HAVANA, GETTING THERE AND AWAY BY LAND

ESPAÑOL

BUS (GUAGUA)

The company Viazul is the most used by tourists, as buses are more comfortable and reliable in terms of mechanics and punctuality. Tickets can also be booked online. Its terminal is far from the tourist zone, in the west side of the zoo:

DESTINATION

COST ($ CUC) FREQUENCY DURATION

NOTES

Viñales

12

3 daily: 9, 11:25 and 14:30 3 h 45 m Stop in Pinar del Río
Varadero

10

4 daily: 8, 10, 13 and 17 3 h 10 m – 3 h 45 m Stop in Matanzas and Varadero airport
Zapata Peninsula (Playa Larga and Playa Girón)

13

1 daily: 7 am 3 h Buses on the route Havana – Trinidad stop in zones from where you can take a shuttle (3 $CUC) to the beaches, although they are not reliable
Cienfuegos

20

3 daily: 7, 10:45 and 13:30 5 h Two first are the route to Trinidad
Trinidad

25

2 daily: 7 y 10:45 5 h 30 m
Santa Clara

18

5 daily: 6, 8:40, 15:15, 19:45 and 22:00 3 h 45 m Routes to Holguín and Santiago
Sancti Spíritus

23

3 daily: 6, 15:15 and 22:00 5 h 20 m Route to Santiago
Holguín

44

3 daily: 8:40, 15:15 and 19:45 12 h
Santiago de Cuba

51

3 daily: 6, 15:15 and 22:00 16 h

Other companies are Astro and especially Conectando Bus, which belongs to Cubanacán; it’s important because:

  • It makes the same routes as Viazul, similar schedules and price also.
  • Buses are in good condition.
  • Stops at main hotels.
  • And seats are usually available from one day to another for a simple reason: they do not have a website and most tourists do not know about this possibility.
Bus guagua cubanacan conectando bus
Transtur bus, used by Conectando Bus

SHARED TAXIS OR COLECTIVOS

Somewhat more expensive than the bus, they are however popular considering they pick you up at your accommodation and drop you off at the next and they take less time, although always more than they say. Unless we hire a colectivo in the street, which we advise against, the prices per way and person are fixed. Here are some of the usual destinations from Havana in $ CUC and the time that they say it will take, but estimate that the real time will be approximately 50% longer:

  • Viñales: 20 $ CUC, they tell you 2 h and 30 m, we needed 4 hours because the colectivo broke down.
  • Varadero: 15 $, 2 h.
  • Playa Larga: 20 $, 2 h.
  • Cienfuegos: 25 $, 3 h.
  • Santa Clara: 30 $, 3 h 15 m.

For more information see the specific post BUSES AND COLECTIVOS IN CUBA.

TRAIN

The central station will be closed for renovation until 2018, so the station La Coubre, immediately south of the main station, is used in the historic center.

Trains in Cuba have such a poor reputation that Cubans are said to prefer to hitchhike rather than go by train. The French Train to Santiago was the only reliable one, but it has been under repair since 2014; the service is supposed to be reinstated in 2017. Train times are often not printed, sometimes barely on a station’s blackboard, and change in months time, so no information from any web or blog (including this) will be reliable. Those who want to move by train would better go and ask on the spot. Since there are several trains that make the same route with different numbers, prices and duration of the route, in an ORIENTATIVE way, are mentioned in the following table some of the usual routes in first class:

DESTINATION

PRICE FOR FOREIGNER ($CUC) FREQUENCY

DURATION

Santiago (Tren Francés, (currently not working)

50

Every 2 days 12 h
Morón

24

Every 2 days 6 h 30 m
Santiago de Cuba

30

2 per week 17 h
Holguín

27

Every 2 days 10 h
Sancti Spíritus

14

Every 2 days 8 h
Cienfuegos

11

Every 2 days 5 h
Pinar del Río

7

Every 2 days 6 h
Santa Clara

14

Daily 7 h

OTHER TRANSPORTATION

Check the post about RENTAL CAR, BICYCLE AND HITCHHIKE IN CUBA.

MORE ESSENTIAL INFORMATION IN HAVANA:
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