Catching the ferry in Havana

What’s the best way to get from your villa in Havana to Casablanca or Regla? While it’s possible to jump in a taxi and head through the Havana Tunnel, we think there’s an even better way: taking the ferry!

There are two main ferry routes in Havana, both leaving from the Havana Port near to the city’s famous artisan craft market. One travels north up to Casablanca, near the Che Guevara Museum, while the other travels southeast to Regla, ending up at the stunning Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Regla church.

Havana – Casablanca

The ferry to Casablanca leaves every 20 minutes or so. Casablanca tends to be quieter than nearby Havana, but a little livelier than Regla, and it’s often busiest in the mornings and evenings when visitors are either setting off for their day trip on the Hershey train or arriving back at the end of the day.

Havana – Regla

The ferry to Regla also departs approximately every 20 minutes. Regla itself is quiet and has a very local vibe; there are very few tourists here and, being quite a poor neighbourhood, there are not many vehicles on the roads. While there’s not a great deal to do here, photographers love Regla for its architecture and graffiti.

Practicalities

Havana is a very safe place to visit, and a part of that is because of a strong police presence. When you take the ferry in Havana, it is normal for bag searches to take place. To make this process quicker and less stressful, it is recommended that you leave any non-essential items back at your Havana holiday rental.

Remember that the ferries to both Casablanca and Regla depart from the same terminal, so make sure you join the correct queue! If you’re staying in a casa particular in Havana, your host may be able to help you out with some directions, but if not don’t be afraid to ask for help — Cubans are very friendly! 

Other Ferry Routes 

Now that taking a holiday in Cuba is easier thanks to fewer travel restrictions between Cuba and the United States, there has been a lot of talk about the introduction of a number of low-cost, high-speed ferries to the island. If plans continues, services are expected to begin running from both Key West and Port Everglades. 


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