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Getting to and away from Valdivia

Most long distance buses leave from inside the Terminal de Buses, which is equipped with bathrooms, showers, shops, restaurants, call center, Internet access, tourism information booth, post office, luggage keep and ATM (MasterCard, Cirrus, Visa, Plus, American Express) (Anfión Muñoz 360, Tel.: 21-2212). Bus fares double in the high season.

Busing To and Away From Valdivia

To Villarrica / Pucón: Jac (4:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 8:25 p.m., $6, 3 hours).

To Temuco: $5-6, 2.5 hours – Cruz del Sur (hourly 6:45 a.m.-9:30 p.m.), Jac (hourly 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m), NarBus (8 buses 5:45 a.m.-7 p.m). Also Inter, TurBus, Pullman.

To Los Ángeles / Concepción: NarBus (10:45 a.m., 3:15 p.m., 11:15 p.m., $16, 5 hours

To Santiago: most buses leave 7:30-11:30 p.m., 10-12 hours – Línea Azul ($18-20), Cruz del Sur ($34-40), TurBus ($24-40), Pullman ($30), Cóndor ($22-50), Inter ($24), Jac ($40-68).

To Viña del Mar / Valparaíso: some Santiago buses continue to these destinations, e.g. Cóndor ($50)

To Osorno: $5-11, 2 hours – Cruz del Sur (hourly 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.), TurBus (9 buses 4:10 a.m.-5 p.m.). Also NarBus, Jac.

To Puerto Varas / Puerto Montt: $8-16, 3-3.5 hours – many services are the same as to Osorno – Jac (hourly 4:10 .m.-9:15 p.m.). Also Cruz del Sur, TurBus, NarBus.

To Ancud / Castro, Chiloé: Cruz del Sur (half-hourly 6 a.m.-5 p.m., $15 / $17), 6 hours / 7 hours).

To Quellón, Chiloé: Cruz del Sur (9:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2 p.m., $19, 8.5 hours)

To Panguipulli: Buses Pirehueico (Monday-Saturday every 15 minutes 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m., $5, 2.5 hours).

To Puerto Fuy: by way of Panguipulli.

To Coñaripe: by way of Panguipulli.

To Futrono: $4, 2 hours – Cordillera Sur (Monday-Saturday 9 departures 10:30 a.m.-8:40 p.m., Sunday 2:20 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 8:40 p.m.), Buses Futrono (every 1.5 hours 6:45 a.m.-7:50 p.m.).

To Lago Ranco: Intersur, Jac, Ruta 51.

To Llifén: Cordillera Sur (2:45 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:25 p.m., $5, 2.5 hours)

To Riñahue: Riñahue Sur.

Border Crossing To Argentina:

To Junín de los Andes / Neuquén (by way of Temuco): Igi Illaima (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 11:15 p.m., $36, 14 hours), San Martín (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 7:30 a.m., $34, 12 hours).

To Bariloche (by way of Osorno): San Martín and Andesmar (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 8:45 a.m., $30, 7-8 hours).

Valdivia Flights

Valdivia’s airport is Aeropuerto Pichoy, located 32 kilometers (19 mi) north of the city (Ruta 205, Tel.: 27-2295). Transfer Aeropuerto provides transport to the airfield (Tel.: 22-5533). LAN has twice daily flights direct to Santiago (from $100) (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 3-6:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Maipú 271, Tel.: 24-6490 / 600-526-2000, URL: Skyline doesn’t fly out of Valdivia, though it does have a ticket office in the city (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 3-6:45 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Schmidt 303, Tel.: 22-6280).

Boats to Valdivia

You can also sail into the city. Valdivia’s marinas are Club de Yates (General Lagos 1445, Tel.: 21-3028, URL:, Alwoplast (Camino a Niebla, Km 8, Tel.: 20-3200, URL: and Cabo Blanco (Avenida España s/n, Las Ánimas, Tel.: 21-0869).

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