Renting a Car in Cuba – General Information
Thinking of Hiring a Car in Cuba?
Here we would like to provide a bit more information about car rentals in Cuba. Our recommendations are unbiased, so you can learn from our own experiences about whether this is a suitable option for your holiday.
Minimum Driving Age for tourist in Cuba?
The minimum age for a tourist to rent a car in Cuba is 21 yrs for standard vehicles and 25 yr for Sportscar types.
Do I need to take the paper counterpart of my driving license?
No, you don’t. You should only bring your plastic card license. Note that you should hold your full driving license for at least one year for standard cars and three years for sporty models before renting a car in Cuba.
Can I add an extra driver?
Yes, you can. Depending on which Car rental company you get your car from, you can add up to 2 more drivers for a single fee.
Can I pick my car directly from the airport?
Yes, you can. However, we don’t recommend this, especially if it’s the first time that you arrive on a long-haul flight to Cuba. We can get a taxi for you from the airport to your accommodation in Havana. Plus, you will not need a car while in Havana, but for the countryside. Please speak to us for more information.
Is it safe?
Cuba, as a whole, is very safe. Common sense, however, is necessary. Most Hotel and Casas Particulares will know and recommend a safe place where to park your vehicle. Parking guards are widely recognised in Cuba; they do charge about 1 CUC per night.
DRIVING AT NIGHTS is not recommended. Poor lilt roads and animals roaming free on the motorway and secondary roads can be hazardous, stay safe, drive during the daytime.
Travelling with Children?
You can rent child seats from most car rental companies; however, it is best to bring your own.
For quite a while, we had to rely on a map, a compass and use a bit of Spanish to ask for directions while driving around Cuba. A map app has simplified the whole process, giving us turn by turn directions in Cuba. The name of the application’s maps.me available for IOS and Android devices.
After you download the application (in the UK), make sure to download Cuba’s map within the app. It is an excellent source of information, not only showing you driving directions but also on foot. Like eateries and other places of interests, Favourite places also appear, making it an excellent companion for your trip.