Only international flights from Miami and Canada now use the small Jaime González International Airport (tel. 43/55-2047; airport code CFG) located 5km (3 miles) northeast of downtown. A taxi from the airport to downtown costs CUC$6.
Víazul (tel. 7/881-1413 in Havana or 43/51-8114 in Cienfuegos at the bus station; Calle 49 between Av 56 and 58; www.viazul.com) has three daily buses to Cienfuegos (actually an intermediate stop on the Trinidad route) leaving Havana at 8:15am, 1pm, and 2:30pm, and arriving at 12:30pm, 5:10pm, and 6:50pm respectively. Buses return to Havana at 9:10am, 4:50pm, and 8:10pm. The fare is CUC$20. From Cienfuegos to Trinidad, the fare is just CUC$6, and the ride takes around 1 1/2 hours. A bus also leaves Viñales at 8am daily and arrives in Cienfuegos at 3:20pm before heading to Trinidad; on the return route from Trinidad, the bus stops at Cienfuegos at 9:40am before heading to Viñales (CUC$32). Cienfuegos is also on two other routes linking Trinidad with Varadero. The direct bus from Varadero leaves at 2:50pm and arrives in Cienfuegos at 6:10pm; the return bus departs at 10:30am, and the fare is CUC$16. The second Varadero route stops at Santa Clara. It leaves Varadero at 8:15pm and arrives in Cienfuegos at 12:50pm; the return departure is at 4:30pm. The Santa Clara-Cienfuegos leg costs CUC$6.
From Havana, take the Autopista Nacional east. There are several possible turnoffs for Cienfuegos. The first and most popular is at Aguada de Pasajeros. This route is marked (at km 170, there is a gas station and cafe) and will bring you through the towns of Rodas and Abreus, before leading you into Cienfuegos. If you continue farther on the Autopista Nacional, your next turnoff will be at Cartagena (km 230). If you are coming from Santa Clara, you can take the turnoff at Ranchuelo (km 255), which is a straight shot into Cienfuegos, passing through the attractive center of Palmira). The trip should take 3 1/2 to 4 hours from Havana.
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