Cuba airport guide
Cuba includes several international airports. The largest of these are Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport and, in the province of Matanzas, Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport (previously named Varadero Airport).
José Martí International Airport
Handling upwards of 4 million passengers a year, José Martí International Airport is Cuba’s busiest airport. It serves roughly 25 international airlines, offering routes throughout the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe. The airport is situated about 15 kilometres outside Havana.
José Martí International Airport includes four terminals. Terminal 1 is for domestic flights, Terminal 2 is for US chartered flights, Terminal 3 is for international flights and Terminal 5 is used by Cuban airlines, providing domestic flights and flights throughout the Caribbean.
A shuttle service provides transport between the different terminals of the airport.
José Martí International Airport facilities
The airport’s main international terminal (Terminal 3) includes all the facilities you’d typically associate with a large, international airport. It includes:
- Tourist information desks on both of its levels.
- Currency exchange desks on both levels and plenty of ATMs.
- Two VIP lounges on the Departures level.
- A post office.
- A wide range of restaurants, cafés and bars.
- Souvenir shops, duty-free shops, a pharmacy and a bookstore.
- A children’s play area.
Internet access is available at the airport but isn't free.
Getting to and from José Martí International Airport
The drive between the airport and downtown Havana takes about 30 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.
Taxis are readily available outside each of the airport’s terminal buildings. Public buses operate from outside Terminal 1, but the buses accept only Cuban National Pesos (CUP) – not convertible pesos (CUC) – and so may be tricky for international visitors to use.
Several hotels offer pre-arranged transportation to and from the airport.
Both short and long-term parking are available outside each of the terminals. The Terminal 3 parking area includes 750 bays. Car rental agencies operate outside the Arrivals halls of Terminals 2, 3 and 5.
Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport
The second busiest airport in Cuba and handling about a quarter of all its air traffic, Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport is an ideal gateway if you’re heading to the popular beach destinations in Varadero. The airport is located about 140 kilometres from Havana, in the Matanzas province. It serves several European and Canadian airlines.
Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport facilities
Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport consists of a single terminal building with Arrivals and Departures sections. Currency exchange desks are available in both sections. The Departures gate lounge, after the customs and security checkpoints, also includes a post office.
The Arrivals hall includes a restaurant and the public section of the Departures area includes a cafeteria and small selection of gift shops.
The Departures gate lounge includes a much larger assortment of restaurants, cafés, snack bars and shops, including a pharmacy, bookstore, a store selling Cuban cigars and rum, gift and souvenir shops and two duty-free shops. This part of the airport also includes a VIP lounge and a small children’s play area.
Getting to and from Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport
The airport is located roughly a half hour’s drive from each of the following destinations:
- Downtown Veradero.
- The Veradero peninsula and resorts.
- Matanzas City.
- Cardenas City.
There’s no bus or train station at the airport, but taxis are readily available outside the terminal. Many hotels and resorts also provide a shuttle service for their guests.
A number of Cuban car rental agencies operate from outside the Arrivals hall.