Getting Around

Cubans rely heavily on an unreliable bus system that is cheap but overcrowded and slow, with long queues and inconsistent routes and schedules. The new modern city buses travel to anywhere in the city. Most visitors to Havana avoid the buses and rely instead on the numerous, inexpensive taxis to get around the greater part of the city.

Renting a car is not the best option as car hire is expensive, road signs are poor and numerous one-way streets make driving a real challenge. Different types of taxis cruise the streets, including tourist taxis, two-seater bicycle taxis and the iconic and not totally safe yellow scooter coconut taxis. Most tourist taxis are air conditioned, metered, well maintained and charge in convertible pesos.

There are also vintage car owners who operate as unofficial taxis, although a rate should be negotiated beforehand as passengers are likely to be overcharged. A couple of vintage cars can be hired by tourists for tours around the city too, and can be found outside main tourist attractions such as the Revolution Museum or the Capitolio. It is not generally difficult or expensive to get around in Havana, and it is a wonderful walking city when it comes to shorter distances.

Airports

Havana International

The airport is situated 9 miles (15km) from Havana.

Havana International (HAV)

Overview

Buses depart the airport for Havana every 30 minutes from 10am to 10pm, but require payment in local currency. Private transport is advisable.

Location

The airport is situated 9 miles (15km) from Havana.

Getting to the city

Buses depart the airport for Havana every 30 minutes from 10am to 10pm, but require payment in local currency. Private transport is advisable.

Time

Local time is GMT -5 (GMT -4 from second Sunday in March to first Sunday in November).

Car rental

Transtour, Rex and Cubanacar operate car hire facilities at the airport.

Airport Taxis

Official taxis are available outside all terminal buildings.

Transfer between terminals

A bus services the four terminals, with the fifth one being a freight terminal and not for passenger use.

Facilities

Airport facilities include VIP lounges with business facilities, banks and currency exchange, disabled assistance, a lost and found, and a variety of shopping and dining options.

Parking

There is short and long-term parking available roughly 500 feet (150m) from the terminal buildings.

www.havana-airport.org