Getting There & Getting About

International Airports

Internal Transport

Air travel is the best means of internal transport, with most large towns are connected with scheduled services. However, services are often overbooked and travellers are advised to arrive well before the minimum check-in time in order to obtain confirmed seats. It's also worth noting that flight cancellations and schedule changes often occur without warning.

The East-West Railway travels between Maturin and Acarigua for both cargo and passengers. Ferries link Puerto La Cruz with Margarita Island, taking a journey time of 2 hours 45 minutes.

Venezuela has a good road network, with 17,050 km (10,595 miles) of paved motorways, 13,500 km (8,400 miles) of macadam highways and 5,850 km (3,635 miles) of other roads. Minor roads are of variable quality, some with many potholes that make a 4-wheel drive vehicle a must. Self-drive cars are available at the airport and in major city centres but are expensive. Petrol pump attendants will expect a tip. Visitors should also be aware that many Venezuelan drivers routinely ignore red lights.

There is a relatively cheap inter-urban bus network, although the quality of service varies greatly.

The main form of public transport in Caracas and major cities are por puestos (share-taxis), due to the deterioration of the conventional bus services. Private taxis are metered, although fares can often be negotiated in advance. Meters are not used after midnight, and fares must be agreed before the journey. Rates double after 8pm. Visitors are advised to use only the Black Explorers from the airport or white taxis with yellow number plates.