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Address: Casablanca Station, Havana, Cuba
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It is the only electric train in Cuba - and it is very old. A trip on it is almost worth it just for the historical interest. Delays and cancellations are the norm. The staff... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 June 2016
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Firstly I don't usually write a poor review, this is my first, however wanted to warn other people of what could possibly happen when trying to catch the Hershey Train. We aimed to catch a ferry from San Fransisco across to Casablanca then the train down to Matanzas, however two failed attempts. First day at the San Fransisco ferry terminal... More 

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

We took the 12.21pm train from Casablanca to Hershey, spent the afternoon there and got back to Havana on the 6.16pm train from Hershey. It was a fun day out and a nice change of pace from the busy city. The ferry to Casablanca goes from just opposite the Russian Orthodox church in Habana Vieja and costs CUC1 each (tourist... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

There's only a few trains each day (terminus in Matazanos) with stop at Hershey. If one is serious, you should check the itinerary ahead of time as it will most likely take half a day as the return train won't happen for a few hours later. There's only one bakery in town and i couldn't even find a general store... More 

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Essex
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

It is the only electric train in Cuba - and it is very old. A trip on it is almost worth it just for the historical interest. Delays and cancellations are the norm. The staff sre very friendly - but don't speak much English.

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Ottawa, Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

Historic commuter train runs 130km 3 times a day, between Havana, Hershey, Jibacoa, Canasi and Matanzas. Great way to see scenery and locals on a short trip or 3 hours to other end. Must-eye for railfans.

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Golden, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

We took the Hershey Train from Matanzas city to Havana in September 2015. It was a really neat experience getting to travel through the Cuban countryside and see daily life in the small rural towns. It is beautiful scenery for the entire trip with a lush landscape and lots of livestock. You may be in for a very long haul:... More 

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016

Yes, the train is slow and sometimes unreliable. But thats part of the experience. You can see and experience Cuban life as it is for Cubans. Some tourists were even allowed to ride the train.

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Keremeos, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2016

Most visitors who take this little train come from Havana to see the Hershey sugar history and then return to Havana. The "big train" runs from Havana (Casa Blanca) and you can get off there and then take the little one coach train on to Matanzas. The whole trip is through rural Cuba with many small halts where locals (sometimes... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2015

Hershey, the chocolate king, decided that Cuban Sugar was the best around to produce his chocolate out of: he built his own town in the early 1920's, 2 sugar mills right there, grew his own sugar cane and produced his own sugar and carried it to Havana harbor on the only electric train ever to run through la Cuba's countryside:... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2015

So, our taxi driver made an arrangement for the members of our group to drive the train - something different! The train itself is a museum piece and rocky as can be imagined - like a circus ride. But you get a feel for the locals on it. Try it!

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