Venezuela is connected with some of the principal
European cities with daily flights, through the European
lines, as well as those American and of the other countries
of the South America.
KLM and airfrance offer flight connections with the best
Airports & airlines
Most international visitors arrive at Caracas’ Aeropuerto Internacional ‘Simón Bolívar’ (www.aeropuerto-maiquetia.com.ve in Spanish) in Maiquetía, 26km from Caracas. Venezuela has several other airports servicing international flights, but these change frequently and unexpectedly. Isla de Margarita’s airport is used by charter flights bringing international package tourists, but few independent travelers fly in here.
Following is a list of national and international airlines flying to/from Venezuela (the addresses and phone numbers listed are in Caracas). Aeropostal is the country’s largest airline with the widest international coverage serving Bogotá, Guayaquil, Havana, Lima, Miami, Madrid, Port of Spain, Quito and Santo Domingo.
Calle Guaicaipuro, Torre Hener 1-A, El Rosal; Chacaíto)
www.aeropostal.com; 1st fl, Torre ING Bank, Av Eugenio Mendoza, La Castellana; Altamira)
(0212-993-4960; www.aircanada.ca; Maiquetía airport)
(0212-951-1155; www.air-europa.com; 9th floor, Torre Europa, Av Francisco de Miranda)
(0212-283-5855, 0800-100-3459; www.airfrance.com; 2nd fl, Torre Este, Parque Cristal, Av Francisco de Miranda, Los Palos Grandes)
(0212-208-4120, 208-4111; www.alitalia.it; 5th fl, Edificio Atlantic, Av Andrés Bello, Los Palos Grandes; Altamira)
American Airlines (0212-209-8000; www.aa.com; 7th fl, Torre ING Bank, Av Eugenio Mendoza, La Castellana; Altamira)
Aserca (0800-648-8356; www.asercaair lines.com; ground fl, Edificio Taeca, Calle Guaicaipuro, El Rosal; Chacaíto)
Avianca (0212-200-5725; www.avianca.com; Av Venezuela, cnr Calle Mohedano, El Rosal; Chacaíto)
BWIA/Caribbean Airlines (0212-953-6666; www.bwee.com; 8th fl, Edificio EXA, No 803-4, Avs Libertador & Alameda, El Rosal; Chacaíto)
Continental Airlines (0800-359-2600, 0212-953-3107; www.continental.com) El Rosal (Centro Lido, Nivel Miranda, No M-22, Av Francisco de Miranda; Chacaíto) Las Mercedes (Tamanaco InterContinental Caracas, Av Principal de las Mercedes)
Conviasa (www.conviasa.aero) Maiquetía Airport (0212-355-2704); Parque Central (Map pp64–5; 0212-507-8866; 49th floor, Torre Oeste, Av Lecuna)
Copa Airlines (www.copaair.com) Maiquetía Airport (0800-8267200) El Rosal (0212-952-2510; 6th floor, Centro Lido, Torre E, Av Francisco de Miranda; Chacaíto)
Cubana (0212-286-9890; www.cubana.cu; 4th fl, Edificio Atlantic, Av Andrés Bello, Los Palos Grandes; Altamira)
Delta Airlines (www.delta.com) Maiquetía Airport (0800-100-3453); El Rosal (0212-958-1000; 8th floor, Centro Lido, Torre E, Av Francisco de Miranda; Chacaíto)
Dutch Antilles Express (0212-232-0453, www.flydae.com; 4th floor, Multicentro Paseo El Parral, Urbanización El Parral, Av Río Orinoco, cnr Calle 119)
Iberia (0212-284-0044; www.iberia.com; 9th floor, Parque Cristal, Av Francisco de Miranda, Los Palos Grandes; Parque del Este)
KLM (0212-285-3333; www.klm.com; Torre KLM, Av Rómulo Gallegos, Altamira; Parque del Este)
Lan (0212-267-9526; www.lan.com; 3rd floor, Centro San Ignacio, Torre Kepler, Av Blandín, La Castellana; Chacao)
Lufthansa (0212-210-2111; www.lufthansa.com; 1st fl, Torre Centro Coinasa, Av San Felipe 16, La Castellana; Altamira)
Santa Bárbara (0212-952-9658; www.santabarbaraairlines.com; Miranda level, Centro Lido, Av Francisco de Miranda)
TAP Air Portugal (0212-951-0511; www.flytap.com; Edificio Canaima, Av Francisco de Miranda, El Rosal; Chacaíto)
TACA/LACSA (800-100-8222; www.taca.com; 2nd floor, Torre C, Centro Comercial Ciudad Tamanaco, Av Ernesto Blohm, Chuao)
Varig (0212-202-2811; www.varig.com.br; 3rd floor, Centro Empresarial Los Ruices, Av Principal Los Ruices)
Australia & new zealand
The shortest route between Australia and South America goes over the South Pole. You can fly with either Lan to Santiago or Aerolíneas Argentinas to Buenos Aires. Both carriers fly from Sydney through Auckland and have connections to Caracas. Expect to pay between A$2200 and A$2800 for the Sydney–Caracas roundtrip flight, depending on the length of stay and the season. The Auckland–Caracas fare will be only marginally lower.
