Practical Information

Practical Information in Santiago, Chile.


Getting to Santiago from the airport


Most of you will be picked up in the airport by a transfer. Nevertheless, the following information might be useful.

Santiago International Airport is located approximately 20 kms west of downtown. There are different options for getting from the airport to the city: airport buses, airport vans, and taxis.

Airport buses

There are two bus lines, Turbus and Centropuerto (all go to downtown). The buses leave in front of  the terminal. During the day they run frequently. Tickets are bought directly at the bus. They cost about 1500 Chilean pesos (about 3 USD). Once you arrive to Santiago you can use the subway (METRO; map). Most people get off the airport bus at the METRO station "Pajaritos" or "Ecuador" (line 1) and take the METRO to their final destination.

Airport vans

There are many vans that serve the airport (see below). One of them is Transvip. You will find the Transvip booth in the main airport terminal.


Inside the main terminal when you exit customs you will find official taxi booths. There you can arrange for a taxi to take you to your destination. The cost of a taxi depends on your final destination. To the Catholic University it is about 5000 pesos per person in a van or 15000 pesos per taxi. It is not common to tip the driver. Immediately upon exiting customs you will likely be approached by people asking whether you need a taxi. For your safety we recommend that you use the official transport offered by Santiago airport. Taxi booths are also at the first level in the central hall, and at national and international arrivals.

Radio Móvil Turbus: 24 hours every day.
Phone: (56 2) 677 3600

Taxi Vip: 24 hours every day.
Phone: (56 2) 677 3000

Taxi Oficial: 24 hours every day.
Phone: (56 2) 690 1381


Reciprocity tax

Citizens from countries which require visa for Chilean citizens (USA, Australia, Canada, Mexico) must pay a reciprocity tax before going through International Police. The current amounts are:

Australia USD 61
Canada USD 132
Mexico USD 23


Public transport in Santiago

Public transport in Santiago can be payed with prepaid cards (tarjeta bip!). They can be purchased in any station of the Metro. The cards cost 1200 pesos and each fare is 380-420 pesos. This is the only way to use buses. For the Metro also individual tickets are sold in the stations. The fare is the same.

Location of the meeting

The PASI 2012: Topics in percolative and disordered systems will take place at the AUDITORIO NINOSLAV BRALIC, Facultad de Matematicas, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. This is located at the  Campus San Joaquin of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chilee (Avenida Vicuña Mackenna 4860).  It is opposite to the metro station San Joaquin (Line 5).
Map of the Santiago subway system
There will be signs that guide you from the main entrance of the campus to Auditorio Ninoslav Bralic of the Facultad of Matematicas (see the map below).

San Joaquin campus map

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