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Practical Information in Havana

A flight to Havana takes you straight to the party capital of Cuba. Old Havana is home to elegant Spanish architecture and restaurants inside restored colonial buildings.

  • Money

    The National Peso (Moneda Nacional) ($CUP or MN) is the currency, though visitors are charged in pesos convertibles (CUC), roughly equivalent in value to the US dollar. Moneda Nacional is useful for buying peanuts, pastries, local pizzas etc.

  • GMT

    GMT -5 (-4 in summertime).
  • Electricity

    110V AC, 60 Hz, though most hotels take 220V. Electrical outlets take flat prong plugs and some high-end hotels now take British three-prong plugs; always bring an adaptor.

  • Dialling Code

    +53 (national), 7 (Havana) + local number.

  • Havana Tourist Office

    Cuba Tourist Board website

Public Holidays 2012-2013

  • International Workers' Day: 1 May
  • Revolution Day (26th July Movement): 25-27 Jul
  • Anniversary of the Beginning of the Independence Wars: 10 Oct
  • Christmas Day: 25 Dec
  • Liberation Day – Anniversary of the Triumph of the Revolution: 31 Dec - 2 Jan

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