Metro de Santiago: Tips, Information, and Schedules
Metro de Santiago: In this post, we are going to talk about the Santiago metro: how to use it, fares, opening hours, and some additional tips so you don’t have any surprises during your trip to the Chilean capital.
The city of Santiago has more than 6 million inhabitants and one of the ways that the population of the city finds to get around is through its efficient metro system. Although it looks small, the Santiago metro is over 100 km long and has 108 stations that are divided between 5 lines.
The current metro system has 5 lines that are identified by number and color. Line 1 (red) takes the route San Pablo <-> Los Dominicos, line 2 (orange) takes the route Vespucio Norte <-> La Cisterna, line 4 (dark blue) takes the route Tobalaba <-> Plaza de Puente Alto, line 4A (light blue) takes Vicuña Mackenna <-> La Cisterna and line 5 (gray) takes Plaza de Maipú <-> Vicente Valdés.
The Santiago metro is very easy to use. It is very similar to the systems that exist in Brazil where the stations do not have many connections and it is easy to find each other, with each side of the platform going in one direction. If you passed a station, you can return without having to pay a new fare. If you are still in doubt, on the Santiago metro website you will find a trip planner that helps you plan a route between two points in the best possible way.
Connection of Santiago Metro with Airport
There is no direct connection from the Santiago metro to Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. If you need to arrive in the city or at the airport and do not want to pay for a taxi that costs approximately 15,000 Chilean Pesos (R $ 60.00), there is a bus service called Centropuerto that makes the trip to Arturo Merino Benítez Airport <-> Centro from Santiago.
The Centropuerto bus stop is located just outside the airport and it is well identified. On the way to the center of Santiago, he will pass Barrancas metro stations on line 5 and Pajaritos, La Rejas, San Alberto Hurtado, U. de Santiago, Estación Central, ULA, and Los Heróes, all online 1. For those whom go from the center of Santiago to the airport, the options for points are slightly smaller: Los Heróes, Estación Central, U. de Santiago, San Alberto Hurtado, Las Rejas, and Pajaritos, all online 1.
The exit frequency of the Centropuerto is approximately 10 minutes and it works from 6 am to 11:30 pm for those going to downtown Santiago and from 6 am to 10:30 pm for those going to the airport. The cost is 1,450 Chilean Pesos for each route or 2,800 Chilean Pesos if you buy the round trip. Travel time is approximately 30 minutes.
How to Buy Ticket for the Santiago Metro
Most of Santiago’s tourist attractions are in the central region and you won’t be using the metro as often. Thus, the best option is to buy the individual tickets that can be purchased at the ticket offices of the stations. The price varies according to the time and day of the week:
– From Monday to Friday:
Peak Hours (7:00 am – 9:00 am and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm): 700 Chilean Pesos
Average Time (6:30 am – 7:00 am, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, 8:00 pm – 8:00 pm): 640 Chilean Pesos
Off-Peak Hours (6:00 am – 6:30 am, 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm): 590 Chilean Pesos
– Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays:
All Hours: 640 Chilean Pesos
It is important to mention that the amount you paid will be stored on the ticket and the reading will be done when you go through the turnstile, that is, if you bought a ticket during off-peak hours, did not use it and want to use it during peak hours, it will not work and you will have to pay the difference at the box office.
Santiago Metro Opening Hours
The Santiago metro runs from Monday to Friday from 6 am to 11:30 pm, on Saturdays, it runs from 6:30 am to 11:30 pm and on Sundays and holidays it runs from 8 am to 11 pm. The closing and opening of some stations vary slightly from the times above
Metro de Santiago website: https://www.metro.cl/