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Transfer Options from Santiago Airport to Valparaíso

Valparaíso, also known as the ‘Jewel of the Pacific’ is a major city, seaport, and naval base. It is also the second largest metropolitan area in the country. Located 120 Km northwest of Santiago and known for its colourful houses, cruise port, history, street art and bohemian life, and for being the home of the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. So instead of trying to find your way to this wonderful city from Santiago airport, we have all in information you need right here.

When travelling from Santiago airport to Valparaíso city, you have 2 transfer options; you can either take a taxi or a bus. The most comfortable and convenient option is to take a Santiago airport taxi, with an average fare of €180 (135,000 CLP), taking 1 hour 15 minutes to reach Valparaíso. Your second transportation option is to take the bus to Valparaíso; buses operated by TurBus, run twice a day from Santiago airport to Valparaíso and a regular one-way ticket costs €8 (6,000 CLP). This travel option takes around 1 hour 20 minutes, in normal traffic conditions.

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How to get from Santiago airport to Valparaíso by taxi

The fastest and most convenient transportation method from Santiago International Airport (SCL) to Valparaíso is in a Santiago airport taxi. Santiago airport recently introduced the Vía Controlada system, which allows visitors to book their taxis on arrival, avoiding scams and unauthorised taxi operators around the airport. The Vía Controlada desk is located on the first floor at the airport. You can easily find the official airport taxi rank by following the black and yellow signs to the designated rank. The journey to Valparaíso takes around 1 hour 15 minutes for the price of €180 (135,000 CLP).

Taxi fare from Santiago airport to Valparaíso

If you choose to take a private transfer from Santiago airport to Valparaíso, the price might be quite expensive, however, this option offers a door-to-door service in the comfort of a private vehicle. Taxis in Santiago calculate their fares using a taximeter, so based on the time and distance travelled, meaning that the standard taxi fare to Valparaíso, for a regular sized car, is approximately €180 (135,000 CLP). Please remember that prices may vary depending on the time of the day, holidays or traffic conditions.



Trip Duration

1 H 15 Min.

*Rates may vary unless you book your taxi in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis at the airport are available 24/7, throughout the year.

Where do I get it from?

The official taxi rank at Santiago International Airport (SCL) is located at the main terminal exit. It is easy to find as signs are placed around the airport. Moreover, you can always get help at the Vía Controlada desk inside the airport, if you need assistance with booking a taxi.


Taking a Santiago airport taxi is an ideal option for those carrying lots of luggage or travelling with children. It offers a door-to-door service, taking you directly to your accommodation Valparaíso city, which is a great benefit, especially after a long flight. Taxis are available 24/7 throughout the year, and if you are not travelling on a tight budget, it is by far the best option.

Editor’s Note

It is important to get a taxi with the Vía Controlada system established at Santiago airport. It is very common for travellers to get scammed by unauthorised taxis at the airport.

Useful Tips

As the trip is quite long, it is recommended to book a private transfer beforehand, as you will be given a good fixed rate and your driver's pickup details will be sent to you the day before you land; this is the best stress-free option, especially when arriving at an airport you don't know.
If you don't want to pre-book a taxi, it is important to have a good level of Spanish to negotiate your taxi fare with the driver.
Always prefer fixed fare taxis to metered, especially for long trips like these.
Make sure to have the local currency on you before taking a taxi, as many vehicles do not have card machines.

How to get from Santiago airport to Valparaíso by bus

Your most afforable travel option to Valparaíso from Santiago International Airport (SCL) is on the TurBus. Although the service is direct, it is not as convenient as a private transfer as the bus only operates twice a day, at 09:50 and at 14:30 and takes around 1 hour 20 minutes to reach Valparaíso.

How much is a bus ticket from Santiago airport to Valparaíso?

A regular one-way TurBus ticket from Santiago airport to Valparaíso costs €8 (6,000 CLP) and can be booked in advance through the TurBus website (which is only available in Spanish). Alternatively, you can book your bus tickets at the TurBus counter, upon your arrival at the airport. The bus stop is located at Gate 6, on the first level at the airport.



Trip Duration

1 H 20 Min.

Traffic delays can significantly increase the travel time.

Value for Money

The TurBus only operates twice a day, at 09:50 and 14:30.

Where do I get it from?

The Santiago airport bus station is located right outside the main terminal exit. You can follow the bus signs around the airport.


Although the bus service offers a direct connection between Santiago airport and Valparaíso, there are only two bus departures a day making this option convenient only if your flight arrives around the same time as a bus departure. If you are unsure of your flight arrival time or you may be delayed, you will probably miss the bus you had pre-booked. Moreover, there have been complaints of lost or mishandled luggage, which can be very aggravating, especially at the start of a lovely holiday.

Editor’s Note

This option is only recommended if you do not have much luggage or if you are travelling in a small group. The limited departures can also be problematic for your transfer.

Useful Tips

It is advised that you account for extra time between your arrival at Santiago airport and your bus departure to Valparaíso.
If the option is available, and you wish to travel in complete comfort, you can book a premium bus seat on the TurBus.
Please note that you can only pay for your bus ticket in Chilean pesos.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Santiago. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How far is Santiago International Airport from Valparaíso?

The distance between Santiago airport (SCL) and Valparaíso is 106 Km.

How many transportation options are available from Santiago airport to Valparaíso?

There are 2 transportation options when travelling from Santiago airport to Valparaíso. You can either take a taxi that are available 24/7 at the airport, or a bus, which only operates twice a day from the airport. If you are willing to travel to Santiago city centre, there are buses to Valparaíso available from either Pajaritos or Alameda station, with buses leaving every 20 minutes.

How far is Viña del Mar from Valparaíso?

Viña del Mar is located 8.50 Km north of Valparaíso and a trip will take about 18 minutes.

Does Valparaíso, Chile have an airport?

No, Valparaíso does not have its own airport. The closest airport is Santiago International Airport (SCL), also known as Nuevo Pudahuel or Arturo Merino Benítez airport.

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