Transport in Varadero
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Transport in Varadero
There are different options to move around the peninsula: You can take one of the many cabs that operate in Varadero. Depending on the distance, one should calculate with a fare of 5 to 15 USD. A one-hour tour of the peninsula in one of the vintage cars usually costs about 30 USD.
- Taxis in Varadero
There are different options to move around the peninsula: You can take one of the many cabs that operate in Varadero. Depending on the distance, one should calculate with a fare of 5 to 15 USD. A one-hour tour of the peninsula in one of the vintage cars usually costs about 30 USD. Modern state-owned taxis operate with taximeters and on longer distances - like airport transfers - on fixed rates.
- Sightseeing Bus
During the day, you can also get around more economically with one of the sightseeing buses. Rides on the double-decker are an excellent way to get an overview of the peninsula. The buses run along the entire peninsula, from the marina in the far east to the far west of the headland. Most of the hotels are included in the route, so it is easy to get from the hotel zone to the local area by bus. On the route from the far east to the far west there are 46 stops where you can get on and off at will. If you ride on top, you should not forget sufficient sun protection and watch out for palm fronds. In bad weather it often gets quite crowded. Buses leave about every half hour, and a round trip takes about two hours. A day ticket costs 5 USD.
- Coco Taxi
Besides cabs, you can also get from A to B quickly with one of the quirky coco cabs. Short distances should not cost more than 5 USD. It is always advisable to agree on a price before taking a ride.
- Viazul buses
For longer distances, the central bus station at 36th Street is primarily of relevance because the Viazul buses run there. There are connections to Viñales, Santa Clara, Playa Giron, Trinidad, Cienfuegos and also up to five times a day to Havana. Every evening there is one connection to the east of the island, which goes all the way to Santiago de Cuba. Private and shared Cabs - mainly heading to Havana - can be often arranged as well at the station.
- Public bus
In addition to cabs, short rides can be accomplished by using two public bus lines. One line goes south via Santa Marta until Cardenas. The other goes west to Boca de Camarioca. All towns are worth a visit. The buses run every few hours and become quite crowded frequently. There are schedules that experience has shown to be quite reliable (notices on the bus!). The fare is one Cuban peso (0,05 USD).
- Shared cabs
Backpackers looking to travel economically by shared cabs have two options: Most shared cabs leave from a parking lot located behind the bridge that connects Varadero to the main island. From the parking lot at the old airport, shared cabs depart for Matanzas (2 USD) and Cardenas (1 USD). Some shared cabs also leave directly from Varadero. These leave from the parking lot on 54th Street, opposite the gas station. However, some drivers refuse to carry foreigners because they fear controls when leaving Varadero.