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How to get to Cuba

Cuba is the most westerly of the Greater Antilles group of islands, located 145km (90mi) south of Florida in the northern Caribbean. At 11 million hectares, Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean (roughly the size of England).

The most convenient route to Cuba is by air to José Martí International Airport (HAV), sometimes known by its former name Rancho-Boyeros Airport, located 15km (9mi) southwest of Havana.

The airport receives daily non-stop fights from North America, Europe and other Caribbean nations.

Havana is the principal gateway to Cuba, with connecting flights to nine other airports scattered around the country, including international airports at Camagüey, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Ciego de Avila, Cienfuegos, Holguin, Manzanillo, Santiago de Cuba and the beach resort of Varadero.

By sea, mainstream lines like Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Holland America make regular calls to Havana.


Flight times to Havana, Cuba

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to José Martí International Airport (HAV), Havana, Cuba.

From the United States: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and JetBlue Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Havana, Cuba.

Atlanta to Cuba is 2 hrs 15 min, direct flight
Boston to Cuba is 5 hrs 14 min, direct flight
Chicago to Cuba is 5 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Cuba is 4 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Cuba is 3 hrs 52 min, direct flight
Miami to Cuba is 1 hrs 8 min, direct flight
Los Angeles to Cuba is 7 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Cuba is 7 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Havana, Cuba.

Toronto to Cuba is 3 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Montreal to Cuba is 4 hrs 15 min, direct flight
Vancouver to Cuba is 8 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Qantas, American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Havana, Cuba.

Adelaide to Cuba is 23 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Cuba is 23 hrs 5 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Cuba is 20 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Cuba is 22 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Cuba is 27 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: American Airlines offers the most convenient scheduled flights to Havana, Cuba.

Auckland to Cuba is 22 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines and United Airlines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Havana, Cuba.

Singapore to Cuba is 25 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ


From the United Kingdom: Virgin Atlantic offers the most convenient daily scheduled flights from London Gatwick (LGW) to Havana, Cuba.

London to Cuba is 9 hrs 45 min, direct flight


From France: Air France offers the most convenient daily flights to Havana, Cuba.

Paris to Cuba is 9 hrs 55 min, direct flight

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

José Martí International Airport (HAV), also known by its former name Rancho-Boyeros Airport, is located 15km (9mi) southwest of Havana, Cuba. Taxis meet all arriving flights and hotels can arrange transport by prior arrangement.


Entry requirements

Visitors must have a passport valid for at least six months after entry. All visitors must hold return/onward tickets and proof of sufficient funds.

A visa is also required (and issued on arrival in Cuba) if the visitor does not have a Tourist Card (Tarjeta del Turista), which is generally issued by tour operators, travel agents or airlines for a single-entry holiday trip of up to 30 days. This can be extended in Cuba.

All those entering Cuba must hold travel insurance to cover medical expenses for the period of stay.

Note: U.S. nationals are not allowed to travel directly to Cuba without a U.S. Treasury Department license. Travel is often made through a gateway country, instead. Once in Cuba, U.S. nationals encounter no restrictions.


Getting around

Best on foot and by hire car. Cuba has an extensive air service between Havana and all the major centres; bus and train services are also extensive. Taxis are also available in the cities and towns.


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Latest update: How to get to Cuba: 9 June, 2019


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