Most of us will have to fly to get
to Cuba. As far as I know there are no regular shipping mines to Cuba left
though some cruise ships go to the island.
On these pages I focus on how to
get to Cuba and how to get around once you are there.
I personally rent a car most of
the time, but that is an expensive proposition in Cuba. Within the cities
there are taxis available, though not cheap. These are to be paid in Peso
To get from one city to the next
on public transport you have the choice between:
- interior flight with Cubana de
- trains ("regular" and "special"
- buses mainly from two companies:
Viazul and Astro
By no means transport in Cuba is
cheap and it pays to plan your "moves".
Space on public transport is
limited so: plan ahead and reserve for those "must make it" journeys. Also
don't forget that delays and breakdowns are numerous. Play it safe.
If you think about hitch-hiking:
get in line. Thousands of Cubans already do so. There is even a system of
payment. A hitch-hikers pays the driver of the car depending on the distance
covered. You will actually see people waving pesos at you while you drive.
For those driving: picking up
hitch-hikers is very safe in Cuba. I never had problems.
For first time drivers: the guys
in the yellow outfits (los amarillos) are state employees that stop
government owned cars and trucks to get people on them. You are not obliged
to take any as a tourist.