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Caracas Travel Guide

Getting Around Caracas

Bus

Caracas transportation system is well served by buses and there are two types of them: Metrobuses that depart from certain metro stations and take fixed routes to areas of the city not reached by the underground.

The ubiquitous minibuses, or "por puestos", run along many main roads in Caracas covering routes that cannot be reached by the metro. They can be flagged down anywhere and you can usually ask the driver to let you jump off whenever it stops, such as at traffic lights. These minibuses are slower and invariably in a very bad conditions.

Metro

Caracas metro
Caracas Metro
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The French-built metro system is the major means of getting around Caracas. It’s fast, easy to use, cheap and air-conditioned, and it provides access to most major city attractions.

A single journey costs just BsF 0.50, "ida y vuelta" (round trip) is BsF 0.90 and a 10 journey "multi abono" ticket is BsF 4.50. Because prices have changed a little in recent years yet bus fares have outpaced inflation, the metro is frequently overcrowded, particularly during peak hours.

The metro has four lines, with 48 stations and a total length of more than 50km. The longest line, No 1, goes east–west along the city axis. Line No 2 leads from the center southwest to the distant suburb of Caricuao and the zoo. Line No 3 runs from Plaza Venezuela, past the university and southwest to the La Rinconada horserace track. Line No 4, the newest line, parallels line 1 to the south and links lines 2 and 3. To determine which side of the tracks to use, look for the sign showing the train’s final destination. On line 1, westbound platforms are marked ‘Dirección Propatria,’ eastbound ‘Dirección Palo Grande.’

The metro operates daily from 5:30am to 11pm. The trains run every three to five minutes Monday to Friday, less often on weekends. Some exits close early: for example, by 10pm only the westernmost entrance of the Plaza Venezuela station remains usable.

Taxi

Taxis can be easily hailed in the street and are generally - but not always - safe. They have no meters so prices should be agreed on before getting in. Caracas traffic is notoriously bad and the metro is usually a better option.

Licensed taxis have yellow plates, and some private cars with white plates are taxis too, but it's always safer to take a licensed yellow plate taxi. Alternatively there are numerous companies that provide a radio service. Several companies, including Móvil-Enlace (577-3344), service the entire Caracas area around the clock. Other reliable services include Taxitur (794-1264) and Teletaxi (753-4155). Hotels will usually have taxi companies on standby.

Another risky but relatively rapid option is to take one of the numerous moto-taxis (motorcycle taxis) that scoot around downtown streets, and often up onto the sidewalks to circumnavigate traffic jams.


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