One of Venezuela's primary transport hubs, Simón Bolívar International Airport (CCS), or simply Caracas Maiquetia International Airport, is located in Maiquetia, 13 miles (21 kilometres) from downtown Caracas. The airport serves nearly nine million passengers each year coming in and out of Venezuela's busy capital.
Known locally as simply Maiquetia, the airport has undergone near-continuous upgrading in the last decade, leaving it a bit of a maze that's notoriously difficult to navigate. Travellers should make sure to leave enough time to get around when scheduling flights through Caracas Maiquetia International Airport. Getting to and from the airport is also fairly tricky, and passengers should take care to only use licensed taxis booked from the airport desk.
The airport is situated 12 miles (19km) north of Caracas.
Getting to the city
A public bus services the city centre every 30 minutes and Corporacion Anfitriones de Venezuela taxis are available outside the baggage reclaim area. Tickets for taxis must be purchased at the yellow desks available in both arrival halls.
Local time is GMT -4.5
Tel: +58 (0)212 303 1526.
Car rental companies include Hertz, Avis and Budget and are available from both the international and domestic terminal.
Metered taxis are available at both terminals.
Transfer between terminals
The terminals are connected, however passengers will need to exit and re-enter through security on connections between international and domestic flights.
Terminal facilities include information points, medical services, a post office, currency exchange facilities, public phones, a business centre, interfaith chapels, family bathrooms, VIP suites, meeting areas, duty-free shopping, restaurants and more.
Short-term parking is about VEF 10 per hour, and is open from 4:30am to 11:30pm. Long-term parking is also about VEF 10 per hour, but is open 24 hours a day.
There is a government exit tax of Bs 37,632 and an airport tax of Bs 94,080 for all international flights.
Flights to Caracas Maiquetia International Airport are available on American Airlines, Air Canada, Delta Airlines, Air France, Continental Airlines, Iberia, Alitalia, Lufthansa, and TAP Portugal.
The airport offers free wifi.
The Canty office provides business services at Caracas Maiquetia International Airport, offering phone, fax and internet services as well as printing and photocopying. It is located on Level 3 of the International Terminal, and is open daily from 8am to 8pm.
Caracas Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.