Ready to plan your own trip to Havana? If you're on a Budget, check out our cost breakdown to find ways to save money on your flights, accommodations, food and entertainment!
We booked our flights thru Southwest from Fort Lauderdale at a total cost of:
2,232 Southwest Points (FLL to HAV)
$112 Expense (HAV to FLL)
We have a Southwest Companion Pass so we only had to buy one ticket. Note - The Companion Pass works for all Domestic and International routes operated by Southwest!
In addition to the flights, we had to buy Cuba Travel Visas for $50 per person before takeoff from the Fort Lauderdale Airport (Terminal 1, 1st floor Baggage Claim)
We stayed in an apartment booked via Airbnb in Vedado (adjacent to Havana Vieja). The apartment was equipped with a working kitchen, TV (antenna service), AC, and a modern bathroom.
For 3 nights, we paid $196 (including taxes and fees). We also decided to rent out our own home on Airbnb during this time and we were fortunate enough to recover $213 as someone wanted to rent our home for 2 of the 3 nights we were going to be out. This worked out well as it ended up generating some positive cash flow:
$196 Expense + $213 AirBnb Income = $17 Income
Food, Entertainment, Travel
Havana Tour Company for 2 People: $200 Expense
Purchased prior to departure for an all-day tour which included an English-speaking guide that will take you through a walking adventure of Havana and teach you about the history, culture, and people. The full day option also included:
- Cruise in a classic 1950’s American muscle car
- Drinks overlooking the Ocean @ Hotel Nacional
Expenses incurred in Cuba: $280 Expense
We exchanged $200 USD at the Airport after clearing Customs. Although, the conversion rate is supposed to be $1 USD to 1 CUC, after the exchange charged its fees, we were left with 182 CUC. We also exchanged 70 EUR at a Hotel later in our trip and received 65 CUC.
You may be able to get better rates elsewhere or perhaps arrange with your Airbnb host at a better rate. Unfortunately, the few ATMs in the city do not accept American Debit Cards, I tried!!
Total CUCs: 247 CUC
- Souvenirs: 50 CUC
- City Map of Havana: 2 CUC
- Food, Drinks, Misc: 95 CUC
- Taxis, including Airport to Vedado: 100 CUC
We had our Airbnb host arrange for a Taxi to pick us up from the airport. We felt like we were traveling back in time as there was a gentleman waiting for us with a sign with our name ready to take us to our destination.
Have you traveled to Cuba lately? How much did your trip cost?