Varadero Airport to Varadero

How to Go from Varadero Airport to Varadero

If you’re flying into Varadero Airport, and then planning to go straight to Varadero then this is the guide for you.  Home of some of the most lovely resorts, and a stunning paradise of pink and white sand beaches, Varadero is unique.  And if you follow this guide on how to go from the airport in Varadero to Varadero, then it won’t be long before you’re dipping your toes in the clear turquoise water and sipping a cold beer or Cuban cocktail.  This guide covers whether you’re going from Varadero Airport to Varadero or Varadero to Varadero Airport.   It includes the bus, transfers, taxis, and what you can expect to pay. Here’s our guide on how to get to Varadero from Varadero Airport.

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Exactly How to Go from Varadero Airport to Varadero

In this guide on how to go from Varadero Airport to Varadero, we’ll give you all the options.  I’ll cover the fastest way to travel from Varadero Airport to Varadero, the easiest way to go to Varadero from Varadero Airport, and the cheapest way to get to Varadero from Varadero Airport, as well as the most iconic way to get to Varadero from Varadero Airport.  Our guide to the top things to do in Varadero is here.

4 Ways to get from Varadero Airport to Varadero (and back)

For transport from Varadero to Varadero Airport, then you have several options.  I’ll start with the cheapest way and that’s the bus.  Yes.  You can take a bus from Varadero Airport to Varadero.   However, it doesn’t run very often and it likely goes nowhere near where you want to be in Varadero.  I’ll also cover taking a taxi to Varadero from Varadero Airport, pre-booking a transfer from Varadero Airportand the final option on how to go to Varadero from Varadero Airport is to rent a car and drive yourself there.

The quickest (and easiest) way to go to Varadero from Varadero Airport is to take a pre-arranged transfer. They’ll pick you (and your luggage) up from the airport at the pre-arranged time and drop you at your hotel or casa particular in Varadero. You can book a private transfer to Varadero from Varadero Airport here.

1. Taxi from Varadero Airport to Varadero

Taking a private taxi to Varadero from Varadero Airport is the fastest way to go to Varadero.  There’s no haggling or negotiating outside the airport.  You’ll simply turn up, look for your name on a board and you’re off.  Check the rates here.

Even better, you can prepay on a card, which reduces your need to carry more cash with you while traveling.  Easy.

A pre-arranged taxi to Varadero from Varadero Airport is the most comfortable way to travel. It takes about 30 minutes to drive to Varadero from Varadero Airport.  The length of the drive, of course, depends on whereabouts in Varadero you are going!  You can check prices for Varadero Airport to Varadero taxis here.

There are three ways of organizing a taxi to Varadero from Varadero Airport

  1. You can pre-book a transfer from Varadero Airport to Varadero here and pay (safely) online ahead of time – with cancellation up to 24 hours before travel.
  2. You can ask your hotel or Casa Particular owner to book one for you.  It will be *about* the same price as what you pay online, but you will need to pay in cash.  US dollars, Euros, Canadian dollars, or Pounds Sterling will likely be accepted, but you should check.
  3. You can arrive at the airport and negotiate with a taxi to go to your hotel.  You’ll have to pay cash.  Always confirm, not just the amount but that it is
    1. For the entire car (and not per person)
    1. What currency you’re paying in?  I’ve lost count of the number of people who think they’ve got a great deal only to find out that they were all talking at cross purposes.  Believe me.  When this happens it’s NEVER in your favour.
    1. If there’s a flight arriving, there will be taxis available.  No matter what time your flight arrives.  It’s the way of the world.

2. Shared Shuttles from Varadero Airport to Varadero

You can book a shared taxi or shared shuttle from Varadero Airport to Varadero.  We also provide this through Civitatis – you’ll need to select the SHARED option.  This is one of the cheapest ways to go from Varadero Airport to Varadero.

There are obviously going to be other drop-offs in Varadero, as this is a shared taxi, but it’s a good cost-effective option to going to Varadero from the airport. You can get a price for a shared transfer from Varadero Airport to Varadero here.

3. Bus from Varadero Airport to Varadero

The Viazul Bus is the cheapest way to go from Varadero Airport to Varadero.  However (and if this your first time in Cuba, you’ll get to know that there are LOTS of “howevers” in Cuba).  There is only one bus a day that goes from Varadero Airport to Varadero.

At the time of writing these buses leave Varadero Airport at 19:00.  There were big changes to the timetable from Viazul in February 2024 and you can check the latest schedules for the Viazul Bus here.

Viazul is the national bus service for tourists in Cuba.  You can read my entire guide to Viazul here., however, here are a few things to bear in mind if you’re planning on taking the Viazul bus from Varadero Airport to Varadero.

