Flights to Cuba: need to know
Cheap airline tickets to Cuba
Travel to Cuba is still heavily restricted by the U.S. government. While travelers need special permission to visit the country, recently travel with authorized agencies and groups has become easier. Still, non-stop flights from the U.S., usually from Los Angeles, are infrequent and pricey. You can find a wide range of flights to Cuba with a layover. Flights to José Martí International Airport (HAV) in Havana are usually offered by Cayman Airways, Aeromexico, Air Canada, Virgin Atlantic, LAN Airlines and Interjet.
When to book the cheapest flights to Cuba
Hundreds of thousands of people travel to Cuba each year to enjoy its tropical climate. The beaches and resorts can get very busy around Christmas and Easter time. When comparing flights to Cuba, be aware of the rainy season between May and October. Book your flight tickets a couple of months in advance to benefit from the cheapest airfares.
- Peak season: Mid-November to mid-March and in July and August.
- Low season: The rest of the year.
A non-stop flight from New York to Havana takes approximately 3 hours, from Los Angeles between 5 and 6 hours. Flights with layovers can take between 9 hours 30 minutes and 15 hours or even longer.
Experience Cuba: sights, tours and activities
Cuba's Latin American charm attracts visitors from all over the world. Prepare for breathtaking beaches, passionate salsa rhythms, rum and cigars! With all its colonial buildings, revolutionary reminders and classic American cars, flying to Cuba almost feels like entering a time machine.
Essentials in Cuba
Havana: There is no trip to Cuba without a visit to its dazzling capital. Discover the colonial heart: Habana Vieja, with all its beautiful but collapsing colonial buildings. Treat yourself to a rum cocktail or some Cuban coffee while enjoying the small-town atmosphere of one of the local bars. For souvenirs you can head to the artisan market or one of the cigar shops.
Santiago de Cuba: Heading to the golden-sand beaches and emerald mountains of the Santiago de Cuba province? It's capital Santiago is not only the city where Fidel Castro announced the victory of the revolution, it’s also considered the most musical city of the country. For all who want to experience the extravagant Cuban carnival in July this is the perfect place.
Varadero: There is no better way to discover Cuba than with a rental car. Only two hour’s drive east from Havana you will find the countries best known holiday destination for all those searching for a mix of sunbathing on white beaches and water sports.
Discover more about this Caribbean destination on visitcuba.com.
Hotels and accommodation in Cuba
You will find typical tourist resorts as well as hotels, family-run guesthouses, vacation apartments and even hostels on this beautiful Caribbean island country. Or treat yourself to a log cabin on the beach! Book well in advance especially if you are visiting during the busier months.