Sleeping in Airports

Caracas Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Caracas Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

A few tables with bench seating. Once you get that spot, don’t leave, someone else will come by and get it. The rest of the seating was chairs at tables. Not comfortable, but seemed perfectly safe. – HRies

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Caracas Simon Bolivar International Airport.

What to Expect

Caracas Simon Bolivar International Airport consists of two terminals (International and Domestic) that are connected by a short walkway. Both terminals contain two dozen or so eateries and shops, though almost all close by 10:00PM at the latest, so plan accordingly if you are staying overnight. WiFi is available, but outlets for charging mobile devices are reportedly hard to find. Additional comfort can be found through fee-based access to one of the airport’s first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

We have not received any sleeping-related reports about this airport since 2013, with two travellers then reporting good seating on the landslide departure area in the International terminal (though one of the travellers advised against actually falling asleep—see below). Sleeping in the public area is not recommended for safety reasons. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

Even before the country’s recent economic troubles, this airport had a reputation for crime, corruption, unsanitary conditions, horrible service, and for just being dangerous.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Caracas Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Eurobuilding Express Maiquetia – (5 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is available, 24 hours a day, every 30 minutes. From the International Terminal, go to Lower Level central doors (if you require help go to Quo Vadis American Express Travel Services). From the Domestic Terminal go to doors 9 and 10 (if you require help go to the Amigo’s Car Rental office). » Check Rates
  • Marriott Hotel Playa Grande – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Hotel Miramar Suites – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Caracas Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Caracas Airport. Connect to the “WIFIAEROPUERTO” network and enter the same name “WIFIAEROPUERTO”. For more information go to the Passenger Service Modules, located in the International Terminal, transit area, gate 22.

Jet Coffee House offers internet in the International Terminal (airside, near Gate 14) Hours: 5:00AM – 10:00PM. Aeroconet Internet Cafe is also located in the International Terminal (landside, Level 3 Arrivals) Hours: 5:00AM – 10:00PM. ADV Internet provides internet in the Domestic Terminal (airside, near Gate 10) Hours: 6:00AM – 9:00PM.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside, Level 3, in both terminals. Airside ATMs can be found in the Domestic Terminal, Level 2, near Gates 7 and 10 • International Terminal, near Gate 22 (opposite Digitel).

Banking Services – Several banks are located in the Domestic Terminal (landside, Levels 2 and 3, east and west sides) and International Terminal (landside, Level 3, east and west sides).

Chapel – Location: Landside, Level 3, West Wing. Hours: open 24 hours

Currency Exchange – Italcambio has six locations: Domestic, landside, Level 1 east, opposite the Aserca Airlines counters • International, landside, Arrivals Hall • International, landside, Level 2, central corridors east and west • International, airside, opposite Gate 24 • International, Customs near Duty Free. Hours: 5:00AM – 10:00PM.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available in the International Terminal, airside, near Gate 16. Hours: 5:00AM – 11:00PM. A wide variety of book stores, souvenir shops, a mini-market and other shops are available in landside and airside areas of both terminals.

Food & Drinks – Most food concessions in the airport are open from 5:00AM – 9:00PM or 10:00PM. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options.

Information Desk – Four locations: International Terminal, landside, Arrivals Hall • International Terminal, airside, Immigration • Domestic Terminal, landside, Arrivals Hall • Domestic Terminal, airside, central corridor.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Massages – Prana Massage Location: International Terminal, airside, Gate 25 Hours: 5:00AM – 10:00PM.

Medical Services – Urgent and emergency medical care is available at two airport medical units. Locations: International Terminal, airside, Gate 22, next to the Passenger Information and Assistance kiosk • Domestic Terminal, airside, Gate 3. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Mobile Charging – Location: International Terminal, Airside, gate 22 • Domestic Terminal, Airside, Gate 4.

Pharmacy – Farmacia Saas Location: International Terminal, airside, Gate 22 (Hours: 5:00AM – 10:00PM) • Domestic Terminal, airside, Gate 2 (Hours: 6:00AM – 9:00PM)

Post Office – iPostel Location: International, landside, west side opposite the escalators • Domestic, landside, west side opposite Laser.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Spa & Salon Services – Privilegs Beauty Salon – Location: Public area (west side). Hours: 6:00AM – 9:00PM.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours

Airlines

As of March 2018, Caracas airport is served by the following airlines: La Ser • Santa Barbara Airlines • Rutaca • Chapi Air • Perla Airlines • Transaven • Aero Postal • Conviasa • Aserca Airlines • Estelar Latinoamérica • Albatros Air • Rainbow Air • LAN • Continental Airlines • TAP Portugal • Aerolineas Argentina • Cubana Airlines • Alitalia • Caribbean Airlines • Insel Air • Air France • Iberia • Air Canada • Copa • TACA • Conviasa • Avianca • Air Europa • Delta • Aeromexico • Avior Airlines • Venezolana • American Airlines • Varig • TAM Airlines • Dutch Antilles Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental companies have desks at the airport: Europcar • Budget • Avis.

City Bus

Travel like the locals do! If your load is light, you can travel at a fraction of the price of a taxi by taking one of the local red SITSSA buses. Purchase a rechargeable card ticket from the kiosk inside of the airport terminal before boarding the bus.

Taxis

Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport. For safety reasons, do not accept rides from taxis that already have passengers. There are no meters, so negotiate a fare with the driver before starting your journey.

Last updated: 2018-10-23

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.