NAS-HAV tickets, buy at the airport?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: May 9, 2012 10:02 PM Last Post By: househead00
May 9, 2012 6:17 PM
NAS-HAV tickets, buy at the airport?Hello,
So I have been to Havana before, through Cancun, back when Mexicana was still operating. And when I went, I bought my ticket at the counter, about 2 or 3 hours before the flight left. Doing a search on this particular forum, the NAS-HAV discussion(s) do not focus on last minute purchasing. I did see a couple of posters mention that booking in advance is recommended. Of course, I see another individual post saying they purchased theirs at the airport with no problem. Problem is, the thread I read is about a year old. I seen some other recent posts, but the discussion does not delve too far into last minute purchasing.
So with that being said, at current time, if I were to show up in Nassau, would a NAS-HAV ticket be available for purchase soon after my arrival? (1-4 days afterwards?)
I am very well aware of Nassau not being a favorable port to use to enter Cuba. In actuality, the Bahamas is my primary vacation destination for this trip. Havana is just going to be my side trip. However, part of the appeal of going to the Bahamas for me is the chance to visit Havana again. So if I show up in Nassau, with no possibility of visiting Havana, then this trip to the Bahamas loses some appeal for me. I will be in the Bahamas for 2 1/2 weeks, and I would like to spend maybe half that time in Cuba. So is this NAS-HAV ticket something I should reserve in advanced anyway?
I know some of you reading this will be asking, why dont I reserve anyway if I have a large window in the Bahamas? Answer,..... I would just like the option of flexibility. Of course, for the chance to go back to Havana, I will gladly give up the option of flexibility.
May 9, 2012 6:20 PM
May 9, 2012 6:24 PM
2Check with CTN or Cubajet to get an idea. Cuba has become such a bigger tourist destination in the last few years I would always book in advance.
May 9, 2012 6:48 PM
3You diminish significantly, hh, the ability of anyone to properly respond to your questions by failing to reveal what country you are starting from. Please do not hold it against me for guessing that's the US.
NAS is a great "gateway city" to access Cuba from for Americans. It's most significant drawback is the difficulty involved in dove-tailing the USA-NAS flight with the NAS-HAV flights, given that most travelers are NOT interested in hovering in the Bahamas.
If the Bahamas are somewhere you WANT to hover, then it's a non-issue. The airport in NAS is refreshingly small. Finding the flights you have to choose from to get back and forth to Cuba, assuming "escaping" the far costlier environs of the Bahamas is not an issue, should be easy to arrange. NAS is an excellent choice if "stayover" is not an issue.
I would get there and then make arrangements from a variety of options that will be presented to you.
NOTE: the meals offered in the airport itself suck big time. Outside in the parking lot are a few options that are far better and a whole lot less costly.
CAVEAT: I never had a meal in NAS I liked (outside of the airport parking lot) or one that cost me less than about $20-25. Unspectacular as hell, imho.
May 9, 2012 7:08 PM
May 9, 2012 8:25 PM
5Flights from Nassau to Havana arent daily and they tend to use small air craft on this route..so flights fill up...This could be an issue if youre limited on time,or are on a tight budget...While Bahamas is a beautiful destination it isnt cheap...even the most basic hotels will cost you $100 usd per night..adding cost of food/taxis can easily eat a bit of a tight budget
The airlines flying this route are Bahamas Air and Cubana airlines
Another drawback of traveling via the bahamas is that often flights from Places like New York/Boston/Philadelphia wont arrive early enough to connect to cuba bound flights or offer a very tight connection which turns into a Nightmare if you have any sort of Travel problems. I personally would try to book in advance and unless you can get in atleast 3 hours before your cuba flight I even stay a night in Bahamas
May 9, 2012 9:05 PM
6My nationality is irrelevant with this particular inquiry
Not knowing your point of departure is irrelevant to where you want to arrive? I am not trying to be rude, but if I don't know where I am coming from, I'm not sure how I could figure out how best to get to where I want to go. When I further ask how I can then get to a third country, I really want as much information as I can get.
Forgiving all the myriad other issues that are involved with Americans traveling to Cuba, I find that a quite remarkable statement.
May 9, 2012 10:02 PM
7Within my inquiry, I made it perfectly clear that Nassau is my primary destination. So for the purpose of this inquiry, my point of departure is Nassau. That is why my nationality and/or my country of origin remains irrelevant. What you are assuming is that I am asking how to get to Havana from a third country. Thats is not what I asked. What I asked is during my vacation in the Bahamas, will I be able to get a NAS-HAV flight without a reservation. I think you misread my question, but no worries. I am thinking I will just chance it and play it by ear. If no Havana flights present themselves, I just might take a side trip to Providenciales.
On the subject of my nationality, I am an American. I travel under the auspices of a general license, so the only issue involved with me traveling to Cuba are that I can't EASILY buy a ticket from the U.S. Why bother traveling under the auspices of a general license? Because under my particular category in which I will be traveling, by default, the side trip to Havana becomes tax deductible.
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