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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Casas particulares: CUC$25–40
  • Government-run restaurants: CUC$10–15
  • Cheap museum entry: CUC$1–5
  • Midrange hotels: CUC$50–80
  • Meals in private restaurants: CUC$15–25
  • Drink in bars: mojito CUC$3
Top end (more than)
  • Historic hotel: CUC$200–325
  • City taxis: CUC$5–10
  • Evening cabaret: CUC$35–75

Cuba is primarily a cash economy. Credit cards are accepted in resorts and city hotels. ATMs are widely available and accept some debit/credit cards.


Tipping in Cuba is important. Since most Cubans earn money in moneda nacional (MN$), leaving a tip of CUC$1 or more makes a huge difference.

  • Resorts/Hotels Tip for good staff service.

  • Musicians Tip small notes for restaurant musicians when the basket comes around.

  • Tour guides Depending on tour length (a dollar for a few hours to more for extensive guiding).

  • Restaurants Standard 10% (up to 15% for excellent service).

  • Taxis 10% if you're on the meter, otherwise agree full fare beforehand.