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Money and costs

Currency
Pesos (₱)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated April 25, 2017 9:36AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
CUC$70
  • Casas particulare: CUC$25–35
  • Meal in government-run restaurant: CUC$10–15
  • Museum entry: CUC$1–5
Midrange
$70–140
  • Mid-range hotel: CUC$50–100
  • Meal in paladar (private restaurant): CUC$15–25
  • Víazul bus travel: Havana–Trinidad CUC$25
Top end (more than)
CUC$140
  • Resort or historic hotel: CUC$200-300
  • Car hire or taxi: CUC$60–70
  • Evening cabaret: CUC$35–60

Cuba has two currencies though the government is in the process of unifying them. At the time of writing, convertibles (CUC$) and pesos (moneda nacional; MN$) were both still in circulation. One convertible is worth 25 pesos. Non-Cubans deal almost exclusively in convertibles.

Tipping

Tipping in Cuba is important. Since most Cubans earn their money in moneda nacional (MN$), leaving a small tip of CUC$1 (MN$25) or more can make a huge difference.

  • Resorts/Hotels Tip for good service with bellboys, room maids and bar/restaurant staff.

  • Musicians Carry small notes for the ubiquitous musicians in restaurants. Tip when the basket comes round.

  • Tour guides Depending on tour length, tip from a dollar for a few hours to more for extensive guiding.

  • Restaurants Standard 10%, or up to 15% if service is excellent and/or you’re feeling generous.

  • Taxis Tip 10% if you are on the meter, otherwise agree full fare beforehand.