How Much Are Daily Vacation Expenses in Cuba?


Traveling in Cuba can get pretty expensive, but you can make it affordable by knowing your options ahead of time.

Hotels in Cuba can cost as little as 20 to 30 USD per night if you choose to stay in one of the privately owned casa particulares. For a nice resort you will pay as much as 200 USD per night. Mid-range hotels usually cost 60 to 70 USD per night.

State-run restaurants and roadside stands are your cheapest options for meals in Cuba. Food served in state restaurants is notoriously bland, and you will probably get tired of the menu options quickly. Privately owned restaurants called paladares cost around 15 USD per day.

If you want to hire a private car or pay for a taxi, you can expect to pay around 60 to 70 USD per day on transportation. Small Coco taxis are available in some Cuban cities, and are significantly cheaper. The most affordable way to travel in Cuba is the Viazul tourist bus. You can take a 3-hour bus ride that covers 185 miles (280 km) for around 20 USD. Domestic flights in Cuba cost around 60 USD.

Drinking can be quite cheap in Cuba. Domestic beer is especially cheap, and you can have a decent beer for a 1 or 2 USD. Cocktails are usually around 2 to 4 USD.

Entrance fees to museums and other sites of cultural interest cost approximately 5 USD. Visiting a cabaret or seeing a live performance can cost quite a bit more, depending on the performer. Budget around 60 USD for a night out on the town.