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Air

La Serena's Aeropuerto La Florida is around 5km east of downtown along Ruta 41. LATAM flies daily to Santiago (from CH$25,000, one hour) and to Antofagasta (from CH$19,000, 1½ hours). Sky (www.skyairline.com) also flies to Santiago (from CH$11,000) and Antofagasta (from CH$12,000).

Bus

Terminal de Buses, just southwest of the center, has dozens of carriers plying the Panamericana from Santiago north to Arica, including Turbus and Pullman Bus.

Typical destinations and fares are as follows.

Antofagasta

Cost (CH$)

18,000-36,000

Duration (hr)

12

Arica

Cost (CH$)

38,000-51,000

Duration (hr)

22

Calama

Cost (CH$)

17,000-39,000

Duration (hr)

14

Copiapó

Cost (CH$)

9000-18,000

Duration (hr)

5

Iquique

Cost (CH$)

27,000-43,000

Duration (hr)

19

Santiago

Cost (CH$)

8000-18,000

Duration (hr)

6

Vallenar

Cost (CH$)

5000-10,000

Duration (hr)

3

To get to Vicuña (CH$2700, 1½ hours), Ovalle (CH$2700, two hours), Montegrande (CH$4000, two hours) or Pisco Elqui (CH$4000, 2½ hours), try Via Elqui. You can even do Elqui Valley as a day trip; the first bus to Vicuña departs at 6:40am and the last returns at 9pm.

Hector Galleguillos offers bus service from La Serena to Punta de Choros.

For Argentine destinations, Cata Internacional (www.catainternacional.com) departs on Sundays at 7am for Mendoza (from CH$30,000, 12 hours). In summer Covalle Bus also goes to Mendoza (CH$45,000, 12 hours) and San Juan (CH$45,000, 18 hours) via the Libertadores pass every Wednesday and Friday, leaving at 11pm.

Taxi Colectivo

A large number of regional destinations are frequently and rapidly served by taxi colectivo (shared taxi). Colectivos to Coquimbo (from CH$800, 20 minutes) leave from Av Francisco de Aguirre between Balmaceda and Los Carrera.