Flights to Chile
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Student flights from the UK to Chile
Running for 4,500 kilometers down the west coast of South America, Chile is an absorbingly interesting country, and manages to pack an enormous amount into its somewhat elongated shape (at its thinnest point, the country is just 40 miles across!). This is the country where you’ll find the Atacama Desert, one of the world’s driest, squeezed between the Andes and the sea. Further south, the majestic scenery of Chilean Patagonia awaits, with Torres del Paine National Park, full of sawtooth mountains and pristine lakes.
But before you get to any of that, you’ll experience the vibrant capital, Santiago. Highlights here include San Christobal Hill, with amazing views of the city, and Plaza de Armas, with its plethora of statues.
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What are the main Chile airport hubs?
The main airport hub in Chile is Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, which serves the capital, Santiago. The distance between the airport and central Santiago is about 10 miles, and by taxi the journey takes around 20 minutes. Other international airports include Diego Aracena and Presidente Carlos Ibanez del Campo, north and south of Santiago respectively. You’ll find the most options, though, into the Santiago airport, and can get around easily overland for further adventures.
How to fly from the UK to Chile
British Airways currently operates direct flights to Santiago from London Heathrow, and the flight time is a biggie, at about 14.5 hours. If you don’t mind making a change along the way, your options, as ever, become much more varied. Many airlines will take you to Chile from the UK via their own hubs, and these include Delta, Iberia and Avianca, among others.
When is the cheapest time to book a flight from the UK to Chile?
Prices based on bookings made 60-91 days prior to departure.
Chilean universities and campuses
There are numerous universities in Chile that are open to international students, including ones from Britain. Some of the more prestigious include the University of Chile, which is the oldest in the country; Austral University, which is located in southern Chile; and the University of Talca. However, there’s other options as well. A good place to start is to check in with your study abroad department of your home uni to see what programmes and options may be available to you. Volunteer and working abroad placements are also an option for Chile!
Chilean lifestyle and culture
The pace of Chilean lifestyle depends on which part of the country you are in. Areas like Santiago and other big cities have typically urban lifestyles, a faster way of life and more to keep you busy in the way of bars and attractions and the like. But more rural areas, like Patagonia, are more traditional and follow a slower pace of living. Both are exciting to explore for different ways, and if you combine it into one epic trip, you’ll get a good idea of a lot of facets of Chilean culture!
Exploring Chile on a student budget
While Chile is one of the more expensive South American countries, it’s certainly possible to explore on a student budget. At any rate, the country isn’t any more expensive than the UK (and definitely cheaper than London, if that’s what you’re used to!). We recommend dining on street food in the capital (much cheaper than restaurants) and hiring the public bicycles instead of using public transport. You’ll probably need about £40-50 per day, all in. If you’re heading out of the city, you’ll find the food and accommodations even cheaper.