Travel to Cuba

Flying to Cuba

Cuba's national airline is Cubana (CU) (tel: (07) 834 4446; www.cubana.cu). Flights to Cuba don't fluctuate much in price due to the limited number of carriers servicing the island, but are more expensive around major holidays (especially in December) and during the June to August summer tourist season.

Air notes:

Mexicana declared bankruptcy in August 2010, halting all flights to Cuba until further notice. Meanwhile, new routes from Cancun to Havana were established by AeroMexico.

In March 2011, the United States authorized nine additional airports (Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago O'Hare, Dallas Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, San Juan Puerto Rico, and Tampa), to handle charter flights between the United States and Cuba.

The José Martí International Airport's Terminal #2 in Havana has been completely upgraded to receive additional flights originating from the USA and elsewhere.

Flight times:

From London to Havana is 8 hours, and from Miami (on a charter flight) it is 45 minutes.

Departure tax:

CUC$25 Airport Service Charge for passengers leaving Cuba. Transit passengers and children under two years are exempt. Payable in cash.

Airport guides

Airport Code: HAV. Location: Havana José Marti International Airport is situated 15km (9 miles) southwest of Havana. Money: Bureaux de change can be found in Terminals 2 and 3. A 24-hour bank and ATMs are located in... Read more

Airport Code: VRA. Location: Varadero Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport is located 35km (21 miles) southwest of Varadero and... Money: Bureau de change counters are available in the terminal building. Read more

Getting to Cuba by boat

By water:

Sailing into Cuba is possible, with a handful of international marinas receiving foreign vessels including Havana's Marina Hemingway (tel: (07) 204-6848), Marina Puerto Sol Darsena in Varadero (tel: (045) 66-7755), Marina Santiago de Cuba (tel: (022) 691 446, and Marina Puerto Sol Cienfuegos (tel: (043) 255-1241). There is no official website for Cuban marinas.

Cruise ships:

Cruise ships arrive in Havana and Santiago de Cuba on circuits through the Caribbean.

Edited by Jane Duru
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