Flights to Cuba from the UK

There are quite a few airlines that fly from the UK to Cuba, so getting an affordable flight to Cuba should not be a problem. 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 that if you do decide to travel with an airline which will have a stop-off in the USA before landing in Cuba, you will need a so-called “Pink Tourist Card” that you can only get in the USA, regardless which passport you hold.

Direct Flights to Cuba

Virgin Atlantic Flights to Cuba

The most popular and the one we recommend the most is Virgin Atlantic as not only do they offer direct flights to Cuba but are one of the best airlines in the UK. Virgin Atlantic flies from London Gatwick (Terminal North) to Havana and Varadero. London Gatwick to Havana flights is on Mondays and Thursdays until March 2019. From April 2019 flights to Cuba will be on Sundays and Thursdays. There is also a blackout period in September / October 2019. Virgin Atlantic last flight on the 5th September and the next flight to/from Havana will be on 13th October 2019.


Virgin Atlantic will change their operations from 9 June 2020. Flights will then be travelling from London Heathrow (T3) to Havana Airport – Jose Marti (T3) on Tuesday and Saturdays. We can book your holidays including Virgin Atlantic flights without any issues as normal.



Thomas Cook and Thompson flights to Cuba:

Other direct flights are available with Charter flights like Thomas Cook, who fly from Manchester to Varadero, Cayo Coco and Holguin.

Thomas Cook does fly directly from Manchester to Varadero, also they use their German counterpart Condor Airlines to connect from the UK to Eastern Cuba, flying to Frankfurt then to Holguin.

Other Airlines Flying to Cuba

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

Air Europa flights to Cuba

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 which recently started flying to Cuba, doing connecting flights London – Bogota – Havana.

Swiss Air which 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 ONLY. There are a number of websites selling flights online which do provide good fares and seem quite appealing at first, however, the lack of information can cause a lot of stress to travellers.

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

Although it is legal to travel to Cuba from the USA, there are a number of limitations and restrictions as all USA citizens will need to get a special permit to visit the Island and also being 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, just check with us if you are in any doubt.

Envisage the extra requirements to use this carrier, we don’t encourage our customers to do this sort of flight.

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