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Santiago de Chile Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Santiago de Chile Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Seats are very comfortable, but they keep on putting terrible music (mostly 80s and todays teenagers stuff) on a very very loud volume, all night long… Additionally, the place is very cold” – Scarlet

As you pass from the baggage claim to the main hall, beware of aggressive taxi drivers and their representatives who are known to grossly overcharge unsuspecting tourists. As the airport does nothing to remove them from the terminal, we suggest you ignore them from the start. Do not inquire about rates. They take this as a sign of interest and will not leave you alone. The really aggressive ones will follow you around the terminal. You can arrange a fixed-rate taxi at counters within the baggage claim area before passing through to the public area.

SCL Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Santiago de Chile Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport.

What to Expect

Santiago de Chile Airport (code: SCL) is divided into two terminals, Domestic and International, though they are housed in a single building.  A number of eateries are open 24-hours both on the landside and airside.  WiFi is available and there are mobile charging stations to keep you connected and fully charged. Economy class passengers who want a little more comfort can pay to enter several airport lounges, with showers available in a few of them. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and access information.

Santiago de Chile Airport Guide
Airside, International Departures (Photo Credit: SleepingInAirports / August 2013)

Sleeping in Santiago de Chile Airport

With frequent late-night departures and regional connections, overnight sleepers are the norm. It’s best to head airside for better sleep spots and warmer temps. Plus, most gate areas have armrest-free seats. Bring along your noise-cancelling headphones or earplugs to combat loud TVs and construction noise. A recent review (September 2019) mentioned heading to the yoga room (Airside, near Gate 15), although the room may be locked, you may luck in and have access to the yoga mats which are sometimes kept under the stairs (outside the room). Explore our guide to sleeping in Santiago de Chile Airport or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.   For uninterrupted sleep, head to the hotel on airport property or hop on a free airport shuttle to a nearby hotel.  See our Airport Hotels section below for locations.

Good to Know

If you’re arriving and looking for a taxi, get a fixed-rate taxi at counters in the baggage claim area. We receive a lot of complaints about aggressive taxi drivers and their representatives who wander the terminals, looking for fares and overcharging tourists. It’s best to ignore them completely – simply asking about pricing often results in them following you around, particularly if you’re alone or female.  If you do decide to use their services, make sure you get the quote in writing (count the zeros!) and have an understanding of Chilean currency, because there is a big difference between CLP 50,000 and CLP 500,000.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Santiago de Chile Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Santiago Airport Hotels

Quick Facts
  • Nearest Hotel:  At the airport
  • Sleep Cabins & Pods: No
  • Day Rooms: No
  • Nearby Hotels with Free Shuttles: Yes

When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair isn’t really doing it for you, there is good news for those of you who are looking to sleep at Santiago Airport in comfort.   While there is no transit hotel, a hotel is conveniently located across from the Arrivals exit.  Off airport grounds, a number of nearby hotels provide free airport shuttles.

At Airport Holiday Inn Santiago Airport Terminal – No airport shuttle. Located directly across the airport terminal.  » Check Rates

Near Airport Hotel Diego de Almagro Aeropuerto – (5 minutes from the airport) Free 24 hour airport transfer are available, every 30 minutes departing on the hour and half-hour. On arrival, proceed to the Trans VIP counter, on the Arrivals Level.  » Check Rates

Near Airport Hilton Garden Inn Santiago Airport – (9 minutes from the airport) Free 24 hour airport transfers. Shuttles run every 30 minutes between 6:00AM and 2:00PM (no reservation required). From 2:30PM – 5:30AM you must request a pick-up (free).  » Check Rates

Near Airport Hotel Manquehue Aeropuerto – (10 minutes from the airport) A free shuttle bus from the airport to the hotel is available.  » Check Rates

Near Airport City Express Santiago Aeropuerto – (10 minutes from the airport) A free shuttle service to and from the airport is available. Must be arranged in advance with the hotel.  » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Santiago Airport on TripAdvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

International Terminal

LATAM VIP Lounge – Location: International Terminal, Airside, Level 4, near Gates 14 and 15. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door.

Salon Andes – Location: International Terminal, Airside, 2nd Floor, Gate 17/18. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the door.

Passes  Salones VIP Pacific Club (International) – Location: International Terminal, Airside, near Gate 20A. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Passes  The Lounge – Location: International Terminal, Airside, near Gate 20A. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

National Terminal

Salones VIP Pacific Club (National) – Location: National Terminal, Airside, 2nd level, Gate 27. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Salon Condor – Location: National Terminal, Airside, 3rd Floor, Gate 24/26. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the door.

Passes  Primeclass Condor Lounge – Location: National Terminal, Airside, 3rd Floor, next to Gate 26. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Airline Lounges (members only)

Delta Sky Club – Location: International Terminal, Airside, near Gate 17. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Elite Status • Delta Sky Club Membership.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free unlimited WiFi is available at Santiago de Chile Airport connect to the “Nuevo Pudahuel” network to start surfing.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Location: unknown.

Banking Services – Santander Bank. Location: Airport Lobby, landside, 2nd floor. Hours: 9:00AM – 2:00PM Mon-Fri.

Book Swap – Just finished your book and in search for new reading material? Leave one of your finished books on the shelves and then choose a new book from the available titles left by fellow travellers! Location: International Terminal, Airside, near gates 12 – 14 • National Terminal, Airside, near Gate 24.

Chapel – Come here for meditation, prayer or solace. Mass is held every Sunday at 11:00AM Location: Airport Lobby, landside, 1st floor Hours: Open 24 hours.

