How To Get to Nevados de Chillan and Las Trancas from Santiago
The ski resort at Nevados de Chillan is situated up the hill from Valle Las Trancas. This charming town is 78 km east of the center of the city of Chillán. From Santiago, Chillán is approximately 500 km to the south. Once in Las Trancas, the nearest town to the ski resort, you are 7 km away from the lifts and hotels.
Flying to Concepcion:
It is possible to catch a flight from Santiago, the Chilean capital, to Concepcion. Numerous planes fly this route each and every day, and the trip is relatively quick, just under an hour. From the airport in Concepcion, Las Trancas is about 2 hours away. Directions for driving to the ski resort directly from Santiago are included below.
How to Get to Chillan By Bus or Train
It is also possible to take a train or a bus from Santiago to Chillan. The bus trip takes approximately 7 hours and the train approximately 5.5 hours. The main bus companies are Turbus and JAC. The train leaves from the Estacion Central.
How to Get to Las Trancas By Private Care Hire
Additionally, it is no problem to organize a private car rental from either the Santiago airport or city center. From there, the ski center is roughly a 5-7 hour drive to the south. Take Ruta 5, the main highway that allows speeds as fast as 120 km/hr. From Ruta 5, visitors should take the turn-off at Chillan and then follow the road signs to Ruta 55 which will lead them through Pinto and the Valle Las Trancas to Nevados de Chillan.
There are tolls on Ruta 5 that visitors should be aware of. Also, road conditions, weather conditions, day of the week, and time of the day will change the length of the trip, so visitors should plan accordingly.
How to Get to Nevados de Chillan from Las Trancas
Ground transportation options between Chillan and Las Trancas are relatively cheap and easy to find, and includes private car hire, public bus, and shuttle bus. The typical travel time between the resort and Chillan is 1.5 hours.
If you are driving yourself from Las Trancas to the ski hill, simply follow the road signs out of town. The resort is only 7 km away, and the trip will rarely take longer than 30 minutes.
Hitching a ride up to the mountains is not that difficult from any location along the main road in Las Trancas, however on weekends and July holiday you will be competing with a lot of locals and gringos.