Finding your way around
The vast majority of international flights arrive at the Aeropuerto de Santiago (tel. 56 2 6901752, www.aeropuertosantiago.cl), located 26km northwest of downtown Santiago.
All trains leave from the Estación Central, located on Alameda3170, about 3km west of the city centre There is also a downtown ticket counter in the Universidad de Chile metro station (local 10).
Terminal Alameda (Alameda 3750) and Terminal Buses Estación Central (Alameda 3850) are located a short distance west of downtown. They are directly linked to the Universidad de Santiago metro station.
The city centre tends to be very congested on weekdays, and not just at rush hours. Taxis or public transport often make more sense.
Santiago's urban railway, called the metro, is one of the most pleasant mass transit systems in the world. Its stations are bright and airy, with many featuring elaborate tile artwork, and its trains run on rubber tires. Santiago's bright yellow-and-white buses are a local landmark. Many hundreds of routes connect the distant corners of the city, seemingly running more in competition than in coordination with the metro.
Thousands of taxis ply the streets of Santiago, at fares that are higher than the Latin American average but lower than those found in most of North America or Western Europe.
The distances within the city centre and certain other parts of Santiago are amenable to walking, with several main downtown streets only open to pedestrians.