Bus Travel

Buses are relatively efficient and clean, although very crowded at peak times. Fares on the subway and buses are paid using the same prepaid smart card (most easily acquired in subway stations), called a BIP (say: BEEP). The card itself costs 1,400 pesos. You can also buy single-use tickets for the metro, but not the bus. Fares vary from 590 to 700 pesos, depending on the time of day, and transfers taken (one free transfer from bus to bus, one paid transfer from bus to metro within 120 minutes). At night, there is emergency use of the BIP card on buses only, which allows you to travel, even if you do not have enough money on the card, though most tourists stick to the subway for simplicity’s sake.

Bus Depots

Terminal Alameda. Av. Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins (Alameda) 3750, Estación Central, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 9160000. 2/2270–7500; www.terminaldebusessantiago.cl.

Terminal Los Héroes. Tucapel Jiménez 21, Santiago Centro, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 8320000. 2/2420–0099; www.terminaldebuseslosheroes.cl/.

Terminal San Borja. San Borja 184, Estación Central, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 9160000. 2/2776–0645; www.terminaldebuses.com/terminales-de-buses.

Terminal Santiago. Av. Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins (Alameda) 3850, Estación Central, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 9160000. 2/2376–1750.

Bus Lines

Transantiago. Moneda 975, 4th floor, Santiago Centro, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 8320000. 800/730–073; 600/730–0073; www.transantiago.cl/.

Tur-Bus. Alameda 3750, Estación Central, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 9160030. 600/660–6600; 2/2822–7500; www.turbus.cl.

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