Bus terminals like Managua’s Mercado Roberto Huembes can be overwhelming for some. I personally love stations like this because there is so much to take in! If you are headed to Peñas Blancas, Granada, Masaya, Rivas, San Jorge or San Juan del Sur, then you are leaving from here. Busses leave very regularly and are clearly labeled with the destination painted somewhere on the outside. Chances are are the driver and helper will be yelling their destination at you when you walk by.
Times and prices collected May 2017
Managua to Peñas Blancas
The bus to Peñas Blancas goes leaves about every half hour from 5am to 6:30am. There is possibly an express bus twice per day at 10am and 4pm. It takes 3hrs and costs 100C$. Double checking this tomorrow.
Managua to Rivas
You have two options, regular service and expreso.
Regular buses leave every 30min from 5am to 6:30pm, take 2.5hrs and cost 66C$. Some continue on to San Juan del Sur, keep reading below for schedule.
Expreso buses go to Rivas and on to San Jorge (and some go all the way to San Juan del Sur). They leave every 30min until 5:30pm. To Rivas it costs 72C$ and takes 2hr 20min, to San Jorge it costs 75C$ and takes 2hr 20min and to San Juan del Sur it costs 90C$ and takes 2hrs 40min. Keep reading below for the schedule to San Juan del Sur.
Managua to San Juan del Sur
Regular service buses to San Juan del Sur leave at 9:30, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5:30pm, They take 3.5hrs and cost 85C$.
Expreso buses to San Juan del Sur leave at 10am, 1:30pm, 4pm and 5:30pm. They take 3hrs and cost 90C$.
Times and prices collected May 2017.
Managua to Masaya
Buses to Masaya about every 30 minutes from 5:30am – 8pm. They cost 13C$ and take about 1hr. There is also expreso service for 15C$ which take about 50minutes.
Managua to Granda
Managua to Vera Cruz
Every 30 minutes from 5am to 7pm. They take about 1hr and cost 11C$.
Managua to Ometepe
Grab one of the expreso buses heading to Rivas – San Jorge – San Juan del Sur. See above for schedule. Head to the ferry to Ometepe from there. Check the San Jorge ferry schedule here: Ometepe Ferry Schedule
There is a taxi stand inside the station with a bunch of drivers lined up for your business. It is highly likely they will overcharge you by a bit, however if you have some fears over the safety of grabbing a taxi from the street then using these gentleman may be what you want to do. A trip to the UCA Microbus Terminal should cost you about 60-70C$, a trip to the Terminal Mayorero should cost about 60-70C$. A trip to the Managua Airport should cost you about 80-100C$, and a trip to the Mercado Ivan Montenegro (Rama) should cost about 40-50C$.
As is the same with other busy bus stations, watch your belongings closely here. Locals told me that it is generally considered ‘safe’ to walk around this area in the day time. The Mercado Roberto Huembes is located just off of a main road with an air conditioned Subway Sandwich shop and a grocery store just a block away. If you are walking in this area, use your common sense and always remain visible. Don’t wander down any empty streets or alleyways. Once the sun goes down I was advised to take a taxi to and from here, and this is the advice I give you.