Transnica from Costa Rica to Nicaragua
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Nov 28, 2012 3:50 PM Last Post By: cnauricej
Nov 25, 2012 1:01 PM
At the Costa Rica border I had some trouble in that I didn't have anything to show/prove when I was leaving the country (i.e., no onward airline or bus ticket). So, I bought a Transnica bus ticket from San Jose to Managua on the fly. Well, now I want to use that ticket to get to San Juan del Sur. But I'm unclear on what to do. I've been trying to call the phone numbers that were listed on the ticket, but I cannot get through. What's more, I don't speak Spanish so I'm a little worried that no one there will speak English.
My understanding is I need to confirm this ticket 3 days before I want to use it. But how can I do this if I can't get through??
Here are my questions:
1) Has anyone else experienced this with TransNica? What can I do to make sure I can use this ticket on the date I wish?
2) If I don't get the ticket confirmed, is it likely I can just show up on the day of travel and use the ticket?
I've been traveling thru Central America for almost a month and it's been one issue after another. I'm getting a lot more than I bargained for.
Any advice you experts can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Nov 25, 2012 1:10 PM
1You do not state where you are at this moment but it sounds like you need to go talk to them in person the best you can or take someone fluent with you. Where to do that? http://revista.transnica.com/agencias/ Go to one of the agencies listed that is nearest to you. Do not take a chance on just showing up as the bus may be full this time of year. Be sure to bring your original passport with you.
Nov 25, 2012 1:19 PM
2That's the thing, I'm currently in Panama City and their are no agencies here. :( But I'm thinking I'll go to a travel agency here just to see if they can assist.
Anyway, thanks for the reply.
Nov 25, 2012 3:01 PM
Nov 26, 2012 5:19 AM
4i have actually taken transnica, the one i took left very early morning as i was going to northern nicaragua, and the bus did let people off at rivas.
Nov 26, 2012 2:54 PM
5@SoloHobo, what do you mean the post makes no sense. If YOU are confused then you should say it makes no sense to YOU!
To answer your questions (and hopefully make things more clear for you), I was stopped at the Nica/CR border, which is why I didn't mention Panama in my first post. However, I did say I was traveling which is why I'm now in Panama.
Why did I buy a ticket to Managua at the CR border? Because that's all the lady selling tickets would sell me! I asked for a ticket to Panama City and she said something in Spanish. The person assisting me who did speak Spanish told me to just get a ticket to Managua, so I did seeing as how I had planned to go back north anyway.
None of that has ANYTHING to do with my issue, though, which is I would like to USE my ticket but can't get anyone on the phone, THAT'S what I was asking about. Not my itinerary. I would like to know if anyone has had experience confirming an open-ended ticket.
Is that clearer now???
Geez, I came on this forum to ask for assistance because there is a lot of useful information here. But like I said, my traveling has been rough so I don't need anyone else's annoyance with the details of my post to add on to my drama. If you have no useful information to add, then please just be silent!! For my sake! PLEASE!
Nov 26, 2012 2:59 PM
6As for this statement:
"It is common knowledge you need proof of onward travel at the Panama border..."
I ask, common knowledge to whom??? I was on a bus with 4 others (3 costa ricans and 1 american) and NONE of them had proof of onward travel and had to buy a bus ticket at the Panama border (Carribean side). The only reason I avoided having to do so was because I had already been through it at the Nica/CR border.
I can see from your thousands of posts that you are probably very knowledgeable and very well traveled. But maybe you'll forgive the ignorance some of us who are new to this!!!
Nov 26, 2012 3:33 PM
7I've decided that since Tica Bus has agencies in Panama City, I'll just buy another ticket that fits my needs. Problem solved. Thanks everybody.
Nov 26, 2012 4:11 PM
8Clearly Mr. Hobo pushed a button. This very uncharacteristic of him. Take the Ticabus to San Jose. You are going to have to stay overnight there anyway. When you arrive in San Jose walk over to Transnica They are around three blocks away from Ticabus terminal and set up your next move with your existing ticket. They will fit you in. Get a room at Hostel Elvis that is right across the street, You can't miss it. The king is on the marque.
Set your alarm.
Nov 26, 2012 5:18 PM
Nov 28, 2012 3:50 PM
10How much should I expect to pay for a taxi from Rivas to San Juan del Sur? Or from the CR border? Thanks.
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