Havana: Local Travel Info

Capital of Cuba

Havana Local Travel Info

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 Tickets are reasonably cheap and the buses, despite being mostly outdated, run quite efficiently.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.