Thousands of people are lining the streets of Caracas to catch a glimpse of President Hugo Chavez's casket driving past.
The casket is draped with the Venezuelan national flag and is flanked by members of the presidential guard of honour.
More than 20 world leaders are expected to attend the funeral today, but there will be no burial as he will be embalmed.
Thousands flocked to the streets of Caracas to see the coffin of Chavez travel through the city to lie in state until Friday's funeral.
A look back at the life of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who has died at the age of 58 after a two-year battle with cancer.