The Simón Bolívar International Airport(CCS) is the primary international airport serving Caracas, and Venezuela. Named for Simón Bolívar the famed military leader that played a role in many South American countries becoming independent of Spain. Opened in 1945, this airport has been linking Caracas to the rest of the world for over 60 years.
The airport has two terminals, one domestic, and one international and the amenities are pretty good across both. There is free WiFi provided to passengers of the airport, and a post office for communication. For money, travellers can access cash machines, several currency exchange counters, and full service banks.
There is duty-free shopping available in the International Terminal, but there are lots of other shops at this airport selling books, clothes, souvenirs, gifts, and accessories. Perfect if you want to pick up presents for friends and family. There are also a good variety of eateries; with snack kiosks, restaurants, bars, cafes, and fast-food options you can choose from.
Extra features include mobile charging stations, a pharmacy, a medical centre, a spa and salon, a massage bar, and VIP lounges.
Getting to Caracas from Australia can be done with a number of airlines, like COPA, American Airlines, Delta, Qantas, Hawaiian Airlines, United, Jetstar, and Air New Zealand. Stay ahead of the curve with changing fares by signing up to our price alerts, so you can snag the best deal as it becomes available.
· Get onto the Autopista Caracas and stay on this road, which will turn into the Autopista Nte – Sur. When you see it, take the exit towards Av. Roosevelt, a street that can take you right into the centre of town. There are recognisable car rental companies at this airport, but it is usually easier and cheaper to book a car online, as you can compare rates across the different agencies.
· There are buses into the city, run by UCAM, and in normal traffic, a journey can take around 40-50 minutes. The cost should be about 6VEF (80 cents). If you’d rather not take public transport, you can pre-arrange transportation by booking your airport transfers online with private companies through Skyscanner.
· There are plenty of taxis operating just outside the airport and you can pick up one to take you directly into town. Look for official taxis, or ask airport staff what to look for. Be aware that these taxis are unmetered and you will have to haggle to come to a price. The travel time can be anywhere between 30 minutes and an hour depending on the traffic, though the price to central should fall around 35-45VEF ($5-6).
Please note that information is correct as of April 2017