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Bus Departures from Managua

There are three main bus terminals in Managua, each serving routes to different parts of the country. On the most-traveled routes, the first departures are usually before dawn and the last buses pull out of the station around dusk. One notable exception is transportation to San Juan del Sur, which does not get going until mid-morning. Minibuses also leave from the bus terminals, as well as from the Universidad Centroamericana.

North and East

The bus terminal at Mercado El Mayoreo, on the southeast side of the city, provides service on routes to the north and east, including hourly express buses to the northern cities of Estelí, Matagalpa, Jinotega and Ocotal. There are also departures every half hour to Boaco. There are less-frequent departures to Somoto (six daily) and Río Blanco (five daily) in the north, and San Carlos (seven daily), Siuna (five daily), Esquipulas (six daily), Nueva Guinea (five daily) and El Rama (three daily) in the east.There are two departures each day to San Jose de los Remantes (6:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.), Santa Lucia (10:45 a.m. and 1:10 p.m.) and Valle San Juan (2:05 p.m. and 3:05 p.m.). There is one bus every day to each of the following: Comalapa (2:45 p.m.), San Miguelito (6:30 a.m.), El Cacao (11:40 a.m.) and Puerto Cabezas (9:15 a.m.).


The bus terminal at Mercado Israel Lewites is the hub for transport in the Pacific region west and north of Managua. There are departures every half hour to León, La Paz Centro, Nagarote, Chinandega and Diriomo, with more frequent departures to Monte Tabor, Pochomil, Villa El Carmen, Carazo and Mateare. There are hourly express buses to León, as well. Less frequent services include two departures to El Sauce (7:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.) and three to Cuajachillo (7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.). Minibuses also leave frequently from Israel Lewites for Masatepe, Chinandega and Chichigalpa. Minibuses bound for León leave from a spot one block south of the bus terminal. South

The bus terminal at Managua’s main market, Mercado Roberto Huembes, is the departure point for most buses headed to the south of the country. Buses for Nandaime, San Juan del Sur and the Costa Rican border leave every half-hour, while there are departures every 20 minutes for Masaya, Granada and Rivas. More frequent buses run to Masatepe, Ticuantepe, Veracruz, Santo Domingo and Tipitapa. Frequent minibuses also run to Granada, Rivas, Masatepe, Nandaime and San Marcos. Minibuses

The terminal at the Universidad Centroamericana has frequent minibus service to Masaya, Granada, Jinotepe and León.

By Nick Rosen
A staff-writer here at V!VA's offices in Ecuador, I came to Quito after having worked on public health and development projects in Africa. Naturally,...
04 May 2009

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