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LATAM has an office in town, but actually flies from Puerto Montt. From the Puerto Montt airport, transfers cost between CH$15,000 and CH$20,000, depending on if you chose Uber or a regular taxi. Puerto Montt–based Andrés Tour offers shared-van service for CH$10,000 for up to two people. The trip takes about 30 minutes.

Bus

Most long-distance bus services from Puerto Varas originate in Puerto Montt. Buses leave from a few individual offices and from two terminals: one for Cruz del Sur – and Bus Norte's Bariloche departures – and the other the TurBus station just outside the centro, which also serves JAC and Cóndor. A few companies sell tickets through their individual offices around downtown.

For Osorno, Valdivia and Temuco, Cruz del Sur has several departures daily; it also goes to Chiloé and Punta Arenas. For Santiago, Buses ETM, Bus Norte and Pullman Bus offer the best services. Buses JAC, the in-town office of which also represents TurBus, goes to Villarrica and Pucón. For Viña del Mar/Valparaíso, Pullman has a nightly bus, as does Buses ETM and TurBus.

For Bariloche (Argentina), Cruz del Sur/Bus Norte Internacional goes daily. Andesmar heads out daily with an extra summer departure – note Andesmar departs from Pullman Bus, not at the Andesmar office.

LS Travel offers more exclusive daily shuttles (US$170; 7:30am) and shuttle/boat combos (US$230; 7:15am) with touristy stops along the way, but they do not go unless at least four people have reserved in advance.

Puerto Varas Bus Services

Sample travel times and starting fares are as follows. Note that prices fluctuate with the quality of bus, seating classes and season.

Ancud

Bus Company

Cruz del Sur

Cost (CH$)

5000

Time (hr)

Frequency (daily)

7

Bariloche (Ar)

Bus Company

Andesmar, Cruz del Sur/ Bus Norte Internacional

Cost (CH$)

18,000

Time (hr)

6

Frequency (daily)

3

Castro (Chiloé)

Bus Company

Cruz del Sur

Cost (CH$)

6500

Time (hr)

Frequency (daily)

7

Osorno

Bus Company

Cruz del Sur

Cost (CH$)

2000

Time (hr)

Frequency (daily)

15

Pucón

Bus Company

Buses JAC

Cost (CH$)

9300

Time (hr)

Frequency (daily)

6

Punta Arenas

Bus Company

Cruz del Sur

Cost (CH$)

50,000

Time (hr)

18

Frequency (daily)

1 Tue, Thu, Sat

Santiago

Bus Company

Buses ETM, Bus Norte, Pullman Bus

Cost (CH$)

25,000

Time (hr)

12

Frequency (daily)

15

Temuco

Bus Company

Cruz del Sur, Buses ETM

Cost (CH$)

from 6500

Time (hr)

6

Frequency (daily)

13

Valdivia

Bus Company

Cruz del Sur

Cost (CH$)

4500

Time (hr)

Frequency (daily)

8

Viña del Mar/Valparaíso

Bus Company

Buses ETM, Pullman Bus, Turbus

Cost (CH$)

30,000

Time (hr)

15

Frequency (daily)

3

Micros (Minibuses)

Micros (minibuses) to and from Ensenada and Petrohué leave regularly from a small stop near the corner of Martínez and San Bernardo. The best place to catch buses to Puerto Montt is on the 600 block of San Francisco alongside the new shopping mall. Minibuses to Cochamó and Río Puelo also pass here 20 minutes or so after leaving Puerto Montt. For Frutillar and Puerto Octay, buses depart from a small stop on Av Gramado near San Bernardo.

Regional minibus fares from Puerto Varas:

Cochamó

Cost (CH$)

2500

Duration (hr)

Ensenada

Cost (CH$)

1200

Duration (hr)

1

Frutillar

Cost (CH$)

1200

Duration (hr)

½

Petrohué

Cost (CH$)

2500

Duration (hr)

Puerto Montt

Cost (CH$)

800

Duration (hr)

¼

Río Puelo

Cost (CH$)

4000

Duration (hr)

3