Travel Budget for Santiago

Region Metropolitana de Santiago, Chile

How much does it cost to travel to Santiago?

How much money will you need for your trip to Santiago? You should plan to spend around CL$106,532 ($133) per day on your vacation in Santiago, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, CL$9,968 ($12) on meals for one day and CL$4,133 ($5.17) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Santiago for a couple is CL$168,603 ($211). So, a trip to Santiago for two people for one week costs on average CL$1,491,450 ($1,864). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Santiago for one week usually costs around CL$745,725 for one person. So, a trip to Santiago for two people costs around CL$1,491,450 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs CL$2,982,899 in Santiago. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Santiago can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Santiago?

How much does a trip to Santiago cost? Is Santiago expensive? The average Santiago trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Santiago prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Santiago can vary, the average cost of food in Santiago is CL$9,968 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Santiago should cost around CL$3,987 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Santiago is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in Santiago is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent CL$4,133 per person, per day, on local transportation in Santiago.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Dec 18, 2019
Flights to Santiago

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How much money do I need for Santiago?

Typical travel prices in Santiago are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Santiago. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Santiago can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

  • Metro Ride
  • Laundry
  • Empanada
  • Hamburger
  • Hostel
  • Dinner
  • Water

Typical tour prices for Santiago

How much do tours to Santiago cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    12 days
    $ 1675
  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    13 days
    $ 2425
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    10 days
    $ 1475
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    14 days
    $ 4875
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Santiago On a Budget
Santiago Santiago, Chile
Santiago is the capital city of Chile. It is centrally located in the long and narrow country, making it a good jumping off point to explore everywhere else. It's convenient location means that you can go skiing in the Andes one day, and hang out at the beach the next.

Santiago has a cool semi-arid climate that is similar to Mediterranean climates. The summers, which are between November and March, are warm and dry. The temperatures climb to around 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The winters, between June and August, are humid with cold mornings. The daily highs are around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows stay a few degrees above freezing. Rain is more common in the winter months and the dry season is between December and March.
Santiago has no shortage of sights. Notable landmarks around the city include La Chascona, La Moneda Palace, Teatro Municipal, Iglesia y museo de San Francisco, and Palacio Cousino. Museums and cultural centers include Centro Cultural Palacio de La Moneda, Centro Cultural Matucana 100, Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral, Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos. Parks are also abundant around town. Some of the best are Parque Metropolitano, Parque Forestal, Cerro Santa Lucia, and Parque Bicentenario. Plaza de Armas is the city's main plaza. This is where you'll find the national cathedral and the main post office. It's near the Central Market and has some interesting restaurants nearby.
Santiago's metropolitan area has a population of more than 7 million. There are many different neighborhoods, or barrios to explore. Some of the more interesting ones for tourists include Providencia, Bellavista, Nunoa, Lastarria, Barrio Brasil, and Parque Bustamante. Providencia is an upscale area with many restaurants and shops. Bellavista is known for its nightlife and street art. Nunoa is a quieter neighborhood that's a great place to grab a relaxing dinner. Lastarria has quaint cobblestone streets and European architecture. Barrio Brasil has a good number of affordable bars and restaurants with great happy hours and Parque Bustamante is a tree-lined park that makes a great refuge from the big city.

Santiago is conveniently located near many activities. This makes it a perfect base for day trips outside of town. There are a range of outdoor sports that you can enjoy just a short drive away including mountain climbing and skiing. There are also wineries that you can tour. Other activities in town include city food tours, shopping, and organized bike tours. Perhaps the most enjoyable activity is simply walking around the city's neighborhoods and taking in the personality. There is a diverse and fun vibe to many neighborhoods so it's fun to just throw out your itinerary and soak up the atmosphere.
Food and Dining
There are plenty of restaurants and bars all around town. You can generally make a good guess at the price and style based on the restaurant's neighborhood location. Food options generally include South American, European and seafood options among others. In the area surrounding Plaza de Armas there are a handful of great Peruvian restaurants. This area has become a popular gathering place for Peruvian immigrants and they have opened a variety of shops, food stores, and great restaurants. Outdoor cafes are also common around town and can be enjoyable places to grab a drink and relax a little.

Santiago Car Rental Prices
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Public transportation is the best way to travel around Santiago. If you're going to be in town for at least a few days then it's worth purchasing a bip!card. You can pick them up at any subway station and they can be used on both the subway and the bus, with free transfers during a two hour period. The metro and bus systems combine to make an efficient system for traveling around the city. The metro system has five lines and 94 stations. The buses are modern and reliable. If you plan to ride a bus at all during your stay, then you will be required to have a bip!card to pay for the ride, as cash is not accepted. If you're planning to travel outside of Santiago, having a rental car can be very helpful. Chilean Rent a Car is a decent company with reliable cars.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips

Free Walking Tour Santiago

By jess_lynn in Entertainment
Santiago, Chile offers a free walking tour of the central part of the city. The tour I believe starts at 10 am, you can look up the meeting spot online. It's called free walking tour Santiago. Tours available in English and Spanish. The tour is about 4 hours long. The leaders encourage tips at the end but they are not mandatory. Basically you give them what you can or think they deserve. 5000 pesos is what I gave them which is about 9 CAD. My group was about 20 people so don't feel like you are ripping them off.

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