Habana - Santiago best way to travel
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Oct 27, 2013 3:20 PM Last Post By: ttjpdo
Sep 30, 2013 1:30 PM
Sep 30, 2013 4:32 PM
1The quickest way, and the way you might want to choose since you have so little time in country, would be to fly, as the trip by air takes just a little over an hour. Another option is to take the Viazul bus, which makes the trip in 12.5 to 15 hours, depending on what time of day you depart. The quickest is the overnight bus that leaves Havana in the evening and arrives in Santiago in the morning--it makes the fewest stops and takes only 12.5 hours. However, most people lose the better part of the day of their arrival anyway because they're so wiped out from lack of sleep. The viazul schedule is www.viazul.com
Sep 30, 2013 4:33 PM
Sep 30, 2013 7:09 PM
3The A/C on the Viazul buses is set for 20 o 21C. Everyone at Viazul insists the passengers like it that way.
While I like both Havana and Santiago, I have never been to both places on the same trip as my trips are typically 14 days and you just waste so much time getting from one to the other. Even the quickest trip by air will consume 1/2 day from when you walk out the door to when to walk in the new door.
Oct 1, 2013 3:20 AM
4I would like to suggest please follow this post to know everything about Habana to Santiago travel experience:
Oct 1, 2013 3:21 AM
5Here is one more post which can help you out:
Oct 25, 2013 3:48 PM
6Thank you all for replies, this forum is great skurcze o info. We were wonderimg about trening a car, we are travelling in 7 person so we soulu take a van or somethimg like this, anyone travelled this way? Is it possible to rent such a big car in Cuba ,?
Oct 25, 2013 6:20 PM
7The referenced Lonely Planet article in #5 is way out of date. I know the reference to colectivos not carrying non-Cubans is not the case. I use them all the time. Plus the reference to Astrobus carrying tourists who pay in CUC is incorrect. Astro simply will not let tourists aboard at any station. Now I have ridden on the Astrobus but I boarded beside the road out in the country and gave the driver CUC that went into his pocket so I never had a ticket.
Oct 27, 2013 3:20 PM
8Sure you can rent big cars or mini-vans in Cuba. They are not cheap, nor is gasoline, but they are available. Just go to one of the .com websites like www.cubajunky.com or www.wowcuba.com and you can see what the comparative prices are for each type of vehicle. Just pay attention, when you are in your research phase, what currency is being shown, like whether it's US dollars, Canadian dollars, Cuban CUC, or Euros. (I think the two websites mentioned above will give it to you in whatever currency you want--or at least do a conversion for you.) Also, note that when you rent a vehicle, you must pay, when you pick up the car, an additional amount for insurance, plus for a full tank of gas.