Probably one of the easiest ways to navigate around the city, Metro of Santiago offers transportation to millions of people a day between their 118 metro stations. Running from 6:00 Am to 11:00 PM, this network is one of the most modern in Latin America and the second largest after the Mexico City Metro.
The metro of Santiago currently has 6 working lines and two additional lines that will begin construction throughout late 2019 and 2020. If you haven’t read our article about the Bip!, Santiago’s smart card that holds pay as you go credit for both metro and bus in the city, I would suggest you start there and then come back.
The metro of Santiago also has some special features that are worth mentioning. Here are a few that can make your time in the metro of Santiago more enjoyable.
There are currently 20 metro stations that provide this wonderful initiative throughout the network. You can rent up to 5 books completely free. Yes, that’s right, Free. All you have to do to sign up is have a Chilean ID and a proof address in Santiago. If your here for just a short visit, you won’t be able to get a free book but don’t fret, there are so many things to do in the city you won’t have time to read. You can get your books Monday to Friday from 9:00-21:00 and can return the books anytime at the book drop.
Musica a un Metro
This program was created to provide a stage for musicians to show off their talents. There are currently over 60 musicians who perform throughout the year on all 6 lines of the metro in Santiago. On their website, there is an interactive map where you can see which musician will be playing at your metro station.
Started in 1992, MetroArte Cultural Corporation was established by the Metro of Santiago to create a variety of artistic or cultural activities within the Metro stations. One of the most popular and interactive activities held annually is Santiago en 100 Palabras, in which people submit stories about Santiago less than 100 words. Currently, there are more than 30 metro stations with amazing art installed inside, and more to come with the growing of additional metro lines.
There are currently 9 metro stations where you can park your bike in a designated space for those who will continue their journey on the metro of Santiago. There are individual lockers which cost 300 pesos a day. Within the next year, the metro of Santiago hopes to open up 5 more bici metro.
Other Bus Terminals
If you want to continue traveling within Chile, there are many metro stations that are conveniently connected to the bus terminals of Santiago. On the Red Line 1, you’ll find the most popular is Universidad de Santiago which has two terminals (yes they are different), Pajaritos (for your travels to Viña and Valparaiso) and Estacion Central which also connects you the train system in Chile. If you want to head to Cajon de Maipo via bus, just head towards the green Line 5 and stop in Bellavista de la Florida. For more information about these terminals and how to choose the right now, don’t miss out on this article.
Travelers with Disabilities
While the country has recognized that not all metro stations have handicap-accessible elevators. Currently, all All stations made after 1990 are equipped and the remaining stations are being renovated so that the metro of Santiago is 100% accessible.
Exits and entrances are written in Spanish and in English, and you can always ask a metro worker or a fellow traveler for assistance. In case of emergency, just keep calm and follow directions from the intercom or a metro worker.
Please be aware of your surrounds. Cell Phones and cameras are the ítems most stolen in the metro. While Chile is one of the safer countries in Latin America, it is nowhere near being crime free.
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