ABOUT TRANSPORT IN CUBA
THE TRANSPORT IN THE CITY:
THE TAXIS, THE BUSES (GUAGUAS) AND OTHERS
In Cuba there are several types of
a. - State taxis for the Cubans, in Cuban
pesos with taximeter, (yellow and black Ladas).
b. - Community taxis for Cubans, for fixed
itineraries which are old vehicles of the 40’s and 50’s and it is paid 10 Cuban
pesos by itinerary. Cubans call to these old cars "machines" and
c. - Taxis with taximeter for Cuban and
foreigners running by CUBATAXI, PANATAXI and other companies. They get paid in
CUC. These last ones are those that tourists should use. The flag slope is of 1
CUC and it includes the first kilometer, later the rate varies according to the
category, among 0,6 to 0,8 CUC for kilometer, (among
them are different type of cars, from Lada to
There is phone calling taxi Service which
arrives to your door without overcharge.
Also, Cubans and foreigners can move around
the city in buses (guagua) that you pay in Cuban
pesos, for hardly 0,40 peso (around. 1 cent of Euro),
(the payment is in Cuban pesos).
For tourists moving there are also some
small economic vehicles called "cocotaxi",
with taximeter and collection in CUC. They look like an egg yellow color.
In Old Havana and in several places of the
country side you can take rides in horse carriages, something typical.
there is a two floors tourist bus with open-top seats that travels along the
main attractions of the city. For 5 CUC you can come up and go down the whole day as many
times as you want. This is a good and economic touring option.
Chosen because of their low fuel
consumption these Yutong brand buses are replacing
the old buses used for the transport in the island.
The national bus transport service is
denominated Astror, and its Terminal is near to Plaza
de la Revolucion (Revolution Square), where there is
also a commercial center with stores, a bank and quick food.
Now Astro fleet has
been modernized entirely with the new Yutong buses,
modern cars with all the comfort required for the inter-provincial trips.
service mainly work for
national travelers, who pay in Cuban pesos (the national Currency), while the
foreigners are welcome on board with their Cuban Convertible pesos.
Some rates as example: to Cienfuegos 14 cuc, to Pinar del
Rio 7, to Santa Clara 12, to Santiago de Cuba 35, to Trinidad 21, to Varadero 10.
Address of the Astro
Bus Terminal in Havana:
Avenida de la Independencia
and calle 19 de mayo.
Tel. (7) 830-4000 · 830-3300
SOME WORDS ABOUT TRAIN TRANSPORT
Caribbean island offering a full train schedule, Cuba can also be traveled through
its rail network. In 2005, more than 30 million
travellers used Cuban trains
offer tourists efficient if not luxurious service, though you won’t find high
One example, service #31, leaves Havana
Central Station at 17h35 for Santiago via Matanzas, Santa Clara, Ciego de
Avila, Camaguey and Las Tunas. Buffet; air-conditioning; reserved reclining
seats; toilets; stewards; meals and drinks.
Central Station in La Habana
Three other stations in the capital : Casablanca (Hershey
electric train), Cristina, La Coubre.
Service #11, La Habana 15h15 – Santiago 5h15 (30cuc) stops in six large
cities. Buffet; aicon; reclining seats; toilets;
#33 at 14h00 for
Camaguey, arr. 20h50 #35 16h45 for Matanzas, Santa Clara, Ciego de Avila and
Moron, arr. 23h10 and #37 from La Habana Coubre at 18h45
to Cienfuegos, arr. 23h40
The #39 leaves central station at 22h35 to Pinar del Rio
making 9 stops along the way and arrives at 4h20
A much better
alternative is the Tren Frances Especial:
The Tren Francès Espécial
serves the trans-island, 835-km long route linking La Habana to Santiago with French SNCF cars, recycled from
the famous Trans Europ
The Tren Francès
Especial is exclusively an overnight service without sleeper cars (no Cuban
train has sleepers). Only comfortable, cloth-covered seats
with more than adequate air-conditioning, background music, cabin stewards and