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Internal transportation is one of the more difficult things to get used to in Cuba, especially so if you don't speak the language well. Which buses go where? How much do they cost? How about internal flights? We can't answer all the questions, but here we will give you a general information and some tips:

The information will be about Domestic flights, car rental, tourists busses, taxis,trains and tips of any kind regarding transportation in cuba.

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DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
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Cubana Airlines offers domestic flights to major cities. Seat availability is limited so you should reserve before traveling to Cuba or few days in advance.
Here we give you the prices of the internal flights in Cuba from Havana
.
  Baracoa (US$78)
  Bayamo (US$59)
  Camagüey (US$51)
  Cayo Largo  
  Ciego de Avila (US$43)
  Nueva Gerona (US$16)
  Guantanamo (US$73)
  Holguin (US$79)
  Las Tunas (US$77)
  Manzanillo (US$59)
  Moa (US$73)
  Santiago de Cuba (US$68)

CAR RENTAL
Renting a car is the most practical way to discover the countryside and gives you all the liberty you need to fully appreciate Cuba. Gas can easily be found in major cities. Overall, roads are in good condition. We do not recommend driving at night because many animals are loose along Cuban roads. In order to avoid traveling with large amounts of cash and to ensure car availability, it is recommended that you make reservations in advance.

BUS
There is a fairly good bus system that links major cities in Cuba called "Via azul". Once again seats are limited and we suggest that you book in advance at list 2 days.

Here comes the Schedule and prices of the busses VIA AZUL.

HAVANA - VARADERO

Departure Havana Arrival Varadero
8:00 am 11:00 am
8:30 am 11:30 am
4:00 pm 7:00 pm

 
Departure Varadero Arrival Havana
8:00 am 10:50 am
4:00 pm 6:50 pm
6:00 pm 8:50 pm

The Duration of the trip is 3 hours.Departures every day
All departures make a stop at Matanzas and Varadero International Airport.

One way Matanzas Varadero Airport Varadero
Havana $ 7.00 $ 10.00 $ 10.00
Varadero $ 6.00 $ 6.00  

HAVANA - PINAR DEL RIO - VIÑALES

Departure Havana Arrival Pinar del Rio Arrival Viñales
9:00 am 11:20 am 12:15 pm

 
Departure Viñales Departure Pinar del Rio Arrival Havana
1:30 pm 2:15 pm 4:45 pm

The duration of the trip is 3:15 hours and Departures every day

One way
Pinar del Río
Viñales
Havana
$ 11.00
$ 12.00
Pinar del Río
 
$ 6.00

HAVANA - CIENFUEGOS - TRINIDAD

Departure
Havana
Entronque de Jagüey Aguada de pasajeros Yaguarama Rodas Cienfuegos Arrival
Trinidad
8:15 am 10:40 am 11:05 am 11:30 am 11:45 am 12:20 pm 1:50 pm

 

Departure
Trinidad
Cienfuegos Rodas Yaguarama Aguada de pasajero Entronque de Jagüey Arrival
Havana
3:00 pm 4:35 pm 5:15 pm 5:30 pm 5:55 pm 6:20 pm 8:35 pm

The duration of the trip is 5:35 hours and departures every day

One way Ent. de Jagüey Aguada de pasajeros Yaguarama Rodas Cienfuegos Trinidad
Havana $12.00 $13.00 $14.00 $15.00 $20.00 $25.00
Ent. de Jagüey   $6.00 $6.00 $6.00 $6.00 $14.00
Aguada de pasajero     $6.00 $6.00 $6.00 $13.00
Yaguarama       $6.00 $6.00 $9.00
Rodas         $6.00 $8.00
Cienfuegos           $6.00

Varadero - Santa Clara - Sancti Spiritus - Trinidad

Departure
Varadero
Cárdenas Coliseo Jovellanos Ent. de Jagüey Santa Clara Sancti Spiritus Arrival
Trinidad
7:30 am 7:50 am 8:10 am 8:25 am 9:00 am 10:45 am 12:10 pm 1:25 pm

 

Departure
Trinidad
Sancti Spiritus Santa Clara Ent. de Jagüey Jovellanos Coliseo Cárdenas Arrival
Varadero
2:30 pm 3:40 pm 5:05 pm 6:40 pm 7:30 pm 7:45 pm 8:05 pm 8:25 pm

The duration of the trip is 5:55 hours and departures every day

One way Cárdenas Coliseo Jovellanos Jagüey Santa Clara Sancti
Spiritus
Trinidad
Varadero $6.00 $6.00 $6.00 $6.00 $11.00 $16.00 $20.00
Cárdenas   $6.00 $6.00 $6.00 $10.00 $15.00 $18.00
Coliseo     $6.00 $6.00 $9.00 $14.00 $17.00
Jovellanos       $6.00 $8.00 $13.00 $16.00
E. Jagüey         $7.00 $11.00 $15.00
S. Clara           $6.00 $8.00
S. Spiritus             $6.00