Another possible route goes via Los Angeles and Miami, and will cost much the same as those via Chile or Argentina, though you will probably need to change planes twice, in both LA and Miami. You can also fly to Venezuela through Europe – it’s the longest route, but not as absurd as it may sound. You can stop in London, Amsterdam or Paris, and the total fare may be comparable to or even lower than traveling via Los Angeles. Finally, you can buy a RTW (round-the-world) ticket that includes South America, or at least Miami, from where you can make a side trip to Venezuela.
The following are well-known agents for cheap fares:
Flight Centre Australia (133-133; www.flightcentre.com.au); New Zealand (0800-243-544; www.flightcentre.co.nz)
STA Travel Australia (1300-733-035; www.statravel.com.au); New Zealand (0508-782-872; www.statravel.co.nz)
Air Canada flies from Toronto to Caracas. Tickets range from CA$500 to CA$1400 depending on time of year. Travel CUTS (800-667-2887; www.travelcuts.com) is Canada’s national student travel agency.
Dutch Caribbean Airlines (DCA) flies between Caracas and Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire. It also has flights between Maracaibo and Aruba and Curaçao, and between Las Piedras (Punto Fijo) and Curaçao. Aeropostal serves Aruba and Curaçao from Caracas. Aserca and Avior fly between Caracas and Aruba. Aerocaribe Coro has flights between Coro and Curaçao and between Las Piedras and Aruba. Expect to pay roughly US$120 to US$140 one way, and US$100 to US$150 roundtrip for any of the routes. Discount fares are available on seven- and 14-day roundtrip flights.
Aeropostal and BWIA fly daily between Port of Spain and Caracas (one way US$150, 21-day roundtrip US$205). Aeropostal and Rutaca fly between Porlamar and Port of Spain (one way US$110, 21-day roundtrip US$155).
Flying between Brazil and Venezuela is expensive. The Varig flight from São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro to Caracas will cost around US$840 one way and US$890 for a 60-day roundtrip. There are no direct flights between Manaus and Caracas, nor between Boa Vista and Santa Elena de Uairén.
Avianca and Aeropostal fly between Bogotá and Caracas (one way from US$200, roundtrip from US$300). Most flights between the two countries require you to fly through Caracas or Bogotá, regardless of whether this takes you out of your way. If you have sufficient time and are already traveling near the border it’s much more affordable to cross the border by land and then take a domestic flight from the first major border city to your desired destination.
There are no direct flights between Venezuela and Guyana. You need to fly via Port of Spain (Trinidad) with BWIA ($257 one way, $347 for a 30-day roundtrip).
Caracas is usually the cheapest South American destination from the UK, with prices for discounted flights from London to Caracas starting at around UK£250 one way and UK£400 roundtrip. Bargain hunters should have little trouble finding even lower prices. Discount air travel is big in London. Advertisements for many travel agencies appear in weekend newspapers, and in Time Out, Evening Standard and the free magazine TNT. Recommended ticket agencies:
Flight Centre (0870-890-8099; www.flightcentre.co.uk)
Journey Latin America (020-8747-3108; www.journeylatinamerica.co.uk)
STA Travel (0870-160-0599; www.statravel.co.uk)
Trailfinders (020-7937-1234; www.trailfinders.co.uk)
Travel Bag (0870-890-1456; www.travelbag.co.uk)
The major US gateway for Venezuela is Miami, from where several carriers, including American Airlines, Lan and Aeropostal, fly to Caracas. Roundtrip tickets normally costs US$400 to US$600, but Aeropostal may offer cut-down airfares. Other US cities serving direct flights to Caracas include Atlanta (Delta Airlines), Houston and New York (both Continental Airlines).
STA Travel (800-781 4040; www.sta-travel.com) is one of the most reputable discount travel agencies in the USA.