As already mentioned in previous articles, numberless buses leave from different terminals in Santiago de Chile and it can be nerve-racking to find the right bus terminal in Santiago. Crossing the Andes and visiting Mendoza for the weekend is a great way to renew your tourist visa. Here’s how you can save same pesos on your next trip.
Travelling by bus is not always the cheapest way for cross-country travellers in Chile. But many passages will compensate you with astonishing views during the journey. Ticket prices fluctuate wildly at busy times of the year. You should not rely on finding a last minute offer when you buy your ticket right before departure. As always the early bird catches the worm. So buy in advance. Foreign passport holders cannot purchase tickets online. You have to show your passport to the agent. When transiting one can buy tickets for upcoming trips at the company’s ticket office in the bus terminals and don’t have to wait until you get to the city where you want to start your next journey.
Buses to Mendoza leave from Terminal de Buses Santiago also known as Terminal Sur. The terminal is divided in three sections. Go to the area where international tickets are sold. Many ticket booths have signs with the cities they service and its schedules. If you don’t see the prices just ask. Prices vary during high and low season as well as from company to company while the service and travel time is nearly the same. When you think you got a good offer, buy your ticket. Off-season deals start at about 13,000 CLP.
If you want to buy international passages, don’t forget to carry your passport with you! And of course, don’t forget your passport when you want to cross the border. 😉
Safe Travels! Pura Vida!