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How to get from Caracas Airport to Downtown Caracas

Caracas is the capital of Venezuela and the largest city in the country. Set between the Avila Mountains and near the Caribbean sea, Caracas combines breathtaking scenery with a plethora of city attractions, historical sites, museums and delicious food.

Caracas has an adequate transport system that can be a little hectic to use, including bus and metro services, but the airport isn’t very well connected to downtown Caracas with only two options available. The public transport option involves the use of a bus and there are two providers for this service, UCAM and SITSSA that have different final destinations in the city. The alternative and most convenient option is using either a licensed Caracas airport taxi or a private transfer, which will offer you door-to-door service directly to your accommodation.

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Comparison of the options

Taxi €55 40min 24/7
Bus €6 45-55min 05:00–22:00

How to get from Caracas airport to Downtown Caracas by taxi

When looking into transportation options from Caracas airport to the city centre, you should always consider the safest way to travel, as Caracas can be a dangerous city, due to the ongoing financial troubles it is experiencing. A taxi or private shuttle would, therefore, not only be the most convenient, but also the safest form of travel. Only licensed taxis or reputable private shuttle companies like Welcome Pickups should be used and unofficial taxis should be avoided.

How much is the taxi from Caracas airport to downtown Caracas?

Taxis in Caracas don’t use taximeters to calculate the cost of a transfer, the price is quoted based on the distance to your location, which is then usually negotiated with the driver. At the airport, registered taxi companies have kiosks in the terminal where you can purchase a ticket for your transfer, to give to the driver. The cost of a taxi from Caracas airport to the city centre will be between €50-€55 (VES 588.40-647.50). For a guaranteed fixed rate fare with no hidden costs, you can book your Caracas airport taxi with Welcome Pickups and pay for it in advance.



Trip Duration

40 minutes

Transfers between 18:00 and 6:00 and weekend transfers, are charged 20% more than normal prices.

Value for money

Taxis at Caracas Airport are available 24/7.

Where do I get a taxi from?

The taxi rank at Caracas airport is located right outside the international arrivals terminal.


Considering the distance from Caracas airport to Caracas city centre (30 km) and the safety issues associated with the use of public transport, without question, a taxi is the most convenient and safest mode of transport. A taxi will also take you right to your choice of destination compared to the bus service, where you might also have to use the metro or a taxi to get to your accommodation.

Editor’s Note

The safest way to arrange a private transfer from Caracas airport to the city centre is to book your transfer in advance with a reliable company like Welcome Pickups, that you can rely on. A driver will be waiting for you when you arrive and you will avoid the hassle of finding a cab and negotiating the taxi price at the airport.

Useful Tips

Avoid anyone who approaches you offering taxi or transfer services either at the airport or during your stay in Caracas.
When using a licensed taxi, always agree to the cost of your transfer before getting into the vehicle. Negotiating the price is standard practice, as the initial quoted price is likely to be quite high.
Always add extra travel time to all your transfers, as traffic in Caracas can be heavy.

How to get from Caracas airport to the city centre by bus

The only public transport option from Caracas airport to downtown Caracas is by bus and two companies run routes into the city centre. SITSSA offers an express service route that runs every 30 minutes from 7:30 to 20:30, terminating at Hotel Alba Caracas. UCAMC offers a bus service that runs every 30 mins from 5:00 to 22:00 and stops at Gato Negro Metro Station, Plaza O’ Leary, Plaza Miranda and Bellas Artes Metro Station, terminating at Parque Centrale. With both options, if your hotel is not near one of these stops you will still have to walk or take a taxi or metro to get to your final destination.

Bus fare from Caracas airport to downtown Caracas

Prices on either of the bus services from Caracas airport to the city centre will be about €3 (VES 35.30). Tickets are available from designated booths in the arrivals terminal building.



Trip Duration

45-55 minutes

Tickets for the bus service are available from the designated kiosks in the arrivals terminal.

Value for money

The SITSSA bus route runs from 7:30 to 20:30 whilst the UCAMC bus route runs from 5:00 to 22:00. Both routes depart every 30 mins from the airport.

Where do I get the bus form?

The bus stop at Caracas airport is located on Level 2, outside the Domestic Arrivals terminal, you will see it as you exit the building.


The bus service from the airport to Caracas city centre is a rather affordable travel option. At the same time though, your hotel or vacation rental may still be far away from one of the limited stops the bus will make, so you still may need to walk or take another transport method to reach your end destination. This option will be even more difficult if you travel with a lot of luggage or children.

Editor’s Note

Please note that although a bus service is available to get from Caracas airport to downtown, for your safety and comfort, a private transport method is recommended instead.

Useful Tips

Whilst on the bus always be aware of your belongings and be mindful of your environment and of strangers who may approach you.
Some of the bus stops en route from the airport stop reasonably close to a number of hotels. If you plan to take the bus option, look into booking a hotel that will be as close to one of the stops as possible.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Caracas airport to the city centre?

There are two ways of travelling from Caracas airport to the city centre. The option of a taxi or private transfer, or taking the public transport option which involves a bus service. For safety and convenience reasons, we do not recommend taking the public transport option.

What’s the distance from Caracas airport to downtown Caracas?

The distance from Caracas airport to downtown Caracas is a short 30 km. The expected travel time between these locations is 40 minutes by taxi depending on traffic, which can be very heavy.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Caracas airport to Caracas City centre?

The cost of a taxi from Caracas airport to Caracas city centre will cost about €55 (VES 647.50). There are no official taxi rates so prices are quoted depending on the distance to your destination, which can be negotiated with the driver. For a fixed rate with no hidden costs and a hassle-free experience, you can pre-book your Caracas private transfer with Welcome Pickups.

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