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If you haven’t been to Cuba yet there are plenty of reasons to tick it off your bucket list. Consume the world’s best rum and cocktails as you soak up the unique Caribbean culture or stroll the lively streets of the capital, Havana, while admiring colonial architecture and vintage cars. The island nation also has white sand beaches and crystal clear ocean to top off any holiday.
With an increasing choice of flights year round, and the option of flying to Havana via the US, this really is a good time for Australians to go to Cuba.
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Cuba flight time
- From Sydney: 26 hrs
- From Melbourne: 29 hrs 15 mins
- From Perth: 34 hrs 45 mins
- From Brisbane: 25 hrs 15 mins
Airlines that fly to Cuba
- Air Canada
- Delta Airlines
- LATAM Airlines Group
Cuba insider flight tips
- Your flight from Australia to Cuba will probably involve more than one airline and at least two stopovers, resulting in a pretty long journey time. LATAM Airlines flies via Auckland, Santiago de Chile and Lima – partly operated by Qantas. This makes for a good excuse to extend the stopover and explore parts of Chile and Peru.
- Travelling to Cuba requires more preparation than most destinations due to restrictions surrounding visas and currency. It is worth considering holiday packages so that your flights, tours and accommodation are taken care of.
- Australians should keep up to date with the latest official travel advice from the Australian Government here. Australian travellers need to obtain a visa known as a tourist card either through a travel agent or the Cuban Embassy. The airline you fly with should also have detailed advice about flying to Cuba.
- Travellers can save on money and journey time by booking direct return flights from Australia to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and then return flights from LA to Havana. It is essential to allow substantial time in LAX to clear baggage and customs and to obtain a special tourist card for entry to Cuba from the US. You should be able to do this on check-in to your flight to Havana. Flying via America currently subjects international travellers to the same regulations as US citizens for entering Cuba and you will have to declare that you are eligible to travel there under one of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) travel categories.
How to get from the airport
Most international flights to Cuba land in Havana’s José Martí International Airport (HAV). If you have airport transfers included in your tour or accommodation package then a representative will be waiting as you exit the terminal. You can take a registered taxi from the airport and it will take around 30 minutes to the centre of Havana. Agree on a price before getting in as many drivers don’t use their meters. Moped and three-wheel taxi services are considered dangerous and not to be used.
Local buses do serve the domestic terminal but payment is required in Cuban National Pesos (CUP), rather than in CUC (Convertible Pesos), which makes them difficult for tourists to use. You can take a taxi to the Viazul bus terminal (15 kilometres from the airport) and from there Viazul buses serve the entire country. You can purchase a bus ticket at the airport or pre-reserve on the Viazul website. AeroCaribbean offers internal Cuba flights.
Car rental agencies are located at all terminals – it is best to reserve online in advance. This is only an option for confident drivers as Cuba’s roads are generally poorly maintained and unlit at night. By law, you’ll have to purchase insurance.