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  • Location:Santiago, Chile
  • Duration:Flexible

Santiago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Marvel at the best of Santiago from an open-top double-decker bus, complete with informative commentary. You'll have the option to hop on or off as many times as you like or continue on the bus doing the entire route! The Santiago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour allows you to discover the capital of Chile in depth and with greater flexibility than ever before!


  • Santiago city hop-on hop-off tour
  • Tour Santiago at your own pace
  • Buses run ever 30 minutes
  • Tickets valid for an entire day

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What You Can Expect

Santiago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Santiago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

There are 12 stops along the city route, each one with a different point of interest and in close range of a renowned Santiago attraction. You can hop on and off as many times as you like along the circuit between the hours of 9:30am and 6pm. The loop lasts about 2 hours and buses pass by each stop approximately every 30 minutes.

Whether you're a first time or repeat visitor, the Santiago Hop-on Hop-off bus tour offers unlimited value over one day. Air-conditioned and equipped with audio commentary, customize your travel with the flexibility to jump on and off at various locations throughout the city at your leisure.

List of stops include:

Plaza de Armas
Mercado Central (Central Market)
Plaza de la Constitucion
Santa Lucia
El Golf - Sanhattan
El Golf - Isidora Goyenechea
Parque Arauco
Hotel Sheraton and Lo Contador
Alonso de Cordova
Bellas Artes

Please see the itinerary field below for a detailed list of stops.


Plaza de Armas:
The Plaza de Armas represents the real heart of Santiago. From the Plaza de Armas stop (Monjitas Street across from #821) you'll be able to visit and see some of the city’s most relevant historic buildings which include the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Santiago City Hall, the Central Post Office, the Casa Colorada and Santiago Museum, the former National Congress, the Royal House of Customs and Precolombian museum, the Judicial Palace, and the Palacio de la Real Audiencia and National Historic Museum.

Mercado Central (Central Market):
Originally built to house exhibiotions of local artist, the Central Market was converted to a marketplace in 1872. Today this picturesque premise acts as a food-supply market and is a greatly visited showcase of Chilean seafood. Typical dishes off the Chilean table are prepared in the heart of the market, including the famous Conger eel broths and seafood cauldrons.From the Mercado Central stop (Puente Street across from #889) you'll be able to see and visit buildings and places of interest which include the Estacion Mapocho, the monument to Chile’s Naval Glories, and “La Piojera”.

Plaza de la Constitucion:

Here you will find the famous Moneda Palaca which acts as the seat of the Presidency of the Chilean government. Its construction was undertaken between 1784 and 1805 according to the project of the Italian architect Joaquin Toesca, and its original purpose was to be the Royal Mint house, the reason for its name. In 1846 President Manuel Bulnes used an area of the building as the Presidents’ residence, being the first president to live there; and later, President Carlos Ibanez del Campo, the last one there in 1958. From the Plaza de la Constitucion stop (Teatinos Street across from #254) you'll be able to see and visit buildings and places of interest which include the Constitution Square, the Moneda Palace, the Palacio de la Moneda Cultural Center, the Metropolitan Government building, the Santiago Stock exchange, the Union Club, the Bulnes boulevard, and the Dieciocho neighborhood.

Santa Lucia:
The Santa Lucia hill constitutes a good image of the lifestyle of Santiago’s high society of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Santa Lucia hill has been one of the most relevant places in Santiago since the city was founded by Pedro de Valdivia on the 12th of February of 1541. The hill’s monumental neoclassical entrance was completed in 1902, and harmonizes around a sculpture of the god Neptune an architectonic unit with curved stairways, fountains, and a spacious terrace with a triumphant arch crowned by a dome. From the Santa Lucia stop (Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins avenue across from #406) you'll be able to see and visit buildings and places of interest which include the Santa Lucia hill, the National Library, the Paris-Londres neighborhood, the main building of the Universidad Catolica de Chile, and the Lastarria neighborhood which has a strong cultural character where you will be able to find art galleries, restaurants, and cultural centers.

The history of Providencia dates back to 1897 and is directly related the sisters of the Divine Providence who arrived to Chile from Canada in 1853. The amusing part is that their landing here was due to the fact that their original destination, which was Oregon in the U.S.A., was flooded, and not knowing how to return to their home country, they met the captain of a Chilean ship who brought them to this remote corner of the world. Providencia is an important area of the city’s commerce and gastronomy. In its surroundings you'll find the Schacht Palace and the Providencia Cultural Center; the traditional Pedro de Valdivia and Ricardo Lyon avenues; and many fun shops, cafes, and restaurants. The Providencia Stop is located on the Lota street across from #2229.

El Golf - Sanhattan:
Known as Sanhattan (mix of Santiago and Manhattan), El Golf is the new financial and hotel district in Santiago. The Area of El Golf receives its name due to the exclusive Los Leones Golf Club which is located here, however it also known by some as Sanhattan, name which mixes Manhattan and Santiago. This is the new financial and hotel district in Santiago, and its strong development from the 1990s onwards in part is explained due to the important amount of high level executives which live on the east side of the city which were looking to decrease the travel time to their offices. Here you can find some architectural elements of the 1940s and 1950s which remind of times when this was the most exclusive residential area of Santiago; and a predominance of office buildings, where some represent the best of the modern architecture. The El Golf stop is located on the Vitacura avenue across from #2841.

