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About Jose Marti Intl. Airport

Jose Marti International Airport, which is also known as Rancho-Boyeros Airport, is an international airport located 15 kilometers southwest of Havana, Cuba. The airport welcoming millions of passengers every year offers flights to many destinations in the world. The airport, which is named after Jose Marti, a patriotic poem, was built in 1930. Jose Marti International Airport, which has four passenger terminals, has been offering domestic and international flights since 1940.

Getting to the City Center from Jose Marti Intl. Airport

Transportation is provided by taxi, bus, and trains in Havana, which is Cuba's window to the word, the country which had long been a closed book. Unfortunately, those transportation vehicles cannot promise comfort because they fall behind modern technology. The trains that serve with 12 lines in the city center are the most basic means of transportation in Havana.

Once you arrive in the city, you can see that smoke of exhaust and cigarette and the noise are surprisingly much. Havana promises you a unique experience with its colorful buildings lined on its streets, street artists performing music and the world-renowned cigars. Jose Marti Airport, which serves international flights, is located in an area that can be considered as the center of Havana. It is possible to reach the city center by bus and train from the airport which is 14 kilometers away from the center.

Those who want a more comfortable and practical journey can take advantage of transfer vehicles, car rental or taxi options.

Taxi

You can prefer to go to the city center by taxi alone in Havana, as well as you can take a taxi together with some of other tourists to travel at more affordable prices. Taxis in Havana differ compared to the usual taxis in other countries.

You can feel yourself as if you are making a historic journey thanks to the old models from 70s and 80s. These taxis provide a very enjoyable journey, even if they are far from being comfortable. You can get to the city center from the airport in about 20 or 30 minutes by taking a taxi.

Bus

If you want to travel by bus to reach the city center, you should be ready for a tiresome journey. Although there is no bus stop at Terminal 3, which serves international flights, small buses that can be called minibuses serve for transportation purposes at Terminal 1. There are free transfer buses at the airport to travel between these two terminals.

Since the bus fare payments are made in Peso in Cuba, you are strongly advised to change sufficient amount of money into Peso before you leave the terminal building. It takes about one hour to reach the city center by taking the advantage of bus option.

Train

You can also prefer to get to the city center by the trains departing from Terminal 1 building of the airport. Considering that Terminal 3 serves only international passengers, it would be a good idea to take advantage of free transfer buses at the airport to reach Terminal 1.

Train line 2 runs between the city center and Bejuca. If you take this train at the airport, you need to pass 14 stations until you get to the city center. This journey takes about 40 minutes because the trains are slower than metro lines.

Transfer Vehicles

Before heading out to Havana, you can contact the hotel you are going to stay or one of the transfer companies in the city and you can take advantage of a comfortable transfer vehicle for your journey from the airport for a certain amount of fee. Although this way of transportation is more costly compared to taking a taxi, it promises you a more comfortable journey.

Rent a car

You can also get to the city center by car you can rent from the offices of the car rental companies in the parking areas outside the airport. Cubacar, Rex, Havanautos and Via Transgaviota are among the companies you can get this service. The offices of these companies are right outside Terminal 3 building, which serves international flights. Sometimes it may be difficult to find a rental car because of the high demand during dense seasons.

Last Updated: 10 Apr 2017
Getting to Jose Marti Intl. Airport from the City Center

The central terminals of major transport vehicles in Havana city plan are very close to each other. We can sort these means of transportation as taxi, bus, and train. Although they are less preferred, car rental and transfer vehicles are among the transportation options you can prefer. If you are not traveling with a tour group, you can also prefer traveling through alternative routes to see the unique beauties of Havana instead of more frequently used streets by individual transportation options. If you have Peso with you, you can take a bus, or you can take a taxi if you don't have any.

Taxi

You can trust all taxi drivers who have a special license in Havana. Taxis in the city serve in different colors. Those with black and yellow colors are known as tourist taxis. Also, taking the 1950s cabs called Almendron can provide you with an excellent experience. You can safely arrive at the airport after almost a 30-minute journey.

Bus

You can reach Jose Marti Airport after one-hour bus ride by taking a bus from the bus station or the bus stops in the city center. Please make sure you have enough Pesos to get on the buses that will take you to Terminal 1 of the airport. If you are going to make an international flight, you can transfer to the airport terminal 3 by the transfer buses provided free of charge.

Train

The train station, which has train services headed to many parts of the city, is located in the heart of the city. Train line 2 in the city center provides transportation up to Bejucal. It takes about 30 or 40 minutes to travel between the central station and the station in the Terminal 1 building by train. You should keep in mind that the train departures vary between 15 and 20 minutes and there are no train services after a certain hour in the evening.

Transfer Vehicles

You can make an online reservation to take advantage of transfer vehicles, or you can make payment in cash or by credit card at the office of the car rental company. Traffic congestion stands out as a big problem because Havana has a dense population. For this reason, you are recommended to set off at least half an hour earlier considering the morning traffic.

Rent a car

You can enjoy making a private journey by renting a car of any brand and model by taking the advantage of car rental option. Many high-quality companies provide this service in Havana. Cubacar, Rex, Havanautos and Via Transgaviota are some of these companies. Please keep in mind that renting a car may be risky for you because the streets are very similar to each other. Keeping this in mind, taking a taxi may be a more practical option.

Airport Information

Jose Marti Airport consists of five terminal buildings. Terminal 1 is used for domestic flights; Terminal 2 is used for private flight services; Terminal 3 is used for international flights; Terminal 4 hosts flights to Caribbean flights; and Terminal 5 is used for cargo flights.

At Jose Marti Airport, a lot of high-quality services are provided ranging from bank ATMs to post offices, paid internet rooms to large waiting halls, and health, and pharmacy services to children's playgrounds. In addition, private showers and telephone services are also available at the airport for the passengers.

Cafés, bars and restaurants serving 24/7 are at your service with unique Havana delicacies. Besides, there are also stores selling the world-renowned Havana cigars for travelers who want to buy souvenirs.

Last Updated: 10 Apr 2017

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