Varadero is a very popular resort town in Cuba and has its own airport. If you’re traveling to a resort in Varadero, you’ll have no issues finding transportation.
Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport
Even though Varadero is only a small town, its airport is the second busiest in the country thanks to the constant flow of tourists traveling to Varadero, mostly from Canada and Europe. The airport is not very big, but it’s filled with small souvenir and duty-free shops. Cuban currency cannot be exchanged outside of Cuba unless you plan on going back. You will need to pay a 25 CUC departure tax when you leave (to be paid in cash). Security isn’t very tight when you leave because several people have reported leaving with bottles of liquid.
Getting to your resort from the airport
If you have booked an all-inclusive resort, your resort will have a bus waiting outside of the airport – someone will let you know which bus you should get on as they have a list of the names of all travelers expected that. Otherwise, you will also see plenty of taxis waiting next to the free shuttles – just make sure you agree on the price before you get in. The ride to Varadero takes about 30-45 minutes, depending on how far from town your hotel is located.
A fun way to get from your Varadero Hotel to downtown Varadero is by a Coco Taxi. They are yellow, egg-shaped, 3-wheeled vehicles and zip around all over the place in Varadero and in Havana. They look slow, but actually, they go very fast. Always negotiate a price before you get in. It averages about 8 pesos about 10 km, which is the distance between the area with the resorts and downtown Varadero.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about transportation in Varadero.