Public Transportation

The country has metro and bus services for trips within the city and for interurban travel.

Monday, August 03, 2009 Category: Business - Tourism - Daily life
Transporte Infraestructura Santiago (Photo:TurismoChile)

Santiago has five Metro lines. It is a growing network that stretches out to diverse parts of the capital. Its opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 05:40 to  23:00 hrs; Sundays and holidays from 08:00 to 22:30 hrs.

The fare is $400 pesos, slightly less than US$ 1. Information is provided on the Metro’s stations and operation in its website. The service is connected to the buses in the Transantiago system, which takes passengers to neighborhoods where the Metro has not yet reached. Using a card payment system, you can transfer for at least an hour before being charged again. In other words, the fare allows up to three trips, taking two buses and one Metro.

In the city and for trips to rural neighborhoods and those that are hard to reach on public transportation, are taxis colectivos, which are cars that carry up to four passengers. There are also taxis, black cars with yellow roofs, and radiotaxis that can be reached on the phone and have similar rates to regular taxis. Taxi rates must be noted on the windshield and you pay what the taximeter reads. Tipping is not necessary.

The Valparaiso Region is home to the Merval (in Spanish), a train that connects the port of Valparaiso with Viña del Mar that is also a growing project and has incorporated underground lines and stations. Valparaiso has its typical funicular elevators for climbing its hills.

The Biotren in Concepción has two lines and 23 stops and considers an area of almost 50 kilometers (31 miles).

All of the country’s regions have interurban buses that connect each part of the city with the surrounding areas.

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