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Getting Around – Car, Scooter and Bicycle Rentals

In Cuba the car rental business is mostly controlled by these two major companies:

TRANSTUR, operating under the brands:

 Cubacar car rental   Havanautos car rental   Rex Car Rental

GRUPO GAVIOTA, operating under the brand:

CLICK HERE for the address and phone number of car rental offices in Varadero (Cubacar, Havanautos, Rex, and Via Transgaviota).

To rent a car, a jeep or a motorcycle you need to show a driver’s license (from your home country) and your passport (a photocopy is usually sufficient). For a car or jeep you are required to put down a deposit (usually 200-250 CUC) either in cash or in the form of a credit card hold, until you return the vehicle. To rent a scooter you need only your passport, and to rent a bicycle they usually ask only for your name, hotel and room number.

Typical prices:

Car: Expect to pay around 55-60 CUC per day (75-80 CUC on major holidays) for the smallest manual transmission car, and around 45-55 CUC daily on a 3-days or more basis. Automatic transmission cars (harder to find) and luxury cars can starts at 80+ CUC per day. Insurance is mandatory and costs 15-20 CUC per day (depending on model). Jeeps and cars are usually rented with a full tank of gasoline and you must return it full. Price for gasoline is approximately 1.20 CUC per liter for Regular, and approximately 1.40 CUC for “Gasolina Especial” (often required on rental contracts). There’s a gas station at the Varadero Airport and one near downtown. Many rental offices (especially the ones located in the hotels) may give you a price including insurance and a prepaid tank of gasoline, in this case expect to pay around 120 CUC for 1 day (60 rental + 60 for insurance and gas), or around 240 CUC for 3 days (150 rental + 90 for insurance and gas).

Scooter: Expect to pay around 20 CUC for 3 hours + 3 CUC per additional hour, or, 30-35 CUC for 1 day (24h). Helmets are provided.

Bicycle: Expect to pay around 3 CUC for 3 hours or 5 CUC for the day.

If you receive a ticket for any traffic violation, the policeman will write the fine on your renting contract and this amount will be deducted from your deposit when you return the vehicle.

See also: Public Transportation   |   Domestic flights