This article lists approximate road distances and driving times between locations in Chile, and a few locations outside of Chile.
Estimated driving times assume good weather, minimal traffic and passes through the Andes are open. Trips through passes to Bolivia and Argentina are dependent upon opening hours for passes or whether they are closed due to recent volcanic activity or storms. Pass status can be found at http://www.pasosfronterizos.gov.cl/complejos_pais.html
The list goes from north to south.
Autopista usage costs and payment methods are in the "autopistas" article.
|northern location||southern location||road km||driving time||comment|
|Arica||Iquique||307||4h||Generally good road conditions; one section of renewal works (Sept 2011) requires a detour.|
|Iquique||Tocopilla||229||3.25h||Good road conditions.|
|Iquique||Antofagasta||414||4.5h - 5h||via Tocopilla; data source not certain of time; Good road conditions. Santiago <-> Iquique = 1780km via Rutas 5, 28, 1; = 1845km via Rutas 5, 16.|
|Iquique||Antofagasta||~550||8.5h||via Ruta 5; with numerous stops to enjoy geoglyphs, cemetaries, food, "customs". Roads ~70% good, ~30% terrible with numerous potholes.|
|Calama||Antofagasta||216||3h||The road has sections that wouldn't be out of place in Somalia, with some sections having a limit of 70kmh. Along the way there are interesting oficinas from the nitrate mining days.|
|Antofagasta||Copiapo||574||6.25h||via Ruta 5, with two short stops; Good road conditions, apart from section south of Tal Tal, which has a lot of potholes.|
|Copiapo||La Serena||336||4.5h||Time depends heavily on traffic and the amount of roadworks going on, particularly in the northern section.|
|La Ligua||Santiago||150||1h45m||three tolls totalling CLP6300 on a Sunday evening (May 2012); speed limit usually 100kph or 120kph; a long row of fruit, vegetable and flower stalls worth stopping at ~97km from Santiago.|
|Portillo||Santiago||2h30m||via Colina; Portilla Hotel and ski centre is approximately 7km from the border with Argentina; times can be greater when there is more traffic because most of the road, including Route 57 south of Los Andes to the Autopista, is one lane each way and there are many trucks on the route.|
|Mendoza, Arg.||Santiago||~350||Time excludes immigration/customs at border, and assumes the pass/border is open . See the Mendoza article for more trip info.|
|Santiago||Rancagua||84||1.25h||if taking routes 79 and 5 is is 2 tolls = CLP600 + CLP2000; via Ruta 5 only is CLP2000|
|Rancagua||Talca||172||1.5h||ruta 5, 2xCLP2000 tolls, speed limit 80 - 120kph, usually 120kph, two lanes each direction.|
|Talca||Chillán||151||1.25h||ruta 5, CLP2000 toll; speed limit 90 - 120kph, usually 120kph; two lanes each direction.|
|Chillán||Concepción||98||Santiago <-> Concepción = 500km via Rutas 5, 152, 150.|
|Chillán||Temuco||288||Pucon to Santiago ~8 hours|
|Osorno||Futaleufú||611||12h||Drive is via Argentina, assuming the Cardenal A. Samoré and Futaleufú passes are open.|
|Puerto Montt||Futaleufú||494||~16h||Overnight (~12 hours) on a ferry from Puerto Montt, and another 4 hour dirt road drive to Futa.|
|Puerto Natales||Punta Arenas||241||3h|| Mostly good fast road, a few up and downhills and some slow curves, a lot of open plains. Winds can slow you down. The 20 minutes closest to PA can be slow due to local traffic.|
Warnings: There can be packed snow and ice on the road from the end of May until October or November. Worst June - September. These affect driving times. Big buses are sometimes blown off the road or stuck in drifting snow. Winds affect summer bicyclists who get all over the road in big gusts. There are hot (live) minefields on both sides of the highway close to Cabeza del Mar. They are well-marked and have good fences.