This is the new 2019 timetable for the main line linking Havana, Santa Clara, Camagüey & Santiago de Cuba, with branch lines to Sancti Spiritus, Holguin, Moron, Bayamo & Guantanamo. Information on Cuban train services is difficult to confirm, so check times locally.
The shortage of fuel in Cuba sometimes affects buses & local trains, but these mainline trains have priority. Incidentally, there are no couchettes or sleeping-cars in Cuba, only seats cars. Fares for foreigners are shown here.
A = NEW CHINESE-BUILT TRAIN, runs every 2 days. 1st class air-conditioned seats, 2nd class non-air-con seats, cafeteria car.
B = NEW CHINESE-BUILT TRAIN, runs every 3 days. 1st class air-conditioned seats, 2nd class non-air-con seats, cafeteria car
C = Runs every 3 days, see the dates below. Primera class seats only. Older cars, may receive new cars some time in 2020.
* = Havana’s main Estación Central is temporarily closed for major renovation, see the note below.
** = For Manzanillo, change trains at Bayamo. Connection Bayamo-Manzanillo by train 50/51.
*** = For Moron, travel to Ciego de Avila & change for the local line to Moron. There are several daily trains Ciego to Moron & back.
? = Guesstimated time. ??:?? = intermediate stop time not known.
Can you help keep this page updated? If you find times have changed from those shown here, a photo of the departure notices would be much appreciated.
On what dates do these trains run?
Most trains run every 2 or 3 days, a notice at each station tells you what dates each train runs. However, the trains listed below ran on the dates shown below and they will then run every so many days throughout the rest of the year and beyond, so if you have a calendar (and can count!) you can easily work out what dates it will run until further notice.
Tip: Use www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html to count the number of days between one of the ‘reference point’ dates shown below and the date you want to travel (leave the ‘Include end date in calculation’ box un-ticked). If the train you want runs every 4 days, then if the number of days between the reference date and your travel date is divisible by 4, the train runs. Simple, really!
- Train 1 starts running from Havana to Santiago on 13 July 2019 and runs every 2 days.
- Train 2 starts running from Santiago to Havana on 14 July 2019 and runs every 2 days.
- Train 3 starts running from Havana to Guantanamo on 15 July 2019 and runs every 3 days.
- Train 4 starts running from Guantanamo to Havana on 16 July 2019 and runs every 3 days.
- Train 5 starts running from Havana to Holguin on 14 July 2019 and runs every 3 days.
- Train 6 starts running from Holguin to Havana on 15 July 2019 and runs every 3 days.
- Train 7 starts running from Havana to Bayamo on 16 July 2019 and runs every 3 days.
- Train 8 starts running from Bayamo to Havana on 17 July 2019 and runs every 3 days.
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