Friday, July 3, 2009

Virtual tour of Havana aboard a double-decker bus

Havana's double-decker buses are a great way to get around the city or go to Playas del Este or the Marina Hemingway. You can ride the bus for five CUC - convertible pesos. That's about $6 U.S., which includes the Cuban government's 10 percent surcharge on American dollar currency exchanges.
For that price, you can get on and off the bus as many times as you want. Taxis generally charge more for comparable rides.
I shot these photos along the route from the Habana Libre Hotel in Vedado to the Hotel Inglaterra in Old Havana. This is Calle 23 - 23rd Street - heading toward the Malecón.
There are three routes:

T1 - from the Alameda de Paula near Plaza Vieja to Plaza de la Revolution
T2 - from Plaza de la Revolution to Marina Hemingway
T3 - from Alameda de Paula near Plaza Vieja to Playas del Este

Cuba Maniaks posted more details on the bus routes.
Traveling east along the Malecón. The buses were introduced in Havana in 2007. An August 2008 Associated Press article on the buses is posted on the Cuba Journal blog.

Turning onto Paseo del Prado and heading toward Parque Central.

A passenger steps off the bus at Parque Central.


Cuba Journal said...

Super great photos! Thanks.

Boy, do I miss those granizaderos of my youth. Only five cents for a large cone with your favorite flavor. Best way to cool down in the summer.

Tracey Eaton said...

Wow, five cents - that's hard to beat.

Javalí Rubio said...

Nice to review some scenes from a place I was 2 months ago ...
If you want to see my shots from Havana, follow this link: and clic on the tag "Havana"
The text is in portuguese and spanish.
Javalí Rubio

Tracey Eaton said...

Nice photos on your site. Thanks!

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