Car Hire from Havana Airport
Cuba is known as an island paradise. Its colonial past, Cuban cigars and Havana rum have made it world famous. Visitors arriving to Havana will find incredible beaches, historic sights and beautiful natural landscapes within easy reach, particularly when they hire a car from Havana Airport.
Where to hire a car at Havana Airport
There are a number of car hire companies operating at Havana Airport. They are all located either in the arrivals area or just outside in the car park. Terminal 2 and 3 are home to Cubacar, Rex, Havanautos and Via Transgaviota car hire desks whilst Terminal 5 is home to just Via Transgaviota.
Petrol Stations near Havana Airport
If you need to return your hire car with a full tank of petrol, you’ll find petrol stations located just 10 minutes’ drive from the airport in either direction. There are service stations located on Avenida Rancho Boyeros heading into Havana city and out towards Bejucal too.
Driving around Havana Airport
Havana Airport sits on a well-connected road network. From the airport, Avenida Rancho Boyeros and route 246 travel north towards Havana city centre. Route 11 provides a partial ring road around the city. Heading away from the city, there’s route 4 which travels through San Cristobal and Pinar del Rio, and route 1 which travels towards Guines and the Parque Nacional Cienaga de Zapata.
You just need your standard UK driving license to drive in Cuba. Roads and driving standards around the island vary and for every well-paved, well-signposted route you come across, there’ll be a poorly lit, potholed road around the corner. You may want to consider hiring a 4WD if you’re planning to venture into rural areas.
Getting to your destination
With a hire car from Havana Airport, you’re within easy reach of some great destinations. Here are a few of them:
Havana city is world famous for its vibrant culture, vintage cars and faded colonial grandeur. Much of the old town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there is plenty of stunning architecture to admire. Besides enjoying local food and nightlife, visitors can also discover more about Cuba’s history in city museums or wander along the waterfront promenade.
Havana city centre is around a 30 minute drive from Havana Airport. Drivers should take route 246 and then head east into the city centre on route 100. It takes about 30 minutes to drive into the centre of Havana city from Havana Airport. Traffic can be congested in the city centre so allow plenty of time for your journey.
Located on the outskirts of Havana city, Jaimanitas is home to Jose Fuster. He’s a dynamic artist who has decorated this small village with a colourful array of mosaics, sculptures and paintings. Visitors can wander the streets of Jaimanitas to see art adorning local houses and bus shelters. Fuster’s home studio is also open to visitors.
It takes around 25 minutes to drive from Havana Airport to Jaimanitas, taking route 246 and then route 114. All of the streets in the village are numbered so it’s pretty easy to find your way around.
Cojimar was once a favourite haunt of Ernest Hemingway and is said to be the location which inspired his novel, The Old Man and the Sea. Nowadays, the village has a central square named in his honour and a statue of Hemingway too. The village is popular with local artists and has a range of authentic drinking and dining options.
It takes just over 30 minutes to drive from Havana Airport to Cojimar. The small fishing village lies east of Havana city centre and is most easily accessed by taking Avenida Ranchos Boyeros into the city and Via Blanca out. The majority of streets here have been named with either a number of a letter.