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Updated: Dec 19, 2022

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Documents, Booking & Handover of the rental car

It is possible to rent a car in Cuba, but for several reasons it is preferable to reserve a car on the internet. If you want to rent a car in Cuba you have to choose between four different companies. The brands are havanauto, REX, Via and cubacar. Due to the socialist economy, all vehicle hire companies in Cuban are run by firms that belong to the Cuban government. This article provides information about the renting process and different options of booking a car for your vacation in Cuba. You may also be interested in detailed information about vehicles and rates

What documents do you need?

In order to drive a rental car in Cuba, you have to satisfy three conditions:

  • a valid driver’s license
  • one year of driving experience
  • a minimum of 21 years of age

Please take into account that you must show the original passport and driver license when renting or picking up a car.

If you reserve in advance, you won’t be able to change the name on site. In case you forget your driver’s license, you won’t get the vehicle. In addition, you shouldn’t let drive someone that is not listed on the contract, because the insurance cover expires.

Why you should better book from home

To ensure an unproblematic rental it is advisable to reserve a car online over a large travel agency. Travels should book a vehicle through specialized travel agencies. Anyways, we strongly recommend you to choose an agency that is also represented on site in Cuba.

It is important to always keep the contract signed in Cuba in a safe place because in case of any damage, this must be presented to the tour operator in your home country.

How to book a car in Cuba?

Cubarcar Varadero

Cubacar office in Varadero

It is possible to book cars in Cuba. Rentals can be made at airports, at Cubatur offices, in some hotels, or directly over one car rental company. The four companies have different offices in all provincial capitals, in tourist resorts (such as Varadero, Viñales, Trinidad, Guardalavaca and most keys).

It is advisable to book as early as possible, because it often happens, that no cars are available, especially during the high season in winter.

Booking a car in Cuba at short notice is often not possible, because on a regular basis cars are out of stock. Therefore, it is better not to rely on renting a car immediately upon arrival. Quite often there are also at airports no rental cars available.


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