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Taking the bus from Santiago to Valparaiso
If you are visiting Santiago, there is absolutely no excuse for you to not visit Valparaiso! It is one of the shortest bus rides between major cities in Latin America and buses are filled with both travelers and commuters going to or coming from work. Besides, Valparaiso is colorful, cultural, and so deeply tied to the Chilean historical psyche, that not including it on your visit would be similar to visiting Germany but skipping Bavaria.
We’re going to cover some incredible places to see in Valparaiso soon enough, but before that try to answer all the questions you have about getting there by bus.
What should I expect of the buses between Santiago and Valparaiso?
In one word, class. Chile is one of the most developed countries in Latin America and has a high per capita income, so they have invested their wealth along the way into their public transportation system. This includes trains and ferries as well, but only buses operate between Santiago and Valparaiso – and it’s all you need.
Expect a cut above the rest in terms of quality if you’ve experienced buses in other parts of Latin America, although competing with Chile in terms of high-quality standards would be Argentina and Brazil, for sure. The weather is pretty mild in central Chile, so you don’t really have to be concerned with air-conditioning, but they are temperature-controlled. Windows are clean, electrical outlets work more often than not, loud music and action movies are not very common experiences, and onboard staff are courteous and professional. Chilean buses also tend to be more direct. They don’t make stops between the origin and destination, except in rare cases. Bathrooms on board are functional, but the trip is so short you will still probably prefer to wait until you get to Valparaiso. Seats recline to 140 degrees and are cleaned before each trip, and on longer trips, there are almost always VIP cabins for higher-paying customers.
How long is the bus ride from Santiago to Valparaiso?
Just 90 minutes by car, but buses take a slower clip, so safer to bet on two hours. Still, that’s amazingly close for two cities that are so very different from each other, one at the edge of the mountains and the other at the edge of the sea. Between them, you would think you would encounter a lot of urban sprawl, but that’s not the case at all. You’ll instead see farms and vineyards and a natural reserve and before long, you’re arriving in Valparaiso. Do make sure you listen to the driver carefully, as they may take a bypass road that first makes a stop in the posh sister city of Valparaiso, Vina del Mar (home to major festivals and international concerts), which is only fifteen minutes from Valparaiso and you can even walk or bicycle between them. Most buses from Santiago, however, will stop in Valparaiso first, and then on their way back go to Vina del Mar.
How much does the bus cost from Santiago to Valparaiso?
As noted earlier, this is more like a commuter bus trip, so you can expect fares as low as USD $5 and as high as $7. But don’t expect for that fare these to be city buses with hard plastic seats and people standing in the aisles holding on to metal poles. Not at all. These are long-distance buses that are very serene and padded, just being used for a very popular shorter long-distance route.
Do be aware that if it’s a weekend or holiday, massive amounts of people will be demanding the seats to get away to Valparaiso for some rest and relaxation or to get some fresh saltwater breeze in their hair. So do get your seats in advance by purchasing them online and take the worry away of seeing all the buses filled up that ruin your plans.
What are the bus schedules from Santiago to Valparaiso?
There are more than you can count, but that doesn’t mean seats are easily available. The supply for this route has a hard time keeping up with the demand, and in fact, bus companies enjoy the gain of just having enough seats and nothing empty in excess. Unlike many other Latin American routes, departure times for the Santiago to Valparaiso service don’t offer overnight travel. Departures range from 6 am to only 9 at night, meaning you will not be getting dropped off in Valparaiso in the vampire hours!
Where can I book bus tickets from Santiago to Valparaiso?
You have two options for purchasing a ticket for your trip from Santiago to Valparaiso.
Purchasing a ticket in person may take some time. Carry your bags down to the bus terminal and check the schedules and pricing at each ticket window. Unless seats have previously been reserved, you may be directed to another bus company to wait in their line. This could cost you an entire day of walking and waiting, and as a result, you will be grumpy. To be honest, you might get lucky and acquire one of the few available tickets right away (although probably not a very good seat).
Buying your ticket online with AndesTransit is vastly more simple and gives you back time to do more enjoyable things with your trip. You can view the schedules from the comfort of your own home or hotel, select the day and time you want to go, and then pay for it using our secure payment platform via credit card or PayPal. There will be no "adventures" at the bus terminal, trying to figure out currency conversion rates, or getting on the bad end of a miscommunication mishap due to a lack of comprehension of the local Spanish accent that ends up putting you on the wrong type of bus or worse, going to the wrong city.