The Travel 2
Transport in Cuba is not as scarce as I had originally thought. We actually managed to get around the island quite easily. You do not need to book transport before hand… unless you are thinking about getting a 9 hour bus from Viñales to Trinidad.
You can spot authorized taxis in Havana – mainly outside of the airport. In villages and around Cuba, it’s the “Collectivo” that is famous. This is practically a taxi you share with other tourists.* This type of taxi could easily be your main mode of transport around the island, since it’s the most reachable.
In our opinion, hiring a car is not the best of ideas, especially for long trips. The roads are not properly asphalted, or not asphalted at all (apart from the Autopista nacional). You may encounter lots of bumps and holes, cyclists, any kind of animal (from ducks to oxen) and fruit vendors on the roads. A 40 minute journey might easily turn into a one hour tiresome trip, and apart from the mentally exhausting experience for the driver, all the passengers will be missing out from the authentic Cuban taxi experience.
Transport in Havana is quite vast. Tourists, alongside the locals, are spoiled for choice. Here’s a list of all the different modes of transport we spotted in Habana:
3. Horse carriage
4. Bike hire
6. Car or motorcycle hire
7. Hop on hop off bus
8. Local bus
9. Transtour bus (with a/c, normally for tourists)
During our stay, going around Cuba has always left an impression. Be it squeaky taxis or uncomfortable buses, let’s just say that it was always an unforgettable journey.
*If you require more information about taxi collectivos, contact us and we’ll be happy to help.