Airport Guide to Arturo Merino Benitez (SCL)

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Airport Name
Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport (Santiago)

Airport Location
The airport is located 11 miles northwest of Santiago.



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Airport Overview

Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, commonly referred to as Santiago International Airport (SCL), is situated in Pudahuel, approximately 9.3 miles northwest of downtown Santiago, Chile. Having served about 11 million passengers in 2010, it is the country’s busiest aerial hub and Latin America’s ninth-busiest airport.

Santiago International has one terminal building with four levels. Arrivals, baggage claims and customs are located on the ground level, while the first level houses a number of VIP lounges. Departures and check-in are on second level and the third level forms the dining area.

Flights to Santiago International Airport come from cities all around the world, but the busiest routes are to Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Lima, Madrid, Miami, Panama City, Montevideo, Mexico City and Paris.

Terminal Transfer

Located in one building, the Domestic and International Terminals are a 10-minute walk apart.

Getting into Town

Taxi: Taxis may be booked at booths in the Domestic and International Arrivals halls. The journey time to downtown Santiago is approximately 20 minutes. Minibuses accommodating up to eight passengers also provide transport.

Bus: Several buses run to Los Heroes Metro station. Trip duration is 30 minutes.

Car Parking

Elevators provide direct access to the short-term car park, while a free bus service operates between the terminals and the long-term lots.

Information Desks

Information desks are located on both arrivals and departures levels of each terminal, while a tourist information center is situated on the arrivals level of the International Terminal.

Airport Facilities

Money and communications: ATMs, currency exchange services and a post office.

Luggage: There are left-luggage, lost-and-found and baggage-wrapping facilities.

Conference and business: The International Terminal features a business center equipped with a meeting room, as well as video-conferencing, fax, Internet and computer facilities. A larger meeting room that can accommodate up to 40 people offers video and transparency projector facilities, in addition to a private bathroom. A press room is also available for rent. There are power points available for charging laptops, but you’ll need to have an adaptor.

Other facilities: Medical center, dentist, pharmacy and children’s nursery.

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi is available.

Shopping: Santiago International has 70 shops. Ranging from fashion and jewelry to handcrafted gifts and music, the majority of them are found after security in the International Terminal. Popular brands include Top Sol, Sun Planet, Cricket, Kompass, Hugo Boss, Peter Murray, Festina, Havanna, Los Andes Artesania and Piedra Linda, to name a few. There are also a few duty-free stores in arrivals and departures.

Food and drink: A good selection of eateries, found mainly after security, offer a wide range of foods including sushi, sandwiches, pizzas, salads and fast foods. Restaurants such as Medas Grill and the Ruby Tuesday steakhouse offer table service, while Starbucks and several other bistros and cafes provide light snacks as well as hot and cold beverages.

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Airport Guide to Arturo Merino Benitez (SCL) was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Amanda Festa
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