El Golf - Isidora Goyenechea:

The upper area of El Golf receives its name due to the exclusive private Los Leones Golf Club which is located only a few blocks from the stop. Here you can find some architectural elements of the 1940s and 1950s which remind of times when this was the most exclusive residential area of Santiago combined with modern high rise office buildings. Between the El Golf Sanhattan and Isidora Goyenechea stops, you'll find many restaurants and cafes, as well as the Peru square where a fun antique fair takes place on Sundays. The El Golf Isidora Goyenechea stop is located on the Isidora Goyenechea corner of La Pastora street.

Parque Arauco:

This is Chile’s most important mall and one of the most important in Latin America. Here you'll not only find the best products of the best brands, but also find a center of entertainment, with an open air boulevard with excellent gastronomical alternatives, theaters, bowling and ice skating.

Hotel Sheraton and Lo Contador:
Only a couple of blocks from this stop, you'll find Lo Contador Arts and design campus of the Universidad Catolica which is located in the historic Lo Contador farm house and is a beautiful example of the Spanish influenced architecture of the late 18th century. Also a only a couple of blocks away, you'll find the Providencia Contemporary Sculpture park inaugurated in 1986 and which houses more than 30 large format sculptures of relevant Chilean artists on its 2 hectare ground. The Hotel Sheraton and Lo Contador stop is located right across from the main entrance of the hotel.

Alonso de Cordova:

This area is where you'll find many art galleries, restaurants and cafes. The Alonso de Cordova Avenue is located in one of Santiago’s most exclusive residential areas. The history of this part of the city dates back to the Incas’ arrival, when some of them settled on the eastern bank of the Mapocho River; one of their most important leaders, summoned by Pedro de Valdivia, Santiago’s founder, was Vitacura, whose name means Big Rock. Along the Alonso de Cordova Avenue you'll find many art galleries, restaurants and cafes, in addition to the ECLAC, United Nations Headquarters and the ESO offices, the Bicentennial Park and the civic center of the Vitacura Town Hall. The Alonso de Cordova stop is located on the Alonso de Cordova Avenue across from #3107.

The Bellavista neighborhood is one of Santiago’s cultural centers. Here you'll be able to find the Metropolitan Park with the zoo, the funicular and its wonderful views; la Chascona, the museum-house of Pablo Neruda; an important variety of theaters, cafes, restaurants and pubs; and a significant number of shops which sell items which are based around the Lapislazuli, the semi-precious blue stone which is only extracted from Chile and Afghanistan. The Metropolitan Park with its 722 hectares is the largest urban park in Chile. The San Cristobal hill which forms part of the park has its highest point at 860 meters above sea level, which makes it the best point for viewing Santiago’s remarkable extension. The Bellavista stop is located on the Bellavista avenue across from #112.

Bellas Artes:

The National Fine Arts Museum, one of Chile’s most important museums, has approximately 3000 pieces of art which include paintings, sculptures, and drawings and which extend from the colonial period up to present. This neoclassic building integrates Art Nouveau elements and was designed by Emilio Jecquier. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century along with other public buildings, parks, and monuments for the celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of Chile’s Independence. The museum is open to public Tuesdays through Sundays. From the Bellas Artes stop (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes entrance) you'll be able to visit and explore buildings and places of interest which include the Forestal Park, the Santa Lucia hill, the Lastarria neighborhood, and the Municipal Theatre.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Loved this Hop On, Hop Off Tour! We were able to go through the tour and then decide where we wanted to get off. There's so much to see in Santiago, and it was hard picking where we should explore. It's also awesome that points of interest were pointed out early in advance so that we could take pictures from the bus. We got our bands from the Turistik office at the Central Market and these guys were so helpful, including securing a taxi back to the airport for us. We only had a few hours in Santiago and this was the way to see most of the city in such a short amount of time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Great but traffic is unbelievable so timing is difficult.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Great way to see Santiago in a short amount of time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This was an excellent way to see the city, particularly as our hotel, Mercure Centro, was beside one of the stops. We enjoyed seeing the different areas and hopped off for coffee at the huge glamorous new mall and rode the funicular up San Cristobal to enjoy wonderful views over the city. We loved the whole day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Very good and convenient, staff is English proficient and polite.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Excellent tour. Good commentary, with a great deal of local history. Recommended stops: funicular, fish market, and shopping mall.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Good value for money. A good way to see the city
As others have said you need to pick up your wrist band in advance.
We found the Central Market the day before ( the fish market). The tour office was easy to find at the front of the building. The tour guys English was good and he was very helpful asking where we were staying and advising us of the nearest pickup point the next morning. He gave us a map and headphone sets for the running commentary on the bus
The buses are clean and the two that we used had open 1st floor sides as gave a most welcome breeze as the bus progressed. The wristband get activated when you first alight the bus and is valid all day.
The buses are frequent but we found that we didn't always get off at the correct stop and so had to walk, then rejoining the bus didn't now exactly where it would stop so found ourselves running to the stop
We saw several street vendors displaying the red tour sign so I would have thought you could buy the tickets from them and save the trek to the tour company main office ( one opposite stop number 3)
At the end of the day you need to be within 5 stops of your final departure by 5.30pm and someone came around advising people of the best spot to alight
Completely recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

We were very happy with the bus tour. The information given about the history of the city was excellent and being able to get off where we wished allowed us to ride the funicular up the mountain. It was wonderful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Great way to learn about Santiago and get to the venues

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

This tour provided the perfect way to see the city at our own pace.

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