VALPARAISO & VIÑA DEL MAR PRACTICAL INFORMATION
About Valparaiso and Viña del Mar
Just an hour and a half northwest of Santiago, Valparaíso and Viña del Mar are part of the same urban area and they are like two sides of a coin. Viña del Mar, the "Garden City", is one of Chile's premier beach resorts, with excellent hotels and shopping. Valparaíso, immortalized in the words of Pablo Neruda, is one of South America's most charismatic and historic ports, with its charming ascensores (funicular railways) and colorful hillside constructions.
Valparaíso is the capital city of the region and the seat of the regional government. It has 1.5 million inhabitants and its surface is 16,400 km2. In Valparaíso and Viña del Mar there are 12 universities, so both are recognized as "university cities". They are an important educational center, renowned for its quality in Chile and whole Latin America. In 2003, UNESCO declare the historical city center of Valparaíso World Heritage Site.
- Where to go in Valparaiso
- Where to go in Viña del Mar
- Lonely Planet: “Top things to do in Valparaiso"
- Lonely Planet: “Top things to do in Viña del Mar"
Getting to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar
The Santiago international airport Arturo Merino Benítez (SCL) is located in Pudahuel, Santiago, at nearly 20 km from the city center, and nearly 110 km from Valparaiso & Viña del Mar. There are shuttles that connect the airport to Santiago and Valparaíso/Viña del Mar. .
There are several alternative ways to get there from the Santiago-airport:
- By public transport:
- Option 1: Airport → Valparaíso & Viña del Mar
Exit the Airport through Exit 5, and go to the shuttle stop. TurBus company has a shuttle that connects the airport to Valparaíso bus station (first stop) and Viña del Mar bus station (second stop). It leaves at 10:30 and at 14:30. The trip costs about CLP$6.000 (US$9), paid directly to the bus driver. Get off the bus at the corresponding bus station.
- Option 2: Airport → Metro (subway) station Pajaritos (Santiago) → Valparaíso/Viña del Mar:
Exit the Airport through Exit 5, and go to the shuttle stop. Two shuttle companies connect the airport to the bus/metro station Pajaritos: CentroPuerto and TurBus. The round trip costs about CLP$3.400 (US$5), paid directly to the bus driver. Get off the bus at Pajaritos bus/metro station. At Pajaritos bus/metro station, purchase a bus ticket at the counters of the bus agencies (inside the station), with destination Valparaíso or Viña del Mar (e.g., Pullman Bus; Tur Bus) depending where is located your hotel. The round-trip costs about CLP$6.000 (US$9). Avoid buying tickets or trips outside the counters. Get off the bus at the terminus (Terminal Rodoviario Valparaíso or Rodoviario Viña del Mar).
- Option 1: Airport → Valparaíso & Viña del Mar :
- By transfer (around 70 minutes):
Book a transfer at the transfer counters inside the airport. We recomend Transvip, TurTransfer, and Delfos. The cost can vary between CLP$80.000-100.000 (US$120-150), for a van with capacity of 7 passengers, with transport to each passenger destination. We recomend to avoid hiring transfer services outside the official counters inside the airport.
- By taxi (around 70 minutes):
Book a taxi at the Official Taxi desk inside the airport. The cost can vary between CLP$80.000-100.000 (US$120-150), for a taxi with capacity of 4 passengers. Only book a taxi in the ground transportation desks.
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