Santiago prices
BACKPACKER INDEX: US$34.87   
1000 CLP = 1.8 USD
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Santiago hotel prices

Hotel type
Price(USD)
Hostel bed
8.63 - 17.63
star
14.39 - 71.94
starstar
43.17 - 104.32
starstarstar
50.36 - 147.48
starstarstarstar
62.95 - 197.84
starstarstarstarstar
147.48 - 251.80


hotel seasons

With the area having such a long block of pleasant weather, hotels in Santiago usually have a high season that runs from September through April. January and February are considered the peak season, and when most of the locals are on their own holidays. Good deals are available during the colder months, from May through August.


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Santiago is a classic South American city with plenty to see and do, and good weather through most of the year. It’s also a popular stop of the way to other Chilean cities where you can see more colonial influence or participate in outdoor activities.

Also typical for South America is that Santiago can be quite a cheap destination for those on a limited budget who are willing to eat and drink like the locals. If you insist on an English-language menu and familiar foods from home then prices jump way up.

Hotels in Santiago have a wide range of prices, so those who are comfortable in hostels or basic hotels can find very appealing prices, while those who need more luxury won’t find things to be such a bargain.

Attractions and transportation are quite reasonable as well, so it’s not difficult to do everything on your list while staying on a modest budget.

Santiago attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Parque Metropolitano funicular Take a ride up to this popular metropolitan park. one-way 1.62
Pablo Neruda's Home One of the homes of Chile's most famous writer and poet is very popular with fans. adults 8.09
Museum of Pre-Columbian Art This is generally considered the finest museum in Chile, and perhaps in South America. (Closed for rebuilding after an earthquake) adults 5.40
students 1.80

Santiago Transportation prices

  Price range
(USD)
Taxi from airport to city center 25.18 - 32.37
Minivan from airport to city center 11.69
Bus from airport to Metro station 2.43 - 2.61
3km taxi ride in Santiago 4.14 - 5.40
Metro or bus ride in Santiago 1.06 - 1.19

Santiago food and drink prices

Food type   Price
(USD)
Budget breakfast A simple breakfast consists of marraqueta (local bread) and eggs with nescafé at a modest restaurant. 2.16 - 2.88
Budget lunch Local dishes like stews or chicken and rice are fairly cheap. International dishes cost quite a bit more. 2.88 - 4.50
Budget dinner Again, these prices are for the hearty food the locals eat, rather than fancier places with English-language menus. 4.32 - 6.29
Beer (liter) Cheap beer is served by the liter, with cups for everyone in your group. 2.16 - 3.24
Bottled craft beer Those wanting something other than the local suds will pay quite a bit more for it. 4.32 - 5.40
Wine or cocktail (glass) Decent local wines and pisco sour cocktails are widely available. 2.70 - 3.60
Pastel de Jaiba This creamy crab bisque/stew is one of Santiago's popular signature dishes. 8.99 - 12.59
Completo hot dog meal This is a hotdog with mayonnaise, tomatoes and avocado on it, the version with shredded beef (same price) is called an As. 1.26 - 2.16
Wine (bottle) Decent red wine by the bottle is cheap, and paying more usually gets better quality. 3.96 - 5.40

Santiago Miscellaneous costs

Name Description Price(USD)
Cigarettes This is for a pack of 20. Packs of 10 are also available. 2.88 - 3.24

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Santiago facts

Population 5,300,000
Metro area 7,200,000
Time zone UTC-4
Currency Chilean peso
Airports Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL)

Avg temps & precip

english
metric
Hi F Lo F Precip Inch
Jan 86 55 0.0
Feb 84 54 0.0
Mar 80 51 0.1
Apr 74 46 0.4
May 66 43 1.7
Jun 59 39 2.8
Jul 55 35 3.4
Aug 61 39 2.0
Sep 66 43 0.9
Oct 72 47 0.5
Nov 78 50 0.4
Dec 83 54 0.1

Weather Advice

From October through April Santiago experiences warm days and very little rainfall, with rather hot summers in the middle from December through February. June through August brings the cooler rainy season, though it’s rare to get significant rainfall in a short time.

Sunrise and sunset

  Sunrise Sunset
21 Mar 7:47am 7:52pm
21 Jun 7:46am 5:43pm
21 Sep 6:34am 6:38pm
21 Dec 6:30am 8:52pm