Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport Guide (SCL)

Airport info
Code: SCL
Address:
Casilla 79 Correo Aeropuerto Internacional, Santiago, Chile
Location:

Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport is located 15km (9.5 miles) northwest of central Santiago.

No. of terminals: 2 Dialling code: +56
Telephone:
(02) 690 1752/3.
Timezone: GMT -04:00
Map:
Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport map

Located a short distance from Chile’s capital, Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport is the county’s largest airport and is one of South America’s key transport hubs. Our Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport guide includes information on facilities, public transport options and nearby hotels.

Airport news

Plans for a new airport master plan are being considered, which include the possibility of new terminal buildings and a metro rail link to central Santiago.

Information

Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport has two information desks (tel: (02) 690 1752/3), one on the first floor (Arrivals) and another on the third floor (Departures). A tourist information centre is located in the arrivals area of the international terminal.

Transfer between terminals

The domestic and international terminals are housed in the same building and are internally connected by a passageway, lifts, stairs and hallways.

Driving directions

The best route from central Santiago is west on Avenida Libertador B. O’Higgins (which turns into Route 68), then right onto Circunvalación Américo Vespucio, where Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport is located. There are plenty of signs signalling the entrance to the airport.

From east and north Santiago, the best route to the airport is Circunvalación Américo Vespucio Norte.

From south Santiago, take the Circunvalación Américo Vespucio Sur northwards.

Public Transport

Public transport road

Bus: Two bus companies serve the airport and link to city centre destinations. The Centro Puerto bus (tel: (02) 601 9883; www.centropuerto.cl), which runs from both terminals, stops at the Los Héroes bus terminal (fare: CH$1,400), close to the Los Héroes metro station. The Tur-Bus (tel: (02) 822 7500; www.turbus.cl) stops at the Alameda bus terminal and central Santiago (journey time: 30 minutes; fare: CH$1,700).

Shuttle: TransVip (tel: (02) 677 3000; www.transvip.cl) minibuses offer a door-to-door service to destinations throughout Santiago. Representatives are stationed throughout the terminal and tickets can be purchased in the domestic and international arrivals areas.

Taxi: Taxi Oficial (tel: (02) 601 9880; www.taxioficial.cl), which are marked blue with 'taxioficial' identification, are available from outside both terminals. These run to destinations such as Providencia, Las Condes, Viña del Mar and Santiago city centre. Services are also offered by Taxi Vip (tel: (02) 677 3000) and Radio Móvil Tur Bus (tel: (02) 677 3600).

Terminal facilities

Money

Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport has banks, ATM machines and bureaux de change located within the terminals.

Communication

The post office is located on the first floor of the domestic area. Telephones and internet kiosks are situated throughout the airport.

Food

There are numerous bars, fast-food outlets, cafés, snack bars and restaurants at Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport.

Shopping

There is a large selection of shops at Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. These include gift retailers, book shops, newsagents, wine merchants, jewellery and handicraft stores, as well as duty-free shops in the international terminal and duty-paid shopping in the domestic terminal.

Luggage

Trolleys are free of charge in both terminals. A left-luggage service is in operation 24 hours a day in the international terminal (tel: (02) 690 1319). For lost property, call: (02) 690 1707.

Other

There is a pharmacy on the third floor of the domestic terminal and a medical centre on the first floor of the international terminal.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

A business centre equipped with a meeting room and café is located in the international terminal – this has videoconferencing, fax, internet and computer workstation services. In addition, a large meeting for up to 40 people and a press room are available for hire (tel: (02) 690 1752/3).

United Airlines, LAN Chile, American Airlines and Pacific Club all have VIP lounges in the terminal complex.

Meeting facilities are also offered at the nearby Holiday Inn Santiago Airport (tel: (02) 799 9900; www.holidayinn.com) and Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport (tel: (02) 296 41000; hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com) hotels.

Disabled facilities

The terminal complex is designed with visual, hearing and tactile facilities. These include wheelchair-accessible Braille lifts and telephones, bathroom facilities and lifts with speakers and emergency lights. Wheelchairs are available on request from individual airlines: passengers should inform their airline prior to travel.

Car parking

Short- and long-term car parking (tel: (02) 601 9168) is provided at Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. Short-term car parking is located directly in front of the terminal complex. The long-term car park is served by a shuttle service.

Car rental

Car hire companies at Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport include: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Econorent, Hertz and Rosselot. Car hire desks are located in both domestic and international arrivals areas.

Hotels

There is one hotel at Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, the 118-room Holiday Inn Santiago Airport, which is located immediately in front of the airport entrance. A small selection can be found in the near vicinity, while a greater accommodation choice can be found in Santiago. Our Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport guide offers the following accommodation options:


Hotel Diego de Almagro Aeropuerto

(02) 230 5600.

Hotel Diego de Almagro Aeropuerto is just five minutes' drive from Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport and it houses its own restaurant.

Avenida Américo Vespucio Oriente 1299, Santiago, Chile

Holiday Inn Santiago Airport

(02) 799 9900.

Boasting an indoor pool and a business centre, the 118-room Holiday Inn Santiago Airport is located immediately in front of the airport entrance.

Armando Cortinez Norte 2150, Santiago, Chile

Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport

(02) 296 41000.

A few minutes south of the airport via courtesy transfer, Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport offers complimentary parking, on-site dining and meeting/event space.

Avenida Americo Vespucio 1292, Pudahuel, Santiago, Chile
Edited by Gavin Haines
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