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:
(0212) 303 1329.

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.

Airport news

Improvements to the international departures area are currently under way, and there are plans to build an on-site hotel.

Information

Information desks are strategically located throughout both terminals, with three desks in the International Terminal (tel: (0212) 303 1527, 1528 or 1580) and two in the National Terminal (tel: (0212) 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

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.

Public Transport

Public transport road

Bus: UCAM buses (tel: (0212) 352 4818) run between the airport and Caracas (journey time: 40 minutes; fare: US$3). Bus stops are conveniently close to the metro stations in Caracas.

Taxi: An official 24-hour taxi service is provided by Corporación Anfitriones de Venezuela (tel: 0212) 352 8555). There are distinctive yellow desks in the arrivals areas of both terminals where passengers can pay for the trip in advance. Passengers are advised not to use unofficial taxis whose drivers tout for business in the terminal. Official taxis are available from outside Arrivals and Departures at both terminals: these can also be booked online through Taxi to Caracas (www.taxitocaracas.com). The fare to the city is around US$45.

Terminal facilities

Money

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

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

Medical services are 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.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

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: (0212) 902 1111; www.eurobuilding.com.ve) opposite the airport and at the nearby Marriott Venezuela Hotel Playa Grande (tel: (0212) 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 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 Aco, Amigo, Avis, Budget 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 the city centre. Our Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport guide includes the following options:


Marriott Venezuela Hotel Playa Grande

(0212) 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 Eurobuilding Express Maiquetía

(0212) 902 1111.

Opposite the airport terminal buildings (to which it is linked via a free shuttle service), this hotel features a 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
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