Taxis offer the medical tourism traveler the most convenient way to get around Havana. ¬†There are a number of taxi companies, and most cabs come with meters. ¬†The general metering system has a fixed fare for the first kilometer and an additional surcharge for every additional kilometer.
Legally, official state taxis are the only way a vacationer is allowed to get round Havana. ¬†In practice however, there are a number of private taxis that can easily be flagged down in the middle of the street. ¬†Some of the fleet consists of vintage Chevys and other cars from the 50s and 60s. ¬†Illegal private taxis may or may not have meters, so negotiate your fare before hand. ¬†Even with their illegal status, taking these private taxis does not pose a problem as long as you restrict your travel to city limits. ¬†However, to travel to and from the airport, insist on a state taxi to avoid trouble with the police.
These are older, battered vehicles that have fixed fares and ply particular routes only. ¬†You share the vehicle as well as the price of the journey with other passengers. ¬†Officially, collectivos are meant to be used only by Cubans, but you shouldn't face many problems if you try to hop on one on your medical tourism trip.
Coco taxis are three wheelers, with space for just two passengers. ¬†Fares have to be negotiated beforehand, and drivers can be ingenious in their ability to navigate mad traffic.
Buses and Rental Cars
Havana‚Äôs bus system is perennially overburdened. ¬†The heat inside the buses can be so oppressive that fainting and sickness are quite common. ¬†Renting your own car is also not advisable because of the lack of well-marked street signs.¬†
If your medical tourism holiday has you parked in the city center, you can easily walk around to most health facilities and popular sights. ¬†Walking is usually quite safe and surprisingly comfortable, provided you avoid the midday heat.¬†
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