Car Hire at General José Antonio Anzoátegui International Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Barcelona in Venezuela is a city known for attractions and destinations like Cathedral of San Cristobal of Barcelona, Casa de la Cultura, Basilica del Cristo de Jose, and Casa Fuerte de Barcelona. Enter the city via General José Antonio Anzoátegui International Airport, and from there drive around with the help of the car rental companies that serve the area.
Where to hire a car at General José Antonio Anzoátegui International Airport
General José Antonio Anzoátegui International Airport has car rental desks located in the ground level of the airport’s terminal building. Some of the car rental companies operating within the airport include Avis, Hertz, Holiday Autos, rentalcars.com, Argus Car Hire, and ACO Rent A Car.
General rules when availing a car rental service from the airport and all over Venezuela include being at least 21 years old to rent a car and you must be a licenced driver for at least a year already. Moreover, customers under the age of 25 are also required to pay a young driver surcharge. Aside from you driver’s licence, also prepare an International Driving Permit (IDP).
What to expect when hiring a car from General José Antonio Anzoátegui International Airport
General José Antonio Anzoátegui International Airport is served by Avenida Jose A. Anzoategui which links the airport to the city proper of Barcelona. To get to the city centre, head south to reach Via Alterna/Avenida Argimiro Gabaldon/Route 9. Within the city, some of the petrol stations include PDV, E/S Cajigal, and Estacion de Servicio Los Machos, among others. To minimise your need for petrol stations, some of the car rental providers offer a discounted tank of diesel to add to your booking.
Driving around General José Antonio Anzoátegui International Airport
When driving within Venezuela, take note that visitors are required to always bring an ID card or passport, as there are military or National Guard checkpoints on many roads. Also remember that driving is on the right side unless overtaking. Also always give way to traffic in a roundabout. The speed limit on intercity highways is 160 km/h (100 mph) unless otherwise indicated. Within the city, the speed limit is 60km/h (50 km/h at night), while it is 80 km/h on the outskirts. Be mindful of the moto taxis that usually have up to five passengers.
Getting to your destination
When travelling out to various destinations within Venezuela from General José Antonio Anzoátegui International Airport in Barcelona, drop by Maracay, Valencia, and Maturin. Please be advised that the driving directions provided below have been simplified to work as a quick reference when needed.
Maracay can be found towards the northern-central area of Venezuela close to the Caribbean coast. This state of Aragua features tourist destinations like the Anthropological Museum, Aviation Museum, Museum of Modern Arts, and the Opera House.
Head south from General José Antonio Anzoátegui International Airport, then follow Route 9 to Carretera Rio Chico - El Guapo. Go down Carretera Tacarigua - Rio Chico, Autopista Caucagua - Rio Chico, Autopista Caucagua – Higuerote, and Route 12. From Carr. Sta. Teresa/Troncal 12 and Carr. Nacional La Raiza get down Autopista Francisco de Miranda in Santa Teresa and reach Autopista Regional del Centro from Autopista Regional del Centro exit, to Maracay. Lastly, take Avenida Constitucion and Avenida San Agustin to reach Maracay. Total travel time is approximated at around five hours and 22 minutes, for 405 kilometres.
Valencia is the capital of the Carabobo State. It houses a good amount of tourist attractions starting with Valencia Atheneum, Municipal Theater of Valencia, Valencia’s Metropolitan Park, Valencia’s Aquarium, and Cerro Casupo Municipal Park, to name a few.
From the airport, drive southward and go down Route 9. From Route 9 and Carretera Rio Chico - El Guapo get on Autopista Caucagua - Rio Chico in Miranda, then continue down Autopista Caucagua - Rio Chico and Autopista Caucagua - Higuerote to reach Carr Vieja Caucagua-Higuerote. Exit from Autopista Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho/Route 9. Go down Autopista Francisco de Miranda in Santa Teresa from Route 12, Carr. Sta. Teresa/Troncal 12, and Carr. Nacional La Raiza and exit via Autopista Regional del Centro to get to Vía de Servicio Nte. in San Diego. Arrive to your destination via Route 5. The total travel time from the point of origin to the destination is close to six hours, for 453 kilometres.
Maturin is known for its tourist spots like the church of San Simon, Parque de la Guaricha, Parque Menca de Leoni, Parque de los Guaritos, Amana del Tamarindo, and Complejo Cultural de Maturin or Cultural Complex of Maturin, in addition to many more. For approximately two hours and 31 minutes from General José Antonio Anzoátegui International Airport, reach Maturin by driving down south then from Route 16, get to Av Juncal to reach the destination after a total of 204 kilometres from point A to point B.