Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport Guide (CCS)
Code: CCSNo. of terminals: 2 Dialling code: +58Timezone: GMT -04:30
Maiquetía, Edo Vargas, Venezuela
Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport is situated 26km (16 miles) north of Caracas in the city of Maiquetía.
+58 212 303 1580.
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.
Improvements to the international departures area are currently under way, and there are plans to build an on-site hotel.
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).
The two terminals are linked by a pedestrian walkway. A free shuttle bus service also links the terminals.
Upon exiting the airport, follow signs to Autopista/Caracas and drive through a toll booth and two tunnels (Boquerón I and Boquerón II). Then keep left upon arrival at a third tunnel (La Planicie) and follow signs to Petare. The tunnel leads into Caracas city centre.
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.
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.
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.
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 facilities available at Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport include medical services, available in both terminals, and there is a pharmacy in the International Terminal. A massage parlour, several travel agencies and tour operators are also located within the International Terminal.
There is no full-service business centre at Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport. However, facilities to send/receive faxes, as well as photocopying and internet access are available from the Movistar centre and Aeroconet Internet Café on level 3 of the International Terminal.
There are 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)
Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport is easily accessible to disabled travellers with lifts and ramps available where necessary. Passengers requiring wheelchairs should contact their airline in advance. Disabled parking is available in both the short- and long-term car parks.
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 hire companies represented at Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport include: Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz. Car hire desks are located in both terminals.