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    Airport info Part 1

    by ludogatto Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In the international airport u can find internet poin, mony changer, some fast foods, hotel reservation point for the hotel near the airport.
    If u have to go to /from the national to the international airport rememeber that the 2 building are separeted, u have to go out and wlk for 200 metrs, u don't need a taxi, but if u have a lot of luggage there are official attendants for it ( I don't know the rates)
    If u have to go to Los ROques rememeber that the flight don't leave from the national airport, but u have to go to another little building, 500 mts from the national building...I walked cause I had only a trolley, but if u are lazy u can take a taxi!

    Rememeber that in the airport many people ask u if u need taxi, guid or change money:
    - take only the balck taxi with the airport logo on the door, or the with one with a yello/blak line on the door....this are the official taxi, they are safe! On the airport website u can find the prices!
    - I changed my Eros and Dollars with a man in the airport, I wark ther, but be carefull....first time I changed only 100 Euros, after 2 hours I asked to change more because I was more sure of the situation, I leaved all the luggage to my partner and I went tho the toilet for the meeting only with the 100 dollars!

    If u have to go in Caracas rememeber that now need from 1, 5 to 2 hours cause on the freeway there is a interrupion do to not safe bridge, that last week was destroied....so take your time!

    If u need more info on the airport and the services go to the airport web site where u can find also allt he nearest airport hotel.....this website is only in spanish!

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    Arrivals and departures

    by nhoolb Updated Mar 17, 2011
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    Aserca, LASER, Rutaca, Santa Barbara airlines, Aeropostal and Conviasa (the latter owned by Mr. Chávez....) are the main domestic airlines.

    Personally I would prefer Aserca, LASER or Rutaca as being the "most reliable", although all domestic airlines suffer from frequent delays. I was always just in time to take the previous scheduled flight.....

    www.asercaairlines.com
    www.laser.com.ve
    www.rutaca.com.ve
    www.sbairlines.com
    www.aeropostal.com
    www.conviasa.aero

    Mind that airport taxes (national departures and international departures) can only be paid in cash in bolivares.

    When connecting in Caracas international to domestic, there is an inside walkway between the international terminal to the national (domestic) terminal: turn left immediately after passing customs. Allow plenty of time, especially when connecting on the return flight, domestic to international. In that case after retrieving luggage DON'T leave the luggage reclaim area but go back inside the (departure) lounge and turn left in order to use that inside walkway towards the international terminal.

    More info on the website:

    www.aeropuerto-maiquetia.com.ve

    Info January 2011

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    Don't worry about it

    by Athensfilippos Written Sep 5, 2009

    The only hussle is the waiting line to get ur passport checked. Expect to waste a couple of hours there. After u get ur luggages a somehow official guy approaches u (they all take turns) who might even speak english to help u out on taking a taxi. DO change ur euros! Ask him to change euros in a better rate than the official. Official is 3, his friends will give u 7. Later on on ur trip u might find rates closer to 8. Not such a big difference. So, do change 200-300 euros to be certain that u have enough money. Since all the guys are connected and they know u'll pay the taxi with the money they just gave u i don't think that there going to be fake money. Expect to pay something like 150-170bolivares (20euros) to get u to the city.

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    From Caracas to Mérida by plane

    by MalenaN Written May 13, 2009

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    The airport in caracas

    As I was flying from Los Roques to Caracas and then from Caracas to Mérida I had booked the ticket for Mérida at the same time I booked my trip to Los Roques. I made the arrangements with a travel agent in Venezuela via mail before leaving home. The ticket for Mérida was 135 dollars (June 2008).

    If you arrive with an international flight you will find the terminal for domestic flights just next to the international terminal. I arrived from Los Roques and the luggage was not transferred as you carry your own luggage from the plane. I checked my bag in and then paid the airport tax, which was 23 BsF for domestic flights (June 2008). Inside the terminal (after security control) there are several shops and restaurants and I had sushi while waiting for my flight.

    I flew with Santa Barbara Airlines and the flight was 45 minutes and during this time we got some snacks. In Mérida we landed at Aeropuerto Alberto Carnevalli, which is situated only 2km from Plaza Bolívar. The airstrip is not very long here and I have heard that another airport further away is used in bad weather. The luggage arrived quickly and I went to one of the taxis outside the building. I took the taxi to Posada Guamanchi and it was 12 BsF.

