talca (CH$5300, 1¾ hours), Curicó (CH$5300, 2½ hours) and Rancagua (CH$8100, 3½ hours), among other places. Check the website for the latest schedules.