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nternal 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.
Cuba has a good and inexpensive domestic air network. Cuba has excellent roads, so a rental car is probably the best bet. And government vehicles are required by law to pick up local hitchhikers, so the intrepid can always take that route. But the reality is that public transportation "stinks"

 

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The regular city buses, called guaguas, run rarely and pack riders in like sardines. A newer but just as uncomfortable type of transport is the camello, or camel, named for its humped shape. Are huge truck-pulled containers, similar to semitrailers.

They were introduced in the early 1990s and are the butt of many Cuban jokes-for good reason. Avoid them at all costs. There are two forms of taxi service-"official" taxis metered Ladas and Nissans and "informal" taxis unmetered vintage Buicks.

The drivers pay a fee to the government to operate. We prefer using the old classics-they're nostalgic, cheaper and support local entrepreneurs.
Another form of taxi service in the cities are bicycle-drawn carriages. Usually for less than five dollars you will have a pleasantly slow ride and a narrated tour by an enthusiastic peddler. It is possible to hitchhike in Cuba, but the competition with Cubans can be plentiful.

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. more information on car rental in cuba.

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. cuba buses info, prices & schedules

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. more information on taxi prices

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. schedules & prices of trains in cuba

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS :
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)

SOME TIPS!!!!!!!

City of Havana:

Buy a good city map. Try or travel store.
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 $15 USD.

PanaTaxis are a medium-cost option. for example a trip from Nuevo Vedado district to Vedado (2,5 km) runs around $3 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.

General information about cuba railroads, highways, inland waterways, airports and airlines:

Railroads:

total: 12,623 km

standard gauge: 4,881 km 1.435-m gauge (151.7 km electrified)

other: 7,742 km 0.914- and 1.435-m gauge for sugar plantation lines


Highways:

total: 26,477 km

paved: 14,477 km

unpaved: gravel or earth 12,000 km (1989)


Inland waterways:

240 km

Ports: Cienfuegos, La Habana, Manzanillo, Mariel, Matanzas, Nuevitas, Santiago de Cuba


Merchant marine:

total: 48 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 278,103 GRT/396,138 DWT

ships by type: bulk 1, cargo 22, chemical tanker 1, liquefied gas tanker 4, oil tanker 10, passenger-cargo 1, refrigerated cargo 9

note: Cuba beneficially owns an additional 24 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 215,703 DWT under the registry of Panama, Cyprus, Malta, and Mauritius


Airports:

total: 181

with paved runways over 3,047 m: 7

with paved runways 2,438 to 3,047 m: 8

with paved runways 1,524 to 2,437 m: 13

with paved runways 914 to 1,523 m: 10

with paved runways under 914 m: 106

with unpaved runways 1,524 to 2,438 m: 1

with unpaved runways 914 to 1,523 m: 36

INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES

Aerocaribbean
Terminal Aerocaribbean, Boyeros
45-3013, 45-1135 / 33-5017

Aeroflot
Calle 23 No. 64, Vedado, Plaza de la Rev.
33-3200, 33-3759 / 33-3288

Aerogaviota
Ave. 47 No. 2814, Reparto Kohly, Playa
29-4990 / 33-2621

Air Jamaica
Hotel Habana Libre Tryp. Calle 23, esquina L, Plaza de la Rev
33-4011

ALM
Calle 23 No. 64 e/ Infanta y P, Vedado, Plaza de la Rev.
33-3730 / 33-3729

AOM
Calle 23 No. 64, interior, Vedado, Plaza de la Rev.
33-4098, 33-3997 / 33-3783

Avianca Sam
Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Mezzanine
33-4700, 33-4701 / 33-4702

Copa
Calle 23 No. 64, interior, esq. Infanta, Vedado, Plaza de la Rev.
33-1758, 33-3657 / 33-3951

Iberia
Calle 23 No. 74 esq. P, Vedado
33-5041, 33-5042 / 33-5061

Lacsa Tikal Tours
Calle L e/ 23 y 25, Vedado, Plaza de la Rev.
33-3114, 33-3187 / 33-3728

LTU
Calle 23 No. 64 esq. Infanta, Vedado, Plaza de la Rev.
33-3549, 33-3590 / 33-2789

Martinair Holland
Calle 23 esq. P, Vedado, Plaza de la Rev.
33-4364, 33-3730 / 33-3729

Mexicana
Calle 23 esq. P, Vedado, Plaza de la Rev.
33-3531, 33-5532 / 33-3077

TAAG
Calle 23 No. 64 esq. Infanta, Vedado, Plaza de la Rev
33-3527 / 33-3049

Viasa
La Habana
33-5068

Cubana
Calle 23 No. 64 esq. Infanta, Vedado, Plaza de la Rev.
33 3911 / 33 3323

AIRPORTS

José Martí Airport
Ave. Hguyen Van Troi, Boyeros, La Habana
(53 7) 33 5177/78/79

Juan G. Gómez
Playa Varadero, Matanzas
6-3018, 6-2010

Máximo Gómez
Provincia de Ciego de Avila
(53 33) 3-2525, 4-3695

Ignacio Agramonte
Provincia de Camagüey
(53 322) 6-1000

Antonio Maceo
Provincia de Santiago de Cuba
(53 226) 91014

 

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