Puerto Natales is only 37 miles (60 km) from Torres del Paine National Park. The best way to travel is by car, which takes one hour. You can easily book a private transfer, but renting a car is highly recommended if you want the freedom to explore the national park and the surrounding area on your own time.
You can also take the bus, but expect a 2-hour journey that usually makes three stops—Laguna Amarga being one of them.
Whichever method of transportation you select, make sure to purchase food or snacks before leaving Puerto Natales as there aren't many options along the way.
Want to make the most of your time in Torres del Paine? Consider joining this 6-day trip that includes a trek to the base of Paine Massif, an outing to the Salto Grando waterfall and some of the most majestic views in Chile.
By Rental Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 1 hour, more with stops
You can rent a car in Puerto Natales if you want to do some exploration along your trip, but be sure to fill your gas tank before you leave as there aren't many gas stations along the way. You'll start your trip on Route 9, and you'll take a right onto Y-206 about 37 miles (60 km) into your journey. You can visit Milodón Cave along the way, which will take you on a 30-minute detour down Y-290.
Duration: 2 hours
Buses depart from the Puerto Natales bus station to Torres del Paine just twice per day, so consider booking ahead. During the low season (March-October), the schedule usually only accommodates a few trips per week, so keep this in mind when making your travel plans.