There are 8 ways to get from Santiago to El Calafate by plane, shuttle, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly Santiago to El Calafate  •  8 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Santiago (SCL) to El Calafate (FTE) SCL - FTE

$223 - $1,145

Cheapest option

Bus via Osorno  •  37 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Santiago - Alameda Terminal to Osorno
  2. Take the bus from Osorno to San Carlos de Bariloche
  3. Take the bus from San Carlos Bariloche to El Calafate

$96 - $173

6 alternative options

Fly Santiago to Puerto Natales, bus  •  9 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Santiago (SCL) to Puerto Natales (PNT) SCL - PNT
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Puerto Natales to El Calafate

$126 - $987

Fly Santiago to Rio Gallegos, bus  •  12 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Santiago (SCL) to Rio Gallegos (RGL) SCL - RGL
  2. Take the bus from Río Gallegos to El Calafate

$265 - $964

Bus, bus to Mendoza, fly to El Calafate  •  14 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Santiago - San Borja to La Calera
  2. Take the bus from La Calera to Mendoza
  3. Fly from Mendoza (MDZ) to El Calafate (FTE) MDZ - FTE

$319 - $906

Bus, Minibus, drive  •  37 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Santiago to Puerto Varas
  2. Take the Minibus from Puerto Varas to Ralún
  3. Drive from Ralún to El Bolsón
  4. Take the bus from El Bolsón to El Calafate

$130 - $196

Bus  •  39 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Santiago to Bariloche Santiago-Bariloche
  2. Take the bus from San Carlos Bariloche to El Calafate Via El Calafate

$100 - $163

Drive  •  33 h 57 min

  1. Drive from Santiago to El Calafate 1656.9 miles

$280 - $420

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Santiago to El Calafate is to bus which costs $100 - $170 and takes 39 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santiago to El Calafate is to fly which costs $220 - $1,200 and takes 8 h 44 min.

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The distance between Santiago and El Calafate is 1882 km. The road distance is 2651 km.

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It takes approximately 8 h 44 min to get from Santiago to El Calafate, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santiago to El Calafate. However, there are services departing from PA448 - Avenida Matta Esq. / San Diego and arriving at El Calafate via Santiago - Alameda Terminal, Osorno and San Carlos Bariloche. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 37 h 6 min.

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Map of how to get from Santiago to El Calafate.
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  • Distance: 1176.1 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 44 min

What companies run services between Santiago, Chile and El Calafate, Argentina?

Aerolíneas Argentinas, LATAM Chile and Sky Airline fly from Santiago to El Calafate 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Santiago to El Calafate via PI345 - Parada 2 /, Santiago - Alameda Terminal, Osorno, San Carlos de Bariloche, and San Carlos Bariloche in around 37 h 6 min.

Airlines
Aerolíneas Argentinas
Website
aerolineas.com.ar
Flights from Santiago to El Calafate via Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery
Ave. Duration
10 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$420 - $1,500
Flights from Santiago to El Calafate via Cordoba
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$420 - $1,500
Flights from Santiago to El Calafate via Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini
Ave. Duration
10 h 50 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$420 - $1,500
Flights from Santiago to El Calafate via Mendoza, Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$420 - $1,500
Flights from Santiago to El Calafate via Montevideo, Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$420 - $1,500
Flights from Santiago to Rio Gallegos via Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $1,100
Flights from Santiago to Rio Gallegos via Cordoba, Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery
Ave. Duration
10 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$460 - $1,100
Flights from Mendoza to El Calafate via Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery
Ave. Duration
9 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $900
Flights from Mendoza to El Calafate via Cordoba
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$300 - $900
Flights from Mendoza to El Calafate via Cordoba, Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$300 - $900
Flights from Mendoza to El Calafate via San Carlos de Bariloche
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$300 - $900
LATAM Chile
Website
latam.com
Flights from Santiago to Puerto Natales
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$750 - $1,600
Flights from Santiago to Rio Gallegos via Punta Arenas
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$480 - $1,100
Flights from Santiago to Rio Gallegos via Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery
Ave. Duration
8 h 32 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$480 - $1,100
Flights from Santiago to Rio Gallegos via Punta Arenas, Mount Pleasant
Ave. Duration
9 h 6 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$480 - $1,100
Flights from Santiago to Rio Gallegos via Mendoza, Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery
Ave. Duration
10 h 27 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$480 - $1,100
Bus operators
Turismo Zaahj
Phone
(56) 61-2412260
Email
ZAAHJ@entelchile.net
Website
turismozaahj.co.cl
Shuttle from Puerto Natales to El Calafate
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $140
Schedules at
turismozaahj.co.cl
Taqsa
Phone
+54 800-333-1188
Email
info@taqsa.com.ar
Website
taqsa.com.ar
Bus from Río Gallegos to El Calafate
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
taqsa.plataforma10.com.ar
Book at
taqsa.com.ar
2nd Class
$12 - $18
1st Class
$13 - $18
Expreso Norte
Tas-Choapa
Phone
+54 261 431-2140
Website
taschoapa.cl
Bus from La Calera to Mendoza
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$31
Schedules at
taschoapa.cl
Buses Rio Puelo
Phone
+56 9-91230838 / +56 9-33681632.
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Puerto Varas to Ralún
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6
Schedules at
facebook.com
Chalten Travel
Phone
2962493022
Email
contacto@chaltentravel.com
Website
chaltentravel.com
Bus from El Bolsón to El Calafate
Ave. Duration
17 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $85
Schedules at
chaltentravel.com
Book at
chaltentravel.com
Bus from San Carlos Bariloche to El Calafate
Ave. Duration
19 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$65 - $90
Schedules at
chaltentravel.com
Book at
chaltentravel.com
Turbus
Website
turbus.cl
Bus from Santiago - Alameda Terminal to Osorno
Ave. Duration
10 h 20 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $65
Schedules at
turbus.cl
2nd Class
$20 - $40
Premium
$40 - $65
1st Class
$50 - $75
Via Bariloche
Phone
0810-333-7575
Website
viabariloche.com.ar
Bus from Osorno to San Carlos de Bariloche
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $17
Schedules at
viabariloche.com.ar
Book at
checkout.busplus.com.ar
Standard
$10 - $13
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