Varadero Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport Guide (VRA)

Airport info
Code: VRA
Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport, Matanzas, Varadero, Cuba

Varadero Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport is located 35km (21 miles) southwest of Varadero and around 40km (24 miles) east of Matanzas in northern Cuba.

No. of terminals: 1 Dialling code: +53
+53 553 612

Also known as Varadero Airport, due to its proximity to Varadero in northern Cuba, Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport is the country’s second largest airport and is a gateway to the popular beach resorts of Cuba. Our Varadero Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport guide includes details on terminal facilities, local transportation, nearby hotels and airport contact details.


Varadero Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport is a relatively small airport with limited information services. However, its staff – many of whom speak at least some English – can provide assistance if required.

Driving directions

From Varadero, take Autopista Sur westwards and merge onto Puente Bascular, which runs along the coast. At Carbonera, turn left along the airport access road: Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport is about 5km (3 miles) south of the motorway. The total drive time from Varadero is approximately 40 minutes.

From Matanzas, take the Puente Bascular eastwards to Carbonera then turn right onto the southbound airport access road. The drive time from Matanzas is approximately 20 minutes.

Public Transport

Public transport road

Bus: A regular bus service operates between Varadero Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport and Varadero town. The journey time is around 40 minutes and a one-day fare costs CUC$5. Most resorts and larger hotels provide shuttle services.

Taxi: Taxis operate from outside the terminal. The journey time to Varadero is around 25 minutes, and fares range from CUC$20 to CUC$30.

Terminal facilities


Bureau de change counters are available in the terminal building.


Payphones are available at various points within the terminal.


There are snack bars open during the daytime within the airport, but these close in the evening.


There is a small duty-free shop selling Cuban cigars and a limited range of gifts and souvenirs.


A left-luggage service is not available. For lost property enquiries, ask staff positioned in the baggage reclaim area.


There is a first aid service at the airport, which can deal with minor medical issues.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

There are no conference facilities at Varadero Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport. However such facilities are available at several nearby hotels including the luxurious Blau Marina Varadero Resort (tel: +53 4566 9966; in Varadero.

Disabled facilities

Some assistance to disabled passengers is available (such as wheelchair provision) but due to the small size of Varadero Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport, facilities are limited.

Car parking

There is limited parking close to the terminal building.

Car rental

Car hire operators CubaCar and Rex are represented at the airport. The car hire desks are located in Arrivals.


There are no on-site hotels at Varadero Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport or within its immediate vicinity. Accommodation options can be found on Varadero's peninsula and in Matanzas.

Iberostar Varadero

+53 4566 9999

The 5-star Iberostar Varadero is located alongside Varadero’s beach and offers a range of activities and facilities for all ages. A children’s club is available for eight to 12-year-olds, while there are also water sports and swimming pools to enjoy. The hotel is 15km (9 miles) from the town and 50km (31 miles) from the airport.

Carretera de Las Morlas, Km 17, Punta Francés, Varadero, Cuba

Blau Varadero Hotel

+53 4566 7545

Surrounded by lush gardens and boasting sea views, Blau Varadero Hotel is located along the Hicacos Peninsula in Varadero, 40km (25 miles) from the airport. Among the hotel’s numerous facilities is a diving school, massage service and a gift shop. On-site dining is available from the hotel’s two restaurants, with both buffet and à la carte options available.

Carretera de Las Morlas, Km 15, Varadero, Cuba

Hotel Oasis

+53 4566 7380

One of the closest hotels to the airport, being just 20km (12 miles) away, the 3-star Hotel Oasis boasts a beachfront location and numerous facilities, including a large swimming pool, a games room and on-site restaurant. Private car rental is also available through the hotel.

Via Blanca, Varadero, Cuba
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