Cheapest way to leave Cuba
Replies: 16 - Last Post: Dec 12, 2012 4:48 AM Last Post By: ausmex
Nov 28, 2012 1:41 AM
Cheapest way to leave CubaHey everybody.
I´m going on a Cuba-Columbia-Peru trip for 4 months starting in January. As we all know: You have to have a return ticket when you enter to Cuba, which I still havent got. I was wondering how to find out whats the cheapest way (probably flight - as I read there are no ships?). Actually I don´t really care where to go next, Panama, Equador, Columbia, and I also dont have a time pressure. Does anyone has some helpfull suggestions for me? The internet kills me with german cuba commercial far too expensive...
Thanks allready, Lemonia
Maybe there is even somebody on a backpacking tour in january as well?
Nov 28, 2012 11:58 AM
Nov 28, 2012 3:28 PM
2The Cheapest options are usually to Mexico city or Cancun
offers pretty good deals,especially if you book far in advance or you pay attention to sales
recently bought One-way ticket Havana to Mexico city for $179 usd
Other oneway tickets to either Central or South america might end up costing you more or about the same as a Return ticket. So dont always assume a oneway ticket is cheaper
Last month a Cuba friend of mine paid $330 usd return on Copa airlines Havana to Medellin via Panama
If you go on the Copa Airlines site
click on the special deals and it will list any sales going out of Cuba to any of their destinations
Keep in mind that often prices dont change much on certain route...so pretty much flying Cubana airlines to Cancun, Mexico city, Bogota prices are whatever is set...therefore as long as there is a seat the prices dont vary much
Other Airlines like Copa , Aeromexico, Taca, Avianca tend to apply more the supply and demand concept...often times having sales. a flexible traveler as yourself who is not set on specific dates or destinations is likely to find a good deal by searching. Play around with dates and sign up for sales email
Taca airlines fly to Costa rica, El Salvador and Peru Nonstop and connect to many capitals in the americas especially in central america
Copa Airlines flies to most Capitals in the americas and most airports in Colombia via Panama or Bogota
Avianca flies to Bogota and connects to most cities in Colombia and some Cities in south america like Quito, Caracas, Sao Paolo, Buenos aires, Santiago
Cubana Airlines flies to Bogota,Caracas, Buenos aires from Havana
Tame offers direct flights to Ecuador but on a Charter basis and most be locally bought at a Cuban Travel agency like Havanatur. Their flights usually depart 2 times a week or so.
If youre looking to purchase with Credit Card your best option is usually to go directly to the Airlines website and book with them. Copa airlines and Taca tend to be the easiest
You always have the option of buying a ticket when you get to Cuba, but beware depending on what airline your flying to Cuba they might not let you board your flight without onward ticket. so before making your choice make sure you know the rules of the airline youre flying to cuba.
Nov 28, 2012 5:51 PM
3Actually, the cheapest way is to join Taca's Life Miles program which is free. They sell miles for $30 per 1,000 and it is 9,500 to fly HAV to anywhere in Colombia. So 9,500 x $30 = $285.
Nov 28, 2012 6:13 PM
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Nov 29, 2012 7:24 AM
Nov 29, 2012 2:54 PM
8Just to let you know, i have travelled into cuba more than a few times without a return ticket, or ongoing ticket...I also never experienced a problem in doing this :)
Nov 30, 2012 12:57 AM
Nov 30, 2012 9:00 AM
10You can buy an open return with cubana aviacion between havana and cancun for example.
This ofcourse means yoru destination is chosen on your return flight, however the date can be determined when you are in cuba.
Nov 30, 2012 4:34 PM
11If you are going to Colombia why not just book your flight?
Dec 4, 2012 12:41 PM
12Now I booked my flight. From Cuba (Havanna) to Costa Rica (San Jose) for 260 Euros. Couldnt find a cheaper option, but I think its not that bad. And also Costa Rica, wwoofing should be great there... Somebody experience? Furhtermore I don´t know yet how to cross from Panama to Peru. There are these private Sailing ships threw these wonderfull San Blas Islands, but pretty pricy. Think I will make it spontanously. But I´m always open for any suggestions :-) Thank you everybody!
Dec 5, 2012 6:59 AM
13Furhtermore I don´t know yet how to cross from Panama to Peru.
If you plan to make it by surface transport, the most difficult part of that route is to get from Panama to Colombia. Post #1 in this thread explain which are the current options to go between both countries (BTW, be aware flights are expensive). You could also take a domestic flight from Panama City to Puerto Obaldia and continue as in the option 3 in the thread I linked. Once in Colombia (either Turbo or Cartagena) you can easily get to Peru by bus (through Ecuador). BTW, stay tunned to the news on the ground because it was said a ferry would run from Colón to Cartagena but, AFAIK, it didn't start to run yet. I don't know if there are still plans to make it run though.
If you don't want to visit Colombia and/or Ecuador, you could consider to fly from Panama to Peru although flights are expensive.
Dec 6, 2012 5:33 AM
14I have done the bus route from Colombia to Peru...and it was one of the longest trips ever. Personally i would seek another option.
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