Granada

 

 

Granada doesn’t have a central terminal and things are a bit scattered about. There are a lot of markers on the map but each are labeled.

 

Granada to Managua

Microbuses to Managua leave when full, cost 29C$ and take 1hr and 20min. Hours of operation are 5am to 9pm Monday to Friday, Saturday 5:30am to 8pm and Sunday 6am to 7pm. They depart from a small station on a street at the south west corner of the Parque Central called Calle Vega (stop indicated on map).  The microbus will arrive at the UCA.

 

There is also an ordinary bus to Managua which arrives at the Mercado Roberto Huembes we are told it departs from north of the old hospital on Calle Elena Arellano, but we haven’t taken it so you’ll have to ask your hotel to confirm. The leave every 30 min from 5:25am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and from 6:10am to 8pm on Sundays.  The microbus is definitely a much nicer option, but if you have a connecting bus in Managua from the Huembes station, then taking the regular chicken bus could save you the taxi fare (70 Córdobas). Otherwise, I personally would take the microbus.

 

Granada to Jinotepe

There is a microbus station for buses to Jinotepe and it is located just a few blocks from the Terminal for Rivas. Buses run from 6am until 4:30pm. The cost is 27C$ and they leave when full which is usually between 30mins – 1hr. The trip takes about 35-40 minutes. This bus shares a station with chicken buses to Masaya.

 

Granada to Masaya

You have the option to take the microbus to Managua and ask to get off on the highway as it passes Masaya. From here it is a bit of a walk or you can get a taxi to the center. This trip takes about 45min. Or there is a chicken bus that leaves from Mercado Municipal which is located around the corner from the Pali (see map). The chicken bus will take you right to the terminal in Masaya.  It costs 24C$ and takes about 1 hr

 

Granada to Rivas

Busses (regular chicken bus) heading south to Rivas leave from a dusty open yard just down the street from the gas station near (see photos and map). Though we just got a report that the station may have moved to this location https://goo.gl/maps/WFraQueH5o82. The bus goes 7 times per day at: 5:50am, 6:30am, 8:05am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 12:40pm, 1:10pm and 3:10pm (no 3:10 on Thursdays and Sundays). The bus takes about 2.5hrs and costs 34C$. I would arrive at least 20 mins (maybe more!) early just to be sure you get the bus, I have asked the bus drivers at this station on two different days for the schedule and a couple of the times are different by about 20 mins. They are also known to leave early sometimes.

 

Granada to Ometepe

Take the bus to Rivas (see times listed above). Once you get to Rivas you have two options. You can grab the bus on the street heading to san Jorge. This bus will pass pretty close to where you are dropped. Just ask a local “donde esta parada por el bus a San Jorge“. Or you can get a taxi to San Jorge and have them drop you at the ferry to Ometepe. This will cost about 90C$. *make sure you check the Ometepe Ferry Schedule to be sure you don’t miss the last one.

 

Ferry from Granada to Ometepe?

This service has been suspended due to low water levels. Have a look at the notice here on this page: Ometepe Boat and Ferry Schedules

 

Granada to León

Grab the microbus to Managua UCA and switch to the microbus to León –  easy!

 

Grandada to Matagalpa

There are two options. You can grab an UCA microbus back to Managua and then take a taxi to the Terminal Mercado Mayorero. Or you can head to Masaya and take a bus from Masaya to Matagalpa. You can take the UCA microbus and get off on the highway near Masaya or go to the terminal in Granada where the chicken buses go directly to Masaya and you arrive at the same terminal you leave from to go to Matagalpa.

 

Granada to Jinotepe

Microbuses to Jinotepe leave from the same place that chicken buses to Masaya leave from – theMercado Municipal (see map).

 

Granada to Nandaime

Regular chicken buses leave for Nandaime from the same lot as buses to Rivas. Several per day.

 

International buses – Tica Bus, Central Line, TransNica & Nicabus

Important to know – Only international buses heading South to Costa Rica or Panama pass through Granada. If you are heading North to Northern Nicaragua, El Salvador or Guatemala you will need to leave from Managua.

 

If you are meeting a Tica BusTransNica or Nicabus you can head to their respective pick up points along Calle Elena Arellano. There is an office at each pick up spot. Tica Bus and new Nicabus office are almost side by side and there is a pretty nice hostel right across the street. The TransNica office is a little further north. *Remember you will need a pre-purchased ticket to get a bus with these companies so head to the office at least one day before you are leaving to get a ticket. One traveller has told us if the Tica Bus office is closed you can buy your ticket from Hostal Mochilas on Avenida Guzman.

 

You can now book your ticket with Central Line in advance with a great new service from La Terminal, a ticket booking service in Costa Rica! Service here from Central Line between Managua and San Jose is new information for us and we will add more details soon.

 

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The park just down the street from the Managua microbus station.

In front of the station for microbuses to Managua

Inside the station for microbuses to Managua

Posted on the wall at the Microbus station for busses to Managua.

In front of the station for ordinary buses to Masaya (the yellow bus) and for microbuses to Jinotepe

Inside the station for ordinary buses to Masaya (the yellow bus) and for microbuses to Jinotepe

Shortly before the Rivas bus pulls into the terminal it will stop on the street. If you are arriving from Rivas you could get off here and save having to disembark at the station in front of all of the Taxi drivers.

The yellow bus is the Rivas Bus

A street near the Masaya and Rivas stations - busy on the weekend!

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24 travel tips for Granada - share your tips below!

  1. Cintya Herrera

    Hola, buenas noches… necesito saber si hay algún bus de la frontera de peñas blancas a Granada? Si tienen el horario sería genial…
    Muchas Gracias!

  2. Fiona

    In Granada, Tica Bus tickets can also be bought at Hostal Mochilas in Calle Guzman: good to know if the Tica Bus office is closed for the day. Best to book tickets at least one day prior to travel. The bus will arrive at the Tica bus office approx one hour after departing Managua, though we were advised to be at the office 30 minutes before the bus in order to ‘check in’. There is a small waiting room with seats, toilet and cold drink for sale. On our tickets, departure time from Managua was shown even though we had booked to travel from Granada. You will pay however for the whole Managua to San José journey even if you only travel part of the way. We only travelled from Granada to Libèria and the journey was fine, though we had a two hour wait at the border.

    • Fiona

      Sorry, that should be Avenida Guzman not Calle.

      • centrocoasting

        Thanks you! Good information and a great tip about the Tica Bus tickets. I added that above.

  3. Marina

    I took the bus from Granada to Rivas today (Sat) at 9:20, but it already started filling up as of 8:45. It seems that the station has been moved by a few meters, I found the bus in Calle Boca Negra:
    https://goo.gl/maps/WFraQueH5o82
    Cost: 32C$ without backpack, 50C$ with backpack
    Duration: 09:20 – 11:00

    Luckily caught my connection from Rivas to Las Salinas right away:
    11:00 – 12:45, 40C$

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks, Marina! Super helpful. I added your info above. Let us know if you have anything to contribute from Las Salinas area 🙂

  4. Jamie

    Are there UCA busses from Granada to Rivas?

  5. Alistair young

    There seems to be some vagueness on whether the bus leaves granada for san jose on their web site it states managua only and what agency do you go toin granada is it transnica or tica for international buses for san jose or are these separate companies?

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Alistair! I understand what you mean by it being a bit vague. TicaBus, Transnica and Tansnica all have buses to San Jose from Managua and they pass by on the main road in Granada – you get the bus as it passes in front of where each ticket office is. You will need to go to an office to purchase a ticket in advance if you want to be sure that it stops in Granada. Also to find out what time to be there! You can only purchase tickets online and only find schedules online that show the capital city to capital city option. It’s definitely frustrating not to be able to specify Granada.

  6. Jill

    Hey! We are looking to take the Ticabus from Rivas to Costa Rica. Does anyone have any info on where to buy tickets in person and on the pick up point? We are traveling with our baby who doesn’t need a ticket but has to have his passport registered in person before the trip and I’m having trouble finding an office in Rivas. Also, do you know if we have to print our tickets out? Thanks!

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Jill, you can now buy Ticabus tickets online on their website and I don’t know if you need to print them out. There is an office on the highway between La Virgin and Rivas. I haven’t been to that office in a few years but it should still be there. Otherwise check the list of offices on the Ticabus website. There may also be one in Rivas but I am not 100% sure, you could try Googling that but if you cant find it then there may not be one. For any of the specific questions about Ticabus and their services it is best to contact them directly. The phone number is on their website. Have a great trip!

  7. Melissa

    We took the ordinary bus from Granada to Managua Roberto Huembes station. It wasn’t bad at all. The locations in Granada and Managua were closer to where we were staying. It is an old school bus style. It took about an hour and a half and only cost 21c

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks, Melissa!

  8. Ben

    I’m coming into Granada early from Rivas, and leaving the same day late to Leon. I see I need to go to 2 different bus stops? I will have a small roller carry-on…will this be an issue using this around these bus stations?

    • centrocoasting

      Hey Ben! The roads around the stations are a mix of paved, paving stone and gravel and they are busy. You can see a bit in the photos what they look like. If the roller is all you have then I wouldn’t stress about it. The roads aren’t great but you’ll be fine. And yes, you need to switch spots. You’ll need to go to the stop right near the Parc Central. It’s about 6 blocks away. Have a great trip!

  9. TeeJay

    I’m taking the TransNica bus from SJO to Granada. Does anyone know exactly WHERE in Granada this bus drops off passengers? Approximately how far from Central Park? Are taxis available at this drop off point? Thanks in advance.

    • centrocoasting

      Hi TeeJay! As far as I know the drop off and pick up for TransNica is on the main road just north of the TicaBus and Nicabus offices. These are labeled in the map above. The walk to Calle Elena Arellano from central park is about 15 minutes. I would call TransNica and ask them if the office is open every day to be sure. (505)5794-7111 / (505)5794-5444. Let us know how it goes!

  10. Greg Young

    I took the bus to Jinotepe on July 21, 2017. The first bus is scheduled at 6:00AM and the last at 4:30PM. Although the schedule calls for a bus every 45 minutes, in reality the buses leave when full, anywhere between 30 minutes and an hour apart. Of course this means that shortly after leaving Granada, the bus will be ridiculously overcrowded, standing room only. Make sure to get a window seat or someone will be sitting in your lap or pressing various body parts against you. The trip takes about 35-40 minutes. The fare is now C$27.

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks for helping us update this page, Greg! Hope the rest of your travels go well!

  11. Jeanne

    The boat to ometepe/San Carlos is not running anymore. Could you provide any information about the bus to San Carlos?

    • centrocoasting

      Hey Jeanne! From Granada you can take the bus to Rivas (see Rivas Page). From Rivas there is a bus that runs every 30 minutes and costs 7 cordobas to San Jorge. It departs from the petrol station on the other side of the street. Hope this helps!

      • Daryl

        There is a bus from Managua to San Carlos (San Jorge is a totally different town ;)) we got it around 8 am at C$300 each. Arrived around 16-16.30.

        • centrocoasting

          Oops, typo!

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