HAVANA AIRPORT – JOSE MARTI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN CUBA (HAV)
International flights from the airport connect Havana with the rest of the Caribbean, North, Central, and South America, Europe, and one destination each in Africa (Luanda in Angola) and Asia (Beijing in China, via Montreal)
The airport is operated by Empresa Cubana de Aeropuertos y Servicios Aeronáuticos S.A. and was originally called the Rancho-Boyeros Airport before being renamed as the Jose Marti International Airport in honour of Cuban patriot and poet Jose Marti.
Havana Airport connects Cuba with North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Europe.
Havana Airport Terminal 3 is the main international terminal.
To get to Havana via taxi, from Havana Airport Jose Marti it takes about 30 minutes and will cost about $25 USD
IATA Airport code: HAV
ICAO Airport code: MUHA
Serves: Havana, Cuba
Operator: ECASA S.A.
Location Boyeros Municipality
The Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) has four passenger terminals and one terminal for freight.
This terminal 1 is the domestic terminal and is used mostly for domestic flights. It is located on the west end of runway 6 at the airport. The airlines that typically use this terminal are Cubana de Aviacion, Aerogaviota, and AeroCaribbean.
Terminal 2 of the Jose Marti International Airport is the US Charters terminal. This terminal is mostly used for scheduled charter flights to and fro the United States. You’ll find this terminal on the north side of the airport by runway 24. Terminal 2 has been going through extensive construction and repairs in recent years to improve upon it.
This is the International terminal. It is also the largest in the airport and handles mostly international flights coming to and from other countries. It serves more than 25 international airlines going to 60+ destinations in 30+ countries around the world. It can be found on the north side of the runway.
This is the last of the passenger terminals. It is the Caribbean terminal and is used mostly with Cuban airlines. It is found on the southeast corner of the airfield at the airport. It is used for both domestic and regional flights.
Many services are offered by HAV and its various terminals. Most of the activity that you’ll find in the airport will be in terminal. Terminal 3 contains immigration, customs, ticketing, arrivals, tourist information, ATM machines, post office, currency exchange, internet access, smoking areas, car rental offices, taxi stands, large lounges, public phones, medical care, disabled facilities, lost and found, children play areas, bathrooms, and restaurants and shops.
In terminal 2, there are immigration/customs offices, baggage claim, arrivals, currency exchange, car rental offices, taxi stand, public phones, bathrooms, restaurants, and various shops. There are no ATM machines in this terminal.
Finally, in terminal 1, there is a taxi stand, public phone, bathrooms, and areas for buses to take you to Havana. There are no luggage lockers, hotels, or internet in this terminal.
Restaurants & Dining
Within the airport, there are several places that you can eat and find some quality food while you wait for your transfer or your flight. Each terminal offers something unique, but the most options will be in terminal 3.
The Jose Marti International Airport is one of the biggest and busiest airports in all of Cuba. It is located in Boyeros, which is about 9 miles south of the capital of Cuba, Havana. You can find transport in and around both cities using these methods.
There are always taxis available to take you to wherever you want to go. To get to Havana via taxi, it takes about 30 minutes and will cost about $25 USD, depending on your fare. One tip for travelers going to Havana is that you should always agree on the fare before you get in and start the ride. Most taxis do have meters, but they are rarely ever turned on.
There are no buses that leave directly from the airport, but you could always take a taxi to the nearest bus station, which is located about 15 kilometers from the airport. You can take a public bus into Havana from there. Buses are a very affordable option for transport, but if you are going to Havana it might be better to just take the taxi all the way there instead of stopping at the bus station.
There are car rentals available in terminals 2, 3, and 5. You must book your car rental in advance, or you won’t be able to get one. There is short and long-term parking available at the airport if you need to keep your car there for a period of time. This is paid parking, so be sure to secure information ahead of time.
Chartered Shuttle bus
There are private chartered bus services available, but you will have to book them in advance before you arrive. Your tour operator will generally meet you at the terminal upon your arrival and bring you to your hotel. Sometimes, hotels will have complimentary shuttle buses. You can hire a bus to take you to your hotel or Havana.
Immigration & Customs
You will have to go through immigration and customs each way through your airport when arriving and departing. Make sure to have all necessary documentation ready such as identification, necessary documents, and information for the customs agents. They will likely ask you some questions to determine your cause for being in Cuba or leaving Cuba and you will have your luggage scanned. If you have all the necessary information ready, it shouldn’t impede your trip too much. However, be sure to arrive well before your flight departure to ensure that you aren’t late for your flight and can get through customs.
Starting May 1, 2015, departure tax is no longer required. It will be included in the price of your trip when you purchase flights or vacation packages through your booking agency.
HAV Airport info:
Address: Aeropuerto Jose Marti Avenida Nguyen Van Troi, Boyeros, La Habana, Cuba.