Roads are not dangerous but you have to pay attention to the bicycles, horses, 50s American cars...
It is therefore recommended to drive around 100 Km/h and during daylight as roads are poorly lit.
In most towns, car hire companies have offices both in the city center and at the airport. So it is not necessary to pick the car at the airport if you're already in town.
When staying in Havana, we advise to:
There are indeed few sign posts but there are not many roads in Cuba, so there is no risk of getting lost.
Only Havana's exit is a bit complicated: don't hesitate to regularly ask for your way when approaching the motorway's entry.
Below are some arguments that might help you make up your mind:
As Viazul buses are air conditionned and on time, you will first and foremost take them. But as they can only be paid in pesos convertibles, they are too expensive for many Cubans and are consequently only frequented by tourists. Please also note that these buses don't stop at every city (please check timetables on www.Viazul.com)
But please keep in mind that:
Click on the free link on our site's homepage « Download Cuba's road map ».
To enjoy a better use, we advise you to download the map on your tablet or ipad.
GPS are not available in Cuba.
We recommend to download free MAPS ME on your mobile phone before arriving in Cuba to enjoy a GPS.
This option must be paid for directly with the car hire company
Car hire companies don't guarantee this option and it is difficult to buy a baby seat in Cuba. We then advise you to take your own baby seat with you.
The two licenses are accepted (not a photocopy).
In high season (all year except June and September), it is wise to get his car in the offices of the lessor at the airport (lots of cars) or in the Miramar district (few clients).
In Old Havana offices where most travelers are concentrated, however, it is "normal" wait 2 hours to get his car.
The car insurance is unique and mandatory.
Even if you have a credit card with all insurance included, you must pay the Cuban insurance.