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Bus

Most travelers make their connections through Mercado Bisne, on the south side of the city (it's best to take a cab to and from here, as it's not within easy walking distance of downtown), though some buses leave from the smaller station known as Mercadito. To take a comfortable Tica Bus to Honduras or El Salvador, you have to double back to Managua, since Tica Bus services don't stop in Chinandega.

Bus Services from Mercado Bisne

Chichigalpa (microbus)

Cost (US$)

0.30

Duration (hr)

15min

Frequency

departs when full, 5am-6pm

Corinto (bus)

Cost (US$)

0.50-0.60

Duration (hr)

40min

Frequency

every 15min, 4:30am-6pm

Corinto (microbus)

Cost (US$)

0.75

Duration (hr)

25min

Frequency

4:30am-7pm, departs when full

El Guasaule (Honduran border; bus)

Cost (US$)

1.70

Duration (hr)

Frequency

every 25min, 4am-5pm

El Guasaule (Honduran border; microbus)

Cost (US$)

2

Duration (hr)

1

Frequency

departs when full, 4:30am-7pm

León (bus)

Cost (US$)

0.80

Duration (hr)

Frequency

every 15 min, 4am-7pm

León (microbus)

Cost (US$)

1.20

Duration (hr)

1

Frequency

departs when full, 4:30am-7pm

Managua (bus)

Cost (US$)

2.70

Duration (hr)

3

Frequency

hourly, 4am-5:20pm

Managua (microbus)

Cost (US$)

3

Duration (hr)

2

Frequency

departs when full, 4:30am-7pm

Bus Services from Mercadito

El Viejo (bus US$0.80, 20 minutes, every 15 minutes, 5am to 6pm; microbus US$0.60, 10 minutes, departs when full, 5am to 6pm)

Playa Aserradores (US$1, 1½ hours, daily at 12:30pm)

Playa Jiquilillo and Reserva Natural Estero Padre Ramos (US$1 to $1.20, 1½ to two hours, at 6:45am, 9:45am, 11:15am, 2:45pm and 4:15pm)

Potosí (Reserva Natural Volcán Cosigüina) (US$1.50 to $1.75, 3½ hours, three daily)

Taxi

Taxis also make the runs to El Viejo (US$3 to US$5) and Corinto (US$6 to US$8).