Urbans Buses (Micros)
The public transport system in Santiago is called Transantiago. The city buses in Santiago de Chile are known among Chileans as Micros, which run through the city of Santiago. There are two types of buses: The Troncales, which are circulating through the large avenues such as Av. Providencia and Alameda and there are the alimentadores, which are small buses which are connecting the smaller streets.
You can only pay with a Bip prepaid card, which can be purchased at Metro Stations or Bip Centers, which are located throughout Santiago.
The Bip card is not personalized and therefore can be used by more than one person.
The buses run in the night and day in Santiago. The schedule is from 5:30am to 1:00am, in which they travel with a normal frequency. During the night from 1:00am till 5:30am they run less frequently.
For those who want to explore the city as tourists there is a Circuito Cultural Transantiago, which exists of 15 stops at historical and cultural points of Santiago. This service is available every Sunday from 10:00am to 6:30pm. The payment will be just one charge from your Bip card.
For more information about the Micros in Santiago, you can visit Transantiago.