Car Rental in Santiago de Chile
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Where to rent a car in Santiago de Chile
Being a major city, Santiago has many car rental companies that are present within the business district. Most of the car rental companies are settled along the Nueva Providencia Area, along the Av. Francisco de Bilbao, near Apoquindo, and along the Costanera Nte. A few can be found in the airport, while others can be found outside the city centre. Most of the car rental companies, especially local ones, bet on competitive prices, while bigger rental companies rely on their service and their vast range of car offerings and other services. Some of the companies located in central Santiago de Chile include Yourtruck Limitada, Rent a Car VIP, Chilean Rent a Car, First Rent a Car, major car rental company Sixt, and others. There are companies that specifically offer economical cars, while others offer newer sports car types. Some even offer trucks and limousines. Travellers should also ask the car rental companies if they offer pick-up and drop-off services from the airport and within the city centre, or if they accept online bookings. It is also important to know their phone numbers, so that travellers may contact them immediately. Most travellers prefer to book through phone as they can inquire first and ask for quotes before booking, although others choose to book online due to its efficiency.
What to expect when renting a car from Santiago de Chile
Santiago experiences light to moderate traffic most of the day, except during the morning rush. Roads are easy to drive in – formatted in grids – with well-marked and maintained areas that stretch from two to four lanes. Travellers should drive carefully along intersections though, and should observe the proper road etiquette. No tolls are to be expected on most roads here, except for the bigger Routes such as Route 5, Route 70, Route 78, and Route 57.
Getting to your destination
A major city, seaport, and educational centre, Valparaiso is an important destination in the country. It is a well-loved 'paraiso' that is home to charming, bohemian, and artistic scenes and lovely vistas. Multi-coloured establishments also makes it very picturesque, perfect for photo walks.
From Santiago, reach Valparaiso by getting on Costanera Nte. in Independencia from Enrique Mac Iver and Artesanos towards Route 68, all the way to Valparaiso. Tolls are to be expected.
Vina del Mar
Home to some great beaches, vineyards, and entertainment venues, Vina del mar is often called “La Ciudad Jardin” or garden city, due to its fresh feel. It is a stark contrast to Valparaiso's urban sprawl; a breath of fresh air on the coast.
Travelling on the same route towards Valparaiso, travellers may get to Vian del Mar by exiting from Route 68 to the Ruta 60 and the Autopista Troncal Sur towards the area.
Chile's capital and largest city, Santiago is an energetic, surprising, note-worthy area that is surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean coastal range. The city offers a glimpse of Chile's past with its Plaza de Armas, and its many colonial buildings.
From the airport, travellers may reach the city through Route 68, going to the southeast direction and through the Av Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins to Virginia Opazo in Santiago.