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Riding on the Classic Cars in Cuba

Cuba is synonymous to two things: cigars and classic cars. The former is an object used by touts to scam unsuspecting tourists while the latter is an object lusted by every excited tourists to try riding on.

And I’m one of those excited tourists who made getting on these cars as one of the things to do, one that I would never ever miss. Eveeeeerrr.

So, on my very first day in Havana, the first transport I had was, you guess it, a classic car—one that’s not super cool but one that’s enough to satisfy my lust for it, a yellow convertible sweetheart. 

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How much?

Nowadays, most of these cars (and some Soviet-era cars) across Cuba are being peddled as taxis. Prices depend on how good they look in their exterior and interior design. Cars that are non-aircon  (many of them) are cheaper than the ones that have—blasting an Arctic air. You can hire them for out-of-town sightseeing or just around the city you are in. Most taxis have no running meter–so agree first on a fair fare before you get on the taxi. Insist on the reasonable price you are willing to pay.




In Havana, I rented one from Parque Central to Hemingway’s house in Finca La Vigia (which means lookout house). It’s an 18-kilometer ride (one-way) and I paid 20 CUC (or $20 USD), roundtrip. The driver waited for me there for 45 minutes. No need to give a tip. I know that’s already enough.

A trip from Parque Central to Viazul Bus Station costs 5 CUC, a 10-15 minute ride, depending on the traffic. Most drivers starts with 5 CUC. Another alternative to get around is by hiring a coco-taxi, a motorized tricycle shaped and coloured like a yellow coconut fruit. They are priced almost the same as the classic cars.

Classic Cars in Cuba Havana

Che in a pink car? Hmmnnn… Maybe, he’s….? LOL…

Best time to ride them for sightseeing

Classic convertible cars are nice if you plan on seeing the city early morning, while there are only few vehicles around yet and while the sun is still splurging its Vitamin D. If you do it between 10-4 PM, good luck surviving the scalding heat and the almost unbearable pollution. You will literally be inhaling car fumes. Wear a hat and bring/apply a good sunscreen. Or maybe a nose mask? A pack of wet tissue helps, too. Believe me, you really need the last one—and see how much germ your face have accumulated in a short trip. You’ll thank me later. And you’re welcome.




Here’s 30 photos of classic cars in Cuba I’ve collected in 8 cities: Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santa Clara, Remedios, Camaguey, Santiago de Cuba and Varadero.

Enjoy the ride—and let me know which car would like to ride.

Classic Cars in Havana Cuba

Classic Cars in Havana Cuba

This man asked for 1 CUC ($1) when he saw me taking a pic of his car. But, I pretended I didn’t understand what he said.

Classic Cars in Havana Cuba

Classic Cars in Havana Cuba

The best places to photograph beautiful classic cars in Havana are around Parque Central and the Capitol.



Classic Cars in Havana Cuba

Two vital transports for tourists to get around Havana: a coco taxi and a classic car.

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Classic Cars in Cuba Havana

I really wanted to hire this car even for a short ride but the driver quoted an unbelievable price, maybe sensing that I am fabulous and I would ridiculously look fabulous on it. LOL…



Classic Cars in Cuba Havana

This is the car I hired when I went to visit Hemingway’s house in Finca la Vigia.

Classic Cars in Havana Cuba

It is very common to see Canadian and German flags across Cuba. Most tourists in this island nation come from these countries.

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5 Responses to “Riding on the Classic Cars in Cuba”

  1. Gerry M.
    May 7, 2014 at 11:22 AM #

    Whoaaaaaa!!!! That’s a lot of cars to ride. I like to own one with plate number P109 993! I love my car black. 🙂

    • TheSojourner
      May 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM #

      Hey Gerry!
      Thanks for dropping by. It was nice chatting with you at the bus stop. 🙂
      Are u back in Germany now?

  2. Debra
    May 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM #

    Was in Cuba two years ago and everyday I took a taxi like this. They’re pretty cool. But I don’t like the smell of gasoline when you’re inside, especially those cars that are not airconed.

    • TheSojourner
      May 7, 2014 at 12:09 PM #

      That’s so true. The gas smell sucks. But I got used to it after a minute inside. :))

  3. Issa
    May 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM #

    I have a dream that one day I’ll be able to visit Cuba like you did. 🙂

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