Getting to Santiago

Getting to Santiago


Santiago’s international air terminal is called Arturo Merino Benítez, which is informally known as “Pudahuel”.

Some cities with international airports and direct flights to Santiago are:

Latin America

  • Lima, Peru
  • La Paz y santa Cruz, Bolivia
  • Buenos Aires, Mendoza & Rosario, Argentina
  • Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Asuncion, Paraguay
  • Bogota, Colombia
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Panama City, Panama

North America

  • Mexico City, México
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Miami, Los Angeles, Dallas, New York and Atlanta in the USA


  • Sydney, Australia


  • Madrid & Barcelona, Spain
  • Paris, France
  • London, England

Airport Taxi

The average price of a taxi from or to the airport in Santiago is around CL$30,000. At the airport there are a couple of official transport companies with booths right outside customs. You may pay the fee at their booth using credit card before the service. It is best to hire one of these official taxis.

Shared Shuttles

Shuttle companies which offer a shared trip to town with a lower rate than a taxi also operate from the airport. Locals will identify this service as a “transfer”. Bellow you may access two of the companies that operate from the airport. There is no need to book beforehand.

ATMs and Exchange Offices

At the airport you will find ATMs (usually identified as Redbanc)and exchange offices. Most international credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard operate in Chile.

Chilean customs policy

Please note that Chile has very strict customs policies regarding organic items. It is fine to bring processed food such as chocolates and candy, but you shouldn’t bring raw fruits or vegetables, seeds, or animal products. On the aircraft, you will be given a form to declare any products that could be banned from entry to the country. If in doubt, declare. Below are two links for further explanation.