How to arrive in Pucón
Pucón is located 488 miles (785 km) south of Santiago, Chile’s capital, and 68 miles (109 km) from Temuco. You can arrive in the city by:
Pucón has its own airport, with connections to Santiago and Concepción that run only in the summer, from December to January. However, Temuco’s airport offers more frequent flights, buses and transfers, and ends up being a better option.
For foreigners, the best alternative will be to fly to Santiago and from there take the plane to Temuco, with Sky Airlines or LATAM.
In Temuco, there are several options to travel to Pucón: you can use taxis, the most expensive alternative (around U$ 90), due to the long distance of about 62 miles (100 km); you can book a transfer at the airport, which costs U$ 18 per person if you share with a minimum of 4 people; or you can take a taxi from the airport until Temuco’s JAC bus terminal (Avda. Balmaceda 1005, around 16 miles/25 km), from where buses to Pucón depart regularly. This will be the cheapest option, since the regular bus fare costs about U$ 4. However, this is also the slowest alternative, because you need to travel to the centre of Temuco and then take the same road back towards Pucón. From the airport to Temuco, taxi takes around 40 minutes. From Temuco to Pucón it will take 2 hours, taking almost 3 hours in total from the airport to Pucón.
In Pucón, the easiest way to get to your hotel will be by foot or taxi, since the city is small and bus terminals are located right in the centre. The taxi fare to anywhere in the centre is U$ 3.
Another way to travel to Pucón is driving. From Santiago, the route is about 500 miles (800 km) on Ruta 5 Sur. The road is in very good condition, but consider not only the cost of the rental and fuel, but also tolls, which will cost in total about U$ 26.
Departing from Santiago, it is also possible to take a direct bus to Pucón, with JAC, Turbus, Pullman, Andesmar or CondorThe journey takes 10 hours and costs between U$ 23 and U$ 75, depending on several factors such as the type of seat. Buses leave in the morning and in the evening, but due to the long duration of the trip, travelling during the night is recommended.
Tickets have to be bought directly at the bus terminal on the day of your trip, though usually it’s easy to find available seats.