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Can you cross the border between Chile and Argentina in a hire car?

Travel consultant Sophie Barber gives advice on crossing the border from Argentina to Chile in a hired car.

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We're planning a trip to Argentina and Chile and we’d like to drive across the Andes from Salta to San Pedro. However, it would appear that you cannot take a hire car across the border due to government restrictions. Do you have a solution?

Asked by Jane

It is possible to drive your own hire car from Argentina to Chile. However, you need to contact the car hire company to arrange it well in advance as they will need to apply for a permit which costs approximately $200 USD. Otherwise you can consider travelling by public bus, which departs daily and takes around 7-8 hours, or in a private vehicle with a driver. And if you'd rather save yourself the hassle, we can arrange any of these options for you.

See also our self-drive holiday in Argentina.

Sophie Barber

Answered by Sophie Barber
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