Generally not required for stays up to three months.
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Nicaragua is accessible by air via the international airport in Managua, by road using four major border crossings with Honduras and Costa Rica (plus another crossing to Costa Rica at San Pancho – Las Tabillas, which sees few visitors), and by boat between El Salvador and Potosí, and Costa Rica and San Carlos.
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Transport in Nicaragua is functional rather than comfortable.
Flights Moderately priced and the fastest way to travel; however, they only serve more remote destinations. Often slightly delayed, but rarely canceled.
Car Renting a car enables travel at your own pace and access to off-the-beaten-track destinations. There is not much traffic on the roads outside Managua and driving in Nicaragua is fairly stress-free (aside from traffic cop encounters).
Buses Nicaragua's old-school buses are slow and uncomfortable but will get you anywhere you want to go for next to nothing. There are more comfortable, but far from luxurious, coach services to some long-distance destinations.
Shuttles Tourist-oriented and air-conditioned, these minivans are the fastest and most comfortable way of traveling between popular destinations.