Cuba has a rail system that runs almost the full length of the main island – from Guane (Pinar del Río) to Caimanera, as well as various branches.
From Havana La Coubre, direct rail serves the following destinations:
Piñar del Río
Santiago de Cuba
As per the many nuances in Cuba, the frequency can change but for most routes there is at least one train per day but your best bet is to inquire directly at the Havana train station and reconfirm 2-3 days before your expected date of travel. Be prepared for slow trains, delays, changing departure times and a very unreliable experience. Ticket prices are however very economical and can be purchased at the train stations at the ticket windows.
For travel from Havana to Matanzas, we recommend the Hershey Train (built by the Hershey Chocolate Company in the early 20th Century). It’s a great Typical Cuban (old and slow but charming) adventure and a good way to see the Cuban countryside.
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