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There are 7 ways to get from Santiago to El Calafate by plane, shuttle, bus, train, bus and ferry or car

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Fly to El Calafate  •  8 h 59 min

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

$221 - $1,144

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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

$79 - $135

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Fly to Puerto Natales, bus  •  10 h 47 min

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

$124 - $986

Fly 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

$268 - $970

Train, bus  •  37 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Estación Central - Alameda to Chillan
  2. Take the bus from Chillán to Osorno
  3. Take the bus from Osorno to San Carlos de Bariloche
  4. Take the bus from San Carlos Bariloche to El Calafate

$88 - $146

Bus, bus and ferry  •  45 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from Santiago to Puerto Varas
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Puerto Varas to San Carlos Bariloche
  3. Take the bus from San Carlos Bariloche to El Calafate

$370 - $395

Drive  •  33 h 57 min

  1. Drive from Santiago to El Calafate 1656.9 miles

$280 - $420

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The cheapest way to get from Santiago to El Calafate is to bus which costs $75 - $140 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 59 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santiago to El Calafate. However, there are services departing from Santiago and arriving at El Calafate via San Carlos Bariloche. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 39 h 15 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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The best way to get from Santiago to El Calafate without a car is to train and bus which takes 37 h 18 min and costs $85 - $150.

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It takes approximately 8 h 59 min to get from Santiago to El Calafate, including transfers.

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Santiago to El Calafate bus services, operated by Andesmar, depart from Santiago station.

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The best way to get from Santiago to El Calafate is to fly which takes 8 h 59 min and costs $220 - $1,200. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $75 - $140 and takes 39 h 15 min.

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There is no direct flight from Santiago Airport to El Calafate Airport. The quickest flight takes 6 h 10 min and has one stopover.

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Santiago to El Calafate bus services, operated by Chalten Travel, arrive at El Calafate station.

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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 59 min

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

Aerolíneas Argentinas, LATAM Chile and two other airlines fly from Santiago to El Calafate every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Santiago to El Calafate via San Carlos Bariloche in around 39 h 15 min.

Airlines
Aerolíneas Argentinas
Website
aerolineas.com.ar
Flights from Santiago to El Calafate via Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini
Ave. Duration
9 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$420 - $1,500
Flights from Santiago to El Calafate via Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$420 - $1,500
Flights from Santiago to El Calafate via Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery, Ushuaia
Ave. Duration
10 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$420 - $1,500
Flights from Santiago to Rio Gallegos via Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery
Ave. Duration
10 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$460 - $1,100
LATAM Chile
Website
latam.com
Flights from Santiago to El Calafate via Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery
Ave. Duration
6 h 54 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$450 - $1,400
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
6 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$350 - $850
Flights from Santiago to Rio Gallegos via Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery
Ave. Duration
7 h 28 min
When
Monday to 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 26 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$480 - $1,100
Train operators
Tren Central
Phone
+56 22 585 5000
Email
contacto@trencentral.cl
Website
trencentral.cl
Train from Estación Central - Alameda to Chillan
Ave. Duration
4 h 43 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $35
Schedules at
trencentral.cl
Salon
$17
Preferente
$33
Bus operators
Turismo Zaahj
Phone
+56 61 241 2260
Email
zaahj@entelchile.net
Website
turismozaahj.co.cl
Shuttle from Puerto Natales to El Calafate
Ave. Duration
5 h
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
$16 - $26
Schedules at
taqsa.plataforma10.com.ar
Book at
taqsa.com.ar
Bed
$18 - $25
Semi Bed
$16 - $26
Turbus
Phone
+56 22 822 7500
Email
atencion_clientes@turbus.cl
Website
turbus.cl
Bus from Chillán to Osorno
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Schedules at
turbus.cl
2nd Class
$11 - $24
Premium
$28 - $40
1st Class
$29 - $45
Andesmar
E.T.M.
Phone
+56 65 229 0100
Email
contacto@busesetm.cl
Website
etm.cl
Bus from Santiago to Puerto Varas
Ave. Duration
11 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$39
Schedules at
etm.cl
LS Travel Group
Phone
+ 56 65 223 2424
Email
contacto@lstravel.cl
Website
triptopatagonia.travel
Bus and ferry from Puerto Varas to San Carlos Bariloche
Ave. Duration
11 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$280
Schedules at
lstravelgroup.travel

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Yes, the driving distance between Santiago to El Calafate is 2651 km. It takes approximately 33 h 57 min to drive from Santiago to El Calafate.

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LATAM Chile and Aerolíneas Argentinas offer flights from Santiago Airport to El Calafate Airport.

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There are 188+ hotels available in El Calafate. Prices start at $25 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Santiago to Santiago Airport is to Colectivo which takes 30 min and costs $10 - $45.

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