Getting to Viña del Mar from Santiago
By Sydney Tong on July 14, 2017. Read time: 1 min.
Viña del Mar has miles of coastline, fresh seafood, and close proximity to Santiago. These characteristics are what makes Viña del Mar a favorite weekend destination for "Santiaguinos."
Getting to the coast is a cinch and involves a short metro ride and a 2-hour bus ride. This short trip to the port city costs about 5,000CLP (US$7) for a roundtrip ticket.
TurBus and PullmanBus are the two companies that go to and from Viña del Mar to Santiago. Tickets can be purchased online, at the terminals, or at any TurBus or PullmanBus office in Santiago. Buy tickets online if it is a holiday, weekend, or if you are traveling in a large group. December through March are the busiest months on the coast.
In Santiago, get off at metro station "Universidad de Santiago" (Terminal Alameda), or Los Pajaritos (Terminal Pajaritos), both are on line 1. I prefer to leave from Los Pajaritos because it is less crowded and traffic surrounding the station is not as congested. Buses to and from Santiago leave every 15-30 minutes. Buses arrive at Terminal "Rodoviario de Viña Del Mar" in Viña Del Mar.
If your bus isn't at the right gate, then it most likely changed. The gate that buses leave from changes all the time so check with your driver that you are on the right bus. Check the front of the bus for a sign indicating where it is going and the company.
The last train on the metro is at 10:45 pm (22:45), be prepared to take a cab or Uber if arriving later.
If you want to get to Reñaca, take a taxi, or an Uber. A taxi could cost 9,000CLP; I recommend taking an Uber because it is way cheaper, even during peak times.
Buses/trains/taxis travel between Viña del Mar and Valparaiso all day. Look for the buses with the sign that says Viña del Mar. It costs about 600CLP for a 20-30minute ride, depending on the traffic.
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