The lovely cobbled streets of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Trinidad are a popular draw to this gorgeous Cuban City. This was once one of Cuba’s richest cities, due, in part to the cattle industry and the sugar cane plantations around here. Trinidad is a must-visit location when you come to Cuba and has its own unique vibe. How to get here is part of the adventure of visiting Trinidad and this guide covers you whether you’re going from Varadero to Trinidad or Trinidad to Varadero as you’ll need to know the best way to travel between these two locations. There are several options for transport between Varadero and Trinidad, but what’s the best way to go from Varadero to Trinidad? And what are the options for traveling to Trinidad from Varadero? Here’s our guide on how to get to Trinidad from Varadero
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Where is Trinidad
The city of Trinidad, Cuba is located centrally on the island of Cuba. In Cuban terms (and you’ll soon learn that they’re very different from the rest of the world). Trinidad is located 315 km (195 miles) from Havana, which is 4 hours driving time and 7 hours bus travel time. From Varadero to Trinidad, it is 265 km (164 miles); and the Trinidad to Varadero travel time is 4 hours driving, or 7.5 hours bus travel.
How to Go from Varadero to Trinidad – Transport Options
In this guide on how to go from Varadero to Trinidad, we’ll cover the fastest way to travel go from Varadero to Trinidad, the easiest way to go to Trinidad from Varadero, and the cheapest way to get to Trinidad from Varadero, as well as day, trips from Varadero to Trinidad if you’re short of time. Our guide to Trinidad is here.
How to get to Trinidad from Varadero
For transport from Trinidad to Varadero, then you have several options. You can take a bus from Varadero to Trinidad, with Viazul. There are no trains in Varadero, so trains are not an option. You can take a taxi to Trinidad from Varadero, or you can take a shared Cuban taxi, a colectivo to Trinidad from Varadero. The final option on how to go to Trinidad from Varadero is to rent a car and drive yourself there.
- You can also take a trip to Trinidad from Varadero – and also visit Cienfuegos and Santa Clara – it’s a fabulous use of time and you can check details here.
- For multi-day trips that include visits to Trinidad, then read more here.
The quickest way to go to Trinidad from Varadero is to take a pre-arranged transfer. They’ll pick you (and your luggage) up from either your hotel or casa particular and drop you at your hotel or casa particular in Trinidad. You can book a private transfer to Trinidad from Varadero here.
Taxi from Varadero to Trinidad
Taking a private taxi to Trinidad from Varadero is one of the fastest ways to go to Trinidad. It is the most comfortable way to travel. It takes about 2 hours to drive to Trinidad from Varadero, depending on where you are leaving from in Varadero. You can check prices for Varadero to Trinidad taxis here.
There are three ways of organizing a taxi to Trinidad from Varadero
- You can pre-book one here and pay (safely) online ahead of time – with cancellation up to 24 hours before travel.
- 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.
- Find a taxi on the street near where you are staying and negotiate with them, this might be slightly cheaper than the other options. Or it might not. It depends on your negotiation skills.
Take a Day Trip from Varadero to Trinidad
If your time in Varadero is limited and you just want to visit Trinidad for the day, then you can take a day trip to Trinidad from Varadero. This also combines a visit to Cienfuegos AND Santa Clara and it’s a fabulous use of time. The easiest way to do this is to prebook – you’ll get an air-conditioned car that picks you up from your Varadero accommodation and takes you to the main tourist areas in Trinidad, as well as Cienfuegos AND Santa Clara too. There are more details about what you’ll see here. You can also book this trip and cancel up to 3 days before travel in case of issues.
Colectivos from Varadero to Trinidad
You can also find a share colectivo from Varadero to Trinidad. The best place to do this is near the Viazul Bus station in Varadero, or with your casa particular owner. (Read more about what casa particular owners can help with in our guide here).
Bus from Varadero to Trinidad
The Viazul Bus is one of the best ways to go from Varadero to Trinidad. However (and there are always “howevers” in Cuba), buses leave the bus station in Varadero, so you will have to consider getting there from your accommodation in Varadero. You must also check in 1 hour in advance of your bus departure time to confirm your seat.
There are only THREE buses a week from Varadero to Trinidad – they currently run on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays only. This bus journey takes 7.5 hours.
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And you must have also bought your ticket before this time. You can buy Viazul tickets online here, at their website. And I recommend that you read our guide to the Viazul bus service here.
The Viazul Bus Station in Trinidad is located at Calle 36 y Autopista de Trinidad
It’s about 332 kilometers (206 miles) by road from Varadero to Trinidad and the bus from Varadero to Trinidad is one of the easiest ways to go from Varadero to Trinidad. It takes about 7.5 hours to go from Varadero to Trinidad by bus. There are stops at Pio Cua, Santa Clara, and Cienfuegos. The buses from Varadero to Trinidad run at 16:00 and arrives in Trinidad at 23:30.
These buses to Trinidad from Varadero are air-conditioned and you can book online here. There is NO seat allocation, it is first come first served at the bus station when you board the bus. It doesn’t matter what it says on your ticket. Viazul Buses to Trinidad from Varadero cost US$17.
You don’t need to print a ticket for the bus from Varadero to Trinidad, you can use an electronic ticket from your online booking from Varadero to Trinidad.
Rent a Car and Drive from Varadero to Trinidad
You’re unlikely to be able to rent a car online for your visit to Cuba, but if you want the freedom of traveling when and where you want, then this is the most independent option. Note that you’ll be responsible for any damage to the car while you’re the renter and you always make sure it’s parked somewhere safe (and someone is looking after it). I recommend you read our guide to Cuban Car rental here.
The quickest way to get from Varadero to Trinidad
The time it will take you to get to Trinidad from Varadero depends on where you are staying in Varadero. The quickest way is to take a direct transfer or taxi, it takes about 4-5 hours to drive to Trinidad from Varadero, depending, of course, on where you are in Varadero and how long it takes you to escape the city traffic! Buses take around 7.5 hours. You can book a private transfer from Varadero to Trinidad here.
The easiest way to go to Trinidad from Varadero
The easiest way to get from Varadero to Trinidad again depends on where you are staying in Varadero. It is easiest to get a door-to-door transfer, (you can check the rates here), but it also depends on where you are going to Trinidad. Buses and colectivos are reasonably comfortable, but if you’re short on time, then a day trip to Trinidad is an easy way to travel.
The cheapest way to go from Varadero to Trinidad
The cheapest way to get to Trinidad from Varadero is to take the Viazul Bus – reserve your seats here.
The best way to go from Varadero to Trinidad
Well, now this depends. The bus is easy – but you do have to get to the bus station and then find onward transport in Trinidad. The best way, I think, to go to Varadero from Trinidad is to book a transfer.
Final Words on How to Go from Varadero to Trinidad
Visiting Trinidad from Varadero is an easy trip to take. If you’re planning on taking the bus, then you will need to make sure you can travel on the days that the bus is running. Perhaps the easiest way, especially if you want to maximize your time is to take a day trip and also get to see Santa Clara (our guide is here) and Cienfuegos too (our guide to Cienfuegos is here).
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