Ins and outs

Getting there

Pinar del Río is the main transport hub for the area.

It has a domestic airport, the only one in the west, but flights are few and far between.

There is a railway line between Havana and Pinar del Río, with a slow and unreliable service. The line continues on to Guane for local services.

There are daily Víazul buses to the city, continuing on to Viñales. Local services to smaller towns fan out from Pinar del Río. A dual-carriage highway has been completed almost as far as Pinar del Río. It takes two hours to get to Pinar del Río on the autopista, see Havana to Pinar del Río, below. Some slip roads are unsurfaced, just mud and stones. Car hire is available in Pinar del Río and Viñales for independent excursions. There are also plenty of tours to caves, cigar factories, tobacco farms and other local attractions.

Tourist information

Tour agencies such as Cubatur, Cubanacán and Havanatur operate as tourist information offices, although their main purpose is to sell tours. They can help with hotel reservations, tickets and transfers. The weather is wettest from September to November, but you can get rain in the hills at any time of year, usually in the afternoon. Pinar del Río holds its carnival in July and Viñales has one in March.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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