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    Local airport taxes

    by SallyM Updated Feb 4, 2009

    Local taxas are payable when departing from Caracas airport (and other airports in Venezuela). These vary according to destination - 23 Bolivars for a domestic flight to Puerto Ordaz, 115 Bolivars for an international flight to London.

    On payment you will be given a receipt with a barcode - you need to place this under a scanner in order to get through the turnstile into the departure lounge.

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    VERY CHEAP BUS TO THE AIRPORT

    by RafaelTheSecond Updated Apr 25, 2008

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    A snack stop before going to the airport

    Maquetía is the name where the Caracas Airport is located, actually the airport's official name is Simon Bolivar Airport. It is very faraway from Caracas downtown or everywhere in Caracas, you will have to cross a huge range of mountains until you get to the city!!!

    No wonder that taxi charges you a real fortune!!! You will spend around 50-60 dollars just for one ride!!!

    And the worst thing is that you will have to deal with the driver and negociate, and they are not good to bargain!!!

    I found a solution!!!

    There is a trade complex which looks like an old shopping center that they call CENTRO COMERCIAL PARQUE CENTRAL, close to the MUSEO DE NIÑOS or Children Museum.

    There you will find under a bridge, a little agecy that offers shuttle buses to the Airport and they ONLY CHARGE 5000 bolivares (or 5 BOLIVARES FUERTES).

    The taxi costs 150 000...so taking a bus is really better and the buses are quite confortable and it is air condioned!

    Here is their contact:

    UCAMC

    Avenida Sur 17, entre Mexico y Avenida Lecuna
    Terminal Almirante Brion
    Parque Central

    The subway station nearby is BELLAS ARTES, from there you just cross a big avenue and get to the PARQUE CENTRAL SHOPPING MALL. Remember!!! They call it as CENTRO COMERCIAL (never say SHOPPING MALL).

    IF YOU ARE AT THE AIRPORT AND WANT TO GO TO CARACAS DOWNTOWN, get informed where the UCAMC bus stops!

    Their telephone number is +58212 576 9851

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    By airplane

    by MalenaN Written Jul 6, 2007

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    The airport in Caracas

    I flew with Lufthansa to Caracas (Air France and Al Italia are other companies flying to Caracas) and the journey from Frankfurt took about 10 hours. On the plane both lunch and dinner was served, and a small sandwich or cake in between. When we arrived in Caracas (14.40) Al Italia also arrived. There was a lot of people going through the immigrations (I think I queued almost half an hour), so make sure you have all the papers ready, including the forms you were given in the airplane. As you go out of the customs you will find an information desk to your left, and the airport bus is just outside the main entrance.

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    From airport to Rodovias Bus Terminal

    by MalenaN Written Jul 6, 2007

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    Going from the airport

    The buses from the airport are small and white. You will find them just outside the exit. It cost 13 000 Bs (June 2007) to Caracas city centre. On its way to the end station Parque Central it stops by Gato Negro and Bellas Artes metro stations. I was advised at the airport to go to Parque Central and from there take a safe taxi to Rodovias as it was rush hour at the metro (but it was a Sunday). Gato Negro seemed very busy but outside Bellas Artes it looked quiet. From the airport the bus took only one hour (somebody I asked thought it was going to take two hours), but I guess it will be even quicker when the new bridge is opened, the old one colapsed but the new looked almost finnished.

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    Current airport issues

    by skullcrusher Updated May 26, 2006

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    At this time transport issues getting from the airport to Caracas is a bit of a challenge, but far from impossibly difficult. Since a bridge along the road became too unstable for use they have built an alternate route that is congested, slow, and passes through some rather rough neighborhoods.

    Perhaps the safest way to get into town is to hop into the black Ford Explorers waiting outside the arrivals terminal. Unfortunately they charge 100,000 Bolivares (about US$46) for the 1 hour ride. If you are able to flag down a white taxi with yellow plates then they are a reasonably safe and cheaper alternative. I would advise that the guys inside the airport who try to get you to use their "private" vehicles should be ignored.

    Returning to the airport from Caracas is much simpler and should cost leaa. I got qoutes ranging around 50,000 Bolivares. I think that omce they biuld a new bridge transit times will decrease along with the prices.

