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e highly recommended to rent a car if you intend to explore the suburbs or if you intend touring beyond Havana. Main highways autopistas are quite good; the secondary roads can be quite bad, though often more scenic. Rental cars Suzukis, Daihatsus, Nissans Fiat and Hyundaisare the best way to see Cuba. It grants ease, freedom, and control (there are no restrictions on where you can go). plus you can cover a lot of turf without the time delays of public transportation.
In cuba people drive slow and gently, there are no bottlenecks. Cuba is probably the only Latin American destination without rush-hour traffic.

 

Casa Albertina

Budget Accommodation
in Vedado, Havana

Hotel Nacional

Recomended Hotel
in Havana

To drive in Cuba, you must be 18 years or old and hold either an International Drivers' License (IDL) or a valid national driver's license. You must also have at least one year's driving experience for renting a car in any agency.

Traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road. The speed limits is 100 Kph (62 mph) on freeways, 90 Kph (56 mph) on highways, 60 Kph (37 mph) on rural roads, 50 Kph (31 mph) on urban roads, and 40 Kph (25 mph) in children's zones. Speed limits are vigorously enforced by an efficient highway patrol.

If you receive a traffic fine, it will be deducted from the deposit for your rental (there's a space for fines provided on the rental car papers)

If you intend to explore Cuba far and wide, be sure to obtain a copy of Guia de Carreteras, a complete atlas in booklet form for drivers. It can be purchase in Cuba but we recommed to buy it in our travel store because in cuba is sometimes hard to find this maps and booklets and in out travel stoire is definitly less spensive than in cuba.

Most tourist hotels have a car rental bureau on site, but the main car rental agencies also have main office. Demand sometimes exceeds supply, so you may need to hunt around, particularly for the smaller models or a 4WD jeep. You can also rent a car at the airport upon arrival but is always a best choice to have it booked in advance.

Rates: There are not bargain prices, expect to pay about US $49 - 100 per day (depending on the size of the vehicle and the length of the rental) plus insurance, . You will normally be required to pay a deposit to US $200-500. Most companies offer a choice of Type A insurance (with a deductible of US $250) or Type B (fully comprehensive , except car radio and one tire). If you plan on doing considerable mileage, take the unlimited mileage option. The companies accept payment by Visa, MasterCard, Eurocard, Banamex, Camet and JBC, as well as in cash and traveler's checks.

Gasoline: Obtaining fuel is easy, you will find a lot of Servi_Cupets (Dollars gas stations) that are scatered around Havana, and Cuba, selling gasoline from US $75 to US $0.95 a liter (wich works out to US $3.40 per gallon). Most are open 24 hours a day. Even so, it's always wise to keep the tank at least half full to avoid unnecesary detours to obtain fuel. There are almost never lines at Servi- Cupet. Aside from selling fuel, Servi-Cupet gas stations are often good places to buy cold drinks and stock up on groceries.

Car Rental Companies: Easy to find, car hire companies are all around cuba, in this page we cannot describe all of them but we will show 1 agency of some of 15 that are working in havana.

Havanautos
Website: http://www.havanautos.cu
Operation Center: Ave 5ta y 84. Miramar.
Phone: (537) 24 2718, (537) 24 2104. Fax: (537) 33-0760.
Available 24 hours a day, every day.
Agencies:

Agency Phone
Jose Marti Airport Phone: (53 7) 833-5197 Terminal 3
              (53 7) 833-5215 Terminal 2
National Hotel Phone: (53 7) 833-3192
Sevilla Hotel Phone: (53 7) 833-8956
Riviera Hotel Phone: (53 7) 833-3577
Habana Libre Phone: (53 7) 833-3484
Neptuno/Triton Hotel Phone: (53 7) 204-1181
Servi Cupet 11 y Malecon Phone: (53 7) 833-4691
Calle 500. Guanabo Phone: (53 7) 96-2694
Tropicoco Hotel Phone: (53 7) 97-1535
Villa Panamericana Phone: (53 7) 95-1037

 

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