Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport Guide (CCS)
Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport is situated 26km (16 miles) north of Caracas in the city of Maiquetía.
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 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.
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.
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.
Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport. Public telephones and postal facilities are also available at the airport.
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, 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.
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).
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.
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.