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Cheap flights to Santiago

What's Santiago like?

Santiago is the perfect introduction to Chile. Home to around 40% of the country's population, you can experience its diverse cultures and cuisines by wandering its eclectic neighbourhoods, or trace its history along the The Santiago Heritage Route and at museums in Centro.

The 722-hectare Parque Metropolitano brings nature into the city, or you can head out on excursions to Andean valleys and nearby wine regions.

Which airlines fly to Santiago?

You can take a direct flight from Auckland to Santiago with LATAM Airlines Chile.

From other New Zealand cities, you'll first have to connect at Auckland with Air New Zealand or Jetstar.

How long is the flight to Santiago?

Auckland to Santiago

11 hours 5 minutes (direct)

Christchurch to Santiago

14 hours 20 minutes (1 stop)

Queenstown to Santiago

14 hours 50 minutes (1 stop)

Wellington to Santiago

13 hours 35 minutes (1 stop)

What is the best time to visit Santiago?

Summer (January and February) is Chile's peak tourism season, but it's also when most Santiago locals take their holidays, which can actually make the city less busy. Spring and autumn have the most comfortable temperatures, while winter (June to August) is popular with skiers.

Do I need a visa for Santiago?

No. New Zealand passport holders can travel in Chile for up to 90 days visa-free.

How expensive is Santiago?

Santiago is a much cheaper place to travel and live than New Zealand, from food and drink to transport. The national currency is the Chilean peso (CH$), with approximately 440 pesos to the NZ dollar.

Arriving in Santiago

Santiago Airport (SCL), officially known as Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, can be reached on a direct flight from Auckland. The airport has a single terminal for all flights, with arrivals and baggage claim on the ground floor.

You can take out pesos and sample the local cuisine from a total of 21 cafes and restaurants or head straight to ground transport. Turbus and Centropuerto buses take 30 minutes to reach Las Rejas Metro Station in the city centre and cost CH$1700. You can also take a VIP shuttle transfer or a taxi, which run on the meter and shouldn't cost much over CH$20,000.

Useful tips about Santiago

If you want to see the real Santiago during your visit, and need an excuse to try out your Spanish, there's no better place than at the markets (mercados). The busiest are Mercado Central, La Vega and Tirso de Molina.

If the bustle of the city gets too much, take a day trip to Valparaiso for a more laid-back artistic vibe and lively night spots.

To see a very different side of Chile, consider taking the 3,700-kilometre flight from Santiago to Easter Island, one of Skyscanner's top 10 holiday islands.

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Please note: all information is correct as of October, 2017.

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