You MUST check in 1 hour in advance of your bus departure time to confirm your seat.  Tickets sell out so you need to buy your ticket in advance. You can buy Viazul tickets online here, at their website. 

The Viazul Bus Station in Varadero is located at Calle 36 y Autopista de Varadero < that is not particularly convenient for many people.

To make your life easier I’ve collated the entire Viazul Bus Timetable and prices – I update it and the prices every 6 months, or when it changes – and will send it to you in an easy-to-read format.  Click Here to get your copy.

It’s about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) by road from Varadero Airport to the Varadero bus terminal and the bus takes about 30 minutes to travel there.  There are no other stops en route.  The buses are generally older, but air-conditioned.  There’s no seat allocation, so you get what’s left.  Viazul Buses to Varadero from Varadero Airport cost 10 Euros.

Check availability, and prices, and book seats on buses from Varadero Airport to Varadero here.

4. Rent a Car and Drive from Varadero Airport to Varadero

You’ll find Cuban car rental companies at the airport in Varadero, but this isn’t the sort of country where you can just rock up and find a car.  You’ll need to book it in advance.  You’ll pay upwards of US$50 a day, demand is VERY limited and there’s also a daily insurance charge to pay.

Please read my guide to renting cars in Cuba first.

The quickest way to get from Varadero Airport to Varadero

It’s definitely quickest to get a private transfer from Varadero Airport to Varadero.  Your driver will be waiting for you at the airport and will take you right to your destination.  You can book a private transfer from Varadero Airport to Varadero here.

The easiest way to go to Varadero from Varadero Airport

The easiest way to get from Varadero Airport to Varadero is to get a door-to-door transfer, (you can check the rates here).

The cheapest way to go from Varadero Airport to Varadero

I’m recommending the shared shuttle as the cheapest way to go from Varadero Airport to Varadero – as the Viazul Bus option will only suit such a small number of people, based on the time that it’s available.  You can check the shared shuttle options to Varadero from the airport here.

The best way to go from Varadero Airport to Varadero

The best way, I think, to go to Varadero Airport from Varadero is to book a transfer.

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FAQs on travel from Varadero Airport to Varadero

Got questions about going from Varadero Airport to Varadero? Or want to know more about how to go to Varadero from Varadero Airport and if we haven’t answered your questions?  Check out our frequently asked questions about transport between Varadero Airport and Varadero below, or ask us yours in the comments.

How much does a taxi from Varadero Airport to Varadero cost?

You’ll pay from US$30-35 upwards for a taxi from Varadero Airport to Varadero.  You should check with the driver if you’re negotiating at the airport what currencies they will accept. And you will need to pay cash.

Where do I get a taxi from at Varadero Airport?

You’ll find taxis waiting outside the terminal at Varadero Airport.  You can’t miss them.

How much is the bus from Varadero Airport to Varadero?

The Viazul Bus to Varadero from Varadero Airport costs 10 euros            

Where does the Viazul Bus at Varadero Airport leave from?

You’ll find the Viazul bus right outside the terminal.  It arrives from Matanzas and before that Havana, just before it is due to depart, there is a 10 minute turn around time from arrival to departure.  The Viazul buses don’t stay at the airport longer than they have to, they arrive, pick up passengers, and leave.

Is there Uber at Varadero Airport?

No.  There’s no Uber in Varadero or in Cuba.

Is there a Train from Varadero Airport to Varadero

No.  There is no train station in Varadero or at Varadero airport.

These are the resources and booking sites that we use when traveling to Cuba.

Get a Cuba Travel and Medical Insurance Quote from Visitors Coverage here

Alternatively, Civitatis Insurance is a great option for the required insurance for Cuba.

You will need a Cuba Tourist Card to enter Cuba – some airlines include these, if yours doesn’t, buy one from EasyTouristCard – now valid for 90 days.

Book your Viazul Bus tickets here

Pre-book and prepay shared & private shuttles here

Book the best FREE Walking Tours in Cuba

Reserve attractions, day trips, and activities in Cuba here

Get online in Cuba EASILY with a Cuba eSIMread about Cuba ESIMS here, or buy a Cuba eSIM here.

Download and install a VPN BEFORE you travel to Cuba > discount coupon here

Book Accommodation in Cuba’s Casa Particular here

Final Words on Going from Varadero Airport to Varadero

This is a really easy trip.  There are buses that you can take, but only two of them.  There are always taxis waiting when a flight lands, and there are both private transfers and shared shuttles that you can take. You can alternatively arrange with your casa particular to send a car and pay them or the driver in cash to go from the airport to Varadero.

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