Transportation in Cuba

Transportation in Cuba


Arriving by plane

Cubana (CU) (Internet: is a Cuban airline. It offers international flights to North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.

Condor flies from Cologne, Frankfurt / M., Düsseldorf, Hanover and Munich as well as from Vienna, Graz, Basel and Geneva. Iberia (IB) flies to Havana from Düsseldorf, Geneva and Zurich. Edelweiss Air (WK) flies from Zurich to Havana. Other airlines that fly to Cuba include Aeroflot (SU), Air France (AF), Air Berlin (AB) and British Airways (BA). Eurowings (EW) connects Cologne-Bonn, Dresden, Berlin, Leipzig, Hamburg as well as Vienna, Salzburg, Klagenfurt and Zurich with Cuba.

The following airlines fly to Cuba from the USA: Alaska Airlines (AS), American Airlines (AA), Frontier Airlines (F9), Delta Air Lines (DL), JetBlue Airways (B6), Silver Airways (3M), Spirit Airlines (NK), Southwest Airlines (WN), United Airlines (UA) and Sun Country Airlines (SY).

Departure fee

25 CUC on departure. For some package tours, this departure tax is already included in the travel price. Children under 2 years of age and transit travelers do not pay airport fees.

Arrival by ship

Cruise ships a.o.a. of the shipping companies Ponant, Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas and Royal Caribbean Cruises dock in Cuba.

It is possible to moor with a private yacht, but you should inform the official authorities beforehand (Marina Hemingway in Havana, Tel: (7) 24 11 49)


Traveling by plane

Cubana (CU) (Internet: and AeroCaribbean (Internet: offer scheduled flights between most of the larger cities, including between Havana and Santiago de Cuba, Holguin, Cayo Coco and Cayo Largo. Aerogaviota (KG) (Internet: operates other domestic routes and charter flights. The outdated biplane aircraft of the Aerotaxi should be avoided for safety reasons.

On the way by car / bus

The road network is approximately 50,000 km long. 14,000 km of this are motorways and paved roads. The road conditions are often poor and there are often no road signs.

There are enough petrol stations all over the country where there is enough petrol available. You can move freely anywhere in Cuba.

Long-distance bus: The network of Astro’s public intercity bus routes (Asociaciones de Transportes por Omnibus) is relatively small and hardly usable for tourists. The best and most reliable way to travel individually and inexpensively to the various cities and regions is, in addition to the rental car, the Viazul bus line (Internet: These modern and comfortable coaches travel all over Cuba on regular routes. The Havana-Varadero bus trip, for example, takes around 2.5 hours in an air-conditioned and comfortable coach. The connections Viñalestal, Trinidad, Playa Giron and Santiago de Cuba are also offered. Most cross-country trips take place in air-conditioned long-distance buses. Tickets for these luxury buses must be paid for in foreign currency.

Taxis: For tourists there are tourist taxis waiting in front of the large hotels. The prices correspond roughly to the north-west European. Most of the taxis are metered; for the others, the fare should be agreed in advance. However, it is also possible to stop passing taxis with a hand signal.

Cyclescan be rented.

Rental cars: In all tourist centers there are representatives of rental car companies, mostly even directly in the hotels. When renting a relatively high deposit in cash, this is not required when paying by credit card. Cars can also be rented from abroad.

Documentation: National or international driver’s license, drivers must be over 21 years old.

Speed limits:
urban: 50 km / h (near schools 40 km / h);
on country roads: 60 km / h;
on expressways: 90 km / h;
on motorways: 100 km / h.

Traveling in the city

In Havana ride buses, mini buses and many taxis inexpensive at a single fare. Buses run frequently. The bus terminal is located in Havana on Avenida 26 y Zoologico.

On the go by train

According to youremailverifier, there are regular connections between Havana and Santiago de Cuba. On this route, the trains stop in Santa Clara and Camagüey, among others. There is also a connection between Havana and Pinar del Rio. Some trains are air-conditioned. Ferrocarriles de Cuba, also called Ferrocuba, is responsible for train traffic in Cuba (Tel: (7) 862 48 88 or (7) 861 42 59 for timetable information in Havana, or (22) 62 28 36 for timetable information in Santiago de Cuba). The rail network in Cuba was badly damaged by natural disasters and is no longer fully navigable. The trains run relatively slowly and are often unpunctual.

Transportation in Cuba