I love taking the buses here in South America. They are awesome. They are either lie down 180 degree seats, or semi lie down at 140 degree seats. Super comfortable.
And if you’re retiring cheap, then you have a ton of time on your hands and not that much money.
When I looked into heading to Chile, I thought of definitely using the bus.
Till I looked at the price!
The price was the same for the bus as the plane!
And the plane was 4 hours versus 24 hours by bus.
Ok. Plane it is.
After a quick flight on Viva Air (which was surprising good….) I was in Santiago,
There they have various options on how to get to downtown. Metered cab, Tourist taxi, buses, shared shuttles.
But, I wasn’t going to Santiago downtown. I wanted to head to the nearby town of Valparaíso.
Surprising there is a bus that leaves DIRECTLY from the airport to this town. No need to go into Santiago proper at all! Hurray!
Here’s how to get there.
1. Collect your luggage. The Santiago airport is reallllllly reallllly big, it’ll take you a while to get from the plane to the luggage. Also you’re going to have to go through customs, and security.
2. After collecting your luggage. Head to exit 6. This is called Salida 6.
3. Go to the Turbus office, it’s right there at exit 6.
4. Buy your ticket. It costs so little, that I thought they didn’t understand me.
6000 pesos is the equivalent of about $12 Canadian. They take credit card, and yes that includes American Express.
5. After getting your ticket, head outside. There are all these different areas for different types of transportation. Turbus has it’s own spot. Look for the sign.
6. Get on the bus, and enjoy an awesome ride to Valparaíso …. it’s about 2 hours and the highways are smooth and not bumpy
Hope this helps you on your goal to finding the best country to retire cheap. Stay on this blog to see if Valparaiso, Chile makes the list!