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Cuban Public Transport | Esencia Experiences

by | Jan 27, 2016

If you want to experience real authenticity, you need to know about Cuban public transport!

When you’re here in Cuba, enjoying your luxury bespoke holiday organised with us here at Esencia Experiences, you may have no need to know anything about Cuban public transport. Perhaps plan to only be staying in and around the area of your hotel, only making the journey to the nearby stunning beaches, or perhaps the local bar with the most delicious mojitos. If you are planning on travelling around, maybe you would prefer our experts here at esc to organise every trip for you, selecting the most knowledgeable private drivers to make your journeys as smooth as possible.

If, however, you would love to experience a real slice of Cuban life, you must definitely take a trip involving cuban public transport!

Even if it’s only for one trip, there’s nothing that will give you an exclusive, authentic insight into everyday life in the country like Cuban public transport! The systems here are like nothing you will ever have experienced before anywhere else in the world, and if you are going to attempt it, you will need a little bit of guidance! Here are the methods of Cuban public transport that you need to know about….

Classic Car Ride

As you may know, Cuba is famous for its abundance of classic cars – beautiful, old models from the 1960s and 70s that give a brilliant, retro style to the streets of the towns and cities. Hitching a ride in one of these is not only a convenient way to make a short trip, it will give you the chance to take lots of photos and feel as though you’re starring in an old fashioned movie!

Horse Carriage

Cuba is one of the only countries in the world where you can still catch a ride in a horse drawn carriage! This will probably take a little bit longer, so definitely not a method to use if you’re in a rush to get somewhere, but it’s a lovely way of taking in the atmosphere of the city at a slower pace; and perfect if you’re an animal lover!


These are relatively new methods of getting around the cities and towns of Cuba – small little taxis that look like pods, and will get you safely where you need to go. They can also be a little slow, so again they’re perfect if you have plenty of time to explore at your leisure.


A really traditional method of Cuban public transport, and also an experience for thrill seekers! These vans basically allow large groups of people (the limit appears to be only when there is danger of people literally falling out!) to squeeze into the carriage, so you really need to hold on!

If you would like any more information about Cuban public transport, or how you could fit a quick trip into your bespoke holiday, please contact us here at Esencia Experiences!


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