How to get to Puerto Natales? All the options

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If you’re planning a trip to Chile or you’re thinking about it, you might want to visit or take a tour in Puerto Natales but not know what’s the best way to get there. That’s why we’re bringing you this article where we tell you the best ways to get to Puerto Natales.

How to get to Puerto Natales from Punta Arenas

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By bus

The most inexpensive and simple way to get to Puerto Natales from Punta Arenas is by bus. It costs about 7500 CLP (Chilean pesos), which is roughly 10 USD or 8,50 EUR and the trip takes around 3 hours. We recommend buying your tickets well in advance to make sure we can take the bus at the most convenient time. Plus, each bus line has its own terminal, so double check where you have to take your bus.

You can also travel to Puerto Natales directly from the Punta Arenas airport directly since most routes stop at the airport.

By car

Another option to go to Puerto Natales from Punta Arenas is renting a car. This is a good option if you want to have more flexibility during our trip. The distance between Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales is about 250km or a little over 150 miles, and the journey takes roughly 3 hours, depending on the traffic. Remember that driving in Latin America might be somewhat different from driving in your own country, so stay alert and check out the driving regulations.

How to get to Puerto Natales from Santiago de Chile

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By plane

The fastest way to get to Puerto Natales from Santiago de Chile is flying. The airlines that offer flights between these two airports are JetSmart and Sky Airline, and tickets are between 45 and 100 USD each way, depending on the season. The flight takes 3 hours.

How to get to Puerto Natales from El Calafate

perito moreno glacier

If you want to fully enjoy the natural beauty of the Argentinian and Chilean Patagonia, what better way to do it than making a visit to the Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate before heading to Puerto Natales to trek through the W path in Torres del Paine!

By bus

The most inexpensive and direct way to get to Puerto Natales from El Calafate is by bus. It costs between 17000 CLP and 20000 CLP or 1900 ARS to 2000 ARS, which is roughly equivalent to 20 EUR or 24 USD. The route is 115,5 km long and the trip takes about5 hours and a half.

Take into account that this is an international route, so it includes a stop at the border to enter Chile; don’t forget your passport! Also, make sure to check out whether you need a visa or any other documentation to enter Chile.

By car

You can also make this trip by car, although most car rental companies don’t allow clients to cross international borders with their cars. If you happen to find one that does allow it, though, it is a good option if you’re planning to visit different parts of the Argentinian and Chilean Patagonia without relying on public transportation, especially if you’re planning to end your trip in Argentina (since you’ll have to return your car there)

How to get to Puerto Natales from anywhere in the world

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If you’re traveling from elsewhere, you have two options:

On the road

The first option would be flying from our starting point to Punta Arenas or El Calafate and from there, take the bus or drive a rental car to Puerto Natales as mentioned above.

By plane

The Puerto Natales airport has regular direct flights from Puerto Montt and Santiago de Chile, so the second option would be flying to one of these airports and take a second flight to Puerto Natales from there. The flight from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales takes 2 hours, y from Santiago de Chile to Puerto Natales it’s 3 hours.

Now that you know how to get there what are you waiting for? What are your plans to visit Puerto Natales? See you in the next adventure!


Lily is happy with a backpack on her back. Every year she travels through one country in Latin America and has repeated several times, especially Peru where she says she feels at home (although she says the same about Argentina, Chile and Bolivia).

She loves ceviche, hiking and Sunday picnics with her friends, although whenever you ask her, she's always planning her next destination.

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