"By BUS or by TAXI from Santiago to Valparaiso ?" Top 5 Page for this destination South America Transportation Tip by globetrott
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This is a standart-question in the Chile-forum and this is the answer:
According to my guidebook there is an efficient and fast public bus-service from Valparaiso to Santiago de Chile and vice versa. the ride takes just about 90 minutes and the buses are quite comfortable as well. 6 $ / 5 euros is the fare for one way. The buses are leaving in Santiago next to the subway-station Universidad and in Valparaiso they are ending next to the Parliament-building and it would be the best to take a taxi for the remaining 800 meters or so to the cruiseship.
Yes, you can walk as well, but have to get across several roads with heavy trafic and (hopefully) a taxidriver will know where to take you, while for ordinary tourists the place to enter the ships in Valparaiso is not always really clear, because the place to enter the ships is about 3km from the ships-port !!!
Compared with the transportation by private taxi (126 euros one way), the buses are really cheap !
I had such a taxi booked in advance by my travel-agent and there was a driver only speaking spanish and a seperate tourguide, speaking excellent german, explaining a bit of the landscape, BUT somehow I would have prefered to have an ordinary taxi.
That was the only offer that was made by the tour-agency in Germany that had organized my cruise from Valparaiso and I accepted it in order to be on the safe side and spare some time to get to the cruise without a lot of hassle and stress.
Driving-time is 1,5 hours, almost all of the way you will drive on the highway and the best is that they will take you directely from your hotel to the cruise-port, make sure your luggage is taken over by the right people etc---
I asked about other possibilities of such a transfer and also at the hotel-reception of Hotel Majestic in Santiago the price of 126 euros would have been the same for a taxi ordered the night before my departure.
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