Read our helpful guide to flying from Australia to Chile and what to do once you get there.
You can fly to Chile direct from Australia in just over 12 hours. Here’s everything you need to know about bagging the best direct flights and how to navigate your way from the airport to your final destination once you touch down.
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- Who flies to Chile? Qantas and LATAM Airlines, with Qantas running direct flights to Santiago from both Sydney and Melbourne. The former takes 12 hours 40 minutes; the latter takes 13 hours 15 minutes with a stop in Auckland. Flights from other Australian cities are available via Sydney and Melbourne.
- What are the major airports to Chile? Santiago is the capital of Chile and its main airport is Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. The airport is located in Pudahuel, 16km from Santiago’s centre.
- What airport transfer options are available? A controlled taxi system called Via Controlada operates from Santiago airport. You can get taxis from the ground transportation desk in the luggage claim area. Blue taxis are for tourists. They operate fixed charges to set destinations. Tourists pre-pay the fare at the desk and get a voucher for their taxi, which they then pick up from the Via Controlada area. Uber is also in operation at the airport. Uber drivers pick customers up from the meeting point outside Door 5 of the airport and charge about AUD$12-15 for a trip to downtown Santiago. Another option is to pre-book an airport shuttle with a company like Viator. Public transportation can also get you from the airport to the city centre. TurBus Aeropuerto and Centropuerto are the companies that provide the bus service from the airport. A one-way adult bus ticket costs about CLP1,800 (AUD$3.90).