Capital of Cuba
Cheap Flights to Havana
Finding discount airline flights to Havana is no easy task. To make this task simpler, we carry out a daily airfare search to provide you with the latest flight deals and special airfare offers for Havana. Whether you are traveling for a weekend business trip, a short city break or a long relaxing holiday, you will find the cheapest Havana flights. While we opt for the cheapest airfares, we also select sponsors and airlines that offer the most direct flight routes, ensuring your comfort at all times.
How to Find Flight Deals to Havana
Be Flexible with Your Travel Dates!If you're inflexible with your dates you probably will not be able to take advantage of any of the pricing variations airlines use. Airfare prices always fluctuate depending on the day and time of the week. It is always cheaper to fly mid week than on a weekend for example, or late at night rather than during the day. It has also shown to be cheaper to fly out after major holidays than before. That week after Christmas is when you can take advantage of cheap flights because people don't prefer to fly when they are with their families and New Years Eve is around the corner. Oddly enough, flight prices drop a bit on Tuesday nights too.
Local Travel Info in Havana
Internal flights and major international airports in Havana
The main international airport in Cuba is Jose Marti International Airport, which is 11 miles from Havana. There are a number of other smaller airports dotted around the island, and internal flights are available.
Getting to and from the airport in Havana
The airport is within easy reach of Havana itself, with taxis being reasonably priced. There are also buses between the airport terminals but at the time of writing there is no regular service between the airport and Havana itself. A taxi ride, however, will cost around £10 each way. It should be noted that there is a 25 peso departure tax payable on leaving the country.
Car Hire in Havana
Rental cars in Havana are available at the main airport, although owing to the ease with which you can get around Havana, renting a car is not strictly necessary unless you wish to travel further afield. Car rental in Cuba will cost you around £40 per day.
Drivers license requirements in Havana?
Driving in Cuba is on the right hand side of the road, passengers are generally required to wear seatbelts, and motorcyclists must wear helmets. The speed limit on highways tends to be 100 km/h, while in urban areas it drops to 50 km/h. Speeding tickets are usually issued immediately and cost around $10, which is then deducted from the deposit on the car. Due to the dearth of cars in Cuba, the roads tend to be fairly light on traffic, resulting in a pleasant driving experience.
Buses in Havana
Cuba has a widespread bus network that services even the smaller towns on the island. Buses between main towns run on an hourly basis, with less traveled routes running at least once per day. There are also specific buses for tourists, generally run by small private companies, as well as the state run public bus network. Tickets are reasonably cheap and the buses, despite being mostly outdated, run quite efficiently. This has led to mechanics in Cuba being known as ‘Magicians’ for their skill in keeping ancient cars and buses on the road. For transport in and out of Havana itself, buses are an excellent choice.
Taxis in Havana
There are plenty of Taxis available in Havana, with rates starting from the equivalent of $0.50 per kilometer. A recent overturning of a ban on private taxis has seen the growth of private taxi firms, but ensure to always insist on having your journey metered, or at the very least agreeing a strictly non-negotiable price before entering the car.
Cycling in Havana
Cuba is a cyclists paradise, and many people have actually cycled from one end of the island to the other. Inside Havana itself cycling is definitely an economical way of getting around, and rental stored are dotted around the city. Cyclists are advised to wear helmets. Also remember to attach lights when riding at night, and keeping children cycling with you supervised.
Hitch hiking in Havana
Hitch hiking is very popular in Cuba, though it can be a difficult enterprise if only for the fact that there are so few cars on the roads. In terms of getting around Havana, hitch hiking isn’t particularly necessary when buses, taxis and cycling are taken into consideration, but for those on a limited budget it remains an option. Be sure to try and hitch hike in pairs, and don’t take any unnecessary risks.