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Travel to Caracas

Flying to Caracas

Venezuelan flag carrier airline Conviasa (www.conviasa.aero) use Simón Bolívar International Airport in Caracas as their hub airport, operating international services from Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Grenada, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago, alongside domestic routes. There are no direct flights to Caracas from the UK. Several airlines offer indirect routes, including Air France via Paris, Iberia and Air Europa via Madrid, and Avianca via Bogota. Santa Barbara Airlines and American Airlines run direct flights from the USA (Miami).

Flight times

From London - 12 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); New York - 7 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); Los Angeles - 10 hours (including stopover); Toronto - 8 hours (including stopover); Sydney - 29 hours (including stopovers).

Travel by road

Oil-rich Venezuela is a country that worships the motor vehicle, and has an extensive and reasonably well-maintained network of roads – great news for anyone planning on driving around Caracas. Petrol is astonishingly cheap (costing far less than water) and filling stations frequent. Traffic jams are the order of the day in the city, and most of the main streets are gridlocked at rush hour. However, local drivers can be wild and navigating the clogged and chaotic streets of Caracas is not for the faint-hearted.

Driving is on the right. The minimum driving age is 18. Speed limits are officially 80 to 120kph (50 to 75mph) on major roads and 40 to 60kph (25 to 37mph) in residential areas, though few drivers pay the slightest attention to them. The main motoring organisation is Touring y Automovil Club de Venezuela (tel: +58 212 781 9743; www.automovilclubvenezuela.com).

Emergency breakdown services

TACV (tel: +58 212 781 9743; www.automovilclubvenezuela.com).


Highway 1 connects Caracas with the Colombian border to the west. The main route to the east is Highway 9.


Buses are the principal form of intercity transport, though come with their own risks to personal safety for travellers. The two main terminales de pasajeros (bus terminals) are on opposite sides of the city, but easily reached by public transport. Buses from the west and southwest arrive at Terminal La Bandera on Avenida Nueva Granada, while services from the east and southeast drive in to Terminal de Oriente just off the Autopista Francisco Fajardo. Some companies also have their own terminals. Established bus companies include Aeroexpresos Ejecutivos (tel: +58 212 266 2321; www.aeroexpresos.com.ve).

Time to city

From Maracaibo - 9 hours; Maracay - 1 hour 45 minutes; Valencia - 2 hours 15 minutes.

Travel by Rail


Other than the excellent city Metro, Venezuela has no train network to speak of.

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Book Accommodation

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.