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Old June 7th, 2012, 10:28 AM
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Can anyone share personal experience about transfer from Santiago to Valparaiso by bus? Cost? Trip length? Stops between the two places? And most importantly, would you recommend that form of transportation?

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Old June 7th, 2012, 08:07 PM
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We did not take the bus, we used a private tour operator, the Van Man. We were pleased.
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Old June 17th, 2012, 11:05 PM
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I took the Turbus from Santiago to Vina Del Mar last December. Valparaiso would be the same deal.

I had been staying in Santiago for several days and just took a taxi to the Parajitos bus station. Inside, there are separate areas for Pullman and Turbus. I went to the Turbus side, stood in line for maybe 5 minutes and got a ticket and seat reservation for the next bus to Vina Del Mar for 3800 CLP (about $7.50). You may be able to get tickets in advance from the website, but it is all in Spanish. I believe you can also start at Alameda.

There are several buses per hour, so I didn't have long to wait. You give your bag to the guy loading the luggage and tell him where you are going ("terminal" seemed to work OK) and take your seat. We stopped briefly at a couple of suburban places in Santiago where some people got on, then it was mostly freeway to Vina Del Mar, where we stopped a couple of times to set people down before reaching the terminal. The journey took a bit over an hour. There are taxis on the right as you exit the Vina Del Mar bus terminal.

Overall, it was a very straightforward and inexpensive transfer. I'd do it again.

I went to Vina Del Mar rather than Valparaiso because that was where I had decided to stay before my cruise (I wanted to visit the Museo Fonck to see the Easter Island stuff). From Vina Del Mar, I used the Merval (subway/light rail) to visit Valparaiso. The Merval terminus in Valparaiso (Puerto) is near where the ships dock, but the actual entrance to the cruise ship terminal is a couple of stops earlier (Baron). The Merval isn't that convenient if you have luggage (it's a subway in Vina Del Mar with stairs for access, and it's a bit of a hike from Baron to the cruise terminal) so I used a taxi to get to embarkation.

The bus terminal in Valparaiso is said to be in a seedy area, but my taxi to the ship went by there (language problem) and it seemed OK with plenty of taxis.
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Old June 18th, 2012, 09:32 AM
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Can anyone share personal experience about transfer from Santiago to Valparaiso by bus? Cost? Trip length? Stops between the two places? And most importantly, would you recommend that form of transportation?

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We used a private tour company that included a stop at a vineyard (from Valpo to Santiago).
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Old June 18th, 2012, 08:04 PM
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Thanks for responses.

We'll actually be spending one night in Santiago - at the end of a Machu Picchu tour (flying from Lima to Santiago). By the following morning, think we'll just be ready to head to Valparaiso to catch back up with our ship.

Shuttles will have us waiting till afternoon to get back .
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Bus travel in Chile is very good, reliable and pretty safe. Santiago has a huge bus station while the one in Valparaiso is relatively small. Just watch your bags. Plenty taxi as you exit to retrun to the ship
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We did not take the bus either. We used a private tour operator, Leonardo Cuzmar http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/18148075-post2.html with a lunch stop along the way and sightseeing in both cities + Viña Del Mar.
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