sleeping at Havana airport
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Mar 31, 2013 9:41 PM Last Post By: deebob
Mar 25, 2013 8:11 PM
Mar 26, 2013 6:11 AM
1Why would you want to sleep at the airport? Just jump in a cab and head downtown. Some hotel or casa particular should take you no matter the hour, you have a lot of options in Havana - the cab driver should even be able to help you, and cabs are 24hrs at jose marti, what time do you arrive? In any event, there's really no need to sleep in the airport.
Mar 26, 2013 6:30 AM
Mar 26, 2013 6:40 AM
3You're not in transfer? You're planning on sleeping at José Martí just to save money? Am I understanding you correct?
Sounds like a super bad plan with the prices of cheap rooms in casas particulares in mind ($15-20) plus the complete lack of anything remotely comfortable to grab a nap on at the apt.
Mar 26, 2013 9:23 AM
Mar 26, 2013 11:18 AM
5saxen, there's nowhere to sleep at the airport itself, and no "airport hotels" like in most destinations. There are a couple of casas particulares near-ish to the airport, but why bother? you should just go straight to the centre of town and find yourself a casa particular if you haven't already done so before you arrive.
Safety is not such a massive issue, but inconvenience and maybe theft could be. Unless your arrival is at some ridiculous hour like 3am I can't think why you would want to spend your first night in Cuba like this! I don't think staff would actually kick you out of the Jose Marti International airport - and I don't think that it actually closes overnight - but there is no reason at all to sleep at, in, or even near the airport.
Mar 26, 2013 2:40 PM
6Without being positive (as I have never known anyone who have attempted to sleep at José Martí without an onwards flight) I actually do think airport staff might kick people out if they don't have a ticket for an onward flight. That's pretty much the deal in most airports, and overall Cuba have never shown much patience with tourists trying to backpack and save money.
But it's moot. The idea itself is really stupid. Anybody looking to save $15-20 sitting upright sleeping in a plastic chair until the sun comes up to head into town shouldn't be in a country that is laid out for tourists to spend money. It's a sick idea landing in Cuba and staying at the airport for 6-8 hours without any other reason than to try and save $15-20 CUC.
If money is such a huge deal, walk down to Boyeros and try to hitch a 1 dollar ride into Havana. That's pretty cheap late at night, but still better than trying to make hours go by inside the airport.
Mar 27, 2013 4:14 AM
7After all the useful and on-topic advice the OP got, I will try to add my few small coins, even though I never been at that particular airport: after passing immigration, don't run through customs and outside. Instead have a look around baggage claim area as it is sometimes much more comfortable and safe then any public area. If you like it, you can try to stay there till morning.
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