When going to Cuba with the intention of traveling the whole or a part of the Island on your own; prepare yourself with a good map and a good guidebook
Remember Cuba is a HUGE island of 1200 km (745 miles) long
Renting a Car in Cuba
You have to overthink a few things before you decide driving in Cuba.
Be in time if you want to make a reservation on forehand. Cuba does not have enough cars during high season (Dec/Jan/Feb and July/August) besides this, most car rental agencies have to ask availability in Cuba by email which takes time, sometimes even weeks.
Renting a car in Cuba is expensive but the other side is you can stop where you wanna stop and have all the time for your own, its well worth the money.
Viazul Bus Most easy and cheapest to go around Cuba is by the Viazul Bus. A modern airconditioned bus with video and toilet
More info and reviews about the Viazul bus >>
The regular National public transportation Cubans will pay with CUP, foreigners in CUC
This bus drives all over the island, a bit cheaper than the Viazul Bus but less comfertable and reliable. The Astro bus has a few places for tourists per bus!
Since the last years the Cuban railways bought French first class airconditioned trains. Train schedules in Cuba are not reliable, you have to have some patience. I must say it is a real Cuban experience to go through Cuba by train, in specific for train fans, back-packers, and people who love to mingle with locals.
The nr 1 and 2 trains from Havana to Santiago de Cuba v.v is 4 hours faster than the Viazul Bus!
Remind that all other trains besides the number 1 and number 2 are never on time
Taking a domestic flight saves you a lot of time to go p.a. from Havana to Santiago de Cuba. Besides this, if you would like to go to Cayo Largo you have no choice and have to take a domestic flight simply because there is no ferry transfer to this part of Cuba
We struck gold with Alejandro Risco :)
Ale came highly recommended via a popular B&B in Habana. This driver was not only a great driver but he impacted our trip is so many positive ways, he has a great sense of humor, he taught us all the in's & out's of Cuba! We had an opportunity to drive back into the vilages & explore where most never lay eyes on. That's what we wanted & Alejandro made it happen for us. His car is incredibly comfortable and spacious, it's similar to a BMW here in the states. Alejandro's services saved us from getting lost & probably never finding such unpopulated areas. Highlight of our trip!
After 52 years, I returned to my native Cuba and was very fortunate to come across
our driver/tour guide by the name of Rey who picked us up from the Havana airport.
He is a highly educated, considerate, responsible gentleman. Besides being knowledgeable
about sightseeing and historical sights, he directed us towards lovely "casas
particulares",excellent reasonably priced restaurants and night life. We were mostly
impressed by the fact that he treats tourists fairly with the price of his services.
He made our trip very memorable and gave us the true feel of Cuban life. We recommend
him highly. Rey can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. cell 2829276
or 2673892 (Cheap calls to Cuba). He drives a classic Ford and speaks English. His son also speaks English
and French and assists him with tours.
Name: Celia Nicholls
Just rtn'd from Cuba last month, we were worried about which driver we wanted to utilize while in Cuba, I was compelled to write this review about our driver Alejandro because he truly impacted our trip in so many positive ways. Alejandro practically drove us 4 hours up & down villages, city streets & anywhere we decided to adventure. He was very knowledgable, trustworthy and extremely reliable (like clock work). He's number one priority is your safety and your enjoyment while traveling Cuba. Alejandro has a "Skoda" very nice realiable car that is extremely comfortable for a family of five. He was a great photography and handled out iphone like a pro. He taught us a lot about the in's & out's of Cuba. Alejandro is VERY comical, he was a blast. He played great c.d.'s a! nd he was a true gentlemen.
Does there exists a ferry from ... to Cuba ??? ... NO!
There is no such thing as a ferry service from Cancun or whatever country to Cuba.
Yes, there is a company who has daytrips from Jamaica to Cuba by boat, but this company does not take passengers for just a transport to Cuba. One of the ferries that do exist is the ferry in Havana to Regla neigborhood, see the picture.
Isla de la Juventud
Terminal de Cruceros
Avenida Jesús Menéndez
Santiago de Cuba
Tel: +53 651763 Cheap calls to Cuba
Terminal de Cruceros de Cienfuegos
Calle La Mar
Muelle Olimpia Medina
Terminal de Cruceros de La Habana
Ave. del Puerto
Ciudad de La Habana
Gran Caribe Marina Cayo Largo
Cayo Largo del Sur, Archipiélago de los Canarreos
Tel: (53 45) 24 8213/8133/8214 Cheap calls to Cuba
2014: Numberplates changed in just white. Not the complecated colored numberplates anylonger as it used to be before 2014
Till 2013: Cuban cars had different colored numberplates, these numberplates tell who is the owner of the car, where he comes from. Handy for you foreigner to know that yours will be red and starts with a T so people can see you are a tourist.
Second letter a K is a car of a foreigner working in Cuba
Managers and important people, free gasoline
State own, have to return after working hours
State own, can go home after working hours
Officials / ministery
Beginning with a "T" (tourismo) is a rented Car
Metropolitano, San Juan de Dios
esq. Aguacate, Habana Vieja
Tel: +53 7 860 8532 Cheap calls to Cuba
Costs about 12 cuc a day
I recommend, if you want to bike around Cuba, bring your own bike.