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Santiago Travel Guide

Getting Here and Around

By Air: Santiago's Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, often referred to simply as Pudahuel, is about a 30-minute drive west of the city.

By Bus and Taxi: 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). No cash is accepted on buses. Taxis are reasonably priced and plentiful.

By Car: You don't need a car if you're not going to venture outside the city limits, as most of the downtown sights are within walking distance of each other. A car is the best way to see the surrounding countryside, however, and the highways around Santiago are excellent.

By Subway: Santiago's subway system is the best way to get around town. The metro is inexpensive and safe, although it gets very crowded at peak hours. The system operates Monday-Saturday 6 am-11 pm, Saturday 6:30 am-11 pm, and Sunday 8 am-10:30 pm.

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