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Bus

All major intercity services arrive and depart from the Terminal Rodoviario, about 20 blocks east of the town center. There is a small tourist information kiosk and a bag check (from CH$500 per bag).

Services to Santiago leave every 15 to 20 minutes with Turbus and Condor Bus, which both also go south to Puerto Montt (two each daily), Osorno (two each daily) and Temuco (three each daily). In addition, Turbus also goes to Pucón (two daily), Concepción (five daily) and Chillán (seven daily).

Turbus also operates to the northern cities of Iquique (twice daily), Calama (twice daily) and Antofagasta (four daily). Romani goes twice daily to La Serena, as does Condor Bus.

You can reach Mendoza in Argentina with Cata Internacional, El Rápido, Ahumada and Andesmar. Some buses continue to Buenos Aires. Buses JM offers hourly services to Los Andes, as does Pullman Bus Costa Central. Buses Casablanca runs direct buses to Casablanca every 30 minutes.

Pullman Bus Lago Peñuela leaves to Isla Negra every hour. From Av Argentina, just outside the terminal, Transportes Quintay runs taxi colectivos (shared taxis) every 20 minutes to Quintay.

The city transport network, Transporte Metropolitano Valparaíso, has services to the beach towns north of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar. For Reñaca, take the orange 607, 602 or 605. The 602 and 605 continue to Concón.

Note that fares may increase considerably during school holidays or long weekends, and you'll pay more for the cama class (with fully reclining seats) on long-haul rides.

Antofagasta

Cost (CH$)

34,000

Duration (hr)

16

Calama

Cost (CH$)

34,700

Duration (hr)

19

Casablanca

Cost (CH$)

1000

Duration (hr)

1

Chillán

Cost (CH$)

8200

Duration (hr)

8

Concepción

Cost (CH$)

9000

Duration (hr)

9

Iquique

Cost (CH$)

33,000

Duration (hr)

25

Isla Negra

Cost (CH$)

3200

Duration (hr)

La Serena

Cost (CH$)

7000

Duration (hr)

7

Los Andes

Cost (CH$)

5000

Duration (hr)

3

Mendoza

Cost (CH$)

22,000

Duration (hr)

8

Osorno

Cost (CH$)

12,000

Duration (hr)

14

Pucón

Cost (CH$)

10,000

Duration (hr)

12

Puerto Montt

Cost (CH$)

12,000

Duration (hr)

15

Santiago

Cost (CH$)

3000

Duration (hr)

Temuco

Cost (CH$)

10,000

Duration (hr)

10

Car

The closest car-rental agencies to Valparaíso are in Viña del Mar, but most visitors find the steep, narrow streets and lack of parking a major deterrent to car travel within the city. A rental is only recommended for trips out of town.