If you take the Varadero to Havana bus, you get to experience Havana and Parque Central which is this magnificent park, here right after sunset!

Even if you are enjoying a pampering holiday in the Cuban resort heaven Varadero, you can easily visit the infamous capital Havana for a day or two with the convenient Varadero to Havana bus service!

It can be hard to leave the beaches and pools for a long sweaty journey on the highway, but that is what you need to do to experience Havana!

After spending more than two years in Cuba I feel I can tell you that you really should not miss seeing this weird and extraordinary city!

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8 Reasons To Spend At Least One Day In Havana!

Here are the top eight things to do (and see) in Havana (or read about all 42 of them), which all are great reasons to go here for at least one day!

Make sure to visit Havana from your resort in Varadero one way or another, I’ll give you the transport tips in the next paragraph!

  1. Stroll the historic colonial UNESCO-protected Old City either by yourself or with a guide
  2. Take a guided tour of the Capitolio (which looks exactly like The White House)
  3. Do a Classic Car tour in Havana which is an iconic bucket list thing
  4. Eat at the amazing San Cristobal restaurant in Central Havana with excellent food, service, and ambiance (Obama was here)
  5. Walk the Malecon at sunset for an amazing spectacle
  6. Go to the Havana fortress at 8 pm and watch the 1-hour guard ceremony
  7. Dance salsa at Casa de la Musica
  8. Have a nightcap at La Guarida rooftop bar for stunning views

Varadero To Havana Bus Service

The Varadero to Havana bus service with Viazul is a very comfortable and convetient way to travel in my experience, and very cheap!
Viazul bus is a cheap and comfortable choice in Cuba

The easiest and cheapest option to travel from Varadero to Havana is the Viazul bus company.

In 2023 you are able to book a Viazul ticket securely online, and have it sent to your email which is super convenient and requires no lines in Cuban bus stations!

Varadero To Havana Bus Schedule

Daily departures Varadero Havana bus service 2023:

From VaraderoFrom Havana
12:5508:30
16:0016:40

The one-way ticket from Varadero to Havana bus fare is $9, which means $18 per person for a round trip!

And the bus takes around 3 hours or a little less on the distance. The bus also stops at Varadero International Airport in both directions.

Viazul Bus Station Varadero

The bus station in Varadero is in Varadero Town, so unless you are staying in a casa particular in Varadero Town you probably need a taxi from your resort.

You need to be at the bus station to check in one hour prior to departure, for some reason.

The Viazul also has routes to most destinations in Cuba that you might want to visit, like Vinales, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, and Santiago de Cuba!

Top Tours In Havana Cuba: 
Classic Car Tour Of Havana
Day Trip To Vinales Valley 
Classic Car Beach Day Trip

Can Americans Use Viazul Bus Service?

The Cuban Viazul bus company is owned by the Cuban state.

In compliance with the US Cuba restricted list, Americans traveling in Cuba can not use services that are owned by the Cuban state.

Consequently, American travelers visiting Cuba can not legally use the Viazul bus service.

How To Get From Havana To Varadero By Other Means!

A classic car taxi in Varadero Cuba.

If you don’t want to take the bus because departure times don’t fit your plans, or for whatever reason, there are other options for the trip from Varadero to Havana!

If you are in a group, you can book a private taxi (taxi privado) for 4 people (sometimes even more than 4 fit in a taxi) and split the cost. This is still a bit more expensive than the bus, but it is not expensive!

A taxi privado one way from Varadero to Havana will cost around $130 in 2023 if you book online. If you are really good at negotiating (in Spanish) you might be able to get a better price while on the ground, but I doubt it.

A seat in a taxi collectivo (a taxi you share with other travelers, you just buy a seat) will be around $35 one way in 2023, and the trip will be a little faster (just over 2 hours).

The taxi collectivo will also take you from your hotel and drop you wherever you want in Old Havana.

If you want to experience a casa particular in any of the Cuban destinations you will find top-rated ones here!

Wrap-Up Havana To Varadero Bus Service

Super easy, cheap, and convenient to take the bus from Varadero to Havana, if the schedule fits your plans!

The current schedule is unfortunately not great for one-day trips, but you could always combine a taxi one way, and a bus the other. Or, just stay in Havana for a night or two, in a casa particular?

Either way, I hope you find a way to visit Havana during your amazing resort holiday!

Here is also the easy tutorial on how to travel from Havana to Vinales Valley in 2023.

xoxo/Hege

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