Hi, imhungrynow, and welcome to the forum
Of course going into Havana via Viazul would be your cheapest option compared to taking a taxi.
I came across this comment regarding taking Viazul to Havana:
[quote=@cubamiga]It is easy to take the Viazul bus from Varadero to Havana. $10 each way. If you leave at around 8 am you get to Havana around 11 or so. It is a safe trip on a reliable bus similar to a Greyhound. You can get off at the first stop after the tunnel and be right in the heart of things.
Varadero is about 2 hours from Havana. My suggestion, as you are a first timer in Cuba, is to speak with your tour operator rep, at the resort. The rep should be able to provide some guidance regarding using Viazul. If you decide to go with a taxi, as with most hotels, you should find them outside the entrance. Private taxis are now legal. Speak to the drivers and get a quote on price. You can, probably, arrange drop off and pick up, for the next day. Personally, if we had the option, we’d use the Viazul. Unfortunately, the resort we stay at is halfway to Havana and Viazul is not an option.
As for Havana there is just so much to see:
[li]Revolution Square and the Jose Marti Memorial-go to the top as the view is incredible & offers great photo ops
[/li][li]One of my favourite streets, in Old Havana, is Obispo (check out the small craft market on this street)
[/li][li]Walk down the Prado and cross the Malecon and turn left and walk along the Malecon - again, great photo ops
[/li][li]A tour of the Capitolio, if open
[/li][li]Take the elevator to the rooftop restaurant/bar at Parque Central Hotel - have a drink and take in the views and photo ops
[/li][li]Check out the gorgeous bar in the Saratoga Hotel (and have a drink)…humm, I see a trend developing ;D
In Old Havana, alone, there is so much to take in it can become overwhelming. Study a guidebook and zero in to specifics of interest to you then ask any questions you might have. We’ll be happy to help out.