San Pedro de Atacama, being a very touristy place, offers several alternatives to get there, having as a base point the City of Calama.
Why do we say Calama, Calama is the largest and most accessible city in the area, we can find Airports, Bus Terminals and more.
Calama does not have an international airport, it only admits and receives domestic flights.
As everyone knows, the Automobile offers different advantages than other forms of transport.
San Pedro de Atacama is located 1,630 Kilometers from Santiago, so the trip by car can last around 2 to 3 days, the attractions of the road are mainly beaches and desert.
The bus trip lasts approximately 20 hours, and has the advantage that you can save 1 night of accommodation.
If you can't find tickets, look for buses to Calama and Calama, there are buses with departures every 1 hour and this is not necessary to book.
The departure times from Santiago are around 2:00 p.m., so you should arrive in Calama around 11:45 a.m., and the average value by bed bus is $ 30,000 or USD $ 36 approximately one way.
The companies that offer this service are:
Pullman Bus: https://www.pullmanbus.cl/
Tur Bus: https://new.turbus.cl/turbuscl/inicio-compra
Tacc Expreso Norte: https://www.expresonorte.cl/
The Plane, clearly is the fastest way to get there, however as we mentioned before, the plane arrives in Calama and from there you must take a Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, which takes approximately 1 hour.
The values are very varied, ranging from $ 17,000 clp or US$ 20 to $ 120,000 clp or US$ 140, depending on the time and season.
The airlines that make the Santiago - Calama sections are:
Sky Airlines: https://www.skyairline.com/