Car hire in cuba today, all you need to know!


Car hire in cuba today, all you need to know!


The demand for car hire in Cuba is very high. This is mainly due to the fact that there are only three or four state-owned car rental companies. 

Many of these cars are idle due to lack of spare parts, and given the political situation in Cuba, the process of importing spare parts and acquiring new car poolsis complicated. This further worsensthe situation.

Therefore, this consistentscenario results in a number of negative comments from visitors and tourists.

How much does it really cost to hire a car?

The price may vary, all depending on the type of car desired, the model and the season. All this affects the final rental price.

Some rental agencies have a division by car categories, the most common being manual economy, manual mid-size, automatic economy, manual suv, automatic suv, manual standard, automatic standard, automatic premium, minivan and van.

Approximate prices for economy cars can range from 80 to 90 euros per day, the mid-size car category ranges from 100 to 105 euros per day, and premium cars can range from 140 to 160 euros per day. Added to these prices are car insurance and fuel. These prices may vary depending on the season.

Dates of the seasons in Cuba are as follows:

The high season starts in January and ends in June. This is the best time to hire a car. The very high season is represented by the entire month of December, June and July, and Easter week.

What do you need to know about hiring a car in Cuba?

The first requirement is a driver's license, issued for at least two years and one day.

The minimum age to rent a car is 21 and the maximum age is 80. 

The minimum hire period is 3 days in high season, if it is very high season it is 5 days. 

The maximum hire period is 30 days. In case the customer wishes to hire the car for more days, he/she must renew the contract at the end of the first rental contract.

In the event that the customer wishes to cancel the reservation, he/she must notify 60 to 30 days before the start date of the reservation, and a penalty of 25% of the value of the days of the reservation will be charged. In the event that the cancellation is announced 30 to 15 days before the start date of the reservation, the penalty applied will be 50%, and finally, for a period of less than 15 days from the announcement of the cancellation of the car reservation, the penalty applied will be 100% of the value of the days of the reservation.


There are four state-owned companies offering car hire services, which are: CUBACAR, HAVANAUTOS, VIA, and REX. Many car rental and travel agencies purchase car availability from these state-owned companies, thus generating more rental demand. It is best to choose these agencies online because they have availability.