In Cuba you have different ways to get around:
1. Cuba4all Reizen offer you the unique experience of renting a classic American car from the 50s with driver, who will be at your disposal to take you to the most interesting places you want to visit on the island. The good thing about renting this kind of car is that you do not have the worry of driving in a completely unknown place and you will have a local driver with great knowledge of the destination that could help you if needed.
2. Renting a modern car. It is good to know that sometimes it is difficult to rent the car because the fleet of cars is scarce and many times the demand exceeds the supply. For this reason it is more advisable to organize the car rentals with several weeks in advance of your trip. Normally this will be more affordable during the low season, or during the months of September, October, May and June. Keep in mind that the road infrastructure is limited and the system of signs is low.
Useful tips on car rental in Cuba:
♦Cuba, despite of having a fleet of cars of international range, currently most of the cars from the economy range are of Chinese origin.
♦When you hire the car do it without hurry up. Check the documentation and the costs carefully before you sign.
♦To the price of the renting you still must add the insurance and a deposit which you need to pay in cash and in local CUC (usually between 200 and 250 CUC). This amount will be given back when you returned the car at the end of the lease, provided that it is delivered without damage.
♦Check the entire car, including the petrol tank and keep in mind that with these cars you can only use “special” gasoline.
♦Please note that service stations do not always support credit cards, so you'll need cash.
♦A tip of common sense is to respect all traffic signs and drive with caution.
♦ It is advisable to travel during the day to avoid accidents or get lost on the road.
♦On the rural roads you must be careful with cyclists and vehicles of animal traction that circulate, even at night and many times without lights.
♦Pay close attention to animals that could be close to the highways and roads.
♦You can rent a car at the following public agencies: Cubacar–Havanautos–REX–Gran Car–Renta Car.
3. Public Transport:
♦The chain “Viazul” (http://www.viazul.com) has a fleet of air conditioned coaches with good comfort. They go from city to city with scheduled stops in rest areas totally equipped for the traveler. I Don't recommend that you use the buses operating inside the city, because they are usually very crowded, they are not comfortable, you must pay in CUP, among other things. However, surely if you dare to use them you'll be also knowing the real Cuba.
♦There is also a fleet of taxis linked to the company “CUBATAXI” with modern cars that can be in the following colours: white, yellow, or black and yellow, which you can use to move inside the cities. They generally operate with taximeter and the prices are a bit high.
♦In the city you can also find the “Coco-Taxis”, motorcycles with 3 wheels with coconut shape, hence its name. There are also the “Bici-Taxis”, bicycles adapted to 3 wheels, which are used daily by the Cubans to move from one place to another. This means of transport must be paid in local currency CUP.
4. Private taxis. They are usually old cars, most Americans and Russians and you can negotiate the price of destination with the owner. The advantage of this is that you can save a lot of money compared to the public taxis because they are much more economical.
5. Air. If you want to travel from one end to another of the island, you can use the air transport service. All the tourist destinations and major cities have an airport and air link with Havana.