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Getting Around in Nicaragua

By Air

Given the relative size of the country and the difficulty of some ground travel routes, internal flights are worth considering. Nicaragua’s international airport, Sandino International Airport, is situated in Managua about 8 miles from the city and has very good bus and taxi services. Latin American, European and North American Airlines offer daily flights to and from Managua. TACA has daily flights to and from Miami International Airport. La Costena is Nicaragua’s major domestic airline and has many flights to isolated regions such as the Corn Islands and Bluefields on the Caribbean Coast. Atlantic Airlines is the second biggest domestic carrier with less flights but more comfortable planes and a little more expensive fares.

By Sea/ Lake

Travelling by boat is the only way to get to some places in Nicaragua, particularly on the Caribbean coast and in Lago de Nicaragua. Ferry service on Lake Nicaragua runs from Granada to San Carlos, with stops at San Jorge and the island of Ometepe. This service generally runs twice a week in each direction, but check the schedule after arriving in the country because the times can change. There is also boat service between San Jorge and Ometepe (several sailings daily) and between San Carlos and the islands of the Solentiname Archipelago.

By Road

Lack of road safety is probably the biggest single hazard to travellers in Nicaragua. There is a network of Traffic drives on the right.


Nicaragua’s local bus services are regular and very frequent. But the buses tend to be crowded, slow and in poor condition. A deluxe bus service is also available from San Jose, Costa Rica and other Central American capitals, they tend to be faster, more comfortable and less crowded as a seat booking is required.

Another method of travelling cross country are minibuses, though these are not always available. These are essentially small Japanese minivans, some hold up to 15 people. Minibuses have regular routes between Managua and Granada, Leon and Masaya. These cost a little more than the local buses, but are much faster, making fewer stops.

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