Traveling From Managua, Nicaragua to Costa Rica

Traveling from Nicaragua to Costa Rica is pretty easy and hassle free.  There are numerous private bus lines that run between the Central American countries.  These bus lines use large greyhound style buses that are equipped with air conditioning, restrooms, and in-bus movies during the trip making the trip more enjoyable. 

Traveling from Mangua to Costa Rica

The seats are similar to what you would find on an airplane in coach class but with a little more leg room.  During the trip, a meal and refreshments will be provided but it may be a good idea to bring along some extra snacks- especially if you are traveling with children.  At the border you are free to get out of the bus for a few minutes where you can look to get a quick bite to eat/drink.

Another one of the advantages to using these bus lines is that they take care of the paperwork at the border.  You do not have to get out of the bus and get in line for immigration.  Border fees are usually priced in to your bus fare; bring some extra cash anyway just in case.  Here are some of the bus lines that offer transportation between Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

King Quality
Adult (one way):  $44 (First Class $79)
Child (2-9yrs, one way):  $23 (First Class $42)
Departure Times from Managua:  5:00 AM (Estimated Arrival 2:00 PM) & 1:30 PM (10:30 PM)

Adult (one way):  $28.75
Child: N/A
Departure Times from Managua:  5:00 AM, 7:00 AM, 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM* (9 Hour Trip Duration for all departures)
*Note:  The 1:00 PM departure is on an executive bus (First Class) and the fare price is $40.25

Adult (one way):  $29 ($38 for first class)
Child:  N/A
Departure Times from Managua:  6:00 AM, 7:00 AM and 12:00 PM (9 Hour Trip Duration)

Based on reviews and feedback we have received we would rate the three bus lines in that order.  Even though King Quality is more expensive, they do have the nicest buses, including many double-decker buses.  But if you want to go with a slightly more affordable option, I would definitely go with TransNica, they have better reviews from those who have used them for their trips.  However, keep in mind that each trip is different so it is possible for someone to have a completely different experience on the bus lines.

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