Havana - S. Clara - S. Spiritus - Camagüey - Holguin - Santiago de Cuba

Departure
Havana
Ent. de
Jagüey
Santa
Clara
Sancti
Spiritus
Ciego 
de Avila
Camagüey Las
Tunas
Holguin Bayamo Arrival
Santiago
3:00 pm 5:25 pm 7:25 pm 8:45 pm 10:05 pm 11:55 pm 2:05 am 3:20 am 4:40 am 6:50 am

 

Departure
Santiago
Bayamo Holguin Las
Tunas
Camagüey Ciego 
de Avila
Sancti
Spiritus
Santa
Clara
Ent. de
Jagüey
Arrival
Havana
8:00 pm 10:05 pm 11:25 pm 12:40 am 2:40 am 4:40 am 6:00 am 7:20 am 9:05 am 11:30 am

Departures every day

One way Ent. de Jagüey Sta
Clara
Sancti
Spiritus
C. de
Ávila
camagüey Tunas Holguín Bayamo Santiago de Cuba
Habana $12.00 $18.00 $23.00 $27.00 $33.00 $39.00 $44.00 $44.00 $51.00
Ent. de
Jagüey
  $7.00 $11.00 $15.00 $21.00 $27.00 $32.00 $32.00 $39.00
Santa
Clara
    $6.00 $9.00 $15.00 $22.00 $26.00 $26.00 $33.00
Sancti
Spiritus
      $6.00 $10.00 $17.00 $21.00 $21.00 $28.00
Ciego
de Avila
        $6.00 $13.00 $17.00 $17.00 $24.00
Camagüey           $7.00 $11.00 $11.00 $18.00
Las Tunas             $6.00 $6.00 $11.00
Holguín               $6.00 $11.00
Bayamo                 $7.00

Bus Stations (Via Azul)

  • Bayamo: Carretera Central to Santiago de Cuba,
  • Camagüey: Carretera Central Oeste, on the corner of Perú,
  • Ciego de Ávila: Carretera Central Extremo Este,
  • Cienfuegos: Gloria Street between 56 & 58,
  • Havana: 26th Ave. & Zoológico, Nuevo Vedado,
  • Holguín: Carretera Central # 19 between 20 de Mayo & Independencia,
  • Las Tunas: Francisco Varona # 240,
  • Matanzas: Calzada Esteban, on the corner of Terry,
  • Pinar del Río: Colón # 14,
  • Santa Clara: Carretera Central 483 km, between Independencia & Oquendo,
  • Santiago de Cuba: Libertadores Ave, on the corner of Yarayo,
  • Sancti Spiritus: Carretera Central 388 km between Circunvalación & Carretera de Jíbaro,
  • Varadero: 36th Street & Autopista,
  • Viñales: Salvador Cisnero # 63;
  • Trinidad: Viro Guirnart, between A. Maceo & G. Izquierdo # 224,

TAXI
The taxi is the easiest way to move around in Havana. The cheapest ones are Panataxi 55-5555,Micar 24-2444 or 24-2715, and taxi Havana

TRAIN
A fun way to travel about Cuba is by train. However we must caution you that the train system in not reliable. If you are traveling for 10 or fewer days, avoid using the train.

SOME TIPS

City of Havana

Buy a good city map. Try the Hotel shops
TurisTaxis (and other names) are the more expensive, but newer and cleaner taxis. A trip from the Jose Martí International Airport into Vedado district of the city of Havana will run you around $20 USD.

PanaTaxis are a medium-cost option. for example a trip from Nuevo Vedado district to Vedado (2,5 km) runs around $2 USD

The Owner of the house can provide some information about "maquinas particulares" or "maquinas de 10 pesos", which are the cars of everyday Cubans who have a license to carry passengers. These cost 10 Pesos (Oct.'2001 equivalent of 50 cents USD). When else would you have an opportunity to ride in a 1958 Chev Bel-Aire?


The "guagua". Pronounced "waa-waa", these are the public buses which run with no apparent schedule. They are also packed with people, since they run infrequently. Fare is twenty centavos (Oct.'2001 equivalent of one cent USD). It is advisable that you take precautions against pickpockets in such close quarters.

Beyond Havana

Adjustments to flights (external or internal) can be made/purchased in the row of agency offices just down the hill from the Havana Libre hotel on Calle 23 (aka Paseo)

Car rentals should be arranged before arriving in Cuba, although you can make arrangements at the airport when you land (if it's not the 3:30am Cubana flight!).

Driving? Be very sure you are appropriately covered with insurance and prepared for emergencies (medical kit, money, etc.)

No travel restrictions apply to tourists in Cuba. However, transportation is difficult to organize.