From bouncing down a cobblestone street in a 1950s Dodge sedan-turned-taxicab to sticking your thumb out along with the locals to hitch a ride, there are a lot of ways to make your way around Cuba. And your transportation experiences may be some of the most memorable moments of your trip.


Havana Airport

Havana airport is small, but don't expect to get your bags quickly - waits of over an hour are standard. This will be your first introduction to Cuba's laid-back attitude. Check-in lines can be slow and hectic, but customs is quick. The departure lounge is basic, so don't leave your souvenir shopping to the last minute.

Getting Around by Bus in Cuba

Buses are very cheap (CUP $1 per journey), and tend to serve towns and cities well. They operate on an undisclosed timetable (read: They turn up when they want), and drivers let people off at traffic lights, so keep an eye open for your stop. Buses are often busy and can be a pickpocket's paradise, so keep your belongings on your front.

Getting Around by Taxi in Cuba

Taxi is generally the quickest and most comfortable way to get around. Make sure you agree on the price before you get in - a good rule of thumb is CUC $1 per kilometer, which can mean haggling down about 40 percent of the original price you are quoted. You'll pay between CUC $2.50-$7 for a trip within a city.

It isn't all 1950s cars, though; try the yellow "cocotaxi" for a cheaper alternative. Bike "bicitaxi" are not permitted to take tourists, but many do.

For a truly Cuban experience, why not jump in a collectivo taxi? They run set routes within cities, operating like a public bus for roughly CUP .10 per ride. For longer distances, prices in shared taxis are similar to the Viazul bus (see below) - but air conditioning and leg room are not always a given.

Getting Around by Bike in Cuba

Cycling around Cuba is considered fairly safe, with drivers largely respecting riders' space. However, renting a bike can be hit and miss - the bike's condition can vary wildly and helmets are a rarity.


Hitchhiking in Cuba

Hitchhiking is almost a form of public transport in Cuba: It is legal, free and safe. You will see lots of people lining the streets and highway trying to catch a ride - join them by sticking your thumb out.

Getting Around on Foot in Cuba

Don't forget the cheapest transport out there: walking! Get a feel for Cuba's sights, sounds and smells, wandering through streets with fruit and vegetable vendors, cafes and people watching the world go by from their doorways. Best of all, it is free.

Getting Around by Train in Cuba

Cuban trains are somewhat notorious. They are infrequent (every 2-3 days) and even then, are often delayed anywhere from a few hours to two days. Buy tickets from the station up to five days in advance.

Trains can be smelly and uncomfortable - and don't forget to bring food for the long journey. Some tourists choose to take a taxi for the return journey.

Getting Around by Viazul bus in Cuba

This is how many tourists choose to travel around the country. You can book tickets online or buy them at the terminals (but they may go on sale just five minutes before departure).

While they are generally comfortable, clean and on time, when they are bad, they are terrible: leaky roof, bare chairs - the works.

Cuba Travel Services

Cuba is still not really set up for tourists, but tour operators run decent and fairly well-priced trips, including beach trips, walking tours and horse riding. They can be a fun way to learn more about Cuba's history and culture.

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