Cuba has excellent taxi services as well as car, van and motorcycle rentals. Tour buses in Havana, Pinar del Río, Jardines del Rey, Trinidad, Baracoa and Varadero cover the major sites of interest. For special excursions, contact the tourism desk at your hotel. Economy travel on buses among major centres around the country is also available through Viazul. For information and schedules, visit www.viazul.com.
50,000 km (31,000 mi) of highways and other paved roads link all of the population centres and tourist resorts
have special compartments for tourists
The country has 10 international airports, and 5 local airports offering domestic charters and air taxis; several airlines provide charter flights to remote areas of Cuba.
Tourist taxis, or official taxis provide metered fares which must be paid for in CUC$; you pay for distance not time. For longer trips you can negotiate a flat fee.
Cocotaxis, bright yellow three-seater scooters, can be found in most cities and are a fun alternative to the tourist taxi; they’re also official, but aren’t metered. Gran Car in Havana rents classic pristine vintage cars (with driver) for a fee.
In main cities you’ll also find Calezas, horse drawn buggies, and ciclotaxis – trike taxis.
Driving in Cuba:
You need to be 21 with a valid driver’s license showing a year’s experience. There a number of car rental companies.
You may travel unaccompanied, but guides can show you places of interest you might not find on your own. They can also take you to paladares – small, family-run restaurants in private homes.
Photography & Filming
Photos and videos can be taken freely, except in restricted areas, such as military zones. Museums also have specific regulations.
Shops in hotels, villas and airports sell Cuban cigars, rum and coffee, as well as snacks, arts and crafts, toiletries, books and souvenirs. Specialty stores in the main tourist regions also carry high-end European and other imports.
There are 27 tourist information offices (INFOTUR) distributed throughout the country offering free information. Here you can also get printed media like guides, brochures, catalogs, etc. Visit the website www.infotur.cu