Havana’s warm, tropical climate has two distinct seasons. The best time to visit is during the dry season, December – May, when you can expect plenty of blue skies. Even during midwinter, temperatures remain comfortable at 79 – 81 degrees Fahrenheit and it can get very busy in Havana with tourists escaping chilly weather at home. The wet season begins in June and, with the onset of hurricane season in August – October, many tourists avoid Havana. If you choose to visit at this time, you’ll miss the crowds and can find good deals, but make sure that you book refundable flights and accommodation.
The best deal found on momondo in the last two weeks was a flight to Havana from Hermosillo for $125. This is 82% cheaper than most flight deals to Havana. To find the cheapest price to Havana from your area, use momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.
In general, September is the cheapest month to fly from United States to Havana. Due to it being the ‘off-season’ during this time, you can expect flight prices to be around $318. If you don’t want to visit Havana in September, then you should wait until October to fly from United States, when ticket prices are also cheap, with an average price of $322.
The ideal time to book your flight to Havana is 44 days in advance when prices tend to average $395. Keep in mind that you might be able to find cheaper flights to Havana at any time. In fact, our users found flights for as low as $190 in the past 72 hours.
According to our data, Tuesday is the cheapest day to fly to Havana from United States. The lowest ticket price found for a Tuesday departure recently was $364. Keep in mind that prices can always vary depending on your route and whether or not you are flying domestic or international. Flights from United States to Havana on a Thursday will generally be more expensive and average around $411. Keep in mind that these prices on both days could fluctuate depending on the season and the demand.
Our most recent data shows that the best time of day to fly to Havana is at noon. Flights from United States to Havana during this time can be as low as $245. Try not to purchase tickets in the morning because they tend to be around $414. Of course, these prices can vary depending on the time of year and what airport you fly to.
Visitors planning their vacations to Havana should book their flights for January, February, or March if they are planning on visiting Playas del Este.
Those flying to Havana could potentially find better pricing at Varadero Juan Gualberto Gomez Airport (60 mi from Havana city center) or Nueva Gerona Rafael Cabrera Airport (93 mi from Havana city center) depending on the month and departure airport.
You can find deals at Varadero Juan Gualberto Gomez Airport for $703pp on average, but that price can change based on your departure airport. To save money, try momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.
Currently, Cuba travel restrictions include travel to Havana. Cuba's date for reopening of all international flights has been postponed until at least September 30. Cuba has suspended all flights, except for humanitarian aid flights and special categories of charter flights. Charter flights to Cayo Coco (CCC), Cayo Largo del Sur (CYO) and Santa Clara (SNU) restarted from July 1. Travelers on these flights will be tested on arrival (a ‘PCR’ swab and a temperature test) and will be transferred directly to their resorts. Anyone that has a positive test result will be transferred to a hospital. If you are planning to travel to Havana at this time, it is recommended that you stay up to date on current restrictions and follow proper safety measures while in public.
You can now fly non-stop to Havana, Cuba! US airlines offering direct flights include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier Airlines, jetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and United. Flights with one or more stops are available from Copa, aeromexico, Interjet, TACA, Avianca, LATAM Airlines Group, Cayman Airways, Caribbean Airlines, and Air China.
Havana Jose Marti International Airport (HAV)
The airport is located in the town of Boyeros, 9 miles southwest of Havana. Here are a few options for travel to Downtown Havana.
Many tourists have transfers pre-arranged by their tour operator and included in their vacation package. When you exit the terminal, look for your tour operator, who should be clearly identified and will have your party listed for transfer.
You can engage a taxi outside the airport, or pre-arrange for a cab ride. The drive to Havana will take about 20 – 30 minutes, and should cost you around $20 – $25 CUC. Always negotiate the fare beforehand, meters are rarely used.
There are local buses available at Terminal 1, but payment is required in Cuban National Pesos (CUP), and tourist use of these buses is not recommended; they are overcrowded and safety could be an issue.
Havana is a great place to see on foot. Get up early for a stroll, or head out in the late afternoon and evening, because midday temperatures, combined with the humidity, can be oppressive. Otherwise, stick to the taxis to get around; Havana’s public buses are crowded and unreliable.
You’ll find taxis on every corner in Havana and they’re a great choice for transport in the city. There are yellow old-style Panataxis, newer models (with air conditioning), and a host of official and private taxis, ranging from battered old Ladas, to luxurious Mercedes Benz. Rates are variable, but most of the meters start at $1.00 CUC for the first kilometer, and then charge between $.50 CUC and $.85 CUC for each additional kilometer.
Havana is not an easy place to drive around in; the streets are poorly marked and rental cars relatively expensive. With excellent taxi service readily available and affordable, why rent a car?
Tourist travel to Cuba remains prohibited. You must obtain a license from the Department of Treasury or your travel must fall into one of 12 categories of authorized travel. See the entry, exit and visa requirements on this page.
Visiting Havana is like entering a time warp. Classic cars and Colonial architecture abound. The city’s fascinating history and vibrant energy create an atmosphere that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Here are some good ideas for planning your itinerary.
Cuba has dual currencies, which can be a bit confusing. They began using the dual currency system in 1994 in response to the breakup of the Soviet Union, to help them re-enter the global economy. Tourists generally need Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC) to pay for accommodation, items from shops, food in tourist restaurants and transportation.
In 2017, new restrictions on travel by US citizens to Cuba were brought in, which limit individual “people-to-people” trips and direct financial transactions with a long list of restaurants, shops and hotels. To travel legally to Cuba, visitors must travel as part of an organized group, or travel must fall within 12 categories, including humanitarian and religious travel, family visits, journalistic activity, professional research and participation in public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions.