Getting there & around
Colectivo taxis run regularly to San Jorge (US$1.50) and San Juan del Sur (US$4), but you'll have to charter your own for the Costa Rican border (US$10), Granada (US$35) or the Tola Beaches. Pedicabs and horse-drawn carriages are usually less expensive (and more fun) for shorter trips; the usual cost is US$1 per kilometer per person.
Rivas is the regional transport hub. Both Transnica (453 6619) and Tica Bus (453 4301) have offices in town and daily buses to San José, Costa Rica (US$10); Tegucigalpa, Honduras (US$20); San Salvador (US$20); and Managua (US$10). Both stop at the Texaco station.
The bus terminal (453 4333) is adjacent to the market, about 10 blocks west of the Interamericana. You can catch more luxurious long-distance buses (most headed to Managua, not Granada) at the bus stop just north of the exit to San Jorge.
GranadaUS$1.50, 1½ hours, 6:30am, 7:25am, 11:20am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 3:20pm and 4:25pm; or take any Managua-bound bus and change at Nandaime
ManaguaUS$1.50, 2½ hours, 4:30am to 6pm, every 25 minutes
Refugio de Vida Silvestre La Flor & El OstionalUS$2.50, two to three hours, 5am, 7:30am and noon
Salinas & Tola Beaches US$1.70, two hours, 9:10am, 11am, 12:50pm, 2:30pm, 4pm and 4:30pm; returns at 5am, 6am, noon, 7pm and 7:30pm
San Jorge US$0.30, 20 minutes, every 30 minutes
San Juan del SurUS$0.75, 45 minutes, 6am to 6pm, every 30 minutes; with continuing service to La Flor and El Ostional at 11:30am, 3pm and possibly 4pm
Sapoá/Peñas Blancas, Costa RicaUS$0.50, 45 minutes, 5am to 6pm, every 30 minutes
Southern beachesUS$2.50, two to three hours, 11am, 3pm and 4:30pm; service to San Juan del Sur, Playa el Coco, La Flor and El Ostional