Santiago Chile has good public transportation

Santiago Metro

Santiago Metro

Since the 1930s, Santiago's population has grown steadily, resulting in heavy traffic congestion and a chaotic mass transportation system. Planning for the construction of an additional underground system began in 1944, but it was not until the 1960s that the project received approval from the government agency. It was October 24, 1968 when the contract for the construction of a 5-line metro and an extension of 60 km was signed in 1990. Construction began on May 29, 1969.

The Santiago Metro went into full operation on September 15, 1975. At that time it was the only light rail system in Chile. Line 1 initially ran between La Moneda and San Pablo. After successive expansions, it reached its current length.

Line 2 was put into operation in March 1978. At that time she was between Franklin and Los Héroes. It was later expanded. Line 5 opened on April 5, 1997 to connect Bellavista de La Florida and Baquedano. It was later expanded in both directions. Line 4 went into operation on November 30, 2005. Line 4A, a branch line to line 4, has been fully operational since August 16, 2006. It runs between La Cisterna and Vicuña Mackenna.

The Metro Santiago had after the implementation of the Transantiago project of immense importance in 2007. As part of the new transport reform plan, the metro system has been renewed, expanded and improved for better service. After these efforts, the number of passengers increased significantly.

Travel times

The operating time of the Santiago Metro varies depending on the day of the week. From Monday to Friday, the system works from 5:35 a.m. to 12:08 p.m. On Saturdays the first train starts a little late at 6.30 a.m. On Sundays and public holidays, trains run from 8:00 a.m. or 9:00 a.m. (Line 1) until 11:46 p.m.

In order to be able to cope with a high number of passengers, the trains have very short time intervals. The subway system ranks 7th worldwide in terms of train frequency.

The ticket offices are open from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on weekdays. The ticket offices are open half an hour later on Saturdays and between 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays.

Find the metro timetable here.

Lines and stations

The system currently has five operational lines, namely Line 1, Line 2, Line 4, Line 4A and Line 5. The Santiago Metro trains are similar to the Paris and Mexico metros. Only the trains on Line 1 have air conditioning. Others use forced air circulation.

line 1

This is an east-west line, and it is shown in red on the Santiago Metro map. It is the oldest metro line in Santiago. It is also the busiest metro line in the world, carrying approximately 1.5 million passengers a day.

It is primarily an underground line that connects 27 stations along a 19.3 kilometer route. A transfer to lines 2, 4 and 5 is possible from this line. It runs between Los Dominicos Station and Pajaritos Station and covers the municipalities of Estación Central, Lo Prado, Providencia, Santiago and Las Condes. It takes approximately 36 minutes to take a ride along this line.

The main stations of this line are: Los Dominicos, El Golf, Tobalaba, Los Leones, Baquedano, Universidad Católica, Universidad de Chile, Los Héroes, Pajaritos, Neptuno, San Pablo

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Line 2

It is a north-south line marked in yellow on the subway map. The 20.7 kilometer route connects 22 stations. It leads from La Cisterna to Vespucio Norte. It offers connections to lines 1, 4A and 5 at various stations. It is also mainly an underground line.

This line take 897,000 passengers daily. The express service is offered on weekdays during rush hour. It includes the parishes of Santiago, Recoleta, La Cisterna and San Miguel. It takes about 30 minutes to do a full trip on this line.

The main stations of this line are: La Cisterna, Franklin, Los Héroes, Santa Ana, Puente Cal and Canto, Vespucio Norte.

Line 4

It is a northeast-southeast line and is indicated by the color blue. It serves 23 stations over a distance of 23.9 kilometers. It is partly underground, partly a viaduct. It leads from Vicente Valdés station to Tobalaba station.

Santiago Metro, Chile

From this line you can change to lines 1, 4A and 5. It includes the parishes of La Florida, Puente Alto, Macul, Peñalolen, La Reina, Nuñoa, Las Condes, and Providencia. A full trip on this line takes about 35 minutes. Express service is also available on this line.

The main stations of this line are: Plaza de Puente Alto, Sótero del Rio Hospital, Vicente Valdés, Vicuña Mackenna, Plaza Egaña, Príncipe de Gales, Tobalaba.

Line 4A

Line 4A is a south-southeast line and is indicated by light blue color. It leads from Vicuña Mackenna station to La Cisterna station. The route length is 7.7 kilometers and there are six stations along the route. It intersects lines 2 and 4 and serves as a connection between the lines.

Understandably, there is less traffic than the other metro lines. It takes approximately ten minutes to make a full trip along this line, which includes the parishes of La Granja, La Florida, La Cisterna, and San Ramón.

The stations connected to this line are: San Ramón, Santa Julia, Santa Rosa, Vicuna Mackenna, La Cisterna and La Granja.

Line 5

It is a southeast-southwest line and is indicated on the map by the color green. It leads from Vicente Valdés to Plaza de Maipú and connects 30 stations. The route is 30 kilometers long. From this line, passengers can transfer to lines 1, 2 and 4. It carries 39.5% of daily underground traffic.

It is partly underground, partly a viaduct. A full trip on this line takes around 45 minutes. Express service is also offered on this line. It serves communities namely La Florida, Santigo, La Prado, Maipú, etc.

The main stations of this line are: Vicente Valdés, Bellavista de La Florida, Ñuble, Irarrázaval, Baquedano, Santa Ana, San Pablo, Laguna Sur and Plaza de Maipú.


The system is continuously being expanded. At the moment there are two other lines under construction.

Line 6 will connect Providencia with Cerrillos. There are eleven stations along a 15.3 kilometer route. Line 3 connects La Reina and Huechuraba on a 21.7-kilometer route. There are 19 stops along the route. Line 3 can be extended to Quilicura in the northwest. Line 2 can be extended by a further 8.8 kilometers in the south. All of these expansions are slated to begin the revenue service by 2020. Another new east-west line, Line 7, has been proposed but nothing has been completed yet.

Santiago subway

Tariffs and tickets

As part of the Transantiago, an integrated local transport network, the Santiago Metro uses a tariff system that enables easy transfer from a subway to other public transport in the city. Transfer from the subway to a bus is free, but the return transfer is $ 20 (off-peak hours) or $ 100 (off-peak hours). The transfer should take place within two hours of the start of the first trip. A maximum of two transfers are allowed.

This transfer is done with a chip card called Bip! Map. You can buy this card in the ticket window. It costs around $ 1300 and can be topped up with up to $ 20,000.

Single tickets are also available, but they do not allow transfers. The price for a one-way trip does not depend on the length, but on the travel time. Transportation is $ 740 during rush hour, $ 660 during off-peak hours on weekends and holidays, and $ 610 during the late and early hours of low traffic. Students and seniors get a discount and pay only $ 210.

Further information on the tariff system is available here.

Facilities and services

For the convenience of underground users, the authority provides the following facilities and services:

  • Some stations have a bike rental center.
  • The stations are beautifully decorated with works of art and murals.
  • Each station has public telephones and information boards. Some stations also have televisions showing entertainment programs.
  • Police officers and private security guards are always present in the stations.
  • Some stations have libraries and passengers can borrow books with their ID card or foreign passport.
  • The stations offer parking and driving services.
  • In some selected stations you will receive a free WiFi service.


Before using the service, find out about the rules of the Santiago Metro.

  • Passengers should always stay behind the yellow line on the platforms, except when boarding trains.
  • You can only take your pet with you in a suitable cage.
  • The discount on the ticket price for seniors only applies to times outside of the rush hour.
  • Smoking, drinking and eating is prohibited in the stations, except in certain areas.
Santiago Metro


Here are a few tips to help you better enjoy your metro ride.

  • Theft and debt collection are very common on the Santiago Metro. Make sure you keep an eye on your belongings at all times. Always keep your backpack in front of you.
  • Don't worry if you run out of money. BancoEstado or Banco de Chile ATMs are available at each station.