How much cash should I bring to Cuba?

by Nadine Dirksen - Monday, March 6, 2017

If you have read our piece about Money in Cuba, you might now be wondering how much cash to bring. Here are a few tips:

As a rule of thumb, bring more cash than you think you’ll need. Remember there is likely no way to obtain more cash at an ATM while you travel and you can easily bring back your home currency that you don’t exchange.

The following estimates are in US-dollars and based on an 8-day trip:

  • $200 to $400 per person for shopping and souvenirs 
    This of course depends entirely on how much of a shopper you are.
  • $100 per person for any unexpected personal costs along the way
    This might be for tips or services outside the scope of the tour, laundry services, etc.
  • $75 to $100 per person for food and beverages not covered by the tour
    Check your tour itinerary as to which meals are included.
  • Tipping for Tour Leaders
    We recommend using CUCs, Euros or Canadian Dollars for Tour Leader tipping in Cuba. Read more on Tour Leader Gratuities and suggested amounts here.
  • Extra hotel nights
    You will need to arrange these on your own and expect to pay for them in cash. Read more here.

Nadine Dirksen - A German native, Nadine is a happy Colorado transplant who moved from lush Bavaria when she married. She left the land of pretzels in 2012 and has been enjoying a fun life full of cycling, mountain biking, CrossFit, hiking, running and any other outdoor activity that involves her little black Dachshund-mix. When not having fun outside or at work, she tries her hand at different craft projects with varying success. She helps our travelers by answering all their questions before their tours and she can't wait to help you bring your dream trip to reality!

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