How to get about in Santiago?
This is a very important method of transport in Santiago, being easy, safe and quick. There are three metro lines:
Red Line, east–west crossing the Center
Runs the length of Avenida Bernardo O’Higgins, Avenida Providencia and Avenida Apoquindo.
Yellow Line from the Center to the southwest
Follows the Gran Avenida.
Green Line from the Center to the southeast
Follows Avenida Vicuña Mackenna.
Metro service runs from 06:30 to 22:00 on weekdays and Saturdays, and from 08:30 to 22:30 on Sundays and Public Holidays.
The price of a ticket on the Metro varies according to the time of day: from 06:30 – 07:15 hrs, 09:00 – 18:00 hrs. and 19:30 – 22:30 hrs. is off-peak period when the ticket is cheaper. From 07:15 – 09:00 hrs. and 18:00 – 19:30 hrs. are peak periods when the ticket is more expensive.
Types of Ticket
Single ticket for use during peak times.
Boleto Unitario Rebajado
Single ticket for use during off-peak times.
With this ticket you can pay for a journey combining a sector on the metro and a sector by bus at an integral rate which is lower than the combined value of the two separate tickets. This ticket is accompanied by a metal token which is used to pay for the sector by bus.
This is the cheapest way to travel on the metro, offering a reduction of 20 pesos on the applicable tariff at any time, and for every 20 journeys you get one free in your next re-load. You can buy the Multivía card in any ticket office or ticket machine.
Boleto para Estudiantes
This is the reduced tariff for high school and university students. Primary school children travel free of charge. Both benefits are available only to students carrying the respective Student Pass issued by the Ministerio de Educación de Chile, with a Metro stamp. This tariff is available from Monday through Friday, 06:30 to 22:30 hrs. and Saturday 06:30 to 15:00 hrs.
Boleto para el Adulto Mayor
Can be used for metro journeys from Monday through Friday, between 09.30 and 17.30 hrs, and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. Senior Citizens can use their reduced tariff for a maximum of two journeys per day. This benefit is available only to Senior Citizens carrying a Senior Citizen Pass, and who are Chilean citizens.
Price of Tickets
Boleto Unitario $400
Boleto Unitario Rebajado $310
Metro Bus $590
Tarjeta Multivía $1,000 (one-off price of the card alone) plus whatever amount you want to load into the card.
Adulto Mayor $100
San Pablo, Neptuno, Pajaritos, Las Rejas, Ecuador, Pila del Ganso, Universidad de Santiago, Estación Central, Unión Latino Americana, Republica, Los Héroes, La Moneda, Universidad de Chile, Santa Lucia, Universidad Católica, Baquedano, Salvador, Manuel Montt, Pedro de Valdivia, Los Leones, Tobalaba, El Golf, Alcántara, Escuela Militar.
Américo Vespucio, Zapadores, Dorsal, Cardenal Caro, Valdivieso, Cerro Blanco, La Recoleta, Puente Cal y Canto, Santa Ana, Los Héroes, Toesca, Parque O’Higgins, Rondizzoni, Franklin, El Llano, San Miguel, Lo Vial, Departamental, Ciudad del Niño, Lo Ovalle, El Parrón, La Cisterna.
Quinta Normal, Ricardo Cuming, Santa Ana, Plaza de Armas, Bellas Artes, Baquedano, Parque Bustamante, Santa Isabel, Irarrazabal, Ñuble, Rodrigo de Araya, Carlos Valdovinos, Camino Agrícola, San Joaquín, Pedrero, Mirador, Bellavista de la Florida, Vicente Valdés.
Tobalaba, Colón, Bilbao, Príncipe de Gales, Simón Bolívar, Plaza Egaña, Los Orientales, Rotonda Grecia, Los Presidentes, Rotonda Quilín, Las Torres, Av. La Florida, Vicente Valdés, Rojas Magallanes, Trinidad, Diego Portales, Elisa Correa, Hospital Sótero del Río, Protectora de la Infancia, Las Mercedes, Plaza de Puente Alto.
Vicuña Mackenna, Santa Julia, Avenida Coronel, Santa Rosa, San Ramón, La Cisterna.
Known as “Micros”, the yellow and white urban buses are to be found throughout Santiago. They tend to be slow at peak hours.
The normal price of a micro ticket is $310. Students and Senior Citizens over 75 years old pay $110.
There are various bus companies in Santiago offering service to cities all over the country. The service is good and timetables are kept to.
The bus terminals in Santiago are:
Located in Avenida Bernardo O’Higgins 3848, Santiago. Telephone (56) (2) 779 13 85
Terminal Los Héroes
Located in Tucapel Jiménez 21, Santiago. Telephone (56) (2) 696 90 87
Located in Avenida Bernardo O’Higgins 3714, Santiago. Telephone (56) (2) 776 10 38
Terminal San Borja
Located in San Borja 184, Santiago. Telephone (56) (2) 776 06 45
Located in Amunátegui 920, Santiago. Telephone (56) (2) 671 21 41
Taxis in Santiago are available at any hour. They are painted black with a yellow roof for easy recognition. All have a registration number and a taximeter which shows the distance covered.
Collective taxis run on specific routes through Santiago. They carry fewer passengers than a bus, and you can get in or out anywhere on the route. The price is more expensive than an urban bus, but cheaper than traveling in a taxi.