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Rent a car in Cuba

Cubans standard of driving is, in general, admirable (certain taxi drivers excepted), although in recent years Cubans with newer cars have begun to drive faster and more aggressively than a few years ago. In Havana, there are not bottlenecks. Havana is probably the only Latin American city without rush-hour traffic.

Traffic police do an efficient job. Traffic signage is very good, and most of the traffics lights work and are even obeyed. Havana's streets show deterioration, but in general, the roads are superior to, or at least no worse, than those of most other Carribean or Latin American cities.

If you intend to explore Cuba far and wide, be sure to obtain a copy of Guia de Carreteras, a complete atlas in booklet form for drivers. It can be purchase in Cuba from tour desk and souvenir outlets.

To drive in Cuba, you must be 21 years or older and hold either an International Drivers'
License (IDL) or a valid national driver's license. You must also have at least one year's driving experience. Traffic drives on the right-hand
side of the road. The speed limits is 100 Kph (62 mph) on freeways, 90 Kph (56 mph) on highways, 60 Kph (37 mph) on rural roads, 50 Kph (31 mph) on urban roads, and 40 Kph (25 mph) in children's zones. Speed limits are vigorously enforced by an efficient highway patrol. If you receive a traffic fine, it will be deducted from the deposit for your rental (there's a space for fines provided on the rental car papers)

Most tourist hotels have a car rental bureau on site, but the main car rental agencies also have main office. Demand sometimes exceeds supply, so you may need to hunt around, particularly for the smaller models or a 4WD jeep. You can also rent a car at the airport upon arrival.

Don't accept a car without thoroughly inspecting it, including a test drive, Insist on this, because some Cuban car rental agencies fail to budget for adequate maintenance and let their cars go to ruin quickly.

Rates:
Expect to pay about US $45 - 100 per day plus insurance, depending on the size of the vehicle. You will normally be required to pay a deposit to US $200-500. Most companies offer a choice of Type A insurance (with a deductible of US $250) or Type B (fully comprehensive , except car radio and one tire). If you plan on doing considerable mileage, take the unlimited mileage option. The companies accept payment by Visa, MasterCard, Eurocard, Banamex, Camet and JBC, as well as in cash and traveler's checks.

Main Car Rental Companies:

Cubacar

Website:http://www.cubacar.cubanacan.cu/english/default1.htm


Email:
cubacar@cbcan.cyt.cu

Operation Center: Ave 5ta y 84. Miramar . Phone: (537) 24 2718, 
(537) 24 2104.

Fax: (537) 33-0760. Available 24 hours a day, every day.

Agencies:


    Agency
   Contact
Jose Marti Airport
Phone: (53 7)-33-5546
Comodoro Hotel
Phone: (53 7)-24-1706
Cohiba Hotel
Phone: (53 7)-33-4661
Marina Hemingway
Phone: (53 7)-24-1707
Chateau Hotel
Phone: (53 7)-24-0760
Bellocaribe Hotel
Phone: (53 7)-33-6032
La Pradera Hotel
Phone: (53 7)-33-7467
Tarará Residential
Phone: (53 7)-97-1696
Crucero Hotel
Phone: (53 7)-33-0284
Melia Habana Hotel
Phone: (53 7)-24-3236
Parque Central Hotel
Phone: (53 7)-66-6507
Vedado Hotel
Phone: (53 7)-53-5506

 

Havanautos

Website:http://www.havanautos.cu

Email:havautos@imagenes.get.cma.net,reshautos@cimex.com

Operation Center:
Ave 5ta y 84. Miramar
.

Phone: (537) 24
2718,  (537) 24 2104.  Fax: (537) 33-0760.

Available 24 hours a day, every day.


Agencies:

Agency
Contact
Jose Marti
Airport
Phone: (53 7) 33-5197
Terminal 3              
(53 7) 33-5215 Terminal 2
National
Hotel
Phone: (53 7) 33-3192
Sevilla Hotel
Phone: (53 7) 33-8956
Riviera Hotel
Phone: (53 7) 33-3577
Habana Libre
Tryp Hotel
Phone: (53 7) 33-3484
Neptuno/Triton
Hotel
Phone: (53 7) 24-1181
Servi Cupet
11 y Malecon
Phone: (53 7) 33-4691
Calle 500.
Guanabo
Phone: (53 7) 96-2694
Tropicoco
Hotel
Phone: (53 7) 97-1535
Villa Panamericana
Phone: (53 7) 95-1037

 

Via Rent a Car

Website: http://www.gaviota.cubaweb.cu/espannol/rentcar/index.php

Email:dtor_av@gaviota.gav.tur.cu


Operation Center:
Ave del Puerto. Edificio La Marina. 3er piso. Habana Vieja.


Phone: (537)  66
6777.  Fax: (537) 33-2780/33-1879
.

Agencies:

Agency
Contact
Jose Marti
Airport
Phone: (53 7)-33-5155
El Bosque
Hotel
Phone: (53 7)-24-3429
Ext. 611

 

Panautos

Website:http://www.cuba.cu/turismo/panatrans/panautos.htm

Operation Center: Calle Linea y Malecon. Vedado

Phone: (537) 55-3255.  Fax: (537) 55-5657

Agencies:

Agency
Contact
Jose Marti Airport
Phone: (53 7)-33-0306
Ave. Zoologico y 26.
Nuevo Vedado
Phone: (53 7) 66-6226

 

Gasoline: Obtaining
fuel is no problem as many hardcurrency Servi_Cupet gas stations are scatered
around Havana, and Cuba, selling gasoline at US $0.90 a liter (wich works
out to US $3.40 per gallon).  Most are open 24 hours a day. Even
so, it's always wise to keep the tank at least half full to avoid unnecesary
detours to obtain fuel. There are almost never lines at Servi- Cupet.
Aside from selling fuel, Servi-Cupet gas stations are often good places
to buy cold drinks and stock up on groceries.

TWENTY FOUR HOUR GASOLINE STATIONS IN
HAVANA

Vedado and Plaza de la Revolucion

Ave Indepencia
y Conil

Calle L y 17                          
    

Playa (Miramar and Beyond) Ave 5ta y Calle 112                                      

Ave 31 y Calle 38   

Ave 13 esq. Calle 84.                                


Ave 33 y Calle 70                   

Calle 41 y 72 (Marianao)                         
Suburbs Autopista y
224

Ave. Indepencia y 271. Boyeros        

Ayesteran y Boyeros                         

Dolores y 24. Lawton        

Vento y Santa Catalina. Vibora                 


Via Blanca y Rotonda de Guanabacoa  

Rotonda de Guanabo (Playas del Este)   

Valle de Berroa, Habana del Este      
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