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Flights to Cuba in 2021

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 10% potential price rise
Cheapest inAugustBest time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop
Average priceC$ 482Average for round-trip flights in November 2021

Can I fly to Cuba from Canada right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions from Canada to Cuba

Most visitors from Canada need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Cuba.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Canada must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Cuba.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Canada are not required to quarantine after entering Cuba.

Documents
Health Declaration Form - Travelers must present a completed health declaration form to immigration on arrival in Cuba.


Can I fly back to Canada from Cuba?

Returning to Canada from Cuba

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Cuba must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Canada.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Cuba are not required to quarantine after entering Canada.

What is the cheapest month to fly to Cuba?

The cheapest ticket to Cuba found for each month in 2021 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.

January

C$ 501

February

C$ 533

March

C$ 579

April

C$ 555

May

C$ 497

June

C$ 473

July

C$ 602

August

C$ 535

September

C$ 458

October

C$ 477

November

C$ 497

December

C$ 520

September is currently the cheapest month to fly to Cuba. At this moment in time July is the most expensive month. These prices are determined by multiple factors and booking in advance can help keep costs down if your schedule is not as flexible.

When is the best time to fly to Cuba?

Average Cuba flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month

YTO - HAV

Price

C$ 458 - C$ 922

HAV

Temperature

22 - 27 °C

HAV

Precipitation

40 - 170 mm

The best time to fly to Cuba is during November, but great deals can be found at other times. June sees the temperatures in Cuba peak to their warmest. October tends, on average, to see the most amount of rainfall.

Where are the most popular flight destinations in Cuba?

Havana is the most popular flight destination in Cuba. Other popular destinations include Varadero, Holguín, Cayo Coco and Santa Clara.

When to fly to Cuba

Peak Season:
Most travellers book cheap flights to Cuba between December and April. July and August are also popular with vacationers as are Christmas and New Year, Easter and July 26 (the anniversary of the revolution). In general Havana and Santiago de Cuba have peak seasons that extend all year long.

Off Season:
August to October is when hurricanes are most likely. Intrepid travellers can save money by visiting at this time.

Overview

Cuba, the Caribbean’s largest island, welcomes most of its tourists from Canada and Europe, the rest from South America. Drawn by its stunning beaches, rich heritage and culture, excellent diving and ecological wonders, more and more travellers seek cheap flights to Cuba with every passing year.

Havana is capital, an exotic city that has been the gateway to the Gulf of Mexico for hundreds of years. Its historic centre – Old Havana – was listed by Unesco in 1982 for its Baroque and neoclassical buildings. Its museums, theatres, galleries and concert halls stand side by side with the bars and night clubs that serve the world-famous mojitos.

The second city, Santiago de Cuba, is much more “Caribbean” than Havana, a place of stirring history, beautiful squares and rich musical tradition, known for its carnival in particular.

Cuba’s beaches are spectacular. Varadero beach is the pride of Cuba, wide and sandy and stretching out into Atlantic waters. On the Caribbean side are the Isle of Youth and Cayo Largo de Sur, both with soft-white beaches and wonderful dive sites.

How long is the flight to Cuba from Canada?

Flight time to Cuba from Canada is approximately 3h 33m for direct service with the shortest available duration. Flights with stopovers may increase travel time substantially, with most one-stop flights averaging a duration of 6h 50m to 9h 45m. Some flights with multiple stops or from smaller Canadian airports may require as much as 20h of travel or more, so be sure to check all available flight options as a shorter flight is usually not much more expensive with available Cuba travel deals.

Which cities offer direct flights to Cuba from Canada?

Montreal and Toronto provide nonstop service to Cuba from Canada, with flights available to multiple destination cities. Flights from Vancouver offer one-stop options to four cities. Havana, Veradero, and Santa Clara are the most popular destination cities, with flights offered via Air Canada. Other indirect flights are provided from Calgary and Ottawa, with flights from all cities available from WestJet, Sunwing, Air Transat, and Air China.

What is the best way to travel around Cuba?

