How much cash to bring to Cuba?

Cuba has two currencies. One is for visitors. It’s called CUC. The other currency is used mainly by Cubans and is called moneda nacional. You’ll be using CUC. Here’s our money advice for safe Cuba travel:
Bring cash and convert to CUC. US credit and debit cards don’t work in Cuba.
Save on exchange fees by bringing Euros or Canadian dollars to Cuba.
Bring more money than you think you’ll need. Don’t get stuck short of funds.

Planning expenses for your Cuba Explorer tour

Major expenses on your small group tour are prepaid: accommodations, transportation, day excursions, and most meals. You will need funds for tipping, optional evening entertainment, extra libations, souvenirs, and meals not included in your tour package.

Costs in Cuba are similar to the US. Better to bring more money than you think you’ll need so you don’t get caught short of funds. We recommend a minimum of $ 100 per day. However, if you run out of cash, our Havana office will help you.

Stretch your spending power. Changing US dollars into CUCs carries a 10% conversion fee, in addition to a 3% exchange fee. There is no conversion fee for Euros or Canadian dollars. Smart travelers take advantage of this savings.

Money safety tips while visiting Cuba

Cuban girls enjoying rum cocktail.
Money guidelines for Cuba to keep you safe.
  • Change your cash into CUC at the airport on arrival or at your hotel. Your passport is necessary to exchange money. Never exchange money with Cubans on the street.
  • You don’t have to exchange all of your cash upon arrival. You can convert half at the start of your tour, and more later as needed.
  • Don’t take Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC) home! It is illegal. Exchange your CUC into American dollars before you enter the airport. Note Cuban airports only accept foreign currencies for fees and purchases once you pass airport security.
  • You must keep extra cash, identification, and other valuables in your hotel room lock box.
  • Only leave your hotel with the amount of money you plan to spend, plus a photocopy of your passport. Leave your passport, valuables, and extra funds in your hotel lockbox.
  • Ostentatious displays of jewelry, cameras, and spending will attract pickpockets. Don’t let purses, phones, and valuables dangle.