"Getting around Havana" Havana Transportation Tip by JessieLang

Havana Transportation: 96 reviews and 114 photos

by JessieLang
  • Cocos - Havana
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  • Horse Carriages by Parque Central - Havana
      Horse Carriages by Parque Central
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  • Bicycle taxi - Havana
      Bicycle taxi
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  • Private taxi - Havana
      Private taxi
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There are lots of ways to get around in Havana. The type you choose depends on how far you are going, whether you want a tour or just transportation, and if you care who gets the money. You can easily tell which vehicles are government owned and which ones are private by looking at the license plate. Government vehicles all have blue plates; private ones have yellow plates. I tried to go with private enterprise when I could.

The horse carriages usually take you on sightseeing tours that last about 2 hours. Some drivers are more fluent in English than others. It's sometimes hard to hear, as the carriage wheels make a lot of noise on the cobblestones, but they are fun.

Bicycle taxis are great for short distances, and they are cheap. Cocos are more comfortable.

A General guide to ownership:
Yellow taxis are government
Old car taxis are private
Bike taxis are private
Horse carriages are half and half—the government owns the carriage and the driver owns the horse—they split the revenues
Cocos are motorcycle powered with a little round shell for passengers. (Coco means coconut, and they look like one) They are government (blue plate.)

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Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 21, 2011
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