Asunción Silvio Pettirossi International Airport
Paraguay's main airport is situated in Luque, a suburb of the capital Asunción. The airport is named after the aviation pioneer Silvio Pettirossi who founded the first aviation club in Paraguay. Asunción Airport used to be known as Presidente Stroessner International Airport, after Paraguay's former president.
IATA airport code: ASU
ICAO airport code: SGAS
There's no train connection with the airport.
Car and bus
Asunción International Airport is situated 9 kilometers north of the city center in the suburb Luque. By rental car you can reach the airport from the city center via the Avenida España and the Autopista al Aeropuerto Silvio Pettirosi, which, as indicated by the name, leads to the airport.
There's also one bus service between the airport and the center of Asunción, city bus 30-A. The ride to the center takes about one hour. Many hotels have shuttle busses running.
Car rental Asunción Airport
You can find a counter of car rental companies in the Arrivals Hall. Five rental companies are present at Asunción International Airport: Avis, Budget, Hertz, National and Thrifty. You can also book a rental car in advance using the services provided by EasyTerra; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
Taxis can be found outside the Arrivals Hall. Make sure the driver turns on the meter. If there's no meter in the taxi, or if the driver refuses to use it, make sure to agree on the price upfront. A taxi ride from the airport to Asunción costs about US$ 16.00 and takes about 20 minutes. (Paraguay's currency is the guaraní, taxi drivers just as easy accept US$).
There's a parking lot outside the terminal. We advise against leaving your rental car at night.
There are no hotels at Asunción Airport. The nearest hotels are Hotel Portal del Sol (Tel. +595(0)21 609 395), Hotel Ibis (Tel. +595(0)21 620 1000), Hotel Westfalenhaus (Tel. +595(0)21 292 374) and ApartHotel Porta Westfalica (Tel. +595(0)21 298 906). The Guarani Esplendor Hotel Asunción (Tel. +595(0)21 452 099) is a business hotel. 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
There's one restaurant before customs and another one in the Departure Hall. There are also some cafés, (snack) bars and shops, including a duty-free shop and many souvenir shops. The number isn't overwhelming.
There are lockers in the central hall to store your baggage. There's also a counter to deposit your baggage. For lost objects you need to turn to the information desk.
There's an information desk in both the Arrivals and Departure Halls for inquiries about Asunción Airport, flight schedules and airport services.
There's a small meeting room near the VIP Room, but Asunción Airport doesn't offer any further business facilities. The business hotels in the capital, including the Guarani Esplendor Hotel (see Hotels), offer extensive business facilities.
Asunción Airport has reasonable accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps and adapted toilets and some places are reserved for the disabled on the parking lot.
You'll find banks, exchange offices and ATM's scattered around the terminal. There are also internet cafés and wireless internet (Wi-Fi) is available. The First Aid station can be reached via the information desk or the general telephone number +595(0)21 213 012.