There are many modes of transportation to get around the country. Depending on your travel schedule and your whereabouts we have your best options for getting around Nicaragua in the safest, easiest most efficient ways.
1) Public Transportation
3) Car Rental
On a low budget one can take public transportation around town which is affordable. You can also take public transportation to other towns around the country. These buses usually leave from the main bus station. The bus station is located near Huembes, the artisan market and usually has a few buses every day leaving to all the towns around the country. Some of the cities closer to Managua may have buses that go every hour.
If the majority of your trip will be spent in Managua, then taking taxis around town is an option to consider. You do not have to be sitting in a hot bus and you do not have to worry about knowing your way around town if you were to rent a car. Before getting in the taxi ask them what they will charge to take you to your destination. If it seems like they are overcharging you, ask another one and see what they their price is. Expect to pay between $5 to $7 or more if you are going from one end of town to another.
For some travelers renting a car is the best option. You can rent one at the airport or around town. This makes it easier for you to move around town and outside of town. However, if it is your first time to Nicaragua and you don’t know your way around then it might not be the best option. But if you do know your way around Managua then it is definitely an option you should consider. You do not have to worry about theft on the bus or being subject to the bus schedules and routes.
To get to the Caribbean side of the country the best option is to take an hour flight on a small flight. There are flights to Bluefields, Puerto Cabezas and Corn Island. Flights usually cost about $100. If you are feeling more adventurous you can take a bus from Managua to the town of Rama. From Rama you will take a 2 hour boat ride to Bluefields. It is more affordable and gives you the opportunity to see the Nicaraguan countryside. Corn Island can only be reached by plane ride or take a boat from Bluefields.
If you are looking to travel to a neighboring country there are large greyhound style buses that travel within Central America. The bus companies will help take care of the paperwork at the border so you do not have to get out of the bus and stand in line. They also offer movies to watch during the ride. It usually takes all day to travel by land from Nicaragua to Costa Rica, Honduras or El Salvador but it is a lot more affordable. Click here for bus schedules and fares from Managua to Costa Rica.
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