Valparaiso metro: diagram, photo, description
The Valparaiso Metro opened in 2005 and has become an important part of the public transport system not only in this Chilean city, but also in neighboring Viña del Mar. Valparaiso used to have a system of intracity rail transport, but it was considered obsolete. For a city whose population, together with Viña del Mar and other satellites, has exceeded a million people, the metro has become a convenient opportunity to move relatively quickly and inexpensively within the metropolitan area..
Today, the Valparais metro has a single line on which 20 stations operate for the entry and exit of passengers. The total length of the route is 43 km, and it passes between the bay of the same name and Limache. The train travels all the way in 50 minutes. The line is served by wagons manufactured by the French company Alstom. In total, about 30 trains operate in the Valparaiso metro.
The route runs from east to west along the ocean. In Valparaiso itself, the tracks run along the ground, and the windows of the train offer magnificent views of the bay. In Viña del Mar, trains go underground, and the Valparaiso metro becomes a full-fledged subway.
Tariff zones on the metro map are indicated in different colors. All signs, station names, diagrams and voice announcements in the Valparaiso metro are in Spanish. At Limache station, you can change to many bus routes.
Valparaiso metro opening hours
The interval between trains from Puerto to El Belloto is no more than five minutes. On the next leg, which connects El Belloto to Limache station, the train will have to wait about 15 minutes. Trains start running around 6 a.m..
Valparaiso metro tickets
The only way to pay for the Valparaiso metro is to buy a contactless card. The fare on this Chilean subway depends on the zone in which the station is located. In addition, the time of day is also taken into account when paying, and therefore the card must be presented at the turnstile both at the entrance and at the exit. Increases the cost of travel and such a circumstance as exiting the metro at the same station at which the passenger entered.
There are benefits for children: a child, no more than one meter in height, rides for free. Seniors and disabled people also enjoy certain discounts when paying for the Valparaiso metro.