Getting Around Cuba

Transportation

Taxi services in Cuba are excellent. Rentals of car, van and motorcycles are deemed first-rate too. Tour buses in Pinar del Rio, Havana, Trinidad, Jardines del Rey, Varadero and Baracoa cover all the major attractions and sites of interests. In case of personal excursions, tourist desks at hotels accommodate such requests. For those on a tight budget, there are economy travel buses through Viazuk, with routes on major attractions around Cuba.

Roads

Road travel in the country is not a problem. There are 50,000 km of highways and paved roads and streets that easily link to points of interests, city centers and tourist resorts.

Buses

Viazul and Transgaviota afford air-conditioned bus transportation to major cities in Cuba. Transtur offer tourist bus services for trips to and from resorts around the country.

Trains

Trains the run the length of Cuba have special compartments for tourists.

Air

There are 10 international airports and 5 domestic airports for air taxis and local charters. There are airlines that provide charter flights to far-flung areas of Cuba.

Taxis

Official or tourist taxis afford metered fares that are paid in CUC$. The metered fare is paid in terms of distance and not by time. For trips outside the city, negotiating for flat rate is best.

Cocotaxis are those bright yellow three-seater scooters available in most cities proper. They are also official taxis but they are not meters. This is a fun alternative to drive about town. For vintage car rentals, Gran Car in Havana rents them out, driver included.

Alternate rides are horse-drawn buggies, Calezas, and ciclotaxis or trike taxis.

Driving in Cuba

As long as are over 21 and have a legitimate driver’s license that shows of at least a years’ experience, you can drive in Cuba. There are plenty of car rental companies in Cuba.

Tourist Guides

For the more seasoned and adventurous traveler, going about Cuba unaccompanied should be alright However tour guides can take you points of interest that you might not easily find by yourself. Some guides take their guests to paladares which are intimate, family-run restaurants set up in private homes, for authentic Cuban cuisine.

Photography & Filming

Photo and video taking are permitted except in restricted areas such as military zones. Museums have their own regulations regarding photo and video taking.

Shopping

There are retailers in airports, hotels and villas that sell Cuban cigars, arts and crafts, rum and coffee, toiletries, books, souvenirs as well as snacks. Main tourist areas are dotted with specialty stores that carry high-end brands from Europe and other imports.

Tourist Information

INFOTUR offices are located in strategic places in the country. There are 27 such tourist information offices that offer free info. Brochures, guides, catalogs and other printed media guides are available here: www.infotur.cu