Currency Exchange – Afex offers onsite foreign currency exchange. Location: Public Hall, 1st Level • Public Hall, 3rd Level, Door 5. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Duty Free and Shopping – Duty Free is available in 5 locations, all of which are open 24 hours. In addition, you will find a good variety of shops to pass the time, many of which are also open 24 hours including 5 convenience shops (The Brit Shop, Maxi K and Minimarket).

Food & Drinks – The following restaurants are open 24 hours a day:

  • Public Hall: Bakery & Co. (1st Level, Door 1) • Burger Truck (4th Floor, International Boarding) • Cerveceria del Norte (1st Floor, between Door 1 and 2) • Dunkin Donuts (3rd Level, East Roundabout) • Gatsby (Rotunda) • Santa Brasa (3rd Level, Door 3).
  • National Terminal: Briciole Bar (3rd Level) • Dunkin Donuts (3rd Level) • McDonald’s (2nd Level) • Starbucks (3rd Level • 2nd Level Door 28).
  • International Terminal: Brioche Doree (3rd Level, West Rotunda) • Deli & Cia (3rd Floor, Gate 17 & Hall E) • Dunkin Donuts (3rd Level) • Eric Kayser (Hall C) • Farine (Hall C, East Sector) • Juan Valdez Cafe (Hall C, East Sector) • McDonald’s (Breakwater C, West Sector) • Mozzarella Bar (Hall C, West Sector) • Patagonia Cafe (3rd Level, Door 16) • Pronto (3rd Floor Level, West Circular Building) • Starbucks (3rd Level, at Door 11 and 19A).
  • You will also find five Mini Markets (operated by Mercadito/Brit Shop, Mini Market and Maxi) located in both the International and Domestic Terminals which are open 24 hours day.

Information Desk – If you have any questions, visit the airport information desk for assistance. Location: Location: Airport Lobby, landside, 3rd floor (one each at Gates 2 and 5). Hours: Open 24 hours.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – The airport has a fully secure left luggage facility. Location: Airport Lobby, landside, 1st floor (Gate 1). Hours: 24 hours. Rates per 24 hours: Small bag $ 3.000 CLP • Medium bag $ 4.000 CLP • Large bag $ 5.000 CLP • Personal Items (keys/wallet/etc.) $ 2.000 CLP.

Luggage Wrapping – TrueStar Securebag offers fast luggage wrapping service. Location: Airport Lobby 4th Floor • Airport Lobby 3rd floor (one location each at Gates 2, 3, 4 and Rotonda Oriente at the east circular building). Hours: Open 24 hours.

Medical Services – IST offers urgent and emergency care. Location: Airport Lobby, landside, 1st floor. Hours: Open 24 hours. An airport dental clinic is also available, East Roundabout, 2nd Floor. Hours: 9:00PM – 1:00PM and 3:00PM – 7:00PM.

Mobile Charging – Available landside and airside.

Pro-Tip: A reader tells us “There are several charging stations at the airport. I saw one ground side, just outside security, and one at every gate from 10 to 20. They consist of several shelves with rows of USB and local plug sockets on both sides of the station.”

Pharmacy – Farmacias Cruz Verde Location: Airport Lobby, landside, 3rd floor rotunda east Hours: 6:30AM – 10:00PM (Mon-Fri), 6:15AM – 9:30PM (Sat) and 7:00AM – 10:00PM (Sun).

Post Office – Drop off your last minute postcards post office – Correos Chile. Location: Airport Lobby, landside, 1st floor. Hours: 8:00AM – 7:00PM (Mon-Fri) and 8:00AM – 2:00PM (Sat).

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Showers are available in the lounges. [ See Airport Lounges above ]

Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Santiago de Chile and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a number of travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. Turistik (International Terminal) • Cocha (Domestic Terminal) • Viajes Falabella (Domestic Terminal). Hours: 9:30AM – 6:00PM (Turistik) • 24 hours (Viajes Falabella & Cocha).

Yoga – Here is a great opportunity to work out the kinks before your flight by joining one of the airport’s free yoga classes. Currently, they are limited to just 3 times per week: Tuesdays at 6:00PM – 7:30PM and Wednesday/Thursdays at 3:00PM. Location: International Departures, Airside, Gate 15. Take the stairs down from in front of the restaurant Patagonia.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Santiago de Chile airport is served by the following airlines: Aerolíneas ArgentinasAeroméxicoAir CanadaAir FranceAlitaliaAmerican AirlinesAviancaBritish AirwaysCopa Airlines • DAP • Delta Air LinesEmirates • Estelar Latinoamerica • GOL • Iberia • Jetsmart • KLMLATAM • Level • One Airlines • Qantas AirwaysSky AirlinesUnited Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


TurBus Aeropuerto bus route runs from the airport to select Santiago de Chile metro stations daily from as early as 4:45AM – 12:00AM or 2:00AM depending on the route. For fares, routes and schedules, visit the TurBus website.

Centropuerto airport bus runs from SCL airport to select Santiago metro stations and bus stops on two different routes. For fares, routes and schedules, visit the Centropuerto website.

Car Rentals

For safety reasons, those who wish to rent a car should do so from one of these reputable on-site agencies: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Chilean • Econorent • Europcar • Mitta • Rosselot • Sixt • United. Location: First Level, International Arrivals.

Hotel Shuttles

See Airport Hotels above.


Transfer Delfos and Transvip offer 24-hour shared transfer service from the airport to your destination of choice via safe and comfortable minibus. The minibus stops are located at Domestic Arrivals, International Arrivals and First Level Central International Hall.


There are two types of taxis: Basic Taxi (black and yellow taxis), which run on a meter, and Tourism Taxis (blue taxis), which apply a fixed rate based on your destination. Executive service is also available. All passengers wishing to hire a taxi from the airport should do so at the Taxi counters, located before the exit gates inside of the Arrivals Halls. No prior reservation is required.

Last updated: 2020-10-21

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.