The 5 best types of transport to use Havana

Almendrón or Maquina

El almendrón or Maquina refers to the cars of the fifties and sixties used as public transport. Usually you pay 10 Pesos moneda nacional, depending on the distance. Ford, Chevrolet, Buick or Cadillac. Some are in better shape than others. You always share a taxi, the taxi does not leave if it's not full. If you want to experience how Habaneros get from one point to another, take the almendrón for a day.

Coco taxi

Car rickshaw with seats for two passengers, in an egg/coconut form. The colour of the Coco Taxi for tourists is always yellow. Cubans take the black one. Pay with CUC. Cheaper than a taxi, interesting for short distances.


The bicitaxi is a popular form of transport used by the locals with two seats for passengers. They all have sound systems. The bicitaxi dates from the special period. Pedal power was a resourceful response to the lack of fuel.


Taxi particular

This one is cheaper than the yellow taxi. You will pay 5 or 6 CUC for the journey from Habana Vieja to Vedado. "No tire las puertas" is what the driver will tell you; don't slam the door. Close it softly instead.


La guaga means bus. The buses are always to full because of the lack of public transport. People wait in line to get on the bus. Ask who's last when you join the queu: Quien es el ultimo?

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