Traveling from Havana to Varadero does require some advance planning, however. So in this post I’ll walk through the five options that exist for getting there, calling out timing and cost considerations for each one.
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A trip to Cuba is not complete with a stop at one of the beautiful beaches located throughout the island. Since you’re reading this post, I’m betting that you are at least considering Varadero as one of your beach options. And I recommend this beach without hesitation. Varadero has THE best water that I have ever experience at a beach and I just loved my time there.
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The Distance from Havana to Varadero
To get from Havana to Varadero traveling the most direct route, it is 149.9 kilometers or 92.8 miles. Keep in mind that this is traveling via road and not the train option listed below. When visiting Havana there are beaches close to the city such as Santa María del Mar and Playa Guanabo, but Varadero offers better waters as well as less crowds.
If you are in the early stages of planning your trip, check out my guide to planning a trip to Cuba!
The Five Ways to Travel from Havana to Varadero
As mentioned in the intro, there are five ways that you can get to Varadero from Havana. The method that you choose will definitely depend on your travel budget and how much free time you have. I’ll provide these details for each of the methods listed below.
Traveling via taxi is one of the quickest ways to get to Varadero, and in my opinion, the most fun! To book a taxi, the easiest way is to schedule transportation through your Casa Particular or hotel in Havana. On my visit to Havana, we used the amazing hostesses at our Casa Particular to coordinate our trip. You’ll find that the travel industry in Cuba is often run by word of mouth, but still very efficient :).
It is probable that you’ll travel via Classic Car, which is always fun! We traveled in style in a pink Cadillac ;).
Time: It will take you about 2 hours to travel by taxi to Varadero from Havana.
Cost: The cost will vary a bit based on your negotiation skills, but will run around $90 – $115 each way. This method of travel is most economical if you are traveling in a group.
Enjoying the water at Varadero
And a few more ideas on excursions you can take from Varadero:
Varadero | How Will YOU Go There?
I hope this post gave you all the information you need to make an informed decision on getting to Varadero. So now it’s up to you – How will you be traveling there? If you have any questions, feel free to drop it in the comments below!