Taxi Travel

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Taxi Travel

Taxis, which have meters, are inexpensive by European or North American standards. You can grab them from in front of hotels, hail them on the streets, or call them. Official taxis are often Hyundais, Mercedes, or Russian-made Ladas. Ciclo-taxis (bicycle rickshaws) are breezy and slow, offer a scenic ride, and cost about the same as auto taxis. Coco-taxis (motor scooter-powered conveyances) are another option. Always negotiate the price or make sure the meter is on before you get in any type of cab. The fares vary in price, but metered rates from Vedado to La Habana Vieja can be about 6 cuc; or from Miramar it would be about 10. If you want to pay a fraction of that price, take an American-made 1950s vehicle at Parque Central. In these community taxis expect to pay half a convertible peso to Vedado, but note that you will share your ride in what can be a really tight fit. The community taxis follow set paths, mostly along Calle 23 (La Rampa) in Vedado, and don't expect to veer from the set road.

All taxis were recently regrouped to operate under the government's Cubataxi brand, but many still roam the streets under names like Fenix, Panataxi, or Transgaviota. Remember, this is Cuba, and ultimately all of the agencies answer to the government.

Contacts

Cubataxi. 7/855-5555.

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