Inside a Santiago Micro (Bus)
- Santiago now has a modern public transportation system called Transantiago which has replaced most of what I experienced and describe below.
Below is a picture of the inside of the micro (bus). This one is so empty because it is about to arrive at the end of its route. Riders are not always blessed with so much space.
- This is a list of all major streets that the micro travels on.
- This is the price of a ride on the micro. About 50 cents in US currency. You pay the same if you go one block or if you take the bus from the start to the end of the line.
- When you get on the micro, the driver will take your money and make change for you while he gets the bus going. This is very interesting because he makes change and shifts with the same hand. He will give you a "boleto", a ticket, and you go sit where you want. (Notice the change box circled on the right)
- This is the route number and the starting and ending points of the line. Almost all the buses in Santiago are yellow, so the only way to tell them apart is by the number. They also have a big black number on the right hand side of the bus.
Are you going to Chile?
You can have fun traveling across Chile but you need to be ready. Avoid culture shock by reading the Gringo's Culture Guide to Chile.