Havana, also known as Cuba’s Carefree Capital, is an iconic city to step foot in, but can be a bit tricky to get to from the airport. To get you there in the least stressful way possible, we’ve created a list of all the ways you can get into the city from José Martí International Airport to start your adventures.
The easiest option would be to get into a taxi. While you’re in the airport, people may come up and ask if you want a taxi but taking them up on their offers might not be the safest choice. This is because you don’t know for sure if they’re legitimate or not, so it’s easier to just get one yourself. As soon as you exit the airport on the arrivals level there will be a lineup of dozens of taxis waiting. You can walk up to one and they’ll be able to take you into the city in approximately 30 minutes. Before you get in, make sure you confirm the price with your driver, so you can avoid any unpleasant surprises at the end. It should cost you approximately 25 CUC (payable only in cash) but you may be able to negotiate a lower price if you can speak Spanish.
There’s no official bus that runs out of the airport but there is a city bus that may be of interest to travelers with only a backpack or very minimal luggage. You’ll most likely arrive into Terminal 3 and the bus is a 20 min or 2 km walk over to Terminal 2. You could also take a taxi there if you’re not up for the walk. Once there, you need to head out to the road called Avenida de Rancho Boyeros to catch either the P12 or P16 bus which will take you to the Plaza of the Revolution. The ride only costs 0.40 pesos per person but make sure you make change before at the airport as they only accept cash. The buses are usually be very crowded and hot so if you’re carrying a lot of luggage or have any disabilities or health issues that are triggered by heat, this may not be the best option for you.
The final option for getting into Havana from José Martí International Airport is to rent a car. This is a great option if you plan on exploring beyond the city and want control over your transportation. You can pick one up at the airport in the arrivals area from companies such as Rex and Cubanacar. Be sure to book a car ahead as demand is high and supply can be low for rental cars in Havana. Prices start as low as 60 CUC in the off-peak seasons or 100 CUC during peak seasons. Remember that there will be additional costs such as insurance and gas. To make your travel from the airport even easier, print out a physical map (not just screenshot one on your phone) to your final destination.
The most efficient, reliable and easiest way to get into Havana is to take a taxi. It may be a little bit pricey but most things in Cuba are relatively low compared to international prices so it’s worth it to spend a little extra and get there in one piece. If you’re looking for the cheapest option, the bus is the best way for you. If you plan on heading beyond Havana or just want control over your transportation, your best option would be to rent a car from the airport. Whichever way you get into the city, buen viaje!