Chillán is famed for regional specialties (such as "Longanizas de Chillán", a type of sausage), the Termas de Chillán which are 82 km east of Chillán, and being the birthplace of Chile's founder Bernardo O'Higgins.
A good bit of information can be found on the municipal website (in Spanish)--> http://www.municipalidadchillan.cl/sitio/index.php
Chillán is easily accessible by bus from many cities/towns throughout Chile. There are many bus companies in Chile, so lookup which serve your outbound location. You can buy bus tickets online at recorrido.cl, the prices are the same as the ticket office if you have a Chilean card or at a slightly higher price in US Dollars via PayPal for international cards.
Website for bus schedules: 'buschile.com
From Santiago de Chile there are many regularly scheduled services throughout the day and overnight. The trip takes around 5 hours, depending on the service.
TrenCentral offer service from Estación Central (Alameda station) in Santiago de Chile to Chillán (final stop). The trip takes 4 hours and 40 minutes, with 10 stops in between. Prices range from $4.860 CLP to $12.000 CLP for the standard cabin, and $19.100 CLP to $24.300 CLP for the premium cabin. There's also a windowless cabin at a standard price of $5.700 CLP. You can purchase tickets online: TrenCentral (international cards accepted) or recorrido.cl (slightly higher price charged in US Dollars via PayPal for international cards)
Chillán is right along the Ruta 5, Chile's main highway, a modern well-maintained toll road with a 120kph speed limit which is part of the Pan-American Highway system.
From Santiago de Chile it's a 5 hour drive along Ruta 5.
The closest airport to Chillán is Concepción's Aeropuerto Carriel Sur, or simply Aeropuerto de Concepción((IATA: CCP) (ICAO: SCIE). The national airport offers flights between select cities in Chile. The airport is 100 km west of Chillán, and roughly an hour drive along the Autopista Del Itata/Ruta 152 toll road. There are also many bus services from Concepcion to Chillán.
Escuela de México, a primary school with famous murals painted by Mexican artist David Alfara Siqueiros and Xavier Guerrerro. The murals are named Muerte al Invasor (Death to the Invader) and De México a Chile (From Mexico to Chile). The former is a combination of Cubist and Impressionist styles and alludes to the struggles for independence, and the latter has a Realist style and depicts many scenes of Mexican and Chilean people. Hours: Monday - Friday: 10am - 1pm & 3-6pm. Saturday: 8am - 6pm. Sunday: 8am - 2pm.
Visit Mercado de Chillán, Chillán's indoor food market where you can find the fame regional specialties of Chillán and other Chilean staples. Hours: Monday - Friday: 8am - 7pm. Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 6pm
Visit Plaza de Armas, the city center
Go to a traditional Chilean Rodeo at the medialuna de Chillán.
Visit Museo de Ciencias Naturales, Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 1pm & 3-7pm. Saturday: 8:30am - 1pm.
Visit Museo San Francisco
Visit Museo Marta Colvin, Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 12:30pm & 2:30-6:30pm
Visit Museo Internacional de la Gráfica, Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 1pm & 3-6:30pm. Saturday: 9am - 1pm.
Visit Museo "El Chinchorro", Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:30am - 12pm.
Buy locally made goods at the Feria Artesenal across the Catedral de Chillán.
Go shopping at the Arauco Mall Chillán, a modern mall with the standard set of Chilean department stores and even a Starbucks.
Delight your taste buds at the Mercado Chillán.
Longanizas de Chillán, a type of sausage
Mote con Huesillo, a popular Chilean beverage/ desert, buy them along the road to Viejo Chillán where a portion is lined with countless Mote con Huesillo shops.
Pochitos, a popular local restaurant which offers delivery. Address: Collin 1160, Hours: Monday - Thursday: 12pm - 3am, Friday - Saturday: 1pm - 6am, Sunday: 1pm - 12am, Phone: +56 42 222 2814
Club la Piedra Address: Longitudinal Sur 175, Hours: Friday & Saturday: 11am - 5am
Kactus Pub Address: Palermo 250, Hours: Friday & Saturday: 7pm - 5am
Hotel Quinchamali Address: El Roble 634, Phone: +56 42 242 3250
Gran Hotel Isabel Riquelme Address: Arauco 600, Phone: +56 42 243 4400
Municipalidad de Chillán, 18 de Septiembre 510, ☎ +56 42 2 433350 (fax: +56 42 2 433350). 08:00 - 14:00. edit Dirección: Fono: Fax: