Suspended in time and revealing its charm with long walks, Havana is a destination both seductive and mysterious. Nicknamed the “City of the Thousand Columns” and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the capital of Cuba is a masterpiece of colonial architecture. Between old American cars, frenzied salsa and the smell of cigars, discover a city with multiple faces, endowed with a rare authenticity.
Lyon (LYS) - Havana (HAV) flight
Book a Lyon Havana flight from Lyon-Saint Exupéry
Book your plane ticket from Lyon to Havana and discover a city full of traditions and memories. Throughout the year, many flights are regularly offered from Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport by several airlines. It takes an average of 14 hours with a stopover at Roissy Charles de Gaulle to go, and an additional stop in Mexico City for the return trip.
Prepare your trip to Havana
Formalities for travelling
To leave for Havana, regardless of your country of origin, a valid biometric passport is compulsory.
A tourism card is also required to enter the territory, which available for a fee. This card, equivalent to the visa and usable up to 6 months after its issue, is valid only for an entry in Cuba and has a validity of 30 days from your arrival on the island. It is not available on the plane and must be obtained from the Cuban consulate in your country of residence before your arrival in Havana.
You must also be able to present an insurance certificate covering medical expenses. If this is not the case, you must imperatively subscribe to one upon your arrival.
Services at Havana Airport
- Services on Arrival
In Havana, 2 currencies are in circulation: the Cubano peso (the national currency) and the Cuban convertible peso (CUC). Nevertheless, the currency of all transactions is the CUC. Its value, of zero on the international foreign exchange market, is centred on that of the dollar. Thus, 1 USD = 1 constant CUC. Hence, you may compare the euro to the USD to know what one needs to pay in CUC.
The CUC is exchangeable only on the Cuban territory. You will be able to exchange your currency at the exchange offices of the airport or at the ATMs present in terminal 3.
Car rental companies are located in the Arrivals Hall of Terminals 2 and 3.
- Services on Departure
Numerous restaurants, cafeterias and snack bars can be found in terminals 2 and 3 of the airport to allow you to dine. Most of them are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
On the shopping side you will find many shops (Duty Free, souvenir shops, newsstands, rum and cigar shops, etc.) at Terminal 3.
Baby changing facilities are available at the airport and there is also a children’s play area.
There are no luggage storage areas at the airport. However, you will find a lost/found office at Terminal 3.
Transfer from airport to Havana
The José Marti of Havana’s international airport is the largest airport of Cuba. It is about 15 kilometres south-west of the city centre. To reach it, several transport solutions are available to you:
- Buses from the local Viazul company serve Terminal 1 and allow you to reach the city centre in 30 minutes. Tickets can be bought directly at the bus station and departures are usually every 30 minutes, from 10 am to 10 pm.
- Shuttles can also do private transfers to the city centre. Nevertheless, you will have to make a reservation with your hotel or your tour operator.
- Official taxis are located in front of the arrivals hall of terminal 3. The journey to the city centre takes about 30 minutes.