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How to Go from Varadero to Trinidad

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 unique vibe.  How to get here is part of the adventure of visiting Trinidad and this guide covers 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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Nicest Way from Varadero to Trinidad

Take a day trip to Trinidad from Varadero.  This also combines a visit to Cienfuegos AND Santa Clara in an air-conditioned car that collects you from your hotel!

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.  From Varadero to Trinidad, it is 265 km (164 miles); and the Trinidad to Varadero travel time is 4 hours driving.

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.

4 Ways to Go Trinidad from Varadero

For transport from Trinidad to Varadero, then you have several options.  You can no longer take a bus from Varadero to Trinidad, with Viazul from March of 2024.  There are no trains in Varadero, so trains are not an option.  You can take a taxi to Trinidad from Varadero or 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.

Coco taxis in Trinidad

1. 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.

2. 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).

3. Bus from Varadero to Trinidad

There is one Viazul Bus from Varadero to Trinidad.  It leave Varadero at 14:00 and arrives into Trinidad at 20:05. You can book the Viazul bus directly with them here.

If you’re using the Viazul Bus to get around Cuba, then you should read my guide here.

4. 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.

5. 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. 

There are two ways of organizing a taxi to Trinidad from Varadero

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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! 

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, but it also depends on where you are going to Trinidad.  Colectivos are reasonably comfortable, but if you’re short on time, then a day trip to Trinidad is an easy way to travel.

The best way to go from Varadero to Trinidad

The best way, I think, to go to Varadero from Trinidad is at the current time is on a day trip

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Final Words on How to Go from Varadero to Trinidad

Visiting Trinidad from Varadero is an easy trip to take.  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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