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Updated on Jul 30, 2020 Useful Info

Best way to get to San Antonio from Santiago, Chile

  • San Antonio is located about 90km west of Santiago. It's not a big city but it has a huge port, and it serves the main cruise ports in Chile, with a large number of popular cruises departing from its port
  • There's no airport in San Antonio, so for tourists departing from there on cruises, they need to fly into Santiago's Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport and then make their way to the cruise port in San Antonio
  • The most popular option to get to San Antonio from Santiago is by bus. Aside from that, private transfers are also available but pricey. Personally I recommend bus because it's quite cheap. I will detail each of these options below

  • Option 1) Bus
  • There are daily buses traveling between Santiago and San Antonio. Lots of tourists use this bus to get to their cruise in San Antonio. The bus is operated by Pullman, and takes 1 hour 40 minutes each way. As far as I know this is the only bus company that runs this routeUser submitted photo of San Antonio
  • Price:
  • This is the cheapest option to get to San Antonio
  • One-way bus fare is CLP$6,200, equivalent to about $8.2 USD per person
  • You can buy ticket at the bus terminal (see below), or through Pullman's website. The ticketing window for Pullman is not the easiest to find, but if you ask for help there someone should be able to direct you to the right place
  • If you buy online you can use your credit card for sure. Credit card is also accepted at the terminal, but I suggest bringing cash with you just in case
  • Schedule:
  • Buses run daily from Santiago to San Antonio
  • From Santiago to San Antonio, the earliest bus departs at 6:30AM and the last bus departs at 10PM. Frequency is approximately once every 20 minutes. There are over 50 buses going in this direction every day
  • From San Antonio to Santiago, there are only five buses a day, leaving San Antonio at 6:30AM, 8AM, noon, 3PM, and 5PM
  • Bus terminal in Santiago:
  • The buses depart from the Alameda Bus Terminal, located here
  • The bus terminal is located next to a metro stop — Universidad de Santiago — on line L1, so you can get there by metro if you're in the city. You can also take taxi there as well
  • From the SCL airport, you can also get to Alameda bus terminal directly with TurBus
  • Once you get to the bus terminal, ask for the ticketing window for Pullman
  • Bus terminal in San Antonio:
  • Buses arrive at the San Antonio Bus Terminal, which located here
  • The cruise port is located only 4 blocks away from the bus terminal. It's about a 600-meter/10-minute walk north. The cruise port is located here
  • If you don't want to walk, there are also taxis waiting outside the bus terminal that can take you to the ferry port

  • Option 2) Private transfer
  • While buses are cheap, it's not the most convenient way to travel, especially from the airport, since you have to catch the bus at the Alameda bus terminal in downtown Santiago
  • The only alternative option is to take a private transfer from Santiago to San Antonio. This is the most convenient option because it picks you up from your hotel and drop you off anywhere in San Antonio, including the cruise port
  • Price:
  • Private transfers are pretty expensive. But if you have a group or lots of luggage it would be worth it
  • Price varies by the size of your group
  • 1 person: there aren't any shared transfers, so if you're buy yourself you have to book an entire car. A car costs a minimum of USD$100-$150, for a standard sedan (like Toyota Camry)
  • 2-3 people: $50-$80 per person for a standard sedan
  • More than 4-6 people: $30-$50 per person for a minivan
  • Where to book:
  • You can book online at various websites like Viator, Santiago Chile Travel, Sun Transfers, etc. On these websites search the page for San Antonio, Chile
  • You can also just Google "San Antonio Santiago Chile transfer" and see the top results