Car Rental at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015.
Where to rent a car at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport
Eight car rental companies are located within Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago, Chile. These car rental companies include major names Alamo/National, Europcar, Avis, Budget, Econorent, Hertz, and Rosselot. All car rental desks have various locations in the airport, which are in the first level of the Central International Hall, the Domestic Arrivals, and the International Arrivals. Most, if not all car rental companies are open 24 hours a day for the whole year, while some are simply open from 6:30 in the morning up to 10:30 in the evening.
What to expect when renting a car from Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport
Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport is located in Pudahuel, approximately 15 kilometres or 9.3 miles northwest of downtown Santiago, and 17 kilometres or 11 miles by car from the Santiago city centre. The airport is served by the six-lane expressway Costanera Norte (Exit #31). The expressway crosses through Santiago from west to east bordering the Mapocho river. Costanera Norte is also connected to the west, north, and northeast of Santiago via the Vespucio Norte Express Ring Motorway (Exit #18).
Driving around Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport
Santiago is served by a network of free flow toll highway connecting different parts of the city. The Vespucio Norte and Vespucio Sur highways surround Santiago in a full circle. There is also the Autopista Central – this is a part of the Pan American Highway and goes into the city north-south. The Costanera Norte starts from the airport to downtown Santiago as well as the wealthier areas of the city to the east where it branches into two highways. On the other hand, Santiago is also served by non-free flow toll roads which connect the city to other parts of Chile: Rutas del Pacifico (Ruta 68) to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, Autopista del Sol (Ruta 78) to Melipilla and San Antonio, Autopista Ruta del Maipo (Acceso Sur) to the south of the city, Autopista Los Libertadores to the border with Argentina via Colina and Los Andes, and Autopista Nororiente to Chicureo to the north.
Getting to your destination
Palacio de la Moneda is the seat of the President of the Republic of Chile. It also houses the offices of three cabinet ministers, interior, general secretariat of the Presidency, and the general secretariat of the Government. Tours are offered in the area for travellers who wish to explore this 1805-building up close. La Moneda can be reached via the Costanera Norte towards the Cardenal Jose Maria Caro in Santiago. Take the exit towards San Antonio and drive on to Moneda area.
The Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino is an elegant museum that is dedicated to the study and display of Pre-Columbian artworks and artefacts from Central and South America. It is located at the heart of the city, and is open from 10:00 in the morning up to 6:00 in the evening on regular days. Reachable within 20 minutes, travellers may drive to the museum by getting on the Costanera Norte to Santiago, and then going for the Autopista Central/Route 5. From here, take exit 1N and then take Agustinas to Bandera to reach the museum.
A small hill located at the centre of Santiago, the Santa Lucia Hill is a perfect escape from the bustling city. Manicured lawns and beautiful and artful buildings await here. Use the same route as the La Moneda Palace, although exit towards Ismael Valdes Vergara to the hills.