Went to Camaguey by train & came back by bus as there were no trains.
Non tourist buses in Cuba are just as unreliable as trains, they often break down or there is no fuel. But they are spacious, even if they are old fashioned.
Tourists have to pay in dollars, seats are pre allocated, you hand your luggage in before you board and get a ticket to collect it again upon arrival & mostly they make a stop about halfway to the destination so you can buy something to eat. This is often just at someones house, where we stopped they served food out of the kitchen, but you had to walk through the house to get to it ( great for curious souls !!) This does ofcourse mean that the choice is limited. Check the cleanliness factor of the kitchen before purchasing ;-)
Always different to travel around in Cuba
- Rented car (expensive-up to 60 us dollar/day
- Bike taxi - cheap but prices to be discussed
- Horse taxi - same as above
- "Black Taxi" cheap but you never know that you will arrive safely
- Official Taxi - safe and correct prices
- Taxi particular - an experience but the best way to travel at normal prices
I took the Viazul from La Habana for about $20. In the central bus station in La Habana you'll et a lot of private taxis approach you and offer to atek you to places like Santa Clara for the same or slightly cheaper than astro or Viazul - I didn't trust them on this leg of my travelling as it was my first journey around the country and I was a bit wary but many I knew did. It would be the best way to get to Trinidad. They are much quicker and just as good.
The place is very small and compact - be healthy and walk everywhere or just for novelty take a horsecart for a peso!
It is always a highlight in Cuba to look for the old cars from the fifthees - but you will find old motorcycles aswell - in good condition and a joye for the eye !