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SOBRE EL TRANSPORTE EN LA CIUDAD: LOS TAXIS , LOS AUTOBUSES (GUAGUAS) Y OTROS

 

 

ABOUT TRANSPORT IN CUBA

 

 

THE TRANSPORT IN THE CITY: THE TAXIS, THE BUSES (GUAGUAS) AND OTHERS 

 

In Cuba there are several types of taxis: 

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 "almendrones." 

 

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 Mercedes). 

 

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. 

 

In Havana 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.

 

ASTRO BUSES

 

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. 

  

  

This fleet 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             

 

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SOME WORDS ABOUT TRAIN TRANSPORT

 

The only 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

 

Cuban trains offer tourists efficient if not luxurious service, though you won’t find high speeds..,

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Descripción: Central station La Habana   

 

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; stewards.

 

#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 Express


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 coffee-room section.

 

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