Discussion in 'Chile' started by Dnatbutton, Mar 9, 2011.
Personally I like Train between Santiago and Chillan. (250miles/400km). It's fast and mostly reliable.
None the less, Passenger trains, which have been pushed out of the market by the competition from superb buses (check turbus.cl and pullmanbus.cl ) and by a lack of timely investments for modernization, only run from Santiago south until Chillan (approx. 250miles).
Compared to the bus, there are few trains leaving during the day, but - for a similar price - they offer more space and services (bar, restaurant). All trains leave from EstaciÃ³n Central (subway station) where you can easily get by the subway.
There is fast and reliable light rail service called Metrotren 40 times a day between Santiago and Rancagua, eight times a day to San Fernando.
Train Reservations: efe.cl, ph. (+56) (2) 3768500
When I was travelling around the south (Patagonia) I couldn't find much in the way of train service. The buses however are plentiful and the service is easy to figure out.
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