Travel Budget for Havana

Provincia de Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba

How much does it cost to travel to Havana?

How much money will you need in Havana? ₱469 ($18) is the average daily price for traveling in Havana. The average price of meals in Havana for one day is ₱143 ($5.39). The average price of a hotel in Havana for a couple is ₱453 ($17). Additional pricing is in the table below. These average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How expensive is Havana?

How much does a trip to Havana cost? Is Havana expensive? The average Havana trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Havana prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Flights to Havana

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How much money do I need for Havana?

Typical travel prices in Havana are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Havana. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Havana can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

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  • Bathroom Fee
  • Mojito
  • Pizza

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Havana On a Budget
Havana Havana, Cuba
The city of Havana is at the top of most peoples' bucket list - mostly because of the allure of a forbidden land. Before the Communist revolution, Cuba was a popular tourist destination. Since it has reopened in the 1990s, it has drawn tourists from all over the world (except the US).

This capital city is a land trapped in the past. With 50 years of neglect, when you step off the plane, prepare to step back in time. A trip to Havana is meant for those with truly open minds - and when they arrive they'll be swept away.

And here's everything you need to know if you're traveling to Cuba as an American.
There are so many things to see in Havana, you won't even want to blink. This city is of course the starting point of a perfect Cuba itinerary Begin your sightseeing in the harbor side district of Old Havana. In 1982, the region was named an UNESCO World Heritage Site. A simple stroll through this part of town is sure to enchant any traveler. The Spanish colonial streets are lined with bookshops, churches, colonial palaces and monuments all free to explore.

For a more unique view of the city, head over to the Plaza de la Revolucion. While you're here, note the gorgeous obelisk of the memorial to Jose Marti and then take the 129m lift up to seethe city as a whole.

Some travelers get overwhelmed and yearn for a bit of peace and quiet. For those moments, head to the Garden memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales. Surrounded by wrought-ironed gates and filled with gorgeous flowers, it's the perfect spot to rest and reflect.

To learn another aspect of Cuban history, visit the Castillo de Real Fuerza. This is the oldest bastioned fortress in the New World, and is now home to Cuba's maritime museum. Walk through and learn the details of the country's maritime history with amazing artifacts along the way.

There are so many things to do in Havana after you've taken in all the sights. For example, you won't want to miss a day of shopping at the Centro Antiguos Almacenes de Deposito San Jose craft market. Located in an old warehouse on the harbor side of the island, you'll find rows and rows of artwork, crafts and souvenirs like cigar boxes, domino sets and trinkets. Furthermore, Havana is also a base of exploration for the rest of Cuba. Check out this great guide to all of the best places to visit in Cuba.

Why not take a tour of Havana in style? Really get the pre-revolutionary experience riding around the city in a 1950s American Chevy. Tours offer a full, historical information of Havana while riding into the past.

For a bit more adult humor, attend one of the country's Tropicana cabaret shows. Scantily clad dancers perform tantalizing high kicks and different sketches are meant to entertain. Plus, your admission fee includes a quarter bottle of rum.

To continue in the adult fun, don't miss a chance to tour the Havana Club Rum Factory. This is one of Cuba's most famous rums. Most of the exhibits are subtitled in English and fairly simple to understand. It's rum, what more do you need? And if you're looking for even more ideas, check out this great list of things to do in Havana.
Food and Dining
When dining in Havana, expect to spend a lot of money. In fact, the locals will find it odd if tourists want to eat where they do. You can still enjoy authentic, traditional Cuban food, but be on guard when eating out in Havana. Be sure the price of the meal is clear before ordering and don't fall for made-up taxes on the bill - like a tax for eating in a certain establishment. And don't forget to enjoy the various seafood dishes offered.

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Getting around Havana should be fairly simple. Taxis will be the most convenient way around the city, but be aware that the only legal taxis are the official government run taxis. They are harder to locate, but less of a hassle. The illegal taxis are prone to price gouging so negotiate at the beginning. Also, note if you try to take an illegal taxi somewhere where there will be police, like the airport, they will drop you off 200 meters away to avoid being caught.

The bus system does run across the city, and is fairly simple. However, expect serious overcrowding. If your bus comes along and is full, you may have to wait a while for the next one.

Driving yourself is an option, but be careful. Road signs are unclear and traffic can be kind of dangerous. Riding a bike is always a great idea in Havana, so long as the weather is agreeable.
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips

Cuba Currency

By backpackguru
One important thing to realize is that Cuba actually has two currencies. They are the Cuban Peso (CUP) and the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC). The most commonly used currency by foreigners is the Cuban Convertible Peso which is accepted for hotel payments, souvenir purchases, or taxi rides. In the 1990's the US dollar was accepted around the tourist industry. It has since been replaced by the Cuban Convertible Peso.

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