Due to recently lifted travel restrictions, travel around Cuba can be complicated for visitors. Havana offers domestic service to 11 regional airports, but those airports only serve Havana return flights. Viazul offers bus transportation around the country. These are plentiful but can be busy during peak travel seasons, so you should purchase tickets in advance. Those travelling to the country should also avoid the Transgaviota bus line, as it is associated with the known military group GAESA. It is expensiveto rent a car in Cuba, but it is the best way to get around if you can drive a manual transmission. For those who want a vehicle, private transportation or taxis offer cheaper rates. Trains are older and routes are often inconvenient, but offer a scenic way to see the country.

What are some things to do in Cuba?

Cuba is home to plenty of tobacco farms that are famous for their cigars. Cigar enthusiasts and those who appreciate them must have at least one, but don’t buy them from the street if you want good quality. Shop directly at the farms or local tobacco shops. You can also tour the farms during your visit. there are plenty of beaches and city tours in Havana and other cities, as well. Morro Castle is another popular attraction for tourists, and visitors must stop by the Hotel Nacional in Havana, which is known for being popular among movie stars and as the base of operations during the Cuban Missle Crisis.

Do I need a passport to fly to Cuba from Canada?

Cuba has strict travel requirements. Canadian nationals need to have a passport that is valid for at least a month beyond their travel period. Additionally, those who have dual citizenship or who were born in Cuba should contact the Cuban government before travelling to ensure that they have necessary documentation and proof of citizenship so that they are not detained or denied entry. Visas are also required for tourist, family, and business travel. Tourist cards can be obtained from airlines and tour operators, or from the Cuban government offices in Canada.

Cuba climate

Cuba is usually hot, but summer can be the wettest season. Visitors arriving between May and October will encounter a lot of rain and 80 percent humidity. Late October and early November can have hurricanes and other coastal storms. The drier season starts at the end of November and lasts until April. In winter months, from December to March, the weather is more comfortable, with sunny days, little rain and cooler evenings. 

Getting around Cuba

AeroCaribbean offer domestic Cuba flights, linking cities such as Havana with Holguin, Santiago and Cayo Coco.

Astro and Viazul offer bus services throughout the country. Viazul caters for tourists, linking the major attractions of the island.

Ferrocuba operates rail services, although the infrastructure is creaky. Havana to Santiago de Cuba is a popular link for tourists.

Cuba has an extensive road network and renting a car is an easy option.

What is good to know if travelling to Cuba?

  • When travelling around Cuba, never, ever, run out of wet wipes and always carry a pocketful of change. Even the grungiest toilets have attendants and dropping a coin in the attendant’s hand en route to the stalls is expected. If not, you may find that the toilets don’t flush and that the faucets are turned off.
  • The Museum of Playa Giron exhibits artifacts and information about the failed Bay of Pigs invasion. There are Cuban mortars, Soviet-made tanks and a Sea Fury fighter plane, and biographies and photographs of all 156 Cuban Government side soldiers, police, and militiamen that were killed in the country.
  • In most Cuban towns entertainment is focused on the house of song (casa de la trova). These provide live entertainment and showcase up-and-coming bands. Fuelled by rum and wild dancing, a night in a casa de la trova can be an experience to remember.
  • Forever associated with Ernest Hemingway, the author spent most of the latter half of his life in Cuba. His house, Finca La Vigia, overlooking the village of San Francisco de Paula (about 10 miles southeast of Havana) is now a museum. Room 511 of the Ambos Mundos Hotel was where Hemingway wrote the first chapter of For Whom the Bell Tolls. The room has been preserved as it was then, with a typewriter and copies of notes. The lobby too is full of Hemingway memorabilia.
  • Many travellers on cheap flights to Cuba will make for Old Havana. The district is certainly very popular with tourists, but to step outside of the tourist-friendly zone, visit the barrio of Jaimanitas where renowned Cuban artist José Fuster lives. He has turned the streets into a fabulous, psychedelic sculpture park with colourful murals, benches, and houses decorated with ceramics and mosaics.