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Caracas Maiquetía International Airport in Edo Vargas, Venezuela, Airport Code
Longitude:17° 47' 8" E Latitude:43° 14' 52" N
ADDRESS Caracas Maiquetía International Airport (Simón Bolívar),
Number of Terminals: 2
Telephone: (0)212 303 1329 or 1330
Fax: (0)212 355 1224
Time Zone: GMT - 4
Location: The airport is located 26km (16 miles) north of Caracas
Country code: 58
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 as you enter a third tunnel (La Planicie) and follow signs to Petare. The tunnel will bring you into Caracas.
CAR PARKING The airport provides short- and long-term car parking facilities at both terminals. The car parks are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
CAR HIRE Car hire companies represented at the airport are Aco Alquiler, Amigo, Auto 727, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Margarita Rental and Rojas. Car hire desks are located in both terminals.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT Road: Taxi: An official 24-hour taxi service is provided by Corporación Anfitriones de Venezuela. There is a distinctive yellow desk in the Arrivals areas of both terminals where passengers can pay for the trip in advance; passengers are advised not to use the unofficial taxis, which tout for business in the terminal. Taxis are available from outside the Arrivals and Departures of both terminals. Bus: UCAM buses run between the airport and Caracas (journey time: approximately 40 minutes); bus stops are conveniently close to the metro stations in Caracas.
INFORMATION AND HELP DESKS Information desks are strategically located throughout both terminals, with two desks in the International Terminal (tel: 212 303 1526/7/8) and on in the Domestic Terminal (tel: 212 303 1403 or 1408).
AIRPORT FACILITIES Money and communications: Bureaux de change, ATMs, banking and telecommunications services and postal services are available in both terminals. There is an express courier service in the Domestic Terminal. Facilities to send/receive faxes and Internet access are available at the Cantv office on level 3 of the International Terminal. Pay phones and IDD telephones can be found in both terminals. Eating and drinking: Restaurants, fast-food outlets, cafés and bars are located throughout both terminals. Shopping: There is a variety of shops in both terminals. The duty-free shop is located in the International Terminal. Luggage: A left-luggage service is available in both terminals. Trolleys are available throughout the airport. Beware of informal porters who tend to overcharge. Other facilities: Medical and paramedical services are available in both terminals. There is pharmacy and several travel agencies and tour operators in the International Terminal.
CONFERENCE AND BUSINESS FACILITIES There is no full-service business centre at the airport. However, facilities to send/receive faxes, photocopying, IDD telephones and Internet access are available at the Cantv office on level 3 of the International Terminal, open daily 0800-2000. Executive lounges at the airport include the Simón Bolívar Lounge on the second floor of the Domestic Terminal and the Venezuela Lounge in the International Terminal. The American Airlines Admiral Club is situated on the second floor of the International Terminal (after security), while the United-Iberia lounge is also situated on the second floor of the International Terminal.
DISABLED FACILITIES The airport is easily accessible to disabled travellers, and lifts and ramps are 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.
AIRPORT HOTELS A Hilton hotel is currently under construction and will be located immediately opposite the International Arrivals area. There are two four-star hotels near the airport, Hotel Ole Caribe (tel: (0)212 331 1133) in Macuto, and Hotel Puerto Viejo (tel: (0)212 352 4044) in Catia La Mar. There are many other four- and five-star hotels located in Caracas, including the Caracas Hilton, Embassy Suites, Eurobuilding, Melia Caracas and Tamanaco InterContinental. The Four Seasons Caracas (tel: (0)212 280 1000) offers a car service between the airport and hotel, for which a fee is payable.
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