There are several types of taxis found in Cuba. Official taxis for tourists include a meter; these are the easiest taxis to take, as the meters are reliable and accurate. If the driver does not turn on the meter, simply ask him to do so. If the driver isn’t able to do so, ask for the rate in advance. Tourists are only allowed to take taxis that charge in CUC$s. The fares start at a flat rate of CUC$1 and cost an additional CUC$1 for each kilometer. A common fare between Old Havana, Vedado, and Centro Havana neighborhoods is CUC$3-5. To go from Old Havana to Miramar will cost CUC$8-12. These fares are approximations.
It is not uncommon to encounter tourist taxis without meters. If this is the case, get a quoted rate before taking a taxi to your destination. Rates for metered taxis and unmetered taxis tend to be comparable. In the case of unmetered taxis, negotiating a fare is acceptable.
There is also a type of taxi used only by Cubans, and it comes at a reduced rate, payable only in Cuban pesos. These drivers seldom pick up tourists. Pedal and yellow coco taxis are other fun, short distance modes of transportation. Both can be found throughout Havana and are cheaper than traditional taxis. Negotiate the fare with your driver before accepting a ride.