The Aeropuerto Desierto de Atacama is about 50km west of Copiapó.
LAN Flies to Santiago daily (from CH$60,000, 1½ hours).
Private taxis to the Aeropuerto Desierto de Atacama cost CH$28,000; try Radio Taxi San Francisco. There's also Transfer Casther which ferries new arrivals to town (CH$7000, 40 minutes). Buses and taxi colectivos plowing between Copiapó and Caldera may agree to drop you at the junction, from where it's a straightforward 300m walk to the airport.
Bus & Taxi Colectivo
Bus companies are scattered through Copiapó's southern quarter. Virtually all north–south buses stop here, as do many bound for the interior. Pullman Bus has a large terminal with many departures as does Turbus. Other companies include Expreso Norte, Buses Libac and Condor Bus, all located in a common terminal on Chañarcillo. Note that many buses to northern desert destinations leave at night.
Standard destinations and common fares are shown in the following table.
Buses Casther goes every 30 minutes to Caldera (CH$2500).