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Getting there & around

Local transport


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.

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Bus & tram


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

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