José Martí International, located only 9 miles away from Havana, is Cuba’s principal airport and houses Cuba’s leading airlines, which are Cubana de Aviación, Aero Caribbean and Aerogaviota. These three airlines offer cheap airfare to Havana. Cubana de Aviación is an excellent choice for tourists looking for cheap flights to Havana, Cuba from distant places, such as Rome, Paris, Madrid, London, Buenos Aires, Caracas and Mexico City. Aero Caribbean focuses on Havana flights coming from the Caribbean and South America. Aerogaviota also offers flights to Havana, but from domestic points like Santiago de Cuba.
Tourists can get around Havana by bus, taxi, car, and train. Viazul bus station, situated 1.8 miles from Havana’s center, is an inter-city coach service that departs from Cuba’s main cities, like Santiago de Cuba, Santa Clara, Pinar del Río and Varadero. Tourists can also hire a car and driver. These cars are fairly cheap, but the drivers expect generous tips when parking at crowded attractions. Official government taxis are also available to drive visitors around central Havana. Cuba’s rail service is managed by Unión de Ferrocarriles de Cuba. Tourists considering traveling from Havana to provinces such as Pinar del Río, Mantazas, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, can opt to take the train.
Havana’s top attractions include Fortaleza San Carlos de la Cabaña and El Capitolio Nacional. Fortaleza San Carlos de la Cabaña is an 18th-century colonial fortress located at the entrance of Havana’s harbor. This fortress complex is the largest in North America. El Capitolio Nacional is famous for its similarity to the Unites States’ Capitol in Washington D.C. This building houses the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural and the headquarters of the Cuban Academy of Sciences. Other renowned attractions are El Malecón Habanero, El Museo de la Revolución, Castillo San Salvador de la Punta, and the Gran Teatro de la Havana.
Tourists who want to do some shopping should not miss Centro Habana, a shopping district located between El Vedado and Old Havana. Chinatown is another fantastic place to go shopping. Havana has a wide selection of restaurants where tourists can taste the exquisite Latin cuisine. Examples are El Aljibe, La Fontana Restaurant, and Paladar La Tasquita. Great places to go for a drink are Los Buccaneros Hanoi and La Bodeguita del Medio. Havana also has an exciting nightlife. Central Havana, Old Havana, El Vedado, and El Malecón Habanero are full of bars, cabarets, and night clubs with live music, cinemas, and theaters.
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