Car Hire at Arturo Michelena International Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015.
When travelling to and from Valencia in Venezuela, the airport that serves the city is Arturo Michelena International Airport. Drive to destinations like Paez Mansion, Museum of History and Anthropology, Valencia’s Metropolitan Park or Parque Metropolitano, Valencia Atheneum, among others, with the help of the car rental companies that operate from within and around the airport grounds.
Where to hire a car at Arturo Michelena International Airport
The car rental providers that operate within Arturo Michelena International Airport include well-known companies like Auto Europe, Holiday Autos, Argus Car Hire, rentalcars.com, Hertz, and Amigo’s Car Rental. There is limited information regarding the location of their offices in the airport; but the airport has a large terminal building where different service and information desks are situated, possibly including the car rental desks.
The car rental companies providing their service at the airport features a varied fleet of new vehicles, plus advantages like unlimited mileage, online booking and payment, agreement with hotels, and roadside assistance 24 hours a day, with child seats also available if needed.
What to expect when hiring a car from Arturo Michelena International Airport
Arturo Michelena International Airport and its surrounding areas are served by petrol stations that include Bomba el Hipodromo, Estacion de Servicio El Trigal, Estacion de Servicio La Ceiba, Estacion de Servicion Mi Bohio, Tucarro.com Texaco Vlc, and more. Among the roads that serve the route from Arturo Michelena International Airport to Valencia city centre include Avenida Iribarren Borges, Avenida Industrial, and Calle 77, among others. It will only take about 25-30 minutes to drive to the city proper from the airport, via Avenida Iribarren Borges and Este Oeste 4 Avenue.
Driving around Arturo Michelena International Airport
Valencia, the capital city of Carabobo State, is well-served and connected with the rest of Venezuela by a highway and road network managed by INVIAL. The main highway the serves Valencia is Autopista Regional del Centro, which connects it to Caracas to the northeast. Note that some portions of this highway have tolls. During rush hour, it is best to avoid drive toward the north-side freeway as this part can get heavily congested, although not for long periods compared to Caracas. Freeways also connect Valencia to Puerto Cabello to the west and Barquisimeto to the south. Gasoline stations are located at convenient intervals along the freeway.
Getting to your destination
Three of the nearby cities to drive to coming from Arturo Michelena International Airport in Valencia include Caracas, Maracaibo, and Barquisimeto.
Also referred to officially as Santiago de Leon de Caracas, the capital and centre of the Greater Caracas Area, also the largest city in Venezuela, Caracas boasts a great number of landmarks starting with the Federal Capitol, East Park, Teresa Carreno Cultural Complex, Simon Bolivar birthplace house, and National Pantheon, to name a few.
When driving from Arturo Michelena International Airport, to Caracas, expect approximately two hours and 20 minutes or 177 kilometres of travel. Start the trip from Avenida Iribarren Borges and Av Ernesto Branger, then get to Autopista Regional del Centro. Next, continue down Autopista Regional del Centro towards Caracas, and exit from Autopista Francisco Fajardo/Route 9. Lastly, reach Caracas down Avenida Rio de Janeiro.
A city and municipality within the north-western Venezuela area, Maracaibo is the second-largest of all the cities within the country. It is the capital of the state of Zulia and is known for Museo de Arte Contemporaneo del estado Zulia or MACZUL, Museo Genral Rafael Urdaneta, Biblioteca Publica del Zuilia, and Teatro Baralt, in addition to many more.
Starting from Arturo Michelena International Airport, drive down Autopista Valencia - Puerto Cabello within Naguanagua starting from Avenida Iribarren Borges, Av Ernesto Branger, and Route 1. Next, go further down Autopista Valencia - Puerto Cabello, Route 1, and Autopista Circunvalacion Nte to Route 1 in Barquisimeto, then exit from Autopista Circunvalacion Nte/Route 1. Drive down Route 1 then reach Autopista Lara-Zulia in Zulia via Route 1 then Autopista Lara-Zulia to Maracaibo. Maracaibo is approximately 545 kilometres away from the airport and will take around six hours and 48 minutes to get to.
Get to Barquisimeto and visit Catedral de Barquisimeto, La Flor de Venezuela, Sambil Barquisimeto Mall, Obelisco de Barquisimeto, and more. Barquisimeto, the capital of the state of Lara, and head of Iribarren Municipality, is an irreplaceable urban, industrial, commercial, and transportation centre within the country of Venezuela.
Just like the route to Maracaibo but with some small changes, getting to Barquisimeto requires you to drive down Autopista Valencia - Puerto Cabello in Naguanagua from Avenida Iribarren Borges, Av Ernesto Branger, and Route 1. Next, follow down Autopista Valencia - Puerto Cabello and Autopista Regional Cimarron Andresote to Av Intercomunal Barquisimeto - Acarigua in Barquisimeto, and then exit from Autopista Regional Cimarron Andresote. To get to the destination, continue down Av. Intercomunal Barquisimeto - Acarigua then take Av. Riberena to Calle 44. The total driving time to get from point A to point B is approximated at around two hours and 57 minutes for an estimated 221 kilometres.