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National Railway System

UIC code

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National Railway Operator

The network is owned and operated by Empresa de los Ferrocarriles del Estado (EFE). Passenger services are operated on various routes in central Chile (the Valparaíso - Santiago - Temuco area); some routes are isolated from the main passenger network around Santiago. See the EFE website for a list; note that the various "Estación Central" routes overlap, and "Estación Central" itself refers to the main station in Santiago, also known as "Alameda".


There is a very basic schematic map on the EFE website's freight transport page. No printed map is known.


  • There is a journey planner on the front page of the EFE website. Note that this is route-specific: it is necessary to select the required route by clicking on the relevant tab in order to obtain the appropriate drop-down lists of departure and arrival stations.
  • The EFE website does not provide any downloadable timetables. Timetables in HTML format are available at the Fahrplancenter website, but do not appear to have been updated since early 2020.
  • It is possible that printed timetables are available for EFE services; the compilers would be grateful for any information.

Summary timetables are available in some editions of the European Rail Timetable.

Some information is available at the Man in Seat 61.


  • gauge: 1676mm (5 feet 6 inches). The Talca - Constitución line is metre gauge.
  • electrification: 3000V DC
  • rule of the road: right

Other Railways

Ferrocarril de Antofagasta a Bolivia (FCAB)

No known passenger services (website)

  • Gauge: metre
  • Electrification: none

Ferrocarril Tacna - Arica

International railway between Arica (Chile) and Tacna (Peru). Passenger services operated until March 2020, but ceased due to Covid-19 - see Facebook page.

  • Gauge: standard
  • Electrification: none

Ferrocarril Arica - La Paz (FCALP)

An international line to Bolivia; the Chilean part is owned and operated by EFE. The only passenger service is an infrequent tourist operation on the Chinchorro (Arica) - Poconchile section: see EFE website.

  • Gauge: metre
  • Electrification: none

Tourist Lines

None known, but EFE operates various tourist services, some on lines not used by other passenger services - see website.

Metro and light rail systems


Metro de Santiago; the website includes a network map; see also UrbanRail.

  • Gauge: rubber-tyred with standard-gauge rails (lines 1, 2, 5); conventional standard-gauge (lines 3, 4, 4A, 6)
  • Electrification: 750V DC third rail (lines 1, 2, 4, 4A, 5); 750V DC overhead (lines 3 and 6)


Tren Limache-Puerto (formerly Metro de Valparaíso) is a metro-style service operated by EFE; see also UrbanRail.

  • Gauge: 1676mm (5'6")
  • Electrification: 3000V DC?

Obscure and Sparse Passenger Services

See PSUL: World Beyond Europe