Renting a car in cuba
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Sep 12, 2012 4:33 AM Last Post By: Jorgeguide58
Sep 10, 2012 7:16 PM
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Sep 11, 2012 4:08 AM
3Cuba has a variety of transport options that might be less expensive than renting a car.
If you have the confidence you might for shorter runs try to get aboard a camioneta, or the type of trucks that Cubans go with. If you are not familiar with Cuba it will cost you too much frustrations. You might also inquire at the railways station. Tourists are expected to go with Viazul, Cubataxi or private taxies with permit. Astro is for Cubans, mainly. Cubataxi has a fleet of brand new cars, but the main part of their taxies are now old cars of different colors and quality. Private taxies of various qualities, with or without permit, could sometimes be cheaper or more expensive than Cubataxi.
Edited by: enram
Sep 11, 2012 5:56 AM
Sep 11, 2012 1:16 PM
Sep 11, 2012 5:20 PM
6In addition to the Viazul bus there is also the Conectando Cuba line, which runs just about anywhere you are likely to want to go. You do need to make reservations, but that can be done at the Cubanacan desk in any major hotel, or in any Cubanacan office. The price between the two lines is about the same. An advantage of Conectando Cuba is that it departs from Habana Vieja so you don't have to take a taxi to the Viazul bus station, which is in the suburb of Nuevo Vedado. In any case, the bus (very modern and reliable) is probably the best option for getting most of the places you're likely to want to visit. There will be at least one, and probably several, per day. I concur with those who ssay this is the best way for a first-time visitor to get around. It's also a good way to meet other travelers if you happen to be travelling alone. However, you do need to dress warmly, because they usually keep the air conditioning on the bus turned very low.
Other options, such as the train, truck (as in, ride standing up in the back), and hitchhiking are terrible time wasters, neither particularly reliable or particularly safe (says she who has tried all of the above and do not recommend them).
I frequently drive in Cuba, often the terrible little $55/day + $15 insurance Hyuandi mentioned by Poster #6. Just about anything rental car you can find will be better, but almost nothing will be cheaper. At least it's easy on gas, which is also expensive in Cuba. What rental agency doesn't much matter; it's just whichever one has the car you want at a price you can afford. I would, however, strongly recommend that if you decide to rent a car, you do it before you leave home, through a reliable website like www.wowcuba.com or www.cubajunky.com That way you can compare models and prices, and pay before you leave, in your own currency, and have the car waiting for you.
Sep 11, 2012 5:53 PM
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Sep 12, 2012 4:33 AM
9Transfers offered by Transtur (advertised by one wholesale travel agency as “Conectando Cuba”) do not go every day to everywhere. Some of Viazul itineraries are not covered by this additional system; and some run depending upon the number of bookings and only on certain days.