Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport Guide (CCS)

Airport info
Code: CCS
Address:
Maiquetía, Edo Vargas, Venezuela
Location:

Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport is situated 26km (16 miles) north of Caracas in the city of Maiquetía.

No. of terminals: 2 Dialling code: +58
Telephone:
+58 212 303 1580
Timezone: GMT -04:30

Also known as Maiquetía International Airport, Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport is the main airport serving the Venezuelan capital city. Take a look at our Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport guide for information on airport facilities, contact details and transport and accommodation options.

Information

Information desks are strategically located throughout both terminals, with three desks in the International Terminal (tel: +58 212 303 1527, 1528 or 1580) and two in the National Terminal (tel: +58 212 303 1483 or 1408).

Transfer between terminals

The two terminals are linked by a pedestrian walkway. A free shuttle bus service also links the terminals.

Driving directions

From central Caracas, head north on Autopista Nte – Sur, following the road towards the city of Maiquetía where it directly passes the airport complex; take the dedicated airport turn-off to reach the terminals. The total drive time from central Caracas to the airport is approximately 30 minutes.

Public Transport

Public transport road

Bus:UCAM buses (tel: +58 212 352 4818) run between the airport and Caracas (journey time: 40 minutes; fare: US$3). Bus stops are situated conveniently close to the metro stations in Caracas.

Taxi:A number of local taxi operators serve the airport including Cooperativa Taxi Explorer Astrala (tel: +58 212 860 8138; www.astrala.com). Taxis can be pre-booked at the distinctive yellow desks in the arrivals areas of both terminals. For safety reasons, passengers are strongly advised against using unofficial taxis whose drivers tout for business in the terminal. The fare to the city is around US$45.

Terminal facilities

Money

Bureaux de change, ATMs and banking services are available in both terminals.

Communication

Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport. Public telephones and postal facilities are also available at the airport.

Food

Restaurants, fast-food outlets, cafés and bars are located throughout both terminals, including sushi and steak restaurants in the National Terminal and a grill restaurant in the International Terminal.

Shopping

There is a variety of shops in both terminals ranging from bookshops to confectioners, jewellers and designer boutiques. The duty-free shop is located in the International Terminal, near gate 16.

Luggage

A left-luggage service is available in both terminals. Trolleys can be found throughout the airport. Beware of informal porters who tend to overcharge.

Other

Other facilities available at Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport include medical services, available in both terminals, a chapel, and a pharmacy in the International Terminal. A massage parlour, several travel agencies and tour operators are also located within the International Terminal.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

There is no full-service business centre at Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport. However, four meeting rooms (tel: +58 212 303 1631) of varying size are available to passengers.

There are also a number of executive lounges at the airport, including the American Airlines Admiral Club and the United-Iberia Lounge on the second floor of the International Terminal.

Conference facilities are available at the Hotel Eurobuilding Express (tel: +58 212 902 1111; www.eurobuilding.com.ve), opposite the airport, and at the nearby Marriott Venezuela Hotel Playa Grande (tel: +58 212 535 2222; www.marriott.com).

Disabled facilities

Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport is easily accessible to disabled travellers with lifts and ramps available where necessary. Passengers requiring wheelchairs, or any additional assistance, should contact their airline in advance. Disabled parking is available in both the short- and long-term car parks.

Car parking

Short- and long-term car parking facilities are located at the National Terminal, with a further long-term car park at the International Terminal. Both long-term car parks are open 24 hours a day, while the short-term area is open from 0430 to 2330.

Car rental

Car hire companies represented at Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport include: Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz. Car hire desks are located in both terminals.

Hotels

There is one hotel immediately opposite the terminals – otherwise the choice is fairly limited in the immediate vicinity. Most major accommodation options are located in Maiquetía or nearby Caracas.


Hotel Eurobuilding Express Maiquetía

+58 212 902 1111

Opposite the airport terminal buildings (to which it is linked via a free shuttle service), this hotel features a grill restaurant, business centre and two meeting rooms. Among its leisure facilities are a swimming pool, gym and tennis courts.

Calle La Gualrita, Chuao, Caracas, Venezuela

Marriott Venezuela Hotel Playa Grande

+58 212 535 2222

This 194-room and 12-suite hotel offers ocean views and a choice of eateries. Meeting space is available for business guests, while there is a gym and outdoor pool for those looking to keep fit.

Avenida el Hotel, Playa Grande, Catia La Mar, Venezuela

Hotel Alex

+58 212 578 0437

A modern, well-priced hotel in the city of Caracas, roughly a 30-minute drive from the airport, Hotel Alex offers a good variety of rooms plus an on-site restaurant, a hot tub, a gym and a laundry service.

Esquina Ferrenquin a La Cruz, Caracas, Venezuela
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