The Mercado Ivan Montenegro is home to the Terminal Costa Atlantica. Which exclusively has expreso service every day to Bluefields via El Rama. Talking to the ticket lady we are told that both your bus and panga ticket are bundled together in the price, which is currently 174C$. The trip takes 5hrs and is a bit more comfortable than the buses to El Rama from the Terminal Mayorero. There is a photo of a poster at the station, which lists the times.
New direct connection from Managua to Bluefields
A couple of helpful travellers named Fabian and Lydia have told us there is a new direct connection to Bluefields. The road is still under construction in parts but you can now find a direct bus for 280C$ that takes 8.5 hrs and doesn’t go via El Rama. It seems the other bus via El Rama isn’t running at the moment (March 2018).
The schedule is:
From Managua – 9am, 2pm, 9pm, 6am
From Bluefields – 4am, 5.30am, 6.30am, 4pm
We aren’t sure if you need to book your ticket in advance but these are the numbers listed for reservations:
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