Santiago airport: Santiago Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez Airport (SCL)

Santiago Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez Airport

The airport of the Chilean capital is also called Pudahuel Airport, after its location. The official name is a homage to the Chilean aviation pioneer Arturo Merino Benítez, the founder of the national airlines LAN.

Airport codes

IATA airport code: SCL
ICAO airport code: SCEL


Local transport


There's no train connection with the airport of the Chilean capital.

Car and bus

Santiago Airport is situated 18 kilometers west of the city center. The airport is easily accessible by rental car via the Costanera Norte, a toll road which runs from west to east through the Chilean capital. The airport can also be reached via Santiago's ring road, Autopista Vespucio Norte Express (exit 18).

Every ten minutes a bus of Centropuerto (Tel. +56(0)2 601 9883) leaves for Los Héroes subway station. There are also regular bus services to the Tur Bus (Tel. +56(0)2 822 7741) terminal in the city, from where you can continue your journey by city bus or subway. Travel time takes 30-40 minutes.

Car rental Santiago Airport

At the baggage claim area but also in the central hall you can find counters of car rental companies. Six rental companies are present at Santiago Airport: Avis, Alamo/National, Hertz, Budget, Econorent and Rosselot. You can also book a rental car in advance using the service provided by EasyTerra; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.


Two taxi companies are officially allowed at Santiago Airport: Taxi Oficial and Taxi Vip. Both have counters in the central hall and in the Arrivals Halls. Inside the terminal you'll be approached by unofficial taxi drivers, but various signs warn about using this 'service'. Travel time to Santiago's center is about 30 minutes, if you take the toll road.

Airport Parking

The parking garage is directly connected with the terminal. Shuttle buses run from the open-air long-term parking lots to the terminal. More information about parking at Santiago Airport can be obtained via telephone number +56(0)2 601 9168.




There's one hotel at Santiago Airport, Holiday Inn Express Santiago Airport (Tel. +56(0)2 799 9900) which is directly connected with the terminal. Other hotels nearby the airport are Hotel Diego de Almagro Aeropuerto (Tel. +56(0)2 230 5600), Best Western Hotel Los Españoles (Tel. +56(0)2 232 1824), Crowne Plaza Hotel Santiago (Tel. +56(0)2 638 1042) and the Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Convention Centre (Tel. +56(0)2 233 5000). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.

Shops and restaurants

There are a large number of shops at Santiago Airport. There are over 70 shops, including four duty-free shops. There are also over twenty restaurants, cafés and (snack) bars, including some international chains like Starbucks, but also places serving Chilean specialties.


You can only store your baggage (in lockers or deposit at a counter) in the terminal for international flights. In both terminals you can find lost-and-found counters.


In both the Arrivals and Departure Halls (Tel. +56(0)2 690 1752/3) you can find an information desk for inquiries about Santiago Airport, flight schedules and airport services. Airport staff are also walking around. There's also a tourist information desk in the Arrivals Hall of the international terminal.


There's a business center (Tel. +56(0)2 690 1752) in the international terminal offering facilities like videoconferencing, faxing, copying and internet. You can also rent a meeting room (max. capacity 40 persons) here. In addition Santiago Airport has several VIP lounges. Extensive business facilities are offered by the Holiday Inn (see Hotels).

Disabled facilities

Santiago Airport has excellent accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators and toilets (including control buttons in Braille) and low-hanging telephones.

Other services

You'll find banks (Banco Santander and Banco Santiago), exchange offices and ATM's scattered around the terminals. Inside the terminal there's also a post office, internet cafés, a pharmacy, a First Aid station (ground floor, international terminal) and even a dentist practice. Wireless internet (Wi-Fi) is available in restaurants and cafés.




Aeropuerto Arturo Merino Benítez
Casilla 79
Correo Aeropuerto Internacional

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +56(0)2 690 1752
Fax: none
Email: via contact form

Airport codes

IATA airport code: SCL
ICAO airport code: SCEL