Chiloe Island, Chile's largest island, is one of the true off the beaten path destinations in Chile. It is located in Southern Chile offshore from the northern Patagonia regions.
Distance of Chiloe from Santiago: approx 1000km.
Distance from Puerto Montt( nearest major city): approx 100 km.
Transport options from Santiago
By bus or private car
There are not less than four flights every day from Santiago to Puerto Montt. LATAM also has 4 flights to Chiloe from Santiago weekly.
Direct flights to Puerto Montt take 1hour 40 minutes direct flights to Chiloe from Santiago take an extra 15 minutes.
If you're on a tight budget I would not advise flying since it's quite expensive.
There are several buses from Santiago to Puerto Montt, bus rides take 12 hours costing between $20 to $50. Turbus and Pullman have the most frequent trips along this route.
From Puerto Montt
If you connect through Puerto Montt you'll head slightly southeast to a small town called Pargua.
At Pargua you cross the canal De Chacao by ferry to Chiloe. Ferry rides take 25 minutes with the most frequent ferry trips being between 6 am to noon. If you go after lunch you'll have to wait for some time.
NOTE: Most bus tickets from Puerto Montt to Chiloe usually include the ferry trip so you don't have to alight at Pargua.