Cuba – the biggest island in the Caribbean – has rocketed in popularity recently, and now welcomes over 2 million visitors a year.
It’s not all classic cars, Cuban cigars, Che Guevara and salsa clubs, either. Pale, sandy peninsulas, islands and cays serve up beach towns of all shapes and sizes – from full throttle resorts to footprint-free retreats.
And while Havana is the main event, don’t forget equally charm-packed cities like Santiago de Cuba and Trinidad.
How long is the flight from Australia to Cuba?
It depends – where are you flying from and to? Most flights from Australia aim for the capital city, Havana, which is a 35-hour flight away.
It’s usually quickest to fly from big east coast cities like Sydney or Melbourne, but there’ll still be at least 2 layovers.
Air Canada, Qantas Airways, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines.
Indirect Australia to Cuba flights take off over 10 times a day.
It’s easiest to travel from the big cities on the east coast – so Melbourne Airport (AKA Tullamarine Airport) and Sydney Airport (AKA Kingsford Smith Airport). You could also start from Brisbane Airport and Perth Airport. Other Australian airports will raise your stopover count to 3 or more each way.
Most flights land in José Martí International Airport in Havana or Juan Galberto Gómez Airport in Varadero. You could then travel on to other places like Baracoa (Gustavo Rizo Airport), Cayo Coco (Jardines del Rey Airport) and Santiago de Cuba (Antonio Maceo Airport).
There aren’t any direct flights from Australia to Cuba. The cheapest indirect route is usually to fly from Sydney to Havana.
There are plenty of iconic trips to tick off when you book flights from Australia to Cuba. You could roll down Havana’s Malecón sea road in a classic car, pay your respects at the Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara, or bike around the rolling tobacco farms of the Viñales Valley.
Need a beach break? Then make a beeline for the coast. Varadero stars the best hotels, while the remote southern islands are said to serve up some of the best – and emptiest – beaches in Cuba.
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