Flights to Cuba from the UK

There are a few airlines that fly from the UK to Cuba, so reserving a Cuba Holiday for your desired dates, should not be too complicated. Although just a few will be direct flights to Cuba, there is a wide range of airlines to suit your budget and dates that will fly indirectly.

BE AWARE: travelling from or via the USA to Cuba, you must obtain a “Pink Tourist Card” this can only get issued in the USA, regardless of which passport you hold.

Direct Flights to Cuba

Virgin Atlantic Flights to Cuba

The most popular (and we recommend) is Virgin Atlantic as not only do they offer nonstop flights to Cuba but are one of the best airlines in the UK. Virgin Atlantic flies from London Heathrow to Havana. Flights from London Heathrow (T3) to Havana Airport – Jose Marti (T3) depart on Tuesday, Friday and Sundays. We can book your holidays, including Virgin Atlantic flights as soon as Havana opens for tourism. 

Virgin Atlantic up to 17 October 2020 will not fly to Cuba as Havana Airport has not open for tourist just yet. We are getting constant updates and will make this public as soon as we have official information. Travelling post-covid19, Virgin will also provide ad Covid-19 Medical Insurance with their flights; for full details, please check Virgin website All other airports except Havana and Cayo Coco has open for international tourism, this currently adding flights from Toronto and Nassau. 

Please do contact us to book your Cuba Holiday or Flights.

TUI will start a direct flight from London Gatwick and Manchester to Varadero from November 2020 due to current pandemic. Do not forget your Cuban Tourist Cards (Cuba Visa) before your travel.

Check out our post with new information about the opening of Varadero from 15 October 2020. 

Other Airlines flying to Cuba

There are also even more options when flying from the UK to Cuba. So we’ve listed some airlines that will go to Cuba via their home hub airports. 

Air Europa flights to Cuba

They are flying to Cuba from London to Madrid then Madrid to Havana. The carrier has improved quite a bit since they do use their fleet to take you from London to Madrid, making sure that connections are ok, minimising waiting time in Madrid, which is usually under two hours. There are regular flights almost every day of the week.

Air France / KLM flights to Cuba

Air France is one of the most popular airlines after Virgin Atlantic. They do also fly six days of the week.

You could also be flying to Cuba from virtually anywhere in the UK with Air France, as their wide range of regional UK flights makes them one of the best options to have.

Flying to Cuba from Scotland, Midlands or Bristol, you got the best connecting flights with Air France.

Air Canada flights to Cuba

Air Canada also has flights every day of the week, flying from a few other locations in the UK, it also offers an alternative to connecting to other cities in Cuba, like Havana, Varadero, Santa Clara, Cayo Coco and Holguin.

Connecting time can be long, but our travel advisors will gladly help you find the best for you.

Other Airlines

Flying to Cuba with Iberia is also another valuable alternative with their Madrid stop before going to Havana. Iberia does a codeshare with British Airways, which means that you can use either of them as one.

Avianca airlines travel from London to Cuba, with connecting flights via Bogota before reaching Havana.

Swiss Air does fly via Zurich to Havana. Among others.

Flying from or via the USA to Cuba:

BEWARE: If you like to travel via the USA, you will need to get you Cuban Tourist Card in the USA (Green Cuban Tourist Card). There are several websites selling flights online which do provide reasonable fares and seem quite appealing at first; however, the lack of information can cause a lot of stress to travellers as it is not well informed.

Is it Legal for UK Citizens to travel via the USA?

Although it is legal to travel to Cuba from the USA, there are several limitations and restrictions. All USA citizens will need to get a special permit to visit the Island and also to be part of one of the twelve categories that you are allowed to travel to Cuba from the USA.

Airlines and local tour operators in the USA can sell a Cuban Tourist Card varying in cost from 75 USD up to 120 USD per person.

In the UK, we at Travelfab will provide your Cuba Tourist Card included in your package, check with us if you are in any doubt.

Envisage the additional requirements to use this carrier; we do not encourage our customers to take this flights route.

Reservations Update:

From 25 August, we will be offering selected flights and holidays to Cuba, which will include Ticketing Protection Scheme (TPS) and more flexibility when booking your flights or holiday with us.


We will be offering holidays and flights which will allow us up to 45 Days before departure airline ticketing. In this way, we can check and inform our customers if any modifications are required.


We are fully ATOL protected. We will also be adding Ticketing Protection Scheme ( 5.40 GBP pp) to our holidays and flights (displayed on your reservation). In the event of airline failure, TPS guarantees to secure alternative repatriation or Curtailment flights for customers who have already travelled, or refund their fair and taxes if the trip has not yet commenced.