Given that Chile is located on the southwest coast of South America, you will likely fly to Santiago, the country's capital city and location of its main International airport. You can also get here by road from neighboring countries -Peru, Bolivia and Argentina-, or by sea, arriving at one of the country's seaports.
Chile has seven international airports (located in Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta, Easter Island, Santiago, Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas). The largest is Santiago's airport, Aeropuerto Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez (SCL), which offers international connections to North and South America, Europe and Oceania. Seventeen airlines offer regularly scheduled flights from Santiago's airport, which also boasts a complete infrastructure of shops and restaurants, a Duty Free store and VIP lounges. It is easy to find a hotel nearby.
Three airlines also operate domestic flights to the country's main cities, which are serviced by seven international airports and 28 airfields.
By Bus or Car:
Getting to Chile by road means crossing one of the border passes between Chile and its neighboring countries.
From Peru, the single access point is between Tacna (Peru) and Arica (Chile) at Paso Concordia in the Arica-Parinacota Region.
You can enter the country from Bolivia in the Arica-Parinacota Region via Paso Visviri or through the altiplano via Paso Chungará-Tambo Quemado. Both connect with the International highway that runs between La Paz (Bolivia) and Arica (Chile). Three additional passes will take you to Iquique: Colchane-Pisaga, Cancosa and Abra Oriente de Napa. To get to Antofagasta, take the Paso Salar de Ollagüe and Portezuelo de Cajón, one of the most popular routes, as it runs through the Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia) and passes through San Pedro de Atacama and the Salar de Atacama salt flat (Chile).
If you are coming from Argentina, there are more than 50 border crossings from which to choose. The most popular are the Calama-Salta Route, the Copiapó-Tucumán Route via Catamarca, La Serena-San Juan, Santiago-Portillo-Mendoza, San Martín de Los Andes-Pucón, Lago Nahuel Huapi-Lago Frías-Lago Todos los Santos-Lago Llanquihue, and Osorno-Bariloche.
Chile's seaports, especially Valparaíso, attract cruise ships from around the world.