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Getting around Caracas

Public transport

Visitors need to rely on public transport in Caracas to get around as the city's attractions spread far and wide. The clean, cheap and efficient Metro de Caracas (tel: +58 212 206 7741; www.metrodecaracas.com.ve) runs from early morning around 0530 until 2300. The metro does not cover the whole city but connects with Los Teques Metro at Las Adjuntas Station, with links between the city of Los Teques and Caracas.

It has more than 45 stations and five functional lines, with a sixth under construction. The same company has a connecting bus network above ground called Metrobús, which can take you on to your final destination. There are plenty of cheap independent buses too, their destinations given in the front window. The Metro is generally safe during daylight hours, although pickpockets do operate. City buses are regularly held up by gunmen and are best avoided.

For savings in both time and money, pick up a multiabono (multiple ticket) that pays for 10 metro rides of any distance. A multiabono integrado can also be used on Metrobús.


Every third car is likely to a taxi in Caracas, and fares are inexpensive. You're expected to decide a price with the driver before setting off, so have your haggling skills at the ready. Always use official company cabs (white with yellow plates) that sit in ranks outside malls and big hotels rather than the many independent taxis. Booking ahead is often the safest option, reputable companies include Movíl-Enlace (tel: +58 212 577 0922), Taxis Altamira (tel: +58 212 267 4253) and Taxis El Rosal (tel: +58 212 952 0079).


You have to be brave to get behind the wheel of a car in Caracas. Bad signposting, gridlocked streets and poor driving combine to make driving here very hard work, though it's a good way to get about beyond the capital. If you do drive, choose manned car parks.

Car hire

Most major national and international car hire companies have offices at the airport and in the city itself. Many top hotels also have a desk or two. You need to be at least over 21 years of age to hire a vehicle here; some companies only take drivers over 25. 

Car hire companies include Avis (tel: +58 212 355 1190; www.avis.com), Budget (tel: +58 212 355 2799; www.budget.com) and Hertz (tel: +58 212 905 0400; www.hertz.com).

Bicycle hire

Cycling isn't recommended in Caracas unless you're happy taking your life into your own hands in the chaotic streets. Hiring bikes is also difficult.

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Featured Hotels


Cayena-Caracas Hotel

A secure retreat in the centre of the bustling metropolis, unwind on the rooftop of this 5-star hotel with a dip in the heated pool. Packed with a boutique, Venezuelan-inspired style, amenities at the Cayena-Caracas include a 42" television and pillow menu in every room, and fitness centre on the top floor.

Dal Bo Hostel

Expect a warm welcome at the premiere hostel in the historical centre of Caracas, graced with an international crowd taking refuge in one of its six-bed dorms. Facilities include free Wi-Fi, towel rental and 24 hour security at the front desk.

Pestana Caracas Premium City & Conference Hotel

Plush with rooftop pool and views overlooking Parque Generalísimo Francisco De Miranda this business hotel includes free Wi-Fi 24 hour room service and a fitness centre with sauna and jacuzzi.

Caracas Palace Hotel

The former Four Seasons hotel does not disappoint and is widely considered one of the best hotels in Caracas located in the exclusive and safe neighbourhood of Altamira. There's a fantastic, curvaceous pool, two excellent restaurants and a spa as well as 115 sumptuous and spacious rooms.

Gran Melía Caracas

This princely choice is one of the largest and most sumptuous hotels in Caracas, which manages to feel far removed from the surrounding noise and heat despite its central location. It boasts all the trimmings including Jacuzzis in the rooms, gym, swimming pool and several first-class restaurants.

Hotel Paseo Las Mercedes

This squeaky clean hotel is ideal if you have a stopover in Caracus. It has uniformly comfortable rooms and pleasant English-speaking staff. It is located in a shopping centre but has the pick of dozens of excellent restaurants, cafés, bars and nightclubs on its doorstep.