December through to January is the most popular time of year to visit, although the weather does get cooler at night. July and August are extremely popular, meaning cheap flights to Cuba are difficult to find. It also means accommodation is more expensive. Places like Havana are popular most of the year, so it all depends where exactly you are wanting to go in Cuba. Once you've sorted your flight tickets, you can find out if there are any festivals or events on. Christmas, New Year and July 26th are very popular festivals so book your flights to Cuba early to save some money.
October and November are the least popular times to book flights, you will find an array of cheap flights to Cuba then but you'll also find more hurricanes. As well as discounted flights to Cuba, you'll find great deals on accommodation too. Just be sure you don't mind harsher weather conditions than the rest of the year.
When is the best time to book a flight to Cuba?
You can find cheap flights to Cuba if you book in advance and travel around December or January time. If there is a festival on then expect higher prices on flights to Cuba and book well in advance for the best chance of securing cheaper flight tickets. Exactly when to book varies with where you want to travel to in Cuba, as Havana has ideal weather for most of the year. If you can be flexible with your dates and your destination, you'll be able to find the cheapest flights to Cuba with a little searching. School holidays will make it harder to find cheap flights to Cuba, so book everything early for the best savings.
There are several airlines that operate flights to Cuba, the main ones being Virgin, Thomas Cook, Aeromexico and Air France. Depending on where exactly you want to visit in Cuba will depend on the airline and the prices. Virgin might not offer the cheapest flights to Cuba, but they are a great airline to travel with for comfort. The best bet is decide where in Cuba you're thinking of and then compare a few airlines to see who offers the most benefits for your money.
How to get from the airport to the city centre?
Jose Marti International Airport, Havana:
There are no public buses from the airport, the nearest option is to get a taxi 15km to a bus station to purchase your tickets, and then another taxi to a station to get the actual bus from. It's easier and more convenient to get a taxi straight to downtown Havana. Depending on your hotel, you'll most likely have a shuttle service in with your package. If so, after your flights to Cuba you'll be greeted by an associate of the hotel.
Juan Gualberto Gomez Airport, Varadero:
The easiest way to travel to the town of Varadero is by getting a taxi straight from the airport. You'll have to enquire with your driver for the price before you get in, as some have different rates and some will try and overcharge you. The cheapest option is to get a bus. You can get a day’s pass for around 5CUC and you can use it as many times within the day. The buses run regularly from the airport to the town and most are open top double-deckers. The buses pass most major hotels as well as points of interest.