Stuck on a Santiago layover at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL) in Chile? The airport is the hub of Lan Chile and is the country’s largest airport. Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez is located in Pudahuel, roughly 11 miles from downtown Santiago, which makes the city an accessible destination for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Santiago layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck in the airport during your Santiago layover, there’s plenty to do. The airport offers shopping – both regular and duty free, as well as bars and restaurants, and a number of services including a nail salon, Massage Express, a dentist, baggage storage, and currency exchange.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest during your Santiago layover, there are two hotels in Pudahuel right by the airport – the Diego De Amalgro Aeropuerto Hotel and The Holiday Inn Santiago Airport. If you’re looking for hotels in Santiago, click here for a comprehensive list with varying price points, and for hotels specifically near the airport, click here.
The airport also hosts the following VIP lounges:
Salón Admirals Club – American Airlines
Admirals Club Lounge American Airlines International Shipping Opposite gate 19, Third Level, Phone (56 2)601 1145
Salón Crown Room Club – Delta Airlines
Salón Crown Room Club Delta Airlines Embarque Internacional Frente Gate 18, Phone (56 2) 690 1561
Salón Gabriela Mistral – Lan Chile
Salón VIP Gabriela Mistral Lan Chile Embarque Internacional Gates 18 and 17
Salón Pablo Neruda Lan Chile Embarque Internacional Gates 19 y 20, Phone (56 2) 565 8780
Salón Pacific Club
Pacific Club Hall National Terminal, Second Level, Phone (56 2) 690 1599
Pacific Club Hall International Terminal opposite Gate 20, Third Level, Phone (56 2) 690 1518
If you’re planning on leaving the airport during your Santiago layover, there are a number of transportation options. You can take a taxi (click here for the list of taxi services available), as well as Minibuses and buses. Car rental is also available at the airport.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions For Things To Do On A Santiago Layover:
If you’re limited on time, a tour might be the best way to fit in a bunch of Santiago’s sites. There’s many tours to choose from including everything from bus and segway tours to helicopter rides and food tours.
Cerro Santa Lucia
Located in downtown Santiago is Cerro Santa Lucia, a small hill with fountains and stairways where you’ll find a great view of the city. It is only advised to be visited during the day, for safety reasons.
Built in 1953, La Chascona was built by Neruda in honor of his third wife. The house also serves as a museum, showing the poet’s life.
Los Dominicos Handicraft Village
Roughly a ten-minute drive from Santiago, you’ll find Los Dominicos Handicraft Village, where there’s a large collection of Chilean handicrafts. A great place to wander or pick up gifts, here you’ll find everything from pottery to paintings and jewelry.
Museo de Arte Precolombino
The Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino is a museum dedicated to the artistic legacy of the pre-Columbian people of all the Americas, focusing on the cultural areas of Mesoamerica, Intermediate, Caribbean, Amazonian and the Andes.
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