Arriving in Destination
Aeropuerto Internacional Arturo Merino Benítez (Santiago) There are frequent shuttle connections to downtown Santiago hotels (40 minutes, CH$7000). You can also catch a local bus (one hour to downtown, then transfer to the metro or Transantiago bus; CH$1700) or taxi (CH$18,000).
Getting There & Away
Visitors can come to Chile by air, overland or on cruises. International flights and buses to neighboring countries and beyond are plentiful. Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at lonelyplanet.com/bookings.
Traveling Chile from head to tail is easy, with a constant procession of flights and buses connecting cities up and down the country. What is less convenient is the service east to west, and south of Puerto Montt, where the country turns into a labyrinth of fjords, glaciers and mountains. However, routes are improving. Drivers are generally courteous and orderly. Toll highways are common.
Air A worthwhile time saver for long distances, with economical regional deals sold in-country.
Bus The best way to get around Chile: frequent, comfortable and reasonably priced, with service to towns throughout the country. Less useful for parks access.
Car Renting your own wheels can help to better explore remote regions like Patagonia.
Train Limited. A few lines can be useful for travelers in Central Chile.