Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport
The airport of the Venezuelan capital Caracas is called in full Aeropuerto Internacional de Maiquetia Simón Bolívar, but is popularly called Maiquetia, after its location. There are two terminals (domestic and international) at walking distance, but there's also a shuttle bus between both buildings.
There's no train connection with Caracas Airport.
Car and bus
Caracas Airport is situated 21 kilometers northwest of the city center. The Venezuelan capital is easily accessible from the airport by rental car. First you follow the signs Autopista/Caracas (the autopista is a toll road). Next you drive through two tunnels (Boquerón I and Boquerón II). Then keep to the left when you reach the third tunnel (La Planicie), in the direction Petare.
Buses from the company UCAM (Tel. +58(0)212 352 4818) leave from the bus station opposite the two terminals to Caracas' center. Traveling time amounts to 40-50 minutes.
Car rental Caracas Airport
You can rent cars in the Arrivals Halls of both terminals. Eight car rental companies are present at Caracas Airport: three international rental companies (Avis, Budget and Hertz) and five local providers (Aco Alquiler, Amigo, Auto 727, Margarita Rental and Rojas). You can also book a rental car in advance using the service provided by EasyTerra; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
For your own safety it's best to hire a certified taxi. These can be recognized by a registration number on the side and a clearly visible identity card of the driver. There's a bright yellow desk of Corporación Anfitriones in the Arrivals Hall of both terminals where you can book a taxi. You can also do so online on the website Taxi to Caracas. Allow 30-60 minutes to travel to Caracas' center.
There are parking garages and uncovered parking lots at both terminals.
There's one hotel at Caracas Airport, Eurobuilding Express (Tel. +58(0)212 700 0700) directly opposite the terminal. Other hotels nearby Caracas Airport (and near the beach) include Marriott Hotel Playa Grande (Tel. +58(0)212 535 2222), Hotel Miramar Suites (Tel. +58(0)212 352 2414) and Hotel Ole Caribe (Tel. +58(0)212 620 2000). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to Booking.com. They offer a large range of hotels at competitive internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
Caracas International Airport offers a huge range of restaurants, cafés, (snack) bars and shops. There are duty-free shops, various souvenir shops and branches of internationally known brands such as Levi’s, Hugo Boss, Tommy and Timberland. The international terminal has more shops and eating facilities than the terminal for domestic flights.
Baggage lockers and lost-and-found desks are available in both terminals. You can hire a porter, but make sure to agree on a clear price.
There are several information desks at both the Arrivals and Departure Halls for inquiries about Caracas Airport, flight schedules and airport services.
In the terminal only basic facilities like faxing, copying and internet access are available (in the Cantv office in the international terminal). There are also various VIP lounges. Extensive business facilities, including the possibility to rent meeting space, are offered by the Luxor Hotel (see Hotels).
Caracas Airport has excellent accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators and toilets, and also low-hanging telephones. Parking spaces have also been reserved for the disabled, both in the short and long-term parking facilities.
There are banks, exchange offices and ATM's in both the domestic and international terminal. There's also a small post office (with courier service) in the domestic terminal. Computers with internet access are available in the internet cafés of ADV and in the Cantv office. In addition there are travel agents, a pharmacy and a First Aid station. Wireless internet (Wi-Fi) is only available in (or near) the lounges.
Aeropuerto Internacional de Maiquetia Simón Bolívar
Edo Vargas 1161
Telephone, fax, email
Telephone: +58(0)212 303 1329
IATA airport code: CCS
ICAO airport code: SVMI