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By | 16th January 2018

Should you rent a car in Santiago?

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The city of Santiago itself is one of the largest in South America, with the population of the metropolitan area now heading towards the 7 million mark.

Do you need a car in Santiago de Chile? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Why should you rent a car in Santiago de Chile?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Santiago de Chile?

Santiago de Chile Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

90%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€150

 #176/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €190

124/300

 

Free parking score

Total 569 - of which 196 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

34%

#183/300

 

Should you rent a car in Santiago?

Public transport in Santiago is nothing to write home about, but it is still one of a small handful of cities in South America to have a metro system, and the city also has a reasonably widespread network of rapid bus lanes, so getting around isn’t a great problem.

Yet we think that the chances are that if you have come to Santiago in the first place, you really want to head onwards and explore some of the amazing scenery that Chile has to offer, with breathtaking variety stretching from the fjords along the Pacific coast to the mountain ranges of the Andes, and then on further still to the arid landscapes of the Atacama desert. The roads in Chile are reasonably safe by South American standards, and the sheer range of open country that can be explored relatively soon after leaving the Santiago urban area makes this a great destination for a road trip.

However, don’t automatically assume that if you want to see everything that Chile has to offer, keeping a hire car for the whole period of your stay will be a wise option. For heading north, there’s no doubt about it, you need a car to have the freedom of the Atacama desert, or of greener areas as you head towards Peru.

Why not? Visiting Santiago de Chile without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Santiago de Chile public transport quick facts

Train score

 

10%

Water travel score

20%

Overall public transport score

60%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

30%

In the south, a rental car is going to be of little use, simply because the great national parks in this part of the country – from Laguna San Rafael through Bernado O’Higgins, and then down to Torres Del Paine or even Alberto Agostini right up to Cape Horn itself all have few if any roads to drive on.

To visit the spectacular Torres Del Paine National Park, you will need to head towards Puerto Natales, one of several destinations in southern Chile that are best reached via Argentina. Taking a rental car across the border, even if you are planning on bringing it back into Chile is going to cause a lot of headache in terms of paperwork, not to mention the border queue itself.

You can fly to Puerto Natales during the summer season, although the flights are by no means cheap for the 3 hour service. From here you could pick up a rental car, or take local bus services, which will take you right up to the park gates.

Should you rent a car in Santiago? Yes.

Ratings

Car rental in - Santiago de Chile Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Santiago de Chile?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Santiago de Chile?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Santiago de Chile?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Santiago de Chile if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Santiago de Chile if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Santiago de Chile if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

6

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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

Would you hire a car in Santiago de Chile?

Have you driven in Santiago de Chile? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Santiago de Chile?
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