This post explains the different ways to get from A to B in Havana.
Havana is huge. A lot bigger than you think and walking is only an option if you want to limit yourself to the Old Town, Centro and Vedado.
Here’s some more info about Havana, this post is about getting from A to B (and back).
You can use a multitude of public transport and different types of Taxi’s.
Let’s just take an example to illustrate cost, speed and comfort. Vedado to Old Town.
I’m on 23 right now, also known as ‘La Rampa’ and I want to go to Old Havana, which the Cubans call ‘Havana’. These are the different ways to get there:
The most expensive way is to say ‘yes’ to a guy that walks here all day and every day asking if you want a ‘Taxi Barato’. ‘Barato’ means cheap and saying yes to this guy will cost you about 5 CUC more than just finding a taxi yourself.
Comfort *** Price ***** Speed **
Official ‘modern’ Taxi’s
You can take an official (yellow) taxi that is waiting in front of a hotel. They typically start at 20 but can be talked down to 10. If you just get in without making a deal first it will cost you 20 to 25! Hassle first!
Taking an official taxi anywhere else will save you 2 to 5 CUC. In Vedado there are a lot of Taxi’s!
Comfort * to *** Price **** Speed ****
Official Vintage taxi’s are normally not used as A to B taxi but for ‘tourist drive around for a lot of money’
Conclusion: The most expensive way to get from Vedado to Havana Veilla is a taxi.
The hop on hop of tourist bus is a great way to get to know Havana but also not a ‘how do I get from Vedado to the Old Town’ solution.
Be a passenger on a bike. Only one person per bike! Same as with taxi’s you should negotiate! It can be done for 1 CUC, I can do it for 2 and you should be able to get the distance for 3.
Comfort * Price** Speed ****
Fixed route taxi’s
The next best option (and I would take one if I were you, just for the experience) is the fixed route taxi. Almost all the old American cars that drive down 23rdstreet are going to Havana (that’s how Cubans call the Old Town). Just stick you arm out horizontally and shout ‘Havana’ or point to the right (from the drivers perspective). Cost 10 MN but give the guy a CUC.
Comfort ** Price ** Speed ***
Next up on the still cheaper ladder: Taxi ruteros. Yellow minivans and small busses will take you to Parque Curita, which is just behind the Capitolio for 5 Pesos per person.
Comfort *** Price * Speed **
Wanna realy cheap it? Take the bus. One of my favourites, because of it’s regularity, is bus 222. Most buses that drive down 23 however go to or trough the Old Town. Just ask the driver to be sure. ‘Havana?’
1 Peso! (Actually 40 cents but you will not get change from a Peso. See post Cuban Jobs on how to make two trips on one Peso.
Comfort none if the bus is full (beware of pick pockets) Price: How do I rate 1 Peso… That is actually for free. Cheaper than wear and tear of your shoes walking the distance!