    On the bright side, the airport currently isn't charging the departure tax of 50,000 Bolivares. So that's a little bit of good news.

    One thing you should keep in mind is that though it's easy to convert foreign currency to Bolivares, once you get to the airport it's next to impossible to convert any remaining Bolivares back into US dollars or Euros or such. So unless you want to be stuck with a bunch of currency that's worthless outside of Venezuela be sure not to have a huge wad of Bolivares left over as you prepare to leave.

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    santa barbara airlines departures

    by cochinjew Written Feb 2, 2006

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    Para nuestros pasajeros que viajaran desde y hacia el Aeropuerto Caracas en Charallave, ofrecemos SERVICIO GRATUITO de Buses.
    A continuación horarios de traslado desde nuestra sede principal en la Urbina hasta Aeropuerto Caracas y regresos desde el Aeropuerto Caracas con parada en Altamira hasta la Urbina.

    Horarios de Buses
    Para el Vuelo RUTA Salida desde la Urbina Llegada a Charallave
    S3 511 CCS-MRD 05:00am 06:30am
    S3 5251 CCS-MRD 07:00am 08:30am
    S3 519 CCS-MRD 01:00pm 03:00pm
    Para el Vuelo RUTA Salida desde Charallave Llegada Altamira Llegada La Urbina
    S3 512 MRD-CCS 09:00am 10:30am 11:10am
    S3 516 MRD-CCS 03:15pm 04:00pm 04:55pm
    S3 5241 MRD-CCS 05:50pm 07:10pm 08:00pm
    S3 520 MRD-CCS 06:55pm 07:55pm 08:40pm
    Para el Vuelo RUTA Salida desde la Urbina Llegada a Charallave
    S3 503 CCS-LSP 05:30am 07:00am
    S3 507 CCS-LSP 05:15pm 07:15pm
    Para el Vuelo RUTA Salida desde Charallave Llegada Altamira Llegada La Urbina
    S3 502 LSP-CCS 07:45am 09:00am 10:00am
    S3 506 LSP-CCS 07:50pm 08:30pm 09:30pm
    Para el Vuelo RUTA Salida desde la Urbina Llegada a Charallave
    S3 5251 CCS-BRM 07:00am 08:30am
    Para el Vuelo RUTA Salida desde Charallave Llegada Altamira Llegada La Urbina
    S3 5241 BRM-CCS 05:50pm 07:10pm 08:00pm
    Para el Vuelo RUTA Salida desde la Urbina Llegada a Charallave
    S3 5251 CCS-VLN 07:00am 08:30am
    Para el Vuelo RUTA Salida desde Charallave Llegada Altamira Llegada La Urbina
    S3 5241 VLN-CCS 05:50pm 07:10pm 08:00pm
    Para el Vuelo RUTA Salida desde la Urbina Llegada a Charallave
    S3 1503 CCS-AUA 05:30am 07:00am
    Para el Vuelo RUTA Salida desde Charallave Llegada Altamira Llegada La Urbina
    S3 1506 AUA-CCS 07:50pm 08:30pm 09:30pm
    Para el Vuelo RUTA Salida desde la Urbina Llegada a Charallave
    S3 5251 CCS-SVZ 07:00am 08:30am
    Para el Vuelo RUTA Salida desde Charallave Llegada Altamira Llegada La Urbina
    S3 5241 SVZ-CCS 05:50pm 07:10pm 08:00pm

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    santa barbara airlines schedules

    by cochinjew Written Feb 2, 2006

    Los vuelos con siglas "TUY" significan que llegaran al Aeropuerto Caracas en Charallave
    Los Vuelos con siglas "MIQ" llegaran a Maiquetía.
    Horarios Vuelos Nacionales
    Vuelo Frecuencia Ruta Hora de Salida Hora de Llegada
    S3 511 DIARIO VIG-TUY 06:00 06:40
    S3 511 DIARIO TUY-MRD 07:10 08:36
    S3 514 DIARIO MRD-BRM 09:00 09:54
    S3 514 DIARIO BRM-MIQ 10:20 11:16
    S3 515 DIARIO MIQ-MRD 11:45 13:15
    S3 516 DIARIO MRD-TUY 13:35 15:00
    S3 519 DIARIO TUY-MRD 15:30 16:55
    S3 520 DIARIO MRD-TUY 17:15 18:40
    S3 507 DIARIO TUY-LSP 19:45 21:00
    S3 502 DIARIO LSP-TUY 06:15 07:30
    S3 503 DIARIO TUY-LSP 07:50 09:05
    S3 1311 DIARIO LSP-AUA 09:35 10:02
    S3 1301 DIARIO AUA-MAR 10:30 11:30
    S3 5241 DIARIO MAR-SVZ 12:15 13:08
    S3 5241 DIARIO SVZ-MRD 13:30 14:08
    S3 5241 DIARIO MRD-BRM 14:30 15:24
    S3 5241 DIARIO BRM-VLN 15:50 16:25
    S3 5241 DIARIO VLN-TUY 16:50 17:25
    S3 5241 DIARIO TUY-MIQ 17:50 18:25
    S3 521 DIARIO MIQ-BRM 19:00 20:05
    S3 521 DIARIO BRM-VIG 20:25 21:25
    S3 510 DIARIO VIG-MRD 06:40 07:05
    S3 512 DIARIO MRD-TUY 07:20 08:45
    S3 5251 DIARIO TUY-VLN 09:15 09:50
    S3 5251 DIARIO VLN-BRM 10:15 10:50
    S3 5251 DIARIO BRM-MRD 11:15 12:08
    S3 5251 DIARIO MRD-SVZ 12:25 13:05
    S3 5251 DIARIO SVZ-MAR 13:30 14:25
    S3 1300 DIARIO MAR-AUA 15:20 16:18
    S3 1312 DIARIO AUA-LSP 16:50 17:20
    S3 506 DIARIO LSP-TUY 17:50 19:05
    S3 506 DIARIO TUY-MIQ 20:00 20:35
    S3 1503 DIARIO TUY-AUA 07:50 10:02
    S3 1506 DIARIO AUA-TUY 16:50 19:05
    S3 1506 DIARIO TUY-MIQ 20:00 20:35

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    TRANSFERS FROM THE AIRPORT "SIMON BOLIVAR" TO CCS

    by labaronesa Written Jan 19, 2006

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    It is a nightmare to go from La Guaira where the Airport is located to Caracas. A major bridge is collapsing and who knows how long it would take to fix it. They are talking about 3 years to fix?..wao....Anyway, it is sucha a short distance to go from the airport to Caracas that now is taking more than 3 hours. The alternate route is an old road "Carretera Vieja de la Guaira". Supposedly is a bumpy and narrow road. Trucks are traveling at nights and cars in the day time. The old road is surrounded with poor people's houses that they built themselves and is not very safe to be in that area. It is a big inconvenience specially for people who live in La Guaira and commute to Caracas. What a nightmare!!!

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    highway closed between Maquetia airport and Caraca

    by vivacolombia Written Jan 13, 2006

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    Since December, the main highway connecting Caracas to its airport (14km away) has been closed down indefinitly. It bothers the 40 000 daily users but also us, travelers trying to conect to other cities by bus (or those just trying to spend some time exploring in Caracas).

    Taxis are increasing their prices. From 30 000Bvs in November, they increased it to 50 000 and it costs now 140 000 Bvs to go to Caracas (~90$).

    If you're arriving late, you might have to spend the night at the airport. The military is protecting the airport and according to the airport...it's safe to stay there. They've put some swimming pool chairs for people to relax aswell as free coffee, tea and water. The restaurants /bars close down at 11pm.

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    Take the airport bus to teh city center

    by Wanderboy43 Written Dec 7, 2005

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    The bus from the airport to teh city center seemed safe to me. It?s not a local bus, but an airport bus that fills up at teh airport and then makes about 4 stops to let people off in the center. I had to walk 5 minutes to the other terminal (domestic?) to catch it. It leaves when full (about every 30 minutes). You buy a ticket for 5000 ($2.50) in a booth just inside near the bus.

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    Professionalism

    by travelife Written May 17, 2005

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    Much to my disgust, during the boarding time, we were all asked (in Spanish) to stand and queue coming out of the boarding area. And then we are allowed back into the boarding area after giving up our receipt. And then later we were asked again queue up to board into the plane. What would have been a big deal if they would have done it once?

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