Cuba by Viazul bus?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jan 22, 2013 6:54 PM Last Post By: smact
Jan 19, 2013 1:24 AM
Cuba by Viazul bus?Hello,
We would like to get some advice by people who traveled in Cuba by Viazul bus (we prefer not to hire a car).
Our plan is to travel Cuba in 2 1/2 - 3 weeks (March/April 2013) by bus.
- Havana - Vinales
- Vinales - Trinidad
- Trinidad - Santiago de Cuba
- Santiago de Cuba - Camagüey
- Camagüey - Havana
We have the following questions:
1. Is it possible to travel all these destinatons by Viazul bus? Does somebody have a good experience?
2. Is it better to book the tickets for these destinations in advance via the internet, or would it be better to book the tickets from within Cuba, and if so, how?
3. Our holiday will partly be during Easter period. Will it be harder to get tickets for this period, so should we book in advance via the internet?
Thanks in advance,
Neelke and Philip (The Netherlands)
Jan 19, 2013 12:32 PM
1Check out the Viazul schedule/prices here: http://www.viazul.com/index.php
Personally I've never had any luck booking tickets through the Internet, but that I haven't bothered trying for quite some time.
Also, Viazul is no longer the only option. Check with the tourist desks wherever you are, there are alternative buses running, especially from Havana.
Jan 19, 2013 2:47 PM
2Google conectando cuba for another company.
Apparently the Viazul site does not list all their routes - but the places that you mention are all on the main routes, aren't they ?
Jan 19, 2013 4:33 PM
3Ditto above but I think 2 1/2 weeks is pretty short for all that travel. Easter will have little impact on your plans.
B/n Trinidad and Santiago you are missing out on Holguin and Bayamo (and environs) both of which i would put ahead of Camaguey for immediate interest despite Camaguey being our city.
You could also consider bussing one way to Santiago and flying the other. Is only around 100CUC.
Jan 19, 2013 5:57 PM
Jan 20, 2013 8:41 PM
5Neelke and Philip: Chefhagan summarized my thoughts. Remember that each of those trips will basically consume a day (Havana-Vinales 1/2 day) The natural tendency is to try to see as many places as one can. But I think most of them visually look about the same. But if you spend some time in a place, you can realize the people and the culture are a bit different.
Even with 2 1/2 or 3 weeks, I suggest concentrating on one end of the country. Maybe 3-4 places. You can spend a week in Havana and still only get a glossy overview.
Remember that spontaneous changes in plans are very easy in Cuba. Keep a 2-3 day buffer in your plans. When you find someplace that you really like, stay a few extra days. Cuba is a place to experience not to see. You will find that your 3rd or 4th or 5th day in the same place will really begin to present new opportunities since you will know your way around and have begun to develop relationships with some of the locals.
Jan 20, 2013 8:58 PM
Jan 22, 2013 6:54 PM
7ditto on Connectando Cuba - I've found it much better than Viazul. Pick-up and drop off at hotels instead of bus stations. Tickets reserved in advance thru Cubanacan instead of hearing 'you have to wait till the bus (Viazul) arrives to see if there are seats'.
more modern buses, and on the Santiago - Havana route - 2 drivers & guide, lunch included, travels in daytime so you don't freeze with the A/C, and it's the same price
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