Managua – Airport


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Directly across from the Airport is a Best Western Hotel and there is a group of  taxi drivers standing right at the gates. Depending on which driver you talk to you will get a different price. Most are honest and will quote you close to what the fare should be. But as always, there are those who want to try to get double. The cost of a taxi from the Airport to the Mercado Roberto Huembes should cost you around 100C$.

 

You can take a local bus to the Airport. You need to get on a bus headed to Tipitapa. This bus will pass the airport. Read more about this below.

 

Metrocentro or Mercado Roberto Huembes to the Airport

One of your fellow travellers wrote us to tell us how to do this:  You can take a city bus #110 from the metrocentro to the Mercado Roberto Huembes. This costs 5C$ and takes 20 minutes. From the Mercado Roberto Huembes you grab the bus to Tipitapa. This bus passes right in front of the airport. Cost 5C$. Easy and saves a lot of money!

 

Tony, a super helpful fellow bus travellers shared this information with you about this trip :

I did this trip this morning back and forth to pick up a friend. It took me 1.5 hours. 15 minutes waiting for the 110 at Metrocentro, 35 minutes from Metrocentro to Mercado Huembes, and another 35 minutes from the Terminal Mercado Roberto Huembes to the Airport. The bus driver to Tipitapa charged me C$50. Probably because asked for the price instead of just handing him a small note. If this happens to you, keep in mind that inside the bus, on top of the windshield, there is a list of prices. The full fare from Huembes to Tipitapa is C$12.00, so they are not supposed to charge you more than that.

Also, I learned there is an alternative way to reach the airport without going to Mercado Roberto Huembes: from the bus stop at UCA, take bus 114 headed to Metrocentro. Remain on it until you reach the Panamerican Highway, and get off at the bus stop in front of El Nuevo Diario (images of the bus stop can be found on Google Maps). Switch here to bus 169 or 266. These ones will stop in front of the airport too. You can do the same on your way back. All urban routes cost C$5.00 (or half that if you have the pass). Just in case, here is a useful link for further reference about urban routes in Managua: http://rutas.mapanica.net/

 

Another traveller, Berto did this trip from UCA to Airport in Nov 2017 :

“I arrived at the UCA-microbus-“terminal” (coming from Léon for 61 Cordobas, heavy traffic in Managua, took 2 hours). Then cross the street and flag down the 114 bus (passing Metrocentro) I just waited a few seconds. If you don’t have the pass (tarjeta) look for an ” uso mixto ” not a ” solo tarjeta ” – bus. The fair is 2,5 cordobas (8c us)! Then get off opposite ” nuevo diario ” – building, 1 minute later the bus 266 arrived, again 2,5 cordobas. Approximately 15 minutes later: Right hand side the airport, at your left you’ll see the Best Western Hotel. Et voilà have a good flight! (as described earlier, the 169 should work as well)”

 

Granada to the Managua airport

One traveller, Maciej, left a comment below about her trip from Granada to the Airport. Check it out below.

 

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Managua Airport from across the Street

If you are coming from the Mercado Roberto Huembes on the bus heading to Tipitapa you will pass right in front of the Airport. You can see the bus in the distance in this photos. It's not far from the crosswalk to the airport as seen in the previous picture.

The entrance to the Best Western where you will find taxi drivers waiting for your business.

25 travel tips for Managua – Airport - share your tips below!

  1. Hannah

    I arrive into Managua airport on Christmas Day and need to get a bus to Granada around 1pm – will buses be running on Christmas Day – 25th December?
    Thanks!

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Hannah, its impossible to say at this time what the busses will be doing on Xmas day. I’d recommend booking a shuttle if you want to be sure. Maybe try Nicatime Shuttles.

  2. Harri

    Hey guys, we used the route above to get from León to the airport for our flights to the Corn islands. thanks!

    Question: for our return we’re looking for a bus from Airport to Tica Bus – any recommendations??

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Harri, sorry to be slow. We probably missed you on this one, but for others reading, I would recommend taking a taxi from the Airport to Ticabus. It’s a bit of a distance and the local bus that passes the airport will get you to Mercado Roberto Huembes. If you found a better option, please let us know here!

  3. Dimple

    We need transfer going to Barceló Montelimar resort from MGA airport for 33 people ( 13 travelling together, 12 travelling together and 8 travelling together). Any suggestions.
    We are also looking for 33 people transfers to Leon for activities from Barceló Montelimar resort. Any suggestion would be helpful

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Dimple, for a group that large I would suggest getting a shuttle. You can probably ask the hotel to arrange one for you, or ask Google. Sorry, I don’t have the name and number of any shuttles. 🙂

  4. Andrea

    Any suggestions on going from Las Salinas to the airport? I know I can take the express bus to Huembes and the Tipitapa bus to the airport. Any other suggestions? Or is this information correct as far as anyone knows?

    • centrocoasting

      Hi Andrea, for Las Salinas you’ll likely need to route through Managua. All we have for Airport travel tips is what is the advice from other travellers shared on this page. The UCA page also has some airport comments.

      • Andrea

        Ok thanks!! Found out there is Ann express bus at 5:30am to managua from Las Salinas and the tipitapa bus from Huembes like suggested here.
        I easy and cheap. But does anyone know how to get from the airport to Walmart? The bus is good because I won’t have any luggage.

  5. Maciej

    Did the trip from Granada to Managua Airport this morning. Wanted to take a shuttle, but the only one left too early. So I took the UCA bound minibus from Granada (just south of Parque Central, opposite Lucy’s Hostel) for 25 cordobas. Took 1h20 to Metrocentro. Walked to the bus stop, hopped on the 114 (it was “solo tarjeta” but seems that people are happy to use their card for you, 5 cordobas). Changed to 266 at Subasta (ask fellow passengers), 5 cordobas. Arrived at the airport a few minutes later. Total travel time: 2 hours. Total cost: 35 cordobas or USD 1.20. Might be tricky though if you have luggage.

    • centrocoasting

      Awesome, Maciej! That is some solid go with the flo travelling you did. Where there is a will there is a way, right? I’m happy that your airport trip went so well and I am sure this will help others. Thanks for sharing it here.

      • Nena

        Thanks for the info heading there soon and that was my concern and San Juan del Sur

        • Andrea

          I will be leaving next April. Can you let me know if these suggestions work? Someone offered a direct drive to the airport for $70 US and I though that was a bit steep. I’m ok with a bus or two. Thank you so much!

  6. Berto

    Hej
    I just arrived at the airport.
    It’s really that easy.
    I arrived at the UCA-microbus-“terminal” (coming from Léon for 61 Cordobas, heavy traffic in Managua, took 2 hours)
    Then cross the street and flag down the 114 bus (passing Metrocentro) I just waited a few seconds. If you don’t have the pass (tarjeta) look for an ” uso mixto ” not a ” solo tarjeta ” – bus. The fair is 2,5 cordobas (8c us)!

    Then get off opposite ” nuevo diario ” – building, 1 minute later the bus 266 arrived, again 2,5 cordobas. Approximately 15 minutes later:
    Right hand side the airport, at your left you’ll see the Best Western Hotel.
    Et voilà have a good flight!
    ( as described earlier, ghe 169 should work as well)

    Greetings with an icecold ” victoria ”
    Berto, el aleman

    • centrocoasting

      Gracias, Berto! I have added your advice to the main information section. 🙂

  7. Terri

    Hey
    Thanks for the information! I just did this a few weeks ago via taxi from Airport(managua) to UCA bus station. I wish I had known about the bus. I will share this awesome tidbit of travel info😁

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks! if you do any more trips anywhere and have any extra info to add, feel free to leave it in a comment on the page. Traveller tips and tricks help everyone! Safe travels.

  8. Tony

    I did this trip this morning back and forth to pick up a friend. It took me 1.5 hours. 15 minutes waiting for the 110 at Metrocentro, 35 minutes from Metrocentro to Mercado Huembes, and another 35 minutes from the Terminal Mercado Roberto Huembes to the Airport. The bus driver to Tipitapa charged me C$50. Probably because asked for the price instead of just handing him a small note. If this happens to you, keep in mind that inside the bus, on top of the windshield, there is a list of prices. The full fare from Huembes to Tipitapa is C$12.00, so they are not supposed to charge you more than that.

    Also, I learned there is an alternative way to reach the airport without going to Mercado Roberto Huembes: from the bus stop at UCA, take bus 114 headed to Metrocentro. Remain on it until you reach the Panamerican Highway, and get off at the bus stop in front of El Nuevo Diario (images of the bus stop can be found on Google Maps). Switch here to bus 169 or 266. These ones will stop in front of the airport too. You can do the same on your way back. All urban routes cost C$5.00 (or half that if you have the pass).

    Just in case, here is a useful link for further reference about urban routes in Managua: http://rutas.mapanica.net/

    • centrocoasting

      Tony, this is such a super helpful comment. Thank you! I went ahead and added it to the main information section so that it’s nice and visible to your fellow travellers. I am sure many people will be grateful for this info!

  9. Itay

    I did this journry today. Slept in hostel El Jacal near metrocentro. I took a bus no 110 from metrocentro. Cost 5 cor took 20 min. Drop in Mercado Roberto Huembes and took a bus to tipitapa and drop right in the airport. This bus cost another 5 cor and took 30 min. Very easy and saves ALOT of money.

    • centrocoasting

      Thank you for this information! This information will help a lot of travellers and I will make sure it is written above. Great job!

  10. Thompson Seth

    I wish we had known about this on the way in. Cost us 25 dollars to the uca station from the airport.

    Can I just check that the bus from Robert huembes to the airport runs on Sundays. Also do you know how often?

    Thank you so much

    • centrocoasting

      Hi there. I don’t have solid information for the Tipitapa bus as it is one of the few I haven’t taken, sorry. I know about it as it passed me while standing in front of the airport and the taxi drivers explained that it was coming from the Mercado Roberto Huembes. I would suspect the bus has an almost normal schedule on Sundays. I would recommend just taking a taxi to the airport if you have a bit of luggage. It should cost you only about 100 C$ if you are in the Mercado Roberto Huembes area. I think it’s always worth spending the $4 on flying days so that you’re not a sweaty mess by the time you get to the airport! 🙂

  11. Stella

    Wowza, problem solved like it never hapneped.

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