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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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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While Cuba may not be at the forefront of a traveller's mind when considering the Caribbean, it has plenty to offer and amazing culture. However Cuba does have some limitations in terms of services available and political sensitivities. Here